8 Apr 20
“Think Outside the Square” blanket challenge is in full swing.
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 35 stitches, but the number all depends on the size of your needle, and how tight you stitch.
How many squares make up a blanket?
Children’s blankets are made up of 5×7 (35 squares) or adult blankets are 6×8 (48 squares). This is based off 20x20cm squares. Please adjust accordingly if squares are bigger or smaller.
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 yarn 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 borrow needles and do you have yarn?
The answer to both of those is YES, we have oodles of donated yarn and needles for you to use, simply call 1300 722 896 or message us to pop in and pick some up.
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 and blankets have to be handed in?
Our next hand over is on 31 July 2020. All squares will need to be handed in at least 2 weeks prior to ensure enough time to get them sewn together. Full blankets may be delivered to posted by 30 July.
What address should I send them to?
Our physical and postal address is:
Unit 6, 51 York Road, Jamisontown, NSW, 2750
Can I still continue knitting/crocheting after the handover?
Absolutely! We will accept squares and blankets throughout the year, however we will only actively manage the challenge from April through to July each year.
If you have any other queries you can email firstname.lastname@example.org