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What is Knit-A-Square?

Knit-A-Square is an organization that provides warmth to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and raises awareness of their plight.  Many of these children – 1.5 million in South Africa: 1 million in Malawi alone – live in unheated homes and sleep on the floor.

Once a year Knit-A-Square asks St. Paul’s Leaskdale to help raise funds to mail these squares.  Our annual cost for postage is $3000.

Special envelopes for donations can be found in the Library at St. Paul’s Leaskdale. These can be returned any time during the year. We are most grateful for your participation. 

Since 2009, St. Paul’s Leaskdale has sent 27,4435 knitted or crocheted eight-inch squares to Africa which have been sewn into 545 blankets by groups of Gogos (grandmothers) and distributed to children who need them.

Last year, for the first time, we found an opportunity to send the squares made by the SPL community to Malawi, where the blanket program is new. Groups of widows will be assembling the blankets, and the Emmanuel International Malawi team plus the Widows’ Welfare program of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Malawi are working together to get the program up and running.  So far we have been able to send about 5200 squares to Malawi which translates into about 150 blankets.  A small portion of the funds you donate this year will also be used to help with the cost of running our new program in Malawi.

This Sunday, please visit us in the foyer of the church to see a display with pictures of “our kids”, “our mission” and more information about what we are doing.

“…..whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,    you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40


If you knit or crochet, please help us by making 8” squares. These can be left at St. Paul’s Leaskdale for mailing (please include a note with your name).


  • use worsted weight (double knitting) or equivalent, acrylic or wool
  • knit or crochet 8″ squares leaving a 20″ tail of yarn when ending off
  • please wind tail into a ‘butterfly’ and attach to square with a stitch
  • knitting: approximately 32 stitches on 5mm needles (or as needed for 8″)
  • crochet: approximately 24 single crochet on 5mm hook
  • garter stitch, single crochet or pattern in a close weave for warmth
  • kids love bright colours – plain or stripes…have fun with this
  • contact Anne Powell 905-852-5450 or if you have questions

Donations of yarn are always welcome. Preferred yarn is worsted weight acrylic in BRIGHT colours. We also welcome yarn leftover from your projects.

Spread the Word – tell your knitting friends about Knit-A-Square.

Thank you to all of you who have supported KNIT-A-SQUARE mission over the past several years – to the wonderful people who make squares, to those of you who have donated yarn, or supported us by contributing funds to help us get the squares mailed to Africa.




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