• After being given a Snuggle, a frightened and/or difficult to handle animal is able to become calm. This calming effect gives the animal and the caregiver time to learn how to handle the situation. We believe that this has saved the lives of many newly-sheltered animals.
  • The Snuggles Project brings people together -- with time to chat, time to learn, and time to teach. Getting together to make Snuggles is fun. Join or create a local group today. Share your life and your love of animals and make new friends.
  • Snuggles make the shelters look and feel more homey. Animals are more at ease when visitors are more at ease. This makes for better matching and better adoption results. With the added bonus of "Love" stitched into each and every Snuggle, good things can happen.
  • The Snuggles Project brings generations together in a fun and giving way. With this common ground, we believe that we are making the world better for humans too.
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All I need is a Snuggle and a place to call home.

The Snuggles Project is well-known as a multi-beneficial project. The first, and most important, benefit is to the animals. After being given a Snuggle, a frightened and/or difficult to handle animal is able to become calm. This calming effect gives the animal and the caregiver time to learn how to handle the situation. We believe that this calming effect has saved the lives of many newly-sheltered animals.

The next benefit is to the shelter. The Snuggles provide a more homey environment for shelter visitors and staff. Most animal shelters have an industrial feel to them. This does not present a comfortable atmosphere for shelter visitors to stay very long. By softening the edges and adding color, visitors stay longer and can take more time to find someone to adopt. It also helps shelter staff to feel more at home and increases the amount of time that they want to spend with the animals.

Another benefit is the good feeling that the Snuggle maker (aka Snuggler) receives when they create something using a skill that they know and love for someone who really needs their gift. This personal benefit also reaches beyond the individual when they talk about the project with their friends and associates, when they teach someone else a new handcraft skill, when they find that they still have value to give something of themselves to the world.

Please join us and partake of the benefits of the Snuggles Project yourself.

Design by Rae French
December 22, 2013

Materials:
Worsted-weight yarn (1 skein Red, small amount White)
Knitting needles size 9

Pattern Stitch:
This pattern is using a smocking stitch over a wide-ribbed stockinette.

Directions: Make Two. Cast on a number of stitches to desired width in multiples of 4, plus 1. Keep in mind that you will want the smocking to present an even pattern. For a small Snuggle, we cast on 57 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): *K1, p3; repeat from *, end K1.

Row 2: *P1, K3; repeat from *, end P1.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for wide-ribbed stockinette until desired length. Finish off.

Smocking: Front Piece Only. With a contrasting yarn, work stitches and rows for smocking. In this pattern, we use every 6 stitches and every 6 rows. With right side facing, work smock stitch over the front section. Tie off on wrong side. Do not smock the second piece.

Finishing: Using a tapestry needle or crochet hook, sew or single-crochet around edges of both pieces (wrong sides together) taking care to line up the rows as you work.

Hint for best results in finishing is to leave ends long and weave the ends through the work using a tapestry needle.

 

 

This pattern is provided for the Snuggles Project (www.snugglesproject.org) and is for personal use only.
Copyright 2013 Hugs for Homeless Animals (www.h4ha.org). All rights reserved.

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