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Crochet For Calais Update


This is the first pile of fabulous blankets made by all you wonderful people that are going out to Calais and Lesbos this week!

From Sarah, who helped stitch the squares together: –

“Jane popped round earlier, so I now have all of the amazing blankets, hats and other yarny goodies to give to Lee Godwin tomorrow. Just “Wow” everyone, so proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time. Thank you, thank you.”

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Jane, the organiser of this refugee effort, posted a lovely comment on my blog – here it is for anyone that missed it: –

“Hi everyone, I am Jane, the person behind the squares. I just wanted to thank each and every one of you who has so kindly sent me squares. The current batch are being feverishly stitched together and are going to refugee children in Lesbos this Friday. This is an ongoing crisis and I intend to make this an ongoing project and will always welcome your squares. The nurse who is taking the blankets out with her says that the hand made blankets mean everything to the refugees as it sends a message of hope to them that someone really cares. I will forward photographs to Sheila so she can show you how amazing you all are. Please keep sending them 😊

Here follows some of the photographs Jane has since sent of the finished blankets. Can you spot your square in there?

I think I can see Ali’s from Thimberlina in there!

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I can see four of mine in this one!


These two cheery blankets are on their way to Justine Corrie for her refuge for traumatised women and children in The Calais Jungle: –

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Message from Lee Godwin who is travelling to Lesbos tomorrow: –
“Jane you and your wonderful knitter friends are doing something truly amazing! There is something very special about knitted blankets because not only are they massively warm but they are also made with so much love and the refugees appreciate this more than you could believe. Anyone can go and buy a blanket but it takes a lot of commitment, motivation and skill to knit them. Thank you to all of you for your time, love and dedication. All my love Lee. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”

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Knitted squares mix quite happily alongside crocheted ones.

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Simple garter stitch squares from lots of different people make a lovely blanket when joined together, proving that anybody can contribute – the squares don’t have to be fancy!

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A touch of bright red lifts these gorgeous shades-of-blue squares to make it even more cheerful for those poor refugees.

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Some ladies have had the time to make an entire blanket, but don’t let that put you off – every single square is so important!

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Jane says: –

“Your skill level does NOT matter one bit, any knitted square will keep a child warm and they will care not about colour, pattern, or the odd slipped stitch, they care that they have something of their own and something to keep them warm in the cold. Please no one worry about their skill level, every single square is very valuable and very gratefully received xx”

Look at these lovingly knitted squares sent in from a beginner who was desperate to help – they will all be used in the next round of blankets.

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Donations of hand made items such as hats are also gratefully accepted, especially so at this time of year. These have been received and are already on their way to the refugees: –


Finally, an important message from Lee: –

“I am collecting blankets for least the next 5 years. The refugee crisis is not going to end anytime soon. I go to Calais every 3 weeks and plan on going to Greece every 3 months so your blankets / squares will be very well received. All my love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”

The Facebook group can be found here if you would like to follow the progress.

My original post, including details of where to send your squares, can be found here – Crochet for Calais.


Author: sewchet

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37 thoughts on “Crochet For Calais Update

  1. Oh, this post reduced me to tears. Fab job everyone! So lovely to see the finished blankets. Now that you’ve reassured me that skill (and speed!) not essential I will be setting to work on this over the weekend… A really uplifting post πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, you big softie – you’ve got me going now! It’s brilliant that you’re going to make a square (or two) and I’m glad you found the post inspiring:)

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      • The power of the blogosphere and women who craft! Apologies to any men who knit/crochet too… I bet there are so many of us who want to help these poor people, but don’t know how: you’ve given us the perfect solution! Just about to rummage through what wool I have to see what’s suitable. Might be the perfect excuse to just sit and knit on my day off, something I never get to do normally πŸ˜‰

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  2. FANTASTIC! Indeed Well done everyone! Especially Lee. And well done to you Shelia for spreading the word and keeping us updated xx

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  3. What a brilliant effort, and so glad to know it’s going to be an ongoing project. I’ll have another rummage and always keep a ball of wool with me at work. πŸ˜ƒ

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  4. What a wonderful, inspiring project – well done everyone who’s contributed. You are amazing πŸ™‚

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  5. Incredible! Those blankets are so cheery and pretty. What a wondefully concrete way to send the message to these children that people are thinking of them. As a non-knitter, I am especially touched by the beginner’s squares.

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    • Me too, it just goes to show what people can do if they want to help. The refugees will have hope if they know there are people out there who care enough to do something like this. It’s not all about physical health – emotional health is just as important:)

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  6. Such an amazing thing to be joining in with. My friend and I were hoping to get a group of teens together in January/February to make knotted fleece blankets but were not sure where to send them, previously we have given them to the salvation army for the homeless. Would Jane be interested in them? They are two layers of fleece with the edges fringed and knotted. x

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  7. Such a wonderful impulse and such a wonderful result. It brings joy to see the response and hope to know that even the newest knitter can contribute and be honoured! Great work Sheila and Jane!

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  8. All so beautiful! A huge well done and thank you to everyone involved.

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  9. Absolutely lovely! Everything – the blankets (and other items) themselves, the reason, the makers. How wonderful to have such a skill and use it so thoughtfully.

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  10. I think all the best words and phrases have been taken to describe this!! Utterly wonderful both in response and result in such a short space of time – what a difference it will make for so many to be wrapped in warmth and love too!

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  11. Wow is all I can say!! They are all so beautful. I have been a little under the weather but I am slowly getting back to my old self. Thank you so much for passing on this wonderful charity that we all can contribute to. Lots of love to you Sheila!

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  12. I can’t imagine a more heart-felt and personal way to help. Thanks for sharing this post, the concept, the non-profit behind it and all the wonderful hats, quilts and squares. It makes me think it’s time to brush up on my knitting and break out my needles. Even I can knit square.

    You have a big heart.

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    • Thanks Alys, it’s for such a good cause and I feel so powerless to help that this seemed the very least I could do, to spread the word and make some squares myself.


      • I understand that feeling of powerlessness. But you know what: you’ve done something that was within your power and your means to make a difference. You rallied community and resources and created all sorts of goodwill while at the same time making something that will warm a small child. I know this isn’t the answer to the world’s problems,but if everyone did something, we would certainly be well on our way.

        I’m ashamed to hear some of the talking heads in this country wanting to turn away refugees after the Paris attacks. It’s that mentality that does so much harm.

        Please keep being the wonderful person that you are. The world changes slowly, perhaps one knitted square at a time.

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      • You’re absolutely right, of course – if everybody did something good, no matter how small, the world would be a better place. It makes me cross when our governments place limits on the aid they’ll give, especially when the majority of their citizens would gladly give up a room or two to house a refugee family. I’ll keep making squares:)


      • Agreed!

        …and thank you for making squares.

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  13. What beautiful blankets and hats!

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  14. This is brilliant! Thank you for bringing this to our attention (first saw your post mentioned on Coastal Crochet). I am just about the send off 4 x 12″ squares. It feels so good to be able to do SOMETHING! I am reblogging this post on and will put a link on FB too – thank you again. ❀

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