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Chernobyl 2022!




The invasion of Ukraine by Russia as we all know is incredibly devastating and many of our families have had to leave. Obviously this project was up in the air for a while, but Elizabeth and team and going to take our blankets to them, final details will be sorted later, but in Poland/Moldova and potentially Ukraine too. An extraordinary effort.


For many years we have been making warm, comforting blankets for Belarusian and Ukrainian teenagers and children visiting the UK for recuperative holidays during the summer with the fabulous charity the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, Chernobyl Children’s Project and the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children. Devastatingly for the children and their families COVID has put these trips on hold. But as 2021 proves, we can get the blankets to these children AT HOME!

You will, we hope have seen the beautiful happy and heart warming photos over the last week or so of children in Ukraine receiving our blankets in their schools and at home. So much more than just a blanket, these Hugs send love, hope, friendship and warm comfort to the children and their families.

So in 2022 we hope to repeat this, and with your love and support we’d like to get as many blankets to as many more children and their families as possible. We will need to pay to get them over (think this year it was around £1400, which per child is very little) but we can do this!

So in 2021 there were 175 blankets, could we dare hope to match this?

We need YOU!!

Here’s how you can help…. We are focussing on collecting blankets and separate squares

Squares. We need twelve inch squares in the Stylecraft Special DK palette as in photo and listed at the bottom of the page, if 12 is too much, 6 inch squares are fine too, just this yarn in these colours please, inc for embellishments so the blankets come together and are consistent for wash and wear. Knit and crochet equally welcome, beginner or expert, as simple or complex as you like, single colour, multi colour. Design of square up to you, but not too lacy, they need to be hardy. Please use a 4mm hook or needles. If sizing is a challenge with your pattern/tension, we prefer them just under sized rather than over! SO IMPORTANT! Please ensure you knot off every end/colour change very very securely, leave approx a 6 inch tail end and use a needle to sew in. These blankets have to be super sturdy as there is no way back to fix them if squares collapse.

Whole blankets We know some crafters love to make their own whole blankets and this is wonderful! Please use SSDK. Finished blanket size remains the same at 48inches by 60 inches, and please work within the colour palette.

Donating funds As always we like to be inclusive and would love to send yarn to folks who otherwise would not be able to craft. In addition,we already know there will be the cost of transporting them to Ukraine and would be incredibly grateful to anyone who would like to donate funds for this project.

Our Paypal is admin@woollyhugs.com

Bank transfer

• We are a Cooperative account in the name of Woolly Hugs
• Account number: 65579631
• Sort code: 089299

Please do inc your name so we can thank you properly.
Any funds raised from our Spring/Easter sale in 2022 will be used to support this project too. 


The 2022 Palette

  • Aspen
  • Aster
  • Bluebell
  • Boysenberry
  • Bright pink
  • Candy floss
  • Citron
  • Claret
  • Cloud blue
  • Cornish Blue
  • Cypress
  • Denim
  • Duck egg
  • Emperor
  • Empire
  • Fondant
  • Fuchsia pink
  • Grape
  • Grass green
  • Kelly green
  • Lapis
  • Lavender
  • Lime
  • Lipstick
  • Lobelia
  • Magenta
  • Meadow
  • Mustard
  • Pale Rose
  • Parchment
  • Petrol
  • Pistachio
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Sherbert
  • Shrimp
  • Spearmint
  • Spice
  • Storm blue
  • Teal
  • Tomato
  • Turquoise
  • Violet
Bless him, Tortie always has to get in there……. Thank you lovely Lisa McA for doing these pics xx




These photos are from Belarus, taken in 2019. Just lovely!
























Thank you so much everyone!