Think outside the square blanket challenge




Join the Think Outside the Square Blanket Challenge!

Our aim is make and donate over 200 blankets to the community by the end of winter each year – so grab those knitting needles and get knitting!!

We are happy to take squares throughout the year but only officially run the challenge from April- July.

For 2021

The first handover to the community is on the 1st of June, we need all completed blankets by Friday the 28th of May.

The second handover is on the 31st of July, we need all completed blankets by Tuesday the 27th of July. 

If you would a little inspiration or you need some feel good stories, read stories about our fabulous volunteers. Any other queries check out our FAQ’s further down the page or you can email us 

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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 squares makes a moderate sized blanket, however for a great big wrap around me kind of blanket takes 42 squares, and are ideal for rough sleepers to keep snug in the winter.

Can I donate completed blankets?

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

Can When are the squares 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.

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