8 x 8 x 8

The secret to making a blanket is very simple:  just spend at least 8 minutes a day crocheting or knitting.  Soon you will have an 8" x 8" (20cm x 20cm) square. When you have made 48 squares, you sew them together and will have a blanket that measures 48" x 64" (120cm x 160cm).

Through Blankets for Canada, this blanket will be given FREE to organizations who care for those who have no shelter, or are in need of warmth.

It can be even simpler:  Knit or crochet strips, instead of squares!  Much less sewing is is required. Make the strip a minimum of 64 inches long, and as wide as you want - 8", 12", 16" or 48".   Knitting or crocheting long strips means there is significantly less sewing together of pieces that needs to be done.

Making blankets wider and longer than 48" x 64" will be good for recipients who are larger.  A 48" x 64" blanket is four feet by five feet, four inches, and that wouldn't be big enough for someone who is more than six feet tall and two hundred pounds!

Making the blanket is fun, and a good way to use up those scrap balls of yarn that are laying around the house. Squares can have many different colours in each one. This makes for a very colourful blanket too! You can use any stitch you want. It's a great way to try a new pattern.

Remember, too, we don't make mistakes!  We make ORIGINALS!

All over Canada, Blankets for Canada volunteers gather in churches and community centres, donated store front spaces, craft stores and coffee shops for our trademark "Stitch 'n' Chat" sessions.  It's a great way to meet new people who are as committed to their volunteer work as you are, and you can mix and match squares and strips to create unique blankets.

102When squares or blankets are done, please go to the "Contact Us" link on the left hand side of this webpage, and find the Blankets For Canada contact in your area.