Think outside the square blanket challenge




On Tuesday 1st June, 2021 we did our first handover of blankets, which amounted to 177 blankets.

These blankets went to Platform Youth Services, Westcare, Penrith Community Kitchen and WeCollect. This means a significate number of Penrith’s rough sleepers, domestic violence survivors, mental health sufferers, elderly and disadvantaged community members have been be wrapped in love during the bitter winter months.

Our second handover on Tuesday 3rd August has amounted to another 113 blankets bringing our total for 2021 to a massive 290 blankets given to our most vulnerable within our community.

The generosity from the community has been overwhelming, The Creative Fringe has received donations not just from the local Penrith area but from all across the country, some coming as far as Darwin, Central Queensland and Victoria.

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, something everyone involvedshould be incredibly proud of.

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. 

We are raising the bar yet again… Lets aim for 350 blankets in 2022!

If you have any other queries you can email

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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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