Covering the Helsinki Cathedral Steps with Afghans

Jan 13, 2012

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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Char55 wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 8:32 AM


MarshaRice wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 11:27 AM

What an amazing accomplishment, how lucky the people are who received these lovely gifts.

on Jan 13, 2012 11:44 AM

In addition to trying to break the record, after the spreading out the blankets and photographing them, the afghans were donated to the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters ( to be warming mothers and children in need.

ninnalisa wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 12:29 PM

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.

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 12:50 PM

Thank you all for the extra information and clarifications! This is such an amazing story.

Scotkat wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 3:45 PM

Wow amazing TrowelsKath

on Jan 16, 2012 6:50 AM