Knitting for charity

Published on September 4, 2018 5 min read

As knitters, we love to make for others. Nothing beats that warm fuzzy feeling of gifting someone a knit you’ve stitched with love and kindness. Knitting for charity is the perfect way to do something kind all year round, plus it’s a lovely way to spread the joy of beautiful knitwear. If you’re after some great patterns that you can knit for charity, have a peek at our top patterns to knit for charity.

If you’re looking for a charity to support, but you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together a list of charitable causes that are looking for your knitted donations. Plus, you’ll find some of the charity campaigns LoveKnitting has supported and how you can get involved. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your needles and spread some wooly joy today.

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What can I knit for charity?


Here at LoveKnitting, we love our charities! If you’re looking to help others by using your trusty knitting needles, we have plenty of ways you can knit a little more joy into someone else’s life. Whether you’re knitting for National Random Act of Kindness Day on February 17, International Day of Charity on 5 September, or simply teaching someone to knit, there are charitable knitting acts that you can do anywhere at anytime!

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

Knit for someone in need

There are loads of charities and organizations looking for your handmade donations to give to people in need. While it might seem like a small contribution, handmade knits can bring someone warmth and comfort which can make all the difference. Browse our list of charities below for ideas of what you can knit.

Buy knitting patterns in support of charity

If you’re looking for a new knitting project to start, consider buying one of our patterns where the proceeds go to a charity (instant warm fuzzy feelings guaranteed!).

Patterns for charity

Knit together for charity

A baby hat here and a scarf there are great for so many charities, but if you’re keen to work on something bigger, then why not join a knitting group and make something together like a blanket? Blankets are great because they can easily be made from knitted squares, meaning that even beginner knitters can contribute. Plus, they are quick if you’ve got a good-sized knitting group. Don’t have a knitting group? Here's how to start one.

Host a knit and bake sale

If you love knitting, baking or both, consider hosting your own knit and bake sale. This can be anything you want it to be! You can even go for a tea party theme and knit tea cozies and cup warmers to sell. Like ‘The Big Tea Cosy’ campaign our friends in the UK ran in support of Breast Cancer, consider hosting your own event and raise money for a charity by selling tickets to the event or goods to the guests. All you need to succeed at this is a passion for the charity you’re fundraising for!

Sell your patterns for charity

Are you a designer looking to give back in some way? Why not consider donating some or all of the proceeds of your pattern sales to a charity of your choice? It’s a lovely way to give back if you’re looking to do so. Many of our designers who decide to go down this route like to make a themed pattern that matches the charity being donated too.

Charity starts at home

Knitting is always a great way to help others. If you want to spread the knitting love, then start small by teaching someone to knit. This could be a neighbor or friend who can’t afford to buy new sweaters but would love to knit their own to save money. Or if you volunteer at a care facility, you could go there and share your skills to bring a little joy into someone’s life.

Which charities can I knit for?

If you love making charity knits, take a look at the worthy causes in your neighborhood. Reach out to your local hospitals, shelters, hospices, thrift shops, schools, and care homes to find out if they can use the knits you can make. Further afield, there's so many worthy causes to knit for. Whether it's charity knits for babies, children, the elderly, animal shelters, or premature babies, there is no shortage of causes looking for your kind donations. Here's a handful of the charities you can knit for.

Knitting for women and children charities

Newborns in Need

If babies are your weakness, then join Newborns in Need as they gift baby necessities around the US to ill, impoverished or premature babies.

Enchanted Makeovers

Help Enchanted Makeovers with their work to empower women and children in shelters by donating lap blankets.

The Pink Slipper Project

Help the Pink Slipper Project in their mission to warm the toes of women and children currently living in shelters by making and donating slippers.

Project Linus

You can help Project Linus with their work to help children in need and keep them warm by providing homemade blankets.

Binky Patrol

Binky Patrol work to provide binky blankets to women and children in shelters. You can greatly help their cause by donating yarn and binkies.

Knit for Kids

Knit for Kids work to help impoverished children worldwide, one knitted garment at a time. All knitted goods are welcomed by this dedicated charity.

The Snuggles Project

The Snuggles Project are a non-profit charity who work with displaced and homeless animals. They accept donations of blankets, towels and snuggles.

Knit One, Cure One

This group of knitting enthusiasts create beautiful and wearable fiber art with 100% of their sale proceeds going towards the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. You can get involved by buying their wears, volunteering with them, or donating your own knitted goods.

Knitting for health charities

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) work to build better lives for those suffering with mental illness.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) are the nation’s leading community-based non-profit who work to help those with mental illness and to spread awareness nation-wide.

The Creative Center

The Creative Center are a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the creative arts to those with chronic illness and cancer, as well as everyone else. Help their cause by donating yarn.

More charities

Warm Up America

Since 1992, the non-profit Warm Up America has had over 20,000 volunteers help knit and crochet over 1,000,000 blankets, afghans, and items of clothing to American's in need. Help them at anytime of the year or join them in knitting, crocheting, and distributing hats, scarves and gloves for their 'Made with Love' campaign this coming January!

Patterns for charity

Feeling inspired to start knitting for charity? Check out our top charity knitting patterns, including adorable knits for babies and children, cozy blankets for someone in need, and animal knits for a fuzzy friend.

Do you knit for a charity? It warms our wooly hearts to see your special makes. Share your charitable knits with the knitting community.

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