Crocheting and knitting for charity, especially for children in need, is a meditative act of love.
More importantly, it makes a difference. There are many millions of abandoned and vulnerable children and AIDS orphans in southern Africa, who live in dire poverty.
Many lack the very basics we take for granted—love, shelter, food, education and warmth.
KAS support the hard working children's charities, like Hotel Hope, who strive to provide for their basic human needs. Your crocheting and knitting for charity can provide an extra dimension, warmth.
Your contribution of squares to this crochet and knitting project adds to the many thousands of 8"x 8" (20cm) squares from around the world, which are joined into blankets and distributed to these children.
The finished blankets add more than warmth to the children’s lives.
As a children's charity, KasCare’s knit-a-square program has two goals:
1. To warm and comfort these children
2. To raise awareness of this mostly hidden human tragedy.
By contributing, you not only make an AIDS orphan, abandoned or vulnerable child warm, you help too, to bring the plight of the children to the attention of whoever you tell or ask to join with you in this project.
Keeping a child with HIV AIDS warm is vital
We all understand how awful it is to be cold, but many of us have not experienced the misery of being cold all night, every night, hungry, and perhaps sick as well.
Many of the children are themselves infected by HIV AIDS. As it is an auto immune disease, keeping warm helps their ability to stay well.
Perhaps the most heart-warming outcome of your efforts is that the children receive a hand-made gift which not only keeps them warm but sends them a message, from the world, that their plight is known.
A bonus for the children is the knitted clothes and toys that some knitters send with their squares.
The blankets are so vital. But to see the children receive their first ever toy, and to witness the amazement with which they receive it is heartbreaking and heart-lifting at the same time.
As your squares arrive, they are collected, sorted and bundled into blanket packs by our Volunteers They then organise sewing and distribution days which are recorded in our regular e-newsletter KasSnippets so you can see and enjoy the results of your wonderful work.
We look forward to welcoming you to our warm knit-a-square community in the Square Circle Forum to enjoy our knitting and crochet challenges and our friendship and commitment to this shared knitting for charity goal.
Please also join our Facebook Group to help attract more knitters and crocheters.
More hands, more squares, more warm children.
Easy Knitting Instructions for an 8" x 8" (20 cm) square
Here is an easy and free knitting pattern from the KASPattern book.
If you are learning to knit, this is a great beginner knitting pattern.
Materials and Equipment
- Worsted yarn (U.S.)/Double Knit (UK)/8 ply (Aus), 100gm (3.5oz) in any combination of colours.
- One pair knitting needles [see below]
- A yarn sewing needle
Cast on whatever feels most comfortable to you:
- 44/45 stitches on 4 mm (6 US) needles
- 40/42 stitches on 4.5mm(7 US) needles
- 35/36 stitches on 5 mm (8 US) needles
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Knit.
Rows 1 and 2 form the 'garter' stitch knitting pattern for your square. Continue knitting as per these two rows until your square is as long as it is wide.
To ensure your square is 20cm/8" either use a tape measure or form a triangle by folding one corner of your square over to meet the opposite corner as shown - if all sides are equal - then you have a square!
Cast off / bind off. Leave a 50 cm/20” tail (for sewing the squares together). Butterfly* the tail to the square.
If you already knit, please use your own pattern variations such as moss stitch, stocking or other close weave stitches. We would suggest that the finished result is dense without too many holes, for added warmth.
You can use different types of wool or wool blend yarns, acrylic yarns and bamboo or perhaps double up lighter weight yarn such as 4 ply. But whatever your yarn weights, make sure your squares are warm and cosy, like the colorful square above.
Making the knitted squares as consistent in size and weight as possible will help our wonderful volunteers, grandmothers and others to join the squares quickly and easily into blankets for the abandoned children and AIDS orphans. The children will treasure these blankets for their warmth, texture and colour, as well as for their knitted patterns.
The knitted squares have been designed at 8 x 8" (20cm) to make sure that they can be quickly made. Ronda has requested that the tail at one end of the square be 20” (50cm) long and butterflied* to the square.
*How to ’butterfly the tail’ is as easy as 1, 2, 3 . Use contrasting yarn and follow the directions:
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm in contributing to this crocheting and knitting project to help keep the abandoned children and AIDS orphans of South Africa warm.
Every single square will be in a blanket to keep a cold child warm.
There are many photographs of the talented work that is being done by the members of our warm and friendly Square Circle forum. Please join us there as we would love to meet you.