Purple Patch Challenge for Purple Day!

With Ireland back in lockdown – and with it looking likely that we face a difficult few months ahead – we need to keep our minds busy while staying safe.

Despite the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we at Epilepsy Ireland remain focussed on raising awareness of epilepsy and to continuing our journey towards a society where no person’s life is limited by epilepsy.

In the first quarter of 2021, we have two major epilepsy awareness days. The first of which is International Epilepsy Day on February 8th and as part of raising awareness in the lead up to the day, the 50 Million Steps campaign is well underway – you can read more on that here.

The second major epilepsy awareness day is Purple Day; which takes place on March 26th.

Much like the lead up to International Epilepsy Day with the 50 Million Steps campaign, we felt that we needed a challenge for the lead up to Purple Day – so let us share with you our Purple Patch campaign!

We are asking our dedicated members, volunteers, supporters and followers to get their knitting needles out in the name of epilepsy awareness and knit a Purple Patch in the lead up to Purple Day.

We want you to create a patch or pattern (ideally in purple) and post your creations on to us to our HQ in Crumlin. 

We will then stitch them together and the combined patchwork will be displayed in our office.

Each patch will be different; individual and can represent either yourself as a person with epilepsy or a family member or loved one who know who has epilepsy – this will highlight the individual nature of epilepsy and the 40,000 people it affects in Ireland today.


  • Each patch should cast on 20 stitches and knit 40 rows in plain stitch
  • Cast off after the 40th row
  • Each patch can be knit or crocheted
  • Each patch should be approximately be 4 x 4 inches
  • Ideally, try and keep the patch to a purple colour but don’t worry too much about it if you can’t source purple materials; we know that this can be difficult – we’ll not exclude your excellent work!
  • When complete, post your patch to Epilepsy Ireland, 249 Crumlin Road, Dublin 12, D12RW92.
  • Feel free to send more than one as well and if you're feeling even more generous; when you do knit more than one you can stitch them together in groups of 4 before sending them to us.

When we get all the patches in, we’ll stitch together and all going well, we’ll be able to unfurl the finished patchwork on Purple Day!

If you have any further questions on the directions, please contact our resident Epilepsy Ireland knitting expert and Community Resource Officer for the Mid-West, Veronica Bon on vbon@epilepsy.ie.

Above all else; have fun with this and hopefully this #PurplePatch challenge for #PurpleDay will occupy the mind and allow you to learn or hone a skill during this challenging period.

Remember, our team are still here for you and should you need any support or advice with your or a family member’s epilepsy, please get in touch with your local Community Resource Officer.