Fall is my favorite time of the year for two main reasons. I love getting bundled up in layers of warm wool coats, scarves, and winter boots. Secondly, I find the whole season to be filled with reasons to give! We give out candy for Halloween, we give thanks during Thanksgiving, and we give gifts during Christmas and Chanukah. If you find yourself in the giving spirit this holiday season, take a minute to read about an amazing opportunity to give to those who are the most in need. Join Jigsaw in giving something special to those who often don’t receive even a single holiday gift!

We are proud to join efforts with KasCare for a program called Knit-a-Square, providing warmth and comfort to over two million children in South Africa who have been orphaned by the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, these children are left alone to fight the bitter cold winters. In response, Jigsaw invites you to give the gift of warmth, by knitting a square. All of the squares collected will be shipped to South Africa where they will make a world of a difference to these children in need.

The Knit-a-Square project is simple, and even if you don’t know how to knit, this initiative is the perfect reason to try something new! Learn all you need to know through these easy-to-read beginner’s instructions. Get a group of friends together and make it an event; share the idea with your church or community group; however you fit in the time to pitch in, all efforts DO make a difference and bring attention to this little known tragedy.

Jigsaw first joined this initiative as part of London’s Wool Week during the Campaign for Wool. Wool is a natural fiber that is biodegradable, animal friendly, and one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection. Now, through the Knit-a-Square efforts, this durable fiber will lend a helping hand to keep these children warm for many years to come. Jigsaw UK celebrated Wool Week in a variety of ways, inspiring us (here in the states) to follow suit in giving the gift of warmth.

Join the movement that has already been so popular in the UK by sending your knitted square to our Beverly Hills, CA boutique location:

Jigsaw London


314 N. Beverly Dr.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Also, you can drop off your square at your local Jigsaw boutique location! For the specifics of your knitted square, find all the detailed requirements here. Basically, as long as your square is close to 8” of ‘warm and cozy’, that is the most we could ask for! Remember, if there is one thing that never goes out of style, it is giving to those in need.

To find out more about the Knit-a-Square charity and their wonderful work, please visit: 


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16 Responses to Join Jigsaw in Giving the Gift of Warmth! (ends January 1, 2012)

  1. Caroline Healy Estes says:

    Have posted it on FB I am willing to teach folks to knit and will also get the squares to Jigsaw LA ..

    • Mallory says:

      Wow, Caroline! This sounds wonderful. Let us know if there is a way we can help promote your teaching in the LA area. Thanks! mallory@jigsaw-london.com

      • Phyllis McCurdy says:

        Just want to say thank you for accepting these squares in the US. I stopped sending for a while due to the cost. If the date was extended I am sure you would be getting hundreds of squares which is what we need. I have sent out several pkgs already and plan to send more out before the end of the year but hoping it will continue. Thank you again very much…..

  2. THANK YOU, JIGSAW!!!!! I think I can get more people to make squares again, now that we have a place in the USA to send them! How long will people be able to send squares to you to send to South Africa? THANK YOU!!!!

  3. Julie B. says:

    Thank you so much for doing this! I love making squares for KAS. Is there a limit to how many squares each person can send? Or will you accept as many as we can send you by the end of the year?

    • Mallory says:

      Of course, there is no limit to the amount of squares we will accept from one person. Please send as many as you can make… the more squares we have the better! :) Thanks so much for your interest!

      • Julie says:

        THANK YOU! It’s such a help to be able to save the international shipping charges, and KAS is my very favorite charity to crochet for. Squares will be coming your way!

  4. Regina says:

    So happy to know that others are working on this project .

  5. Debbie says:

    Thanks so much, Jigsaw, for this generous project. Knit-a-Square is very close to my heart. I will be sending my squares to you asap!! Happy holidays!

  6. Charity says:

    I live in Irvine, Ca. Is there a closer place where I can drop the squares to reach Jigsaw?


  7. Janis Graham says:

    We have a group of knitters at my work with lots of squares. We’ve mailed several batches of them ourselves but the price is pretty prohibitive. We have a complete blanket pretty much put together, plus a few hats, and enough squares for at least one or two other blankets. Can I bring them all into the Beverly Hills, CA store this weekend? That would sure help! Thanks! Jan

    • Mallory says:

      Hi Jan, Yes… please bring your squares, blanket, etc. to the Beverly Hills location this weekend. We won’t be accepting any more for the this winter season after January 1st! We have received such a wonderful response to this Knit-a-Square project… we have SOOO many squares, hats, cuddles and blankets to send! It’s very exciting… we look forward to adding yours to the packages we ship out. :) Thank you!!!

  8. Janis Graham says:

    I got impatient and talked to Hannah at the store – she said to bring it all in. Also, thanks for letting me know that January 1 is the cut off. That’s good information to have. Do you think Jigsaw will participate again this way next year? Regardless, thanks so very very much for doing this!

  9. Jana B says:

    Sending off some squares today.
    THANKS for making it possible for me to get these to South Africa.

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