This years’ “Think Outside the Square” knitting challenge is wrapped up for 2019 and what an incredible result we have had.

What exactly is the “Think outside the Square” knitting challenge? It is really quite simple, all we ask is that you knit a square, approx 20cm x 20cm, more if you like, then drop them into us. These squares will then be sewn together to make blankets for some of our most disadvantaged community members.

Each year we aim the bar a little higher than the previous– this time our BHAG ( big hairy audacious goal ) was to donate 89 blankets to our locals in need.

Round one saw us donate 54 blankets which were made up of 1291 squares – WOW we were more than half way to our goal!

On Thursday 8thAug 2019 we proudly donated another 39 blankets, made from 1079 squares to Westcare and the Penrith Community Kitchen…

2019 Total Tally – 93 BLANKETS – 2370 SQUARES!!

Phenomenal right?! We are BLOWN away by the generosity of people from all over the country who have knitted, crocheted and sewn so many squares and blankets to make such a difference in the lives of some of our community members most in need.

This is the third year we have been running this community challenge and each year it gets bigger and bigger… To date we have donated a whopping 184 blankets made up of 5,599 squares!

We honestly could not do this without the ongoing help from all of you who have participated in anyway or without the support of the local press who share our story with 1000’s of locals.

These blankets have been distributed to Mama Lana’s Community Foundation, The Haven Women’s Shelter, Penrith Community Kitchen and Westcare who are getting them to those so desperately in need.

Over the past three years we have been able to donate 224 blankets made up of 6678 squares – what an achievement!

We will continue running the “Think Outside the Square” knitting challenge next year so feel free to keep knitting!

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. 

Can I donate completed blankets?

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