Round one for 2019 has just ended and the tally so far it at 54 blankets made up of 1291 squares and 26 crocheted or completed blankets – WOWZERS.

That brings the total amount donated to 184 blankets and 5,599 squares over three years…

Our aim is to donate 89 blankets this year so we are well on the way to smashing that goal – well done to all of you who are involved in any way…

Round 2 ends on 31st July so there is still plenty of time to get knitting!!

The story so far…..

4308 squares, 131 blankets, 3 charities, 1 community!

Our “Think Outside the Square” knitting challenge is into its 3rd year of bringing warmth, love and comfort to some of our community members in need.

So far in 2017 and 2018 alone we have been able to donate 131 blankets to Mama Lana’s Community Foundation, The Haven Women’s Shelter and Westcare, these blankets were all so graciously created and donated by our community – both local and Australia wide.

2019 – Let’s set the bar high!

This year we are at it again – the same rules apply – simply knit 20cm x 20cm squares to be made into blankets for both the survivors of domestic violence and also our homeless community. Whether you can donate a square or two or an entire blanket, we greatly appreciate your support.

This year our goal is to donate 89 blankets to local charities over winter which will bring the tally up to a whopping 220! The first round of the challenge ends on 31st May, followed by another round on the 31st July.

All knitted blankets will be donated to either Mama Lana’s Community Foundation, The Haven Women’s ShelterPenrith Community Kitchen and Westcare.

Thank you to all of you who have been involved in any of our challenges, without you none of this could be possible.


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.

When do the squares or blankets need to be in by?


Squares due: before 15 May 2019 – This will give us time to sew the squares together.

Completed blankets due: 30 May 2019


Squares due: before 15 July 2019 – This will give us time to sew the squares together.

Completed blankets due: 31 July 2019

This will be an ongoing challenge so if you want to get a head start on next years squares now then go for it, feel free to pop them in throughout the year.

We encourage you to get knitting as our goal is to donate 89 blankets this year!

If you are interested in something a little different, perhaps you’d like to participate in our Plastic Fantastic Challenge where we recycle plastic bags into crocheted mats for the homeless.


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