Thousands of women made history in Chennai, India on Sunday by breaking the Guinness World Record for largest crochet blanket. The all-female endeavor, organized by a private Facebook group known as Mother India’s Crochet Queens, surpassed South Africa’s record with a bedspread that spanned 120,000 square feet, or roughly the size of two football fields. The blanket was later disassembled and donated to local charities.
The 2,500 participants, ranging in age from 4 to 93, hailed from 14 countries around the world, including India.
Subashri Natarajan, the crocheting enthusiast who initiated the project, asked contributors to send in granny squares, rendered in their choice of color and style. The simplicity of the request was deliberate: It allowed not only beginners to take part, but it also made it easy to combine disparate pieces into one massive whole.
Many sent in entire tapestries, each revealing the unique personal style of its maker.
Midwived through social media, the entire process took about six months from start to finish, Natarajan noted.
Assembly took place in a field in Chennai, where the finished product unfurled to more than three times the size of South Africa’s 36,000-square-foot entry.
It was later divvied up into 8,034 individual blankets for distributing to people in need, which, in itself, must have been some kind of record, as well.