Knit for Charity - Find Knitting Projects for Good Causes

by KathleenDuffy

Knitting is fashionable and fun. It can also bring comfort to vulnerable people worldwide. Donate to a charity online which needs knitted items and start knitting today.

There are many charitable organisations, both locally and worldwide, who depend on knitted items for the elderly, children, premature babies, refugees and other vulnerable groups.

The knitted Items needed are varied and fun to create. They range from simple squares which can be sewn up into blankets which young children could knit, to dolls, cheerful sweaters, hats and gloves, to mention just a few.

Below are some suggestions to get you started. I have given some charitable contacts for knitters both in the United States and the United Kingdom. Of course, there are many other organisations which you can search for on the internet. All necessary information about where to send your knitting is on the organisations’ websites.

So - let's have a knit and a natter for charity!

Knitting for Charity in the United Kingdom

A few examples of charities that need your knitting!

Sands  (Stillborn and Neonatal Death) – Sands helps to support people after the devastating      death of a baby during pregnancy or after birth.  Their local branch in Bath has created  Precious Memory Boxes in remembrance of a lost baby and require knitted blankets to go in the boxes with other cherished items.  If you visit the website you will find a pattern for a blanket along with other knitted objects.


Charity Clowns - Charity Clowns are part of the charity, Hope and Direct

To quote from their website:

Girls Knitting“Founded in 1999, Hope and Aid Direct is a 100% voluntary, humanitarian aid charity whose team members raise their own funds, obtain donations of aid,  transport that aid in convoys of lorries twice a year, and give it out  directly into the hands of the people who need it the most.”

The knitted  clowns (and squares for blankets) bring comfort and happiness to children in  Kosovo and Syria, and other devastated regions. Visit their website here.




Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP)

This organisation is particularly keen to enMan Knittingcourage people over fifty to join their knitting programme. They need  various knitted items, including clothing for premature babies, trauma  teddies for children in distress, knitted squares for blankets, and other items of clothing for those in need wherever they may be.

RSVP believes  that the housebound and those in sheltered and residential accommodation   would benefit from involvement with this knitting project. They have groups all over the country.  Find out more from visiting their website.




Ray  of Hope – Ray of Hope is a volunteer organisation based at Leighton Hospital in Crewe that provides knitted clothing for premature babies. They require  volunteers for their own Girl Knittinghospital, but also encourage knitters to contact  their own local hospital premature baby unit to find out if knitted    garments are required. Their BBC website provides a long list of free  knitting patterns especially suited for vulnerable babies on ventilators.  If you go to this website you will find a wealth of information plus lots of free knitting patterns.


Loving Hands  Loving Hands  is a really friendly charity which sends knitted  items to various charities, including the Linda McDonald Foundation which takes containers of goods to orphanages in Bulgaria. They also need knitted hats for the British and International Sailors’ Society and blankets for animal shelters.  They have a forum which is great for building friendships and you can find out more from their website. 

Can't Knit? There's plenty of help out there!

Some suggestions for books

Like anything new, learning to knit can be a bit of a struggle at first, but once you get into the rhythm you'll find it the most relaxing hobby ever - almost like meditation.  Knitting for charity is great because you can begin your new hobby by knitting simple squares.

Heres some books that might be useful:

Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner by Aneeta Patel  (30 Jul 2008)

Knitting For Dummies by Pam Allen, Tracy Barr and Shannon Okey  (3 Oct 2008)

My First Knitting Book: Learn to Knit - Kids by Alison McNicol

And don't forget, there's loads of  free information on the internet too, including video instructions.

Knitting for Charity in the United States

Here are a few examples of American websites which charity knitters can contribute to:

Afghans  for Afghans   – This charity sends hand-knitted and crocheted blankets, sweaters, vests,     hats, mittens, and socks to the people of Afghanistan.

They have  Afghan-themed knitting patterns for sale. Knitting for the soldiersThose outside the USA can help this charity by buying the patterns from their website.

Check out the work they do here.

 Knitting  and Giving – A Connecticut-based charity, they provide free knitting patterns for warm      items which are distributed to local hospitals, homeless shelters, and  similar. They also send donated items to vulnerable people throughout the  United States and abroad. You can find out how to donate your knitted items by going to their website.


Steven’s  Comfy Toes/Cindy’s Tiny Tootsies – A charity based in the White Pine County area woman knittingof  Nevada, which can experience cold days and nights.

They provides slippers,  hats, mittens and scarves to children aged from birth to 12 years whose  families may not be able to afford to keep their children’s feet warm.    

Donated items are accepted all year, and distributed in winter.

Find out more at their website.


Knitting for Charity - This is an organisation that donates knitted items to a number of charities in the US.  In their own words:

"Do you love to knit? Are you passionate about knitting for charity? Or, you would like to know more about knitting for charity -- worthwhile charities to knit for, free patterns you can use for charity knitting projects, great new techniques, information about yarn or supplies, and so on?

If so, you have come to the right place!"

They look like a really enthusiastic set-up!  Find out more at their website.

Keep On Knittingis an excellent website that will take you through the basics of knitting from casting on to more complex knitting variations.   They also have a section devoted to knitting for charity and would like to hear from your about which charity you knit for and your knitting projects. This seems like a friendly website that really wants to encourage you to take up the needles!  You can find them here.

More Books to Give You Knitting Inspiration!

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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer)

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Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook

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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting

This step-by-step, hand-holding guide to knitting is easy to watch and makes learning fast and simple. Although this DVD is packed with everything a beginner needs to know, the ...

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Find Good Value Knitting Yarns

Knitting wool can be expensive, it's true.   But there are plenty of good quality, inexpensive knitting yarns that are perfectly acceptable for your charity knitting projects.  You won't be skimping on quality by using them.

Search the stalls at your local market, check out thrift stores such as Wilkinson's and Poundland in the United Kingdom or Walmart in the United States.

Ask for donations of spare wool from your friends and neighbours, or if you belong to a registered charity try and see if you can get sponsored by local businesses to go towards the cost of your wool.

Start Donating to Charity Today by Knitting

These charities are just a small sample of the charitable organisations found on the web that are keen to receive knitted items. It’s the perfect opportunity to not only get those knitting needles clicking, but to make a really useful contribution to some excellent, hardworking and dedicated charities.

Why not start a knitting group with friends and neighbours?  It's a great opportunity to make friends, have a good chat and learn new skills.

But most importantly, your efforts really will make a difference.

Updated: 07/13/2013, KathleenDuffy
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KathleenDuffy on 03/14/2013

Hi Hollie - Yes, knitting is one of those things that's quite awkward at first. Needles stick out all over the place and the wool is awkward to handle - I guess it's just weaving really, but not quite as easy as doing it on a little loom, but much more portable! Years ago you'd see people knitting on the bus or tram, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Your nana was obviously one of those people who loved knitting.

HollieT on 03/13/2013

My nana never had a pair of knitting needles out of her hands, she taught me how to knit and crochet. Unfortunately, this does not come naturally to me. When I have attempted to knit, the wool is either so tight around my knitting needles that I cannot 'knit one' or so loose that the stitches fall off my needle, the results are disastrous!

I love the idea of creating things for a good cause though, but think I'd have to draw something or just do something else. Really wish I could knit properly- an enviable skill.

KathleenDuffy on 03/13/2013

Ragtimelil: You're welcome! It's a lovely activity to get involved with.

Dustytoes: That's a great idea - I might actually suggest that to some of our local shops. thanks for that.

dustytoes on 03/13/2013

Each year area shops in town collect homemade knit and crochet items to give to homeless shelters and hospitals. Nice page.

Ragtimelil on 03/13/2013

I've always wanted to do some knitting for charity. It would be a great social activity too. Thanks for putting this up.

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