Knit or Crochet for a Worthy Cause

Small Projects Suitable for Charity Knitting

Knitted scarf in bamboo-blend yarn
Knitted scarf in bamboo-blend yarn | Source
A half-granny square makes a simple crocheted shawl
A half-granny square makes a simple crocheted shawl | Source
Small knitted lace shawl
Small knitted lace shawl | Source

Handmade Hugs and Kisses for Those in Need

Knitting for a cause has been around for as long as there have been knitters and causes--a very long time! Whether knitting socks to send to soldiers, crocheting granny squares to make lap robes for hospitals or making a special prayer shawl for a friend with cancer, you can use your needlework skills to bless somebody else. You need not be an expert, as charity knitting can be kept simple. In fact, simple is best--you can help more people faster!

Charity knitting (or crocheting) is a wonderful way to make an impact on the world even if you can't leave your home. You may find a cause in your own community, such as a children's hospital in need of baby hats or Christmas stockings for sick children. If you are in an isolated area, there are organizations that will gladly receive your shipments of crocheted or knitted items.

Guidelines and Tips for Charity Projects

When creating items to give away, be sure to abide by any guidelines given by a particular charity. For example, most charity items must be machine washable. Project Linus has very strict guidelines for blankets that are destined for neonatal units, of course, as well as basic requirements for all blankets. Chemotherapy caps need to be made of extra soft yarn for comfort. Take advantage of sales and coupons at your local fabric and craft stores. Stock up on the yarns you use for your cause. Mention your projects at school or church as well--those who don't knit or crochet might want to donate yarn or postage money to your charity efforts.

The More, the Merrier

Finally, consider teaching young people to knit or crochet. A worthy cause will give them incentive to practice and perfect their skills. See the links below for ideas and get your home school group, college dormitory, 4-H club, or scout group involved. Many students need service hours as a requirement for high school or college graduation, so a charity crafting project would be a great opportunity for them. The skills they learn can be applied for the rest of their lives to the benefit of their family, friends, and favorite charity.

Great Knitting Resource for Charity Knitters: Includes Patterns

Organize a Knitalong

Knitting for charity is even more fun with friends! Get together over coffee or over the internet and pool your efforts to produce a bunch of baby hats, blanket squares, scarves, or whatever your favorite cause needs.

Schools, yarn shops, or churches can serve as meeting places or collection points to get your whole community involved. Online, check out groups on Ravelry or other knitting sites.

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BrightMeadow 5 years ago from a room of one's own

I have a friend who crochets blankets for premies at local hospital. Thanks for making people aware of this cause.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

This is really beautiful. Actually going out of your way to create something like this for someone who is suffering will really touch that person's heart. We can only hope that in our times of need, thoughtful people like you are there to lift us up!


PWalker281 5 years ago

I enjoy crocheting and knitting for charity from time to time. One of my favorites is World Vision's (formerly Guideposts Magazine's) Knit for Kids charity which distributes knitted and crocheted sweaters to children around the world. The patterns are fairly easy to execute and work up quickly (my favorite kind :-)). I find these projects are a great way to use up my yarn stash since they recommend using acrylic yarn which I have a lot of. And while they have patterns at the site, they will accept other sweater patterns as well. I'll have to take a look at the organizations you mention. Rated up and useful!


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kschimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Thanks! I looked up Knit for Kids and added the link to my list above.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

So far I've completed three scarves for Special Olympics: one knit, one crochet, and one broomstick lace.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

This topic is one to keep in mind for the New Year. Wouldn't it be great to look back this time of year next year and be able to thank you for inspiring many to do needlework for a cause!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Yes, if every crafter on Hub Pages did just one small project for charity that would make a huge impact.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

I just added another charity: the Mother Bear Project.


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Rhelena 4 years ago

Great hub. This is definitely something I want to do as soon as I have more time on my hands. Thanks for the inspiration.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

I finished 3 scarves for Special Olympics this year. Next time I'll start earlier and aim for a half dozen!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Updated: The Special Olympic Scarf project will not be continued next year. Let me know in the comments if you find other opportunities for knitters or crocheters.


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purl3agony 4 years ago from USA

I've started knitting for the Red Scarf Project (http://www.fc2success.org/how-you-can-help/red-sca... which uses scarves in care packages for college students who have grown up in foster care.

I've also donated to Comfort Scarves (http://www.comfortscarves.org/) which distributes handmade items to families in domestic abuse shelters in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Two great organizations who would love knitted items :)


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

I will check out Red Scarf Project myself! It must be really tough to grow up in foster care and be cut loose at 18 without a support system. Reminds me to thank God for my family!


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misslong123 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

I began knitting because of a charity organization. I'm definitely going to look into the Project Linus National Headquarters, because I know how to make blankets. Can you tell me more about the Mother Bear and Warm Up America projects? I love to be involved as much as possible, but I don't know if I am talented enough to make the items needed for these projects. Thank you for sharing. Keep on knitting! :) Michele


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kschimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Warm up America just requires knitted or crocheted squares of a specified size, so it is really easy!


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misslong123 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

So, if I knitted a washcloth or dishcloth, that would work? I only know how to knit flat things, because I'm a beginner.


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kschimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Yes, just check their website for the dimensions. They collect the squares/rectangles and have people who sew them together.


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misslong123 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

Awesome! I love volunteer work!


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kschimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Here is a new charity challenge for those of you who make chemo caps: http://drewemborsky.com/charity/

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