Knit bears & squares for Refuge


Simply Knitting and The Knitter have launched another fantastic crafty campaign for Refuge, the charity which helps families experiencing domestic violence. This year, they're asking nifty knitters to create something special for children staying at Refuge's safe houses - a cuddly teddy or a cosy cot blanket.

Read on to find out more about the campaign - you too could send a handmade hug to someone special!

If you think you could knit a teddy for a little one to cuddle, Val Pierce and Search Press have kindly provided a pattern from Little Bears to Knit & Crochet, will soon be available to download in return for a small donation to Refuge.

The magazines are also getting together with some of your favourite designers to create exclusive blanket patterns for the campaign. As a taster, you'll find a fab slip stitch pattern from Juliet Bernard in Simply Knitting 95 and The Knitter 46.

Last year's blanket square pattern e-book is also still available, if you can’t wait to cast on, give a donation to Refuge and download it now!

Click over to the Simply Knitting and The Knitter websites to find out more about the campaign, which aims to raise £10000 for Refuge as well as provide every child staying at the charity's safe houses with a teddy or blanket to keep. Zoe and I will be joining in too, so come back soon to see how we're getting on!

To find out more about Refuge and its work, visit You can donate to the campaign now at