Knitting charity squares is one of the easiest ways to make a difference worldwide. Here you’ll find the patterns and charities you need
Knitting charity squares is a time-honored tradition in the world of knitting. One of my favorite American Girl books, Molly Learns a Lesson*, describes schoolchildren doing exactly this, to support soldiers fighting World War II.
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Many qualities make knitted squares for afghans and blankets great charity projects:
- They take very little time
- They’re great stash-busters
- They make fun ways to try new stitches
- When joined together, they make beautiful kaleidoscopes of color and texture.
They are also great projects for beginners, because they help new knitters master basic skills. They’re great as well as for experienced knitters, because a large number can be knitted up and donated fast.
Below you’ll find two collections of patterns for afghan/blanket squares. Then, let’s look at a number of charities that accept knitted squares!
Patterns for Knitted Squares for Afghans/Blankets
Ghana Project/Key of Hope Patterns: This page has an incredible number of blanket square patterns – well over 50! If you want to ensure that you never again become bored knitting blanket/afghan squares, bookmark this page and knit as many squares as you can!
Knitting Pattern Central’s Motifs & Squares: Here is another outstanding page full of square patterns from all over the Internet. Over 70 patterns are linked to here.
Blanket Square Charities
Warm Up America: Perhaps the most well-known blanket square charity, at least in the United States! Warm Up America requests donations of 7″ x 9″ squares, along with completed afghans, baby and lap blankets, or any other items that can help keep people warm. These are sent to social service organizations all over the country.
Knit-a-Square: This organization invites knitters and crocheters to create 8″ x 8″ squares to help keep AIDS orphans in South Africa warm. They also accept full blankets, sweaters, hats, vests, and socks suitable for toddlers to teenagers.
Blankets for Canada: This longtime Canadian charity collects 8″ x 8″ squares to sew together for blankets for needy Canadians.
Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation: This organization knits and crochets for one of the most heavily poverty-stricken areas of the United States, the Pine Ridge Reservation. Run from both a Ravelry group and a Yahoo! group, this is an especially fantastic organization to knit/crochet for if you hate weaving in ends!
Love Squared: This Michigan-based knitting and crochet charity offers afghans to homeless children all over the United States.
HAPpy Stitchers Afghan Project: This busy Facebook group creates afghan squares and assembles them into beautiful blankets. These then go to hospitals serving wounded soldiers.
As you can see, you have many choices for charities to send afghan/blanket squares to, as well as plenty of patterns to choose from. Why not make squares your next charity knitting project and whip up a batch?