“Giving all New Zealand babies a great start in life.”
Every baby in New Zealand should come into the world with the basic necessities and parents, families and whānau should feel supported. One in nine children live in households reporting material hardship, which means many families face impossible financial decisions, such as choosing between paying the power bill or buying warm clothing for their children.
How parents are doing is central to babies’ wellbeing and early development. The evidence is clear: what happens in the first years of life impacts children’s life-long trajectories.
The Nest Collective is a registered charity that works alongside social workers and over 45 community partners to provide free packs of baby and children’s essentials for families in need.
Baby packs include new, pre-loved, handcrafted and repurposed essentials including clothing, toys, nappies, bedding, books and much more. The Nest Makers (crafters who create for The Nest Collective packs) are spread across the country and contribute a whole range of handmade items including reusable wipes, breast pads, blankets, clothing and bedding.
The main object of the Kiwi Family Trust “Knitting the Community together” project was to help keep New Zealand children and babies warm and to give any knitters, many who live alone or in a home, a purpose and inclusion to help combat social isolation. The knitting they receive goes to Plunket and the Community.
“You have no idea what a wonderful resource you are in enabling us to meet the material needs of our clients. If these needs are met it opens the doors to address the real issues behind these needs.” Social worker
Together we can all make a real difference for the families who need it most.
Please Help us reach this target of 5,000 by the 31st May 2022
Free Pattern Downloads for this charity are below
We like peggy squares to be 16cm squares knitted in garter stitch. We then sew or crochet them together into cot or bassinet blankets.
To make that size and for us to be able to sew similar squares together please use 8 ply wool on 4mm needles.
Cast on 35 st, knit 80 rows, cast off. You may need to adjust the number of stitches and rows to make the 16cm size, depending on your wool and tension.
Leave wool tag ends to be sorted when blanket is put together later.