Think outside the square blanket challenge





Last year, even through through covid our community of incredible knitters and crocheters  we managed  to donate a massive 290 blankets given to our most vulnerable within our community. These blankets went to Platform Youth Services, Westcare, Penrith Community Kitchen and WeCollect. This meant that a significant number of Penrith’s rough sleepers, domestic violence survivors, mental health sufferers, elderly and disadvantaged community members were wrapped in love during the bitter winter months.

The generosity from the community is always overwhelming. The Creative Fringe recieves donations not just from the local Penrith area but from all across the country. Without the help of our community members and our incredible selfless volunteers, we would not be able to make such a difference in people’s lives.

2022 Challenge begins on April 1

 Our challenge begins again on April 1, 2022 and we hope that you can help us again reach our biggest target to date this year we are aiming for 350 blankets .

If you are able to assist us – we would certainly welcome you all, even if you cant knit or crochet! We always need people to help us sort blankets or even sew the squares togther.

If you are a school, this is a great social justice activity to do within your classes, retirement villages have been amazing in helping us too.

Some dates to remember for 2022

1st June is our very first handover to our charities

1st August is our final handover to the charities

If you would like to come along to our FREE Monthly Sewing Bee’s – come and help us sew squares, knit blankets, learn to knit or even crochet – there is always someone here to show you how, enjoy a cuppa, few nibbles and meet other amazing members of our challenge!

You can book your free spot on the dates below

April Sewing Bee

May Sewing Bee

June Sewing Bee

July Sewing Bee

We are happy to take squares and your completed blankets throughout the year but our Think Outside The Square Blanket challenge officially runs  from April- July each year. 

 Lets aim for 350 blankets in 2022!

If you have any other queries you can email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What size needles should I use?

You can use any size needles – whatever you are most comfortable with. Most volunteers have used size 5 or 6 needles.

How many stitches should I cast on?

We need the squares to be 20cm x 20cm. A ballpark number is about 45 stitches, but the number all depends on the size of your needle, and how tight you stitch.

What ply wool should I use?

We recommend 8 ply acrylic (instead of pure wool) so that it’s easy to wash.

Can I crochet instead of knit squares?

Absolutely, we have had some beautiful crocheted squares donated.

Should they be brightly coloured or more muted tones?

When choosing what coloured wool you will use, keep in mind who you are creating the squares or blankets for. Rough sleepers would prefer muted or darker tones to not stand out, whereas families who have left a violent relationship would be more uplifted by brighter, more colourful squares. 

Is there a pattern to follow?

No pattern is necessary, just simply knit or crochet 20cm x 20cm squares in any style you like – we will put them with other similar squares.

How many squares make a blanket?

35 (5×6) squares makes a moderate sized blanket, however for a medium sized blanket takes 42 (6×7) squares. If you are wanting to create a  great big wrap around kind of blanket you will need 48 ( 6×8) squares.

Can I donate completed blankets?

Of course you can! If you decided to provide completed blankets we recommend 6×8 squares.

When are the squares and blankets due?

Round 1: Squares should be to us by 28th May to ensure enough time to be sewn together for an early June handover.

Round 2: Square will need to be to us by 28th July for an early August handover.

When does the Challenge run?

Our official challenge dates run from 1st April through until 31st July. We understand that people are knitting and crocheting all year round, so you are welcome to drop off your squares or completed blankets to us throughout the year.

Who are the blankets donated to?

We like to support a variety of charities to ensure that people from all walks of life can benefit from these blankets and get wrapped in love and the kindness of others. They are given to organisations such as WestCare, Platform Youth Services, Penrith Community Kitchen and WeCollect.

They go to the homeless, women and children escaping domestic violence, our youth in crisis and the old, lonely and struggling. By joining this challenge you really are helping make a difference to someones life and we thank you for your kindness.

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