Get knitting for our 'Bears & Squares' campaign!

Following the launch of our Bears & Squares’ charity campaign for Refuge last month, we’re delighted that so many of you have already picked up your needles to start knitting cot blankets and teddy bears.

Refuge bears

These comforting knits will be given to children staying in Refuge’s ‘safe houses’.

You can download our bear pattern, kindly provided by Val Pierce and Search Press, in return for a donation to Refuge. Visit and you’ll find a link to the web page where you can get the pattern.

We’re bringing you new blanket square patterns to inspire you - see our latest design from Robynn Weldon, on page 47 of the current issue - while you can get hold of our blanket square e-book from the JustGiving page.

Knit for Refuge logoOur editor, Juliet, has been busy knitting up her teddies (pictured above). “Reggie is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games, while Ruby loves to look pretty in pink and Reef is bang on trend in blue and purple!” she says.

If you’d like to make a blanket, we suggest you use a DK-weight yarn to make 15cm squares. We’re asking for cot blankets measuring four squares by six, or kid’s blankets measuring six squares by eight. Please note we cannot accept donations of individual squares.

You can send your completed blankets and teddy bears to: Fundraising/The Knitter, Refuge, 4th Floor, International House, 1 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1UN. The closing date is 1 December 2012.

Alternatively, you can bring your donations to our stand at The Knitting & Stitching Show in London on 11-14 October.

Don’t forget that we are also running a blanket square design competition, with great prizes up for grabs!