Covering the Helsinki Cathedral Steps with Afghans

Afghans, as far as the eye can see, blanketed the concrete steps of a beautiful white church. I was intrigued and amazed by this photo when I saw it on Pinterest. Following the link brought me to a newspaper article with several more amazing pictures and a short story in Finnsih. I, unfortunately, can't read Finnish. If you can, definitely check out the full article.

But I have never seen that many granny squares in one place! I had to know the story. The online translation software struggled with some of the words in the article, but I think I got the basic story.

The photographs were taken October 1, 2011 on the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral in the center of Helsinki Finland. It seems that the Martha Association and the Textile Teachers Association attempted to set a record and gather one thousand blankets which would be donated to the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters.

They met their goal and then immediately surpassed it by gathering 7,800 blankets. Three thousand eight hundred of these afghans were then spread across the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral and photographed.

I love hearing stories about crocheters around the world! And I am always inspired by what we can accomplish together. Well done to everyone who was involved with this impressive endeavor.

Best wishes,

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Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.

7 thoughts on “Covering the Helsinki Cathedral Steps with Afghans

  1. Nice to see that our small country, Finland, has been noticed in a good way. Just few points from the article: “only” 3800 afghans were spread on the steps, the rest 4000 were stacked up on piles. If all were spread, it would have on eight layers. The plankets were donated to Mother and Child Homes and Shelters afterwards.