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The Knitted House

St Martins are building a house for World Homeless Day on October 10th
A house made of wool. And we need your help!

Each ‘brick’ that builds the house will be a 1 meter length of woollen scarf.
The house will be made of 4,700 of these lengths, each representing a person who is sleeping rough every night in this country over a year.

One in 8 of them will be black, to represent the 600 people who died on our streets last year.
When stitched together they will be made into a giant house that will be installed in Norwich Cathedral.

But we can’t do it without a lot of help. If you can knit then please consider knitting a scarf. Or get together with friends and knit loads!

Click below to download an information sheet – and please help us to spread the word.

Share photos of your knitted scarves on social media with the hashtag #knittedhouse or send your photos to

We are very conscious of not wasting resources so at the end of the project, the scarves will be distributed in return for a donation – and the money raised will go towards supporting homeless people in Norwich.

Why are we doing this? It’s a great opportunity to highlight the issue of homelessness and the positive work St Martins and others are doing to support people who are homeless. Each person we support is unique and important and we think this knitting project will help increase understanding and compassion in our community.

The Knitted House will be on display at Norwich Cathedral in early October. It will be in place during Norfolk Schools Week and hundreds of school children will have the chance to visit, learn about homelessness, meet us and some of the people we support.

Information sheet about The Knitted House

Here at St Martins, we are committed to providing more than a home for the homeless. That means that we’re as passionate about raising awareness as we are about providing support.

There are many common myths about homelessness and it doesn’t receive the same attention as other causes. We want to use this opportunity to bring it to the public’s attention and increase awareness of the underlying issues.

Our aim is to make the knitted house a talking point and a conversation starter for the wider discussion on homelessness.

Simple. Knit a scarf that’s 1m x 15cm (that’s about 40 inches x 6 inches) Don’t worry if it’s not the exact dimensions

We would love to see pictures of you knitting and the finished scarves. You can upload them on social media using #knittedhouse and @stmartinsnfk

No. Every homeless person is an individual and we want the scarves to represent them.

You can use any wool, any size needle, any pattern and any colour. Crocheting is fine too. Be creative!

Send your finished scarf to St Martins, 35 Bishopgate, Norwich NR1 4AA

We also have the following drop-off points:

Norwich Cathedral – Mon-Fri  0900-1700 – Donations Desk

St Martins Head Office, 35 Bishopgate – Mon-Fri 0900-1600?

Donation Station, 33 Bishopgate – Mon-Fri 1000-1400

Under 1 Roof, 102 Westwick Street, NR2 4SZ – Mon-Fri 0900-1600

If you have a few and are unable to make it to a drop-off point, please contact us and we will do our best to help. 01603 667706

We hope to have all the scarves we need by 15th September, so that we can get them ready to display. However, you can keep up to date with any changes by following us on social media @stmartinsnfk

The scarves will be constructed into a knitted house – with kind support from Longwater Supplies who are helping us with the structure. The knitted house will be displayed in the North Transept of Norwich Cathedral from 7th – 27th October 2019.

It will be open to the general public and coincides with the with Cathedral’s schools’ week.

First, the scarves will be given to homeless people and those we support in Norfolk. Then they will be sold to the public to raise funds for St Martins’ new accommodation project. The remainder will be sewn into blankets to be donated to charity.
Sections will be available for schools and groups to display to raise awareness of the issues around homelessness. If you would like somebody from St Martins to come and speak at your school or group, please get in touch.