Cosy Rugs Project – Perth & Kinross

Community, church groups, and individuals across Perth and Kinross are being asked to help make cosy rugs for those who need them this winter.  

Project organiser, Liz Barrett, says “I realised that many of us who knit or crochet are happy to get busy in the winter evenings, and this is a great opportunity to have a clear out of odds and ends of yarn!  I know many groups are already making and distributing warm items, and this is a way for others to get involved too.  And it fits with the anniversary of Perth and Kinross being designated as the first UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art in the UK.  I’m very grateful to Eva and Perth Festival of Yarn for their support, and to Culture Perth & Kinross for providing space in libraries for folk to donate and pick up yarn and squares.  The rugs will be distributed through Warm Packs and Warm Spaces to those who need them.”


We need:

  • Donations of Double Knitting yarn, 4mm (No.8) needles, and 4mm (G/6) crochet hooks.
  • Knitted or crocheted squares 15cm x 15 cm (6 inches x 6 inches.)  Depending on your gauge cast on approximately 30 stitches for a square this size and knit straight, or approximately 200 stitches if you wish to make a whole rug.  Crocheters, please make “granny” or corner to corner squares to the same sizes, or a large 101.5cm (40 inch) square which could be used as a shawl or rug.
  • Volunteers to help with sewing up squares to make rugs.
  • Finished rugs – 108cm x 91.5cm (42 inches x 36 inches) are very useful, but all sizes will be welcome for families and children.


For more information on this project

You can pick up and drop off at all Perth & Kinross Libraries.  To find your nearest library click here:  libraries.  Please phone Liz Barrett on 01738 571527 or email if you need more information or can help with sewing up.  


about the author

Liz Barrett is a keen knitter who set up the South Perth Community Food Share in 2020 before being elected as a local Councillor.  An offer from a friend to crochet squares for blankets inspired Liz to take this further.





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