The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) invites you to use the leap year’s extra day to make this year extra special for mariners.

Last year, SCI collected 22,281 knitted items from volunteer stitchers all over the U.S. In turn, we distributed these handmade hats and scarves to thousands of mariners on American waterways.

By rough calculation, SCI’s volunteer stitchers churned out an average of 61 scarves and hats each day during 2015. So that got us to thinking: what could the extra day in 2016 do for mariners around the world?


How about using the extra day in 2016 to start a handmade gift for a mariner? Choose from any of our patterns. (The Oliver’s Cap and our Cowl knit up pretty quickly.) Cast on Monday, February 29, and even if you don’t finish it on leap day itself, keep going. The extra hours add up.  

Share your project on social media using the hashtag #LeapKnit and join the conversation with Christmas at Sea on Facebook and Twitter.

When you’ve finished your project, send it to #LeapKnit, The Seamen’s Church Institute, Christmas at Sea, 118 Export Street, Port Newark, NJ 07114. We’ll tag, tally them up and celebrate all we’ve accomplished because of an extra day for mariners in 2016.


Even if you don’t knit, you can do something “extra” this year to help. Your $10 gift can sponsor a knitter or crocheter’s efforts. Day by day, small donations—just like single hats and scarves—add up to something grand. Click the button below to make a financial contribution online to SCI today.

In a leap year, everyone gets an extra day to do the things they love. What do you plan to do with yours?

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