FAQ

Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals everywhere to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as the late Mr Mandela did for more than 67 years.
We have Ambassadors in most of the major South African cities. We also have international Ambassadors. Please visit the Ambassador section on our web site for more information. You are encouraged to make contact with your local Ambassador who will be most happy to assist you with any queries. Click here for the Ambassadors Page.
Large/Adult blankets to measure 140 x 180 cm.
Medium/Child blankets to measure 120 x 160 cm.
Small/Baby blankets to measure 100 x 120 cm.

We find that we get a lot more small blankets than any other size and we urge you to make the larger sizes.

Please refer to the document called “Sizes of Blankets and Other Tips” for additional information. 
Yes – we are happy to accept squares which are 20 x 20 cm in size. These will then be sewn into blankets by volunteers. Please measure the squares. It’s just so much easier to join them if they are the correct size.

Knitting Squares It is difficult to tell you exactly how many stitches you need to cast on to get a 20cm square as the tension of your work will have an impact. However, the following is a guideline as a starting point. This is using double knit wool.
  • 44/45 stitches on 4 mm  needles
  • 40/42 stitches on 4.5mm needles
  • 35/36 stitches on 5 mm needles
Please refer to the document called “Sizes of Blankets and Other Tips” for additional information. Download Sizes of Blankets and Other Tips..
Most of our KnitWits use double knit yarn and work with 4.0 - 5.0 mm hooks or needles. The tension that you work at will determine the size of the hooks/needles.

The following acrylic yarns are well priced and readily available from haberdashery stores.

Checkers also stocks yarn:

Charity
Lollipop
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

Please bear in mind that the aim is to keep people warm. If you have a whole lot of 4 ply yarn, why not use double strands worked together to give the end product more body? Also bear in mind that if you use chunky yarn, you will need a lot more to complete a blanket. It makes up really quickly, but does cost substantially more. We estimate you will need about 20 to 24 x 100g balls to complete a chunky single bed blanket.

It is best to use acrylic yarns. These are ideally suited for the following reasons:

Properties of Acrylic Yarn
  • Variety of colours easily available
  • Comes in all weights and sizes
  • Inexpensive
  • Machine washable
  • Has good elasticity (stretch capability and memory)
  • Resistant to moths, mildew damage, oils, chemicals, deterioration from sunlight
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Wicks moisture away
  • Does not stain

Benefits of Acrylic Yarn
Whenever you want to give a handmade item to someone, you have to make sure they are not allergic to the material you used. Some people are allergic to wool or any other natural fibre. Acrylic yarns will be your go-to material as it is hypoallergenic and comes in a whole array of colours. Not to mention the fact that it is machine washable and is quite low maintenance compared to other fibres. Download Sizes of Blankets and Other Tips..
We can only provide you with an estimate as different patterns use different amount of yarns. Also the various brands make up differently.
  • On average, expect to use between 12 and 15 x 100g balls of double knit yarn for a single bed blanket (large). 180 x 140cm.
  • On average, expect to use between 10 and 12 x 100g balls of double knit yarn for a medium blanket. 160 x 120cm.
  • On average, expect to use between 6 and 8 x 100g balls of double knit yarn for a small baby blanket. 120 x 100cm.
The good thing is that leftover yarn is very useful for making up squares. Many stunning blankets have been produced from the bits left over from other projects. Download Sizes of Blankets and Other Tips..
This does create some confusion when using a pattern. It is important to establish whether the pattern is written in UK or USA terminology in order for the pattern to work out correctly. An easy way to determine this is to search for the term “single crochet – sc”. If you see this term in your pattern it is a USA pattern. The UK doesn’t use the term “single crochet –sc”. The following table details the more common terms.
US UK
 chain (ch)  chain (ch)
 single crochet (sc)  double crochet (dc)
 double crochet (dc)  treble (tr)
 half double crochet (hdc)  half treble (htr)
 triple crochet (trc)  double treble (dtr)
 slip stitch (sl st)  slip stitch (sl st)

Download Sizes of Blankets and Other Tips..
The internet is your best resource. By far the easiest way to learn is via YouTube. There are some amazing tutorials online.

Not everyone has access to the internet, so, if you are looking for personal lessons, simply post your request for lessons on our Facebook page 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa) and one of our KnitWits is sure to offer help. If you are resident in another country, you should post this request on your local Facebook page.
We do not have a specific cut-off date and we collect blankets year round. We distribute blankets during the winter months, i.e. April to end August.

We may, from time to time, have special events when we encourage our supporters to handover any completed blankets that they may have in their possession.

Events are published on our web site as well as on our Facebook group page.  Click here for the Events Page
We have multiple drop-off points located around South Africa and some internationally as well. Please visit the Drop-Off Point section on our web site for detailed information. Click here for the Drop-Off Page
When handing in blankets please complete a Blanket Handover Form and secure it to your blankets. The best way to do this is to put the form into a plastic sleeve, seal the top with tape and cable tie to the blanket. Download Blanket Handover Form.

When handing in donations of materials, squares or scarves, please complete a Materials Handover Form and secure it to your donation. The best way to do this is to put the form into a plastic sleeve, seal the top with tape and cable tie to the bad containing the donation. Download Materials Donation Form.

NB: Any donation handed in without the necessary information being provided will be logged as being ANONYMOUS.
Please complete a Beneficiary Request Form and email to info@67blankets.co.za. Download the Beneficiary Request Form.

Kindly provide ALL the information requested. Mandatory fields are indicated by an asterisk(*). Failure to provide detailed information may result in your application not being considered.
The first thing would be to contact your local Ambassador. Click here for the Ambassadors Page.

There are a number of ways in which you can get involved:

1. By starting to knit or crochet.
We accept completed blankets or squares. Please refer to the document entitled “Sizes of Blankets and Other Tips” for further guidelines. Download Sizes of Blankets and Other Tips.

When handing in blankets please complete a Blanket Handover Form and secure it to your blankets. The best way to do this is to put the form into a plastic sleeve, seal the top with tape and cable tie to the blanket. Download the Blanket Handover Form.

When handing in donations of materials, squares or scarves, please complete a Materials Handover Form and secure it to your donation. The best way to do this is to put the form into a plastic sleeve, seal the top with tape and cable tie to the bad containing the donation Download The Materials Donation Form.

2. By donating wool, hooks and needles.

We have a many willing people just waiting to make up blankets, but some of these people cannot afford the materials. No donation is too small, or too big! We are currently working with various schools, prisons and communities.

When handing in donations of materials, please complete a Materials Handover Form and secure it to your donation. The best way to do this is to put the form into a plastic sleeve, seal the top with tape and cable tie to the bad containing the donation. Download The Materials Donation Form.

3. We do accept cash donations.

Bank name Investec
Branch code 58 01 05
Branch Name 100 Grayston Drive
Account Number 10011758149


Please send proof of payment to info@67blankets.co.za if you make a cash donation.

4. Another way to make a donation is to:

a. choose a haberdashery store (your local Ambassador can help with recommendations);
b. transfer the donation to them;
c. e-mail a proof of payment to info@67blankets and we will arrange to collect the donation directly from the store.

5. Adopt a knitter.

Partner with someone who has the skills but not the means to buy the necessary materials. Schools and old age homes are really good places to support.
The late Mr Mandela spent more than 67 years serving his community, his country and the world. The number is symbolic of how people can start to do the same  one small step at a time“ and so become part of a continuous, global movement for good.
To be fully informed as to what we are doing it is recommended that you join our Facebook Group “67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa)”. You will find our Knit Wits to be very supportive and friendly on Facebook. This is also where we publish information on the various events being held around the country. You will also find various Files saved on Facebook that will assist you as you become active in this movement. Various of our international chapters have their own Facebook groups as well.

If you wish to receive regular newsletters and important information via email, kindly send a message to info@67blankets.co.za with the Subject: INCLUDE ME PLEASE. You will then be added to our database.
Open an event on the Facebook group page “67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa)”. Please also complete the form entitled Event Planning Form. Once complete email to our PR Company Buz – the email addresses are included on the form. Download Knitathon Check List.  Download the Event Planning Form.
Only Ambassadors may order tags and marketing materials. Use the form entitled Tag and Marketing Materials Order Form. Complete and send to info@67blankets.co.za. Download the Tags and Marketing Materials Order Form.
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is a registered trademark. No person, organisation or any other entity may use this trademark without the express written permission of the founder, Carolyn Steyn. No items may be distributed under the 67 Blankets banner without being fully processed through our systems by one of our Regional Administrators. The brand is our pride and joy and our reputation of prime importance.
If you wish to order any of the abovementioned items, please deposit a donation of R100 per item + delivery charges into our bank account.

Bank name Investec
Branch code 58 01 05
Branch Name 100 Grayston Drive
Account Number 10011758149

Please send proof of payment to info@67blankets.co.za. On receipt of your proof of payment the goods will be sent to you.

We will have an online shop in the near future.
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day does not supply the wool for the making of the blankets. We rely on our KnitWits for Madiba to source the materials themselves. If you cannot personally afford the materials, we urge you to reach out to your families and friends to assist you. Very often there are individuals or companies within your own circle who would be happy to be a part of this initiative.

The materials can be sourced from various haberdashery stores. There are many such stores located all around the country. Checkers also sells a limited range of wool. Refer to our document Blanket Sizes & Other Tips for more information.

From time to time we may receive donations of wool. This wool will be distributed into various communities at the discretion of the Regional Administrators and/or Ambassadors in consultation with Head Office. When materials are distributed in this manner, a PLEDGE will automatically be opened in the name of the recipient. This pledge is a promise that the materials handed out will be returned to 67 Blankets as a completed blankets by an agreed date.
A pledge is a solemn promise or undertaking. If you PLEDGE to make a blanket for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, you will be expected to complete the blanket by the date which it is promised for.
You will be required to Register for an Account on our web site. Once this is done, you will be able to login to your own Account. Once you have logged in you will be able to pledge your blankets using the form provided..
Yes – we are a registered NPO. Our NPO number is 151/362.