Charity knitters create 50 blankets in a day

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You might class yourself as a bit of speed knitter, but how many rows could you really get done in a day?

Volunteers at The Hills College in Queensland Australia were hard at work last week, clicking their knitting needles together for a full day, The Hills-shire Times reports.

Residents and locals from the Powerhouse Discovery Centre took part in a mass craft event, with anyone who could knit, crochet or sew squares together encouraged to get involved.

The Wrap With Love charity day resulted in more than 1,400 finished squares, making up 50 blankets thanks to the fast work of the 90 volunteer knitters.

Working their fingers for a great cause, the project, which was run in conjunction with ABC Radio 702, helped participants practise their speed knitting to create throws for a good cause.

The wraps will now be distributed by the charity to aid agencies in Australia and around the rest of the world to people in need of extra comfort and warmth.

What started out as a small idea has now been running for nine years, creating more than 30,000 blankets, using more than 900,000 hand-knitted and crocheted squares.
Even if you don't have a band of helpers this charitable event just shows how quickly you can knock up a simple patchwork blanket.

As a beginner knitter a throw could be a great challenge to get your knitting needles stuck into as it's essentially just making lots of little squares and then sewing them together.

You needn't worry about matching as you could just pick a selection of your favourite Rowan yarns and create a multicoloured blanket.

As you become more confident don't be afraid to try out new textures as cabling, ribbing, lace, moss or daisy stitch.

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