Squares of Care
Comfort and warmth
Squares of Care Program
Barb Hartnett – Volunteers making a difference
Thanks to the warmth and compassion shown by the late volunteer Barb Hartnett and her wonderful way of giving back hope to those who most needed it. It is because of Barb that this Squares of Care program exists today.
And many thanks go out to all of the volunteers who continue to make this program a success.
These cozy and colourful creations are distributed widely to adult and paediatric cancer patients. Contact the Wellwood Resource Centre to find out how you can select one of these cozy creations for yourself or for someone else.
Details to get started to contribute squares:
Knitters are asked to use a 4-ply, worsted-weight acrylic yarn. Please no wool (no reactions that way).
All colours and designs are welcome, as long as the size is right.
Squares should be 6 1/2″ or 17 cm, although the group can work with a variety of sizes.
It is suggested that knitters use a #7 U.S./U.K. (4.5 mm) needle. Check your gauge and adjust as necessary to obtain a square of 6 1/2″.
If crocheting, work with the hook best suited to your yarn and gauge to make it a 6 1/2″ square.
Cast on 33 stitches.
Generally, 35 squares are used for a blanket. Each square is edged with a simple single-crochet border in a complimentary colour, then that same colour is used to crochet the squares into rows (see assembly).
Please work the ends of the yarn into the squares. Weaving your own ends in keeps our volunteers free to assemble the squares together.
The finished afghan is approximately 53″ x 38″. It may be slightly larger with the joining and borders.
We have volunteers who will wash the finished afghans in an unscented, gentle soap and then package them before being distributed to our recipients.
Download our handy Squares of Care reference card
Other ways you can help
Some aspects of our Squares of Care program have recently changed. The pause in the program due to the pandemic has created a backlog.
As we work through the process of getting caught up, we’re asking those who are donating squares whether they can help in other ways, too. Take a look to see what else you can do as we move forward through this period of catch-up.
Assembling your own squares
Are you able to also assemble your squares into a full afghan? If so, please see our guidelines here.
Assembling pre-made squares
Are you able to accept pre-made squares from us to assemble into full afghans? If so, please see our guidelines here.
Where To Bring Your Donations
25,050+ afghans donated
Where to drop off squares, yarn, and afghans
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