The first-ever 24-hour, 24-machine Knit-A-Thon will be held Oct. 12 and 13 at Valley Fair Mall to provide caps and sweaters to needy kids along the Wasatch Front.

More than 200 volunteers are needed to machine-knit and sew together the 400 or so sweaters that will be produced. It takes about one hour to knit each sweater. No experience is necessary.The event, sponsored by the Knitting Machine Council of America and the Draft Yarn Council of America, will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, and end at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Twenty-four home knitting machines will be set up in the aisle at the south end of the mall near the ZCMI store. Expert machine knitters will be on hand to assist volunteers in getting started on each sweater.

There are two ways to volunteer: as an individual for two hours or more, or as a group - adopting and staffing a machine for the 24-hour period. So far, 18 machines have been adopted by corporations, groups and individuals.

To volunteer or for more information, call Alicia Bremer-Davis at Bremer Public Relations, 364-2030.