Help us to help you keep knitting!

With our tally of squares smashing past our original goal set in October last year we are now forced to turn creativity from squares into another… something?!

We know you love to knit.  We know you love to knit for a cause and for this we thank you for your support so far – it has been truly OUTSTANDING!  We would love to be able to use your knitting, crocheting and craft skills to further help the children around the world who are suffering from preventable causes.

So we want to ask for your help… what would you like to do to help support our programs?  what do you think would be a good way to support children under the age of five?  What would make them happy and put a smile on their little faces?

Have a think about it and lets get a discussion going.  Feel free to keep asking questions back and we’ll be sure to comment regularly. 

We would like to ensure that we include as many people as we can that have contributed to the Knit One Save One campaign to date – this means primary school classes, university groups, corporations, knitting and craft groups, social groups, CWA groups, retirement homes – oh, the list of supporters goes on!!

We really look forward to having ongoing support from crafties across Australia and keeping the smile on children’s faces around the world – we’re excited!



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48 responses to “Help us to help you keep knitting!

  1. robyn

    how about knitted or crocheted simple toys , even if people cannot put them together they may be able to make pieces and send them on? This may mean a lot of time though for those assembling them.

    • Florence

      Fantastic effort to all that have been made squares! I agree that perhaps toys could be made or beanies in order to help those children in need. If anybody else has come up with some good ideas it would all help.
      Regards Florence.

      • Annie

        I really miss having a cause to knit for. One idea I have used are knitted slippers. They are lovely and warm, and are thick enough not to wear out. What do you think? Granny square rugs and knitted slippers are my thing, would we be able to do that? I hope so.
        Annie from Adelaide.

      • Hi Annie,

        With the overwhelming support of Knit One Save One, we are taking our time to thoroughly plan for when we re-launch the campaign later this year. We have yet to make a decision regarding what we will ask our lovely knitters to knit, but we assure you it will stay with the theme of keeping the young children warm.

        Please stay in touch, as we will be notifying our supporters via our blog and website regarding our 2011 Knit One Save One launch.

        Warm Wishes

  2. Are you looking for ideas that are just knitting related? If so could knitted soft toys be a possibility?

  3. dulcie

    what about beanies and scraf for the little ones

  4. WANDA


  5. Jo

    I’d like to suggest having drop-off points in other capital cities. I live in Brisbane, and it gets quite expensive to send large parcel, or lots of small parcels, interstate. I’d love to keep helping but it would be great to be able to drop them off locally to somewhere who can then organize to send them to you.
    Beanies are always good for kids of all ages – I recently sent one hundred beanies over to Africa with my sister, who distributed them to schools and orpanages – the kids were so happy and excited and have huge smiles in the photos of them all wearing their new beanie.

    • KnittingGirl

      Jo, here in Adelaide, we’ve been able to drop our squares & blankets into any Save-the-Children op-shops and they would forward them on to Head Office. There are loads of the shops around here, maybe you could look in the telephone book (or a site-list online?) to find where your nearest one is?

      • Gail

        Hi, I’ve been knitting squares for blankets for a group in South Africa – I send 3 squares over each week & there is a group there who sew them together into blankets for sick children etc. They have sufficient for now so am looking for another worthwhile cause to continue the knitting. I am not very good, but do manage to either knit or crochet squares. I am able to crochet knitted squares into a blanket.
        Any suggestions? I would like to give back to Australia if possible. I live in Adelaide.

        With thanks.

      • We would love you to help knit a number of squares into blankets. It would be best for you to get in contact with the Adelaide office and they will speak with you regards how best to go about collecting the squares to sew into blankets.

        Greatly Appreciated

  6. Lyn McLennan

    I suggest more blankets and also small jackets or jumpers and beanies. We should all send a completed rug or jumper.

    • Sally Daish

      I agree with your idea Lyn. To help babies and children’ Survive to Five’ I feel their need is for warm blankets ,beanies and woolen jackets

      • Sharron Arnold

        Sharron in Coffs Harbour here. As most of a persons body heat is lost through the head, I agree we should all be making woolen beanies as well as the squares for blankets.

  7. Melonie

    My mother once had a good idea of what families in Africa might find helpful:
    Radio Flyer wagons.
    (they don’t have to be Radio Flyer brand)
    Think of all the use they could be put to:
    Transporting water from place to place, food, supplies, posessions, children, and at night they could be pulled inside the dwelling and used for storage or even as a nightime bed for babies or a small child.
    Crocs shoes would also be a good idea, because they are cheap, longlasting, washable, and lightweight to transport/ship.
    Also, since so many children (and adults) are shown lying on the flat ground; low-cost inflatable “pool floats” or those folding vinyl-covered childrens rest mats they use for naptime in preschools would be good (easy to clean and store, too).

    • KnittingGirl

      Sorry, Melonie, I just don’t see how wagons & crocs & blow up beds relate to us knitting & crocheting? They are brilliant ideas and obviously would be very useful, but that’s something another section of Save-the-Children could look into. I thought the Knit-One-Save-One campaign was all about utilising our creative crafting skills to provide handmade stuff for them?

  8. KnittingGirl

    Mum & I have been looking for a children-oriented charity to give our miscellaneous knitting to (beanies, mittens, scarfs, jumpers, overalls, blankets, whatever we feel like knitting at the time!). We used to donate plenty to another charity helping children overseas, but it is now, instead, helping families here in Australia. We can’t afford to buy, knit & donate the wool for adult sized jumpers, which is what they need most, and we also wanted to be able to knit through our Winter to hand the items in to go overseas in time for their Winter. That is a problem when the items are required for Aust’n winter. The fact that the Save-the-Children op-shops are easily & widely accessible for handing items in is a huge plus for supporting this particular charity. Will you set another challenge/ target, or collect anything & everything that people want to knit? The blankets have been a very good “group project” to get schools etc involved.
    Congrats to everyone who has had a hand in the 80,000 square project!

  9. WANDA


  10. Kay

    My suggestion would be jumpers in various sizes, colours and styles in sizes 0 – 5.

  11. fiona johnson

    What a lovely thing it is to knit squares of an evening and I hope to send you close to 50 (sewn tog. if i get the time) by the end of July.
    Having visited remote villages and orphanages in Vietnam I know how much the children love the feel of a knitted toy or a softly felted finger puppet and thought we could turn our craft skills to making these. Knowing the importance of keeping a young childs head and feet warm there are very simple patterns for slippers and beanies that are made from a knitted rectangle and would be cosy and warm for young children.
    Looking forward to hearing ideas from others. Thank you for all your wonderful work.
    Kind regards, Fiona

  12. Monica Mauer


    We have a Craft group at work and I organized the ladies to have lots of squares knitted, which I posted to you last week. Now I have circulated your newsletter asking for ideas, and here are some of the responses I received:
    * Some ideas off the top of my head: (are these for english speaking kids in australia – or overseas?)
    grass men (old stocking with grass seeds in the head and filled with sand) with a face on them.
    finger puppets – Nicole


    My kids got a gorgeous knitted teddy bear – not very big – maybe six inches in height – they loved it.

    Best Regards,


    • Hi Monica, thank you so much for circulating our request for ideas! Love the support and interest that you and your craft group have offered Save the Children so far. We are putting together a list of all of these great ideas, and will be in touch shortly. Thanks again.

    • Sandie

      Whilst we are waiting for a new campaign from Save the Children, there is a small charity working to provide warmth for Aids orphans in South Africa, who would love to receive your squares.

      ‘Do you love crocheting and knitting for charity? Make and send 8″/20cm squares and help keep a cold orphan warm.’

      Send your 8″/20cm squares to:

      Soweto Comfort Club
      Private Bag X900
      Bryanston 2021
      South Africa

      Please mark clearly: No Commercial Value and For Charity Only

  13. Robyn Osborne

    have enjoyed knitting squares(144). The “Aids Baby jumpers” are great and easy to make,Knitted allin one, side and sleeve seams sewn up, bright colours they look lovely and there are no buttons to bother wit
    h. regards robyn

  14. Nienka

    I agree with Fiona. The first thing I make sure my kids are wearing when it’s cold is a beanie and socks & shoes. So how about we start knitting booties and beanies which are so important to babies in keeping them warm.

  15. Jean Doak

    Hi, I think we need to keep the knitting simple so that inexperienced knitters will continue to contribute and not be put off by complicated knitting patterns. I like the idea of Fiona Johnson’s beanies knitted from rectangles. I don’t know how hard slippers would be to knit. I had been thinking of bright striped scarves. A simple toy could be made from small squares, gathered and joined to make a caterpillar. Another organisation has knitted simple jumpers for the Aids babies in South Africa. They look great knitted in stripes and in the bright colours Africans seem to like. I think knitting bigger jumpers could bog people down and lose interest, whereas simple knitting such as squares produces an end product quickly and requires less concentration after a hard day at work. I know a few knitters who will be excited about a new project. Jean

  16. Julie-Anne

    Hi, I did not realise that you had reached your goal of knitted squares. I have over 100 and hoped to knit 160 (enough for 10 blankets) before sending them in. The knitting does make the travel to and from work pass much more quickly. Could you please advise if you would still like these squares. My only suggestion for future knitting events would be that the item would need to be small enough for people to knit in their spare time. Keep up the good work. Juie-Anne

    • Hi Julie-Anne,

      Thanks for your great interest to contribute to our campaign and for your suggestion. Wow- 100 squares- that is great. It will be wonderful if you could send us the squares by the end of August. Thanks again.
      Warm wishes, Bree.

  17. Sandra

    We are a group of co-workers who have really enjoyed knitting our squares and we have completed 30 blankets. We bring our squares and celebrate by having an afternoon tea each month. We would love to keep knitting and beanies, simple jumpers, scarves, slippers and toys would give variety and also we can keep having a reason to get together for afternoon tea. Sandra

    • Hi Sandra,
      Thanks for your great interest to contribute to our campaign and I’m very happy that you all enjoyed knitting the squares. Unfortunately in this campaign we only need squares and blankets – but jumpers and beanies would be a great idea for our next knitting campaign. If you would like to knit more, would be wonderful if you could send us the squares by the end of August.
      Warm wishes,Bree

  18. Karen

    Does anyone know of knitters supporting this charity in Perth WA?

  19. Heidi

    I think simple things that either the knitters assemble or that don’t need assembly would be best to save on work for volunteers and get the items to the locations they are needed quickly and easily.

    I suggest:
    – simple knitted/crochet toys which don’t require much assembly (i.e. finger puppets).
    – beanies and booties
    – Simple jumpers made from 4 basic squares.

    Also can I suggest that perhaps you include something for those of us that sew. We can make easy garments like tracksuit pants, jumpers, rompers, etc for kids as well which might break it up from the knitting. Patchwork blankets might also be another idea for sewers. I have stacks of remnants of fabric (like most sewers do) which it would be great to put to use for a good cause.

    Keep up the good work and I look forward to finding out what the new project is so that I can help in any way I can.


  20. Hello everyone,
    I’ve just sent off another stack of 16 squares for a blanket which I hope will bring a special little person much warmth, comfort and love.
    I really like all the ideas which have been offered for our next Creative Adventure, especially scarves – no sewing!
    I also like the idea of small knitted toys. I have a simple pattern for what I call ‘little buddies’ – they basically require knitting a small rectangle and four strips for arms and legs. Even I can stitch these little guys together (after they’ve been filled). Eyes can be stitched on too – either just with wool or the ‘wobbly kind’. Pretty quick and easy to make. Will forward pattern if required.
    I have loved being part of the Knit One Save One campaign – and have featured it on my blog
    I look forward to our next Creative Adventure!
    Warm regards to all,

  21. Sarah

    Hi, Congratulations on reaching your target – what a great achievement!
    I agree with the importance of keeping the project simple. My knitting skills are incredibly limited – but I can knit a neat scarf, square or rectangle, and I’d love to be able to contribute so that my knitting has a purpose.
    best regards Sarah

  22. KnittingGirl

    Hi Again to all at the KOSO campaign headquarters! I have been checking the site off & on for months, waiting to hear what we’re to knit next, but it seems to have come to a grinding halt, which is unfortunate, as I think the huge momentum the knitters of Australia had has now run down. Some of us knit year round, so your campaigns don’t need to exclude the summer months and items knitted during that time can be distributed when winter hits.
    I have been rereading a lot of the comments, and I would agree that the most difficult thing about the blanket campaign was getting sewers to put the blankets together! Items that need very little putting together would be ideal (scarves, slippers, beanies, simple jumpers) as well as the blankets which, as we’ve seen from last year, were a popular project, not only for those of us who are addicted to knitting, but also for larger groups – gyms, retirement homes, even schools. I was so proud to read about the students who were using that campaign to learn to knit so each child in the class could contribute. Also, the students who interacted and learned from the residents at the retirement home would have picked up a lot more than simple knitting skills. Bravo to those who organised such community togetherness!
    The sooner you formally launch another campaign, the better, as it keeps people focussed. I liked the idea of setting a numerical target, tho you might have to increase that target, based on last year’s experience! Perhaps you aim for 160,000 squares (10,000 blankets! Wow!), or increase the options – 100,000 squares, 100,000 beanies, 100,000 scarves…. Aim high and the knitters will get you there!

  23. WANDA

    Just about targets. while I think they can be very useful I hope we keep in mind that if the target is too high and the items are not needed, it will cause a few problems.

  24. Cathy Sullivan

    Hi All
    Save the Children US had a campaign to encourage supporters to knit tiny beanies for babies & toddlers in Africa & India.
    The ideas above are great – lots of possibilities. STC works in lots of countries. Where could knitted items do the most good & be delivered in the easiest way?

    • Hi Cathy,

      Both of those ideas for our next knitting campaign is great and we will take them into account when launching our next campaign later this year.

      India is in great need of blankets at the moment. We chose our blankets to go to India because we identified a great need for blankets in that country.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Warm Wishes

  25. Debbie

    I have about 20 of those little knitted ‘t-shirt’ style jumpers that were intended for orphaned African babies. I am looking for somewhere to donate them but would prefer they weren’t just put in an Op shop. Would they be of any use to your organisation? I am happy to pay postage.

    Thanks for all your wonderful work

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thankyou for considering Save the Children Australia. We are unable to accept your knitted jumpers as we will have no means of distributing them internationally.

      Please let us know if you do change your mind about allowing us to sell them in one of our 33 Op Shops, because all of the funds raised will go towards helping children in need.

      Stay in touch, as we will be launching our new campaign for knitters shortly.

      Warm Wishes

    • Hi Debbie – Apologies for the delayed relpy! Unfortunately we do not have any immediate use for the knitted jumpers. The best thing that we would do is sell them through our op shops.
      I hope you do find an organisation that can distribute them for you 🙂

    • KnittingGirl

      Have only just read your comment. My stitching group is currently knitting those little “all-in-one, sew-up-the-sides” knitted tshirts for the orphans & AIDS babies in Africa. One of the ladies passes them on to her brother (in-law?), whose Rotary Club send them off. I don’t know where you’re located, but if you’d like to pop in to my stitching group in Salisbury, Adelaide, we’d be very pleased to pass your knitting along to the intended recipients. Post another reply if you’re interested and I’ll see about how to contact you to pass on our meeting venue & times. KnittingGirl.

  26. I think scarves could be a great one. Easy to follow pattern for even beginners taking part (I really loved the pics of school students learning). Also another advantage would be no sewing! for the team at headquarters last year sounded like a quite a feat for you all.
    I can picture a wonderful array of feathery, striped, sparkley, patterned, fun, coloured scarves going to wrap a little one in love. This also might be a very much needed item for the little ones in Japan as they head into full on cold snowy winter later this year and many of them have no homes, family or care.
    Can I also suggest that you get your fab web team to create a button for this years campaign so bloggers can connect and promote this wonderful project.

    • Hi Jaime,

      Thank you for your great suggestion. After a number of very long discussions with a large number of people, we have decided to follow last years theme and will be asking knitters to knit both blankets and squares. Please feel free to knit the most stunning creative blankets you can think of, we know the kids will love them!!

      Not long until we launch our new campaign 🙂

      Warm Wishes

  27. caroline

    i was wondering if you know of some place in western Australia that is doing this sort of thing as i would love to help

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