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Do we need to knit squares together before we send them?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claire Leeson Nov 3, 2015. 12 Replies

I seem to remember before all the marvellous fund raising started that it was suggested that we should knit squares together before sending them, but then I also remember reading in a discussion…Continue

Yarn weight for hand warmers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claire Leeson Apr 5, 2014. 7 Replies

Could someone tell me if the pattern for the hand warmers is for two strands of yarn or just one.  I usually use two strands of double knit for making squares on 6mm needles, but am worried that one…Continue

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Claire Leeson replied to Pam Antink's discussion MEET THE KAS FAMILY - KNIT-A-SQUARE CROATIA
"Congratulations on your 1st Month creating fabulous goodies for the children of South Africa. It is wonderful to have a group of like minded people to knit/crochet with and chat about life."
Mar 10
Claire Leeson replied to Pam Antink's discussion CHRIS DAY CARE
"It never ceases to amaze me that these children smile through everything.  Such a big lesson to us that if we see the good in things we too can smile in adversity.  Such wonderful pictures makes it all worth while."
Mar 8
Claire Leeson replied to Bev Jeffery's discussion FEBRUARY 2018 THEME- CELEBRATE AFRICA
"Beautiful as always Bev, such a talented lady!"
Mar 1
Claire Leeson replied to Gloria Grandy's discussion MARCH - THINK BOYS
"Wow Gloria, these are amazing!"
Mar 1
Claire Leeson replied to Pam Antink's discussion KIDS ARE RITE - September 2017
"They are just adorable! Makes it all worth while."
Mar 1
Claire Leeson replied to Linda Maltby's discussion THE KAS STORY - Part 1
"Wow, from small beginnings grow!  This is such a heart warming story and now that I have visited South Africa I can see why Rhonda felt she needed to do something to help the children. I love spending my evenings knitting and crocheting squares…"
Feb 2
Claire Leeson replied to Susanne Leverton's discussion Teddy Bears Picnic
"What a clever little chap to produce such a lovely doll.  I do hope he was very pleased with himself, I certainly think he needs a pat on the back.  There's going to be a very happy child in South Africa soon."
Jan 19
Claire Leeson commented on Kathy Platts's photo


"Such beautiful colours Kathy, there will be three very large smiles on children's faces shortly."
Jan 14
Claire Leeson replied to Sharon Fennell's discussion DECEMBER 2017 THEME - ODDS AND ENDS
"I have just parcelled up twenty hats made from left over chunky wool, unfortunately the photo's I took won't load up but they were very satisfying to make and clear a bit of stash."
Jan 6
Claire Leeson commented on Karen Gordon's photo

33 Diagonal squares - December 2017 Theme

"What a brilliant idea, I've got a lot of yarn that has been patiently waiting to be used.  I love those squares they look so warm."
Jan 3
Claire Leeson replied to Sharon Fennell's discussion DECEMBER 2017 THEME - ODDS AND ENDS
"Wow! What a beautiful square, you are a very clever lady Patricia."
Dec 16, 2017
Claire Leeson replied to Bev Jeffery's discussion Themes for 2018
"Some awe inspiring ideas here, well done Bev, Chris and the Mods. I love the idea of Happy Scrappies and Boost the Plain Jane's combined, this could produce some amazing squares."
Nov 6, 2017
Claire Leeson replied to Bev Jeffery's discussion FUNNY AND FANTASTIC
"Hi Leanne, I use Wool Warehouse as they have very good quality yarns for extremely good prices and deliver very quickly. They do gift vouchers or I'm sure you can send to a different address from your own.  You can also get a discount code…"
Nov 1, 2017
Claire Leeson commented on Kathy Platts's photo

Urgent supplies!

"Am loving those sheep and ducks. Brilliant parcel of supplies!"
Oct 13, 2017
Claire Leeson commented on Joan Humm's photo

500 sewing needles and 52 crochet hooks

"Wow, that's an amazing amount. Well done Joan, they will love you forever when they receive that lot!"
Oct 13, 2017
Claire Leeson commented on Paola Ferrari's photo

C2c is so addictive!

"I agree C2C is very addictive.  I love this form of crochet square as it goes together really quickly and always makes a a true square. Your square is so pretty Paola."
Sep 25, 2017

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At 11:52pm on September 24, 2013, P. Jeanne Haessler said…

Welcome to Knit A Square from the middle of Canada! Sorry I’m a bit late with this, my health’s not been brilliant lately.  Am I ever brilliant? Ahem, I’m here and sincere now.  Greetings!  Please feel free to visit Discussions or join Groups to talk about things or go to Photos to see what some members are up to.  These are in a line on top of the page, just click on them.  As for the photos, talk about yarn artistry! Try not to be intimidated, I’m a plain square person myself but it’s lovely to view the more artsy squares.  KAS is a very positive group and all these squares and sweaters and hats etc. go to help the poorest of the poor, the South African AIDS/HIV orphans who are parent-less and being cared for by many good and kind folk in often desperate surroundings.  Our crocheted, knitted and sewn items can help give a child hope for the future because they are not forgotten, plus  warmth and a smile and often a toy to cuddle.  Glad you’re with us!

At 8:50am on September 23, 2013, Linda Maltby said…

Hello Claire, so glad you have joined us. Keeping the children in South Africa warm has brought together a world-wide group of caring knitters and crocheters. 

Looking for patterns?  Check the KAS Pattern Book for garments and squares for the children.  We are focusing on children aged 3-9 years old. 

Please visit “Helpful Hints” [see menu bar above] for information:

- Questions you may have (FAQs),

- How to navigate the forum,

- Postage information and

- Learn when your squares arrived in South Africa!

We have a monthly challenge as well.  This is a fun way to try new colours, ideas or patterns revolving around the theme. If you wish, you may create something new and different......it could be making a plain square using a new colour, a different stitch or trying a totally new way of knitting/ crocheting.  An 8”/20cm square is the perfect size for experimenting. The September challenge is all about Education !  Please join us here to see what others have made for ‘educational’ squares and then add a few of your own :-)

If you are interested in joining any of our challenges, please note: Your parcel does not need to arrive in South Africa before the end of the challenge month.  Many of us use sea-mail and find parcels take between 6-10 weeks to arrive. Whenever your parcel arrives,  it will be appreciated and you are keeping children warm.

As always, making the basic square is a wonderful way to relax and still help the children.  Plain Janes, as they are affectionately called, are the backbone of KAS.  Since a blanket is created with 35 squares sent by people around the world, squares are needed all the time.

We would love to see photos of your work. Click on the photo option in the tabs above and follow the prompts.

Enjoy !



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KAS supplied blankets, hats, handwarmers and toys to over 5,500 children in 2017.  If Ronda’s wishes come true, in 2018 even more children will receive the gift of warmth and love from around the world.




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