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Use our free baby lamb jumper knitting pattern to help Australian farmers in drought

The Country Women's Association is appealing to knitters across the nation to lend a hand and knit baby lamb jumpers to help Australian farmers keep their stock warm.

Farmers struggling to keep their stock alive in this drought need the jumpers to save already thirsty baby lambs from freezing or starving to death because of the harsh winter conditions.

"Many farmers are stressed about how long this drought has been going, and a lot of ewes are having twins for some reason so they are struggling to feed their babies," explains Coonabarabran mum Maria Knight.

Maria, who is married to a sheep farmer, launched the campaign on Facebook at the end of July, and now the CWA has joined the cause and appealed to knitters for any help they can give.

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Your knitted jumpers will help save lambs from harsh drought conditions.
Your knitted jumpers will help save lambs from harsh drought conditions.

"The jumpers are very easy to make," she says.

"You can save an animal's life and put a smile on the face of a farmer – and they could really use that right now!"

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Vet nurse Jo Elliott and daughter Lizzie lend a hand.
Vet nurse Jo Elliott and daughter Lizzie lend a hand.

Woman’s Day knitting pattern

The jumper is knitted all in one.
Use ONLY 8 ply acrylic yarn (pure wool not suitable for conditions). One ball should give you two jumpers.

AS A TENSION GUIDE
Size 5mm needles
(tight knitters)
Size 4.5mm needles
(loose knitter)

TO MAKE THE BACK
Cast on 44 stitches, work
18 rows in K2, P2 rib.
Work 30 rows in
stocking stitch.

TO SHAPE SLEEVES
Cast on 12 stitches at beginning of next two rows, at the same time change to rib stitch for 22 more rows.

SHAPE NECK
First row rib 21, cast off
26 stitches, rib 21.
Next row rib 21, cast on
26 stitches, rib 21.

TO MAKE THE FRONT
Work 22 rows in K2, P2 rib.
Work 30 rows in
stocking stitch.
For girl lambs, work 18 rows K2, P2 rib.
For boy lambs, work 4 rows K2, P2 rib.
Cast off.

The front is 14 rows shorter for boy lambs so they don't wet them.

PLEASE SEND YOUR BABY LAMB JUMPERS TO:
Coonabarabran Times
44 Dalgarno Street (PO Box 6)
Coonabarabran NSW 2357

To make a donation to help our struggling farming communities, go to redcross.org.au/campaigns/drr-drought

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