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Knitting for Charity

Updated on August 30, 2013

Pine Street Inn 2010 Knit-a-thon

For me, knitting is a hobby that is very much about others. Many of the items I create are for gifts for other people. I love feeling like I am filling each stitch with warmth and love. These are the reasons why I love giving knit gifts, but also why I love knitting for Charity.

There are so many ways you can raise money for Charity by knitting. I have personally contributed knit items to charity auctions and knit blankets while fundraising for the homeless.

I have participated in the Pine Street Inn's (in Boston, MA) knit-a-thon for the last two years, and it inspired me to create a lens about different ways you can contribute to charity.

Boston Knitting Charities

There are so many wonderful knitting projects out there, but I only have so many people to give knit items to. I did this search last winter before I started knitting for the Pine Street Inn. I wanted to share this list again, because knitting for charity is always a worthwhile cause!

  • Wool Works - This page summarizes (by state) different charitable organizations that accept knitted goods or knitting supplies. This website has also assembled patterns suitable to use for charity.

  • Interweave Knits - Here is another list of charitable organizations.

  • The Knitting Connection (Based in MA) Volunteer your time (with knitting), your extra yarn or your finished projects.
  • Newborns in need ( - Help dress newborns in need with your crafts.
  • Women's Educational and Industrial Union (no website listed... Fiber Arts Department, 356 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116. Contact: Alice Lam, ext. 156, 617 536-5651.)

They reportidly have a knit-a-thon makin 6 in squares to help battered women's shelters... If anyone has any more information about this I would appreciate it.

Pine Street Inn (A Boston Homeless Shelter) has had a knit-a-thon the last fouryears around Thanksgiving. I have now participated in this event two times.Knit-a-square - Help keep an AIDS orphan in Africa warm by contributing 8x8 knit (or crochet) squares. - Helping homeless children. Knit clothing for teddy bears. The charity provides the bears, and distributes the bears to children at holiday time. - These hats are distributed at hospitals to cancer patients. The knowledge that someone took the time to hand make a hat for them is encouraging to the patient. - helping preemies around the nationThe Purl Foundation - Helping homeless individuals through the winter in NYC. A friend of mine is involved with this charity, so although it is not Boston-centric, I wanted to give it a shout out.

My knit donation

Nov 11, 2009 was the Pine Street Inn's 3rd Annual Knit-a-Thon. The knit squares collected will be incorporated into afghans for the the Supportive Housing Program, a program which provides permanent housing for the Boston homeless. I brought over my blanket and squares to the other volunteers. I was awed and inspired to see how many people had made squares for this event.

The blankets and squares completed for this even are very important and will make an impact on the lives of others. But it is important to note that it is also important to support institutions like the Pine Street Inn financially. Those of us knitting talk about the event, and spread awareness about the resources for the homeless in Boston. Hopefully this may inspire you to make a donation to this fantastic shelter.

My finished blanket (bottom row on the left) joins dozens of others as volunteers work to stitch the thousands of squares into more. I was in awe over the volume of squares accumulated

November 07, 2010 was the fourth annual Pine Street Inn Knit-a-Thon.

I reached my goal of two complete afghans! They are different from each other, and I am very happy with the results. My stash of remnant yarn is almost completely depleted, but hopefully it will grow again by next year. I love using my old yarn for a great cause, but it saddens me to think that I would not be able to financially afford to contribute to this event if I had to purchase the yarn for these blankets. I will always have my spirit and the will to DO, so hopefully I will be able to scrap together enough yarn to make THREE next year.

I am so happy that I was able to participate in this event. I like to sew up the blankets myself because I love seeing a project through. Last year, I got three of my friends to learn how to knit so they could also contribute. A knit gift is so personal, and I hope that the spirit and warmth (to the heart) are appreciated by those who receive the blankets.

This year's Knit-a-thon took place at the State House, placing all of the finished blankets on the grand staircase:

How do you contribute?

Which do you most frequently donate to charity?

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This lens earned a purple star on 1/19/2011!

I have not even scratched the surface of knitting charities that are out there... but it is something to think about. If anyone knows of any upcoming knit-a-thons in the Boston area, please let me know. I would love to rally people to participate. If I had more friends who knit, I could set one up of my own... Maybe it is time to find a social knitting group...

Where do you donate your knit items?

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      9 years ago

      I knit for my local shelter making pads to line the crates, washcloths, and pet beds. It's something anyone can do with very little effort. Just call your local shelter and ask if they would be interested in your donations. If they say yes(most do) ask what dimensions thy need for the cage/crate liners. I just knit them up washcloths with 100% cotton yarn. I use acrylic for the other items because of the durability and easy care. Both the pets and shelter workers appreciate the comfort a soft surface can add to a metal enclosure.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      9 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I've been knitting and crocheting for charity since 2008 when my friend started Kidney Afghans for Kids. My church adopted the project and expanded to include Healing Prayer Afghans for any person, regardless of age or illness. Visit my lens kidney-afghans-for-kids to learn more. We accept 6"x6" or 8"x8" knit or crochet squares made of 4-ply 100% acrylic yarn (like Red Heart SuperSaver, etc).

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Our church has a Shawl Ministry and because I don't knit, I try to donate for the yarn. It is such an important ministry.

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      10 years ago

      I love these ideas and have featured in my lens Do A Good Deed and Make Your Momma Proud!

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      10 years ago

      I don't knit, but this is a great way to help. Blessed by the Charity Angel.

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      10 years ago

      Lensrolled to my: International Fat Quarters & Thin Dimes, Haiku to make you laugh, International Children's Day, Safe Water a Human Right and Women's Day is TODAY lenses. Hope it helps!

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      10 years ago

      Dear chemknitsblog,

      I recently created a lens devoted to Canadians who knit, crochet or sew for charity. However, given the situation in Japan (and other countries), I have expanded my lens to include Americans and those from 'Across the Pond' who also do or promote these life-saving skills. With your express permission (my Bio page or any guestbook) could you please let me know if okay to feature your fine lens at:

      Respectfully yours, Rose

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      I think it's fantastic that by simply knitting a simple square you can contribute to charity work and make a real difference to someone. It's such an easy (and fun!) way to do some good.

    • Adriana Daniela profile image


      10 years ago from New Market

      This is awesome! A great way to help others. Blessed by a squid Angel :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I don't knit but I do think what you do is amazing. Very nice lens!

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      Michelle Collins 

      10 years ago from Florida

      *Wonderful! Blessed*

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      Totally awesome! I love the idea of donating your work to charity. You are really awesome!

    • JJNW profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Project Linus (as in the Peanuts character with the blankie) is my favorite place to donate lovingly made new quilts (and they love afghans, knitted blankets). It is a wonderful and huge charitable group. The blankets go to any child (or baby or teen!) who needs a ((HUG)). Even one baby blanket a year helps! They have a site online.

      Nice lens - thanks for what you do!

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      Lisa Auch 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      I oo not know if we have anything similar, my daughter is learning to kit, and to make it easier, and keep her motivated we are making squares, so I shall get her to read this too. wonderful to read as usual

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      10 years ago

      I appreciate your efforts. My mom is helping a poor child with a hot meal every day and blankets and old clothes from my dad....

    • ChemKnitsBlog2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      @anonymous: From the organizer:

      "K-A-T 2010 was a great success and a really fun day. 150 people attended the event. 47 blankets were completed and over 50 to-go bags were handed out. Our donations stand somewhere between $25,000 and $30,000 to date, but there are still gifts being made, so we aren't closing the books yet! "

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      10 years ago

      Do you know how much was raised for Pine Street this year?

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      10 years ago

      Love the blanket you donated. I have knit hats for kids charities in the past, and would probably knitting some now if I could get off Squidoo LOL

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      10 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great idea. There is a charity here that organizes knitters for charity. Blessed.

    • rwoman profile image


      10 years ago

      We support our local "Warm Up Montgomery County" group which knits and crochets for new babies, the elderly, and chemo/dialysis patients

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful idea... and if I had more time to knit I would donate too. Will lensroll to my knitting for charity lens.

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      CofCJenny LM 

      10 years ago

      This is such a wonderful idea! If I knew how to knit I would participate in this. Maybe I can get my aunt to teach me..I really, really love this! Great job and I'll be sure to tell people I know that knit about this

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      10 years ago

      That's great what you are doing. Hope you keep it up. Where is the charity module for that? Would have been a nice addition. :))

    • ChemKnitsBlog2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you very much!

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      10 years ago

      Knitting for charity is a very lovely thing to do. That is just wonderful.

      Lensrolling Handcrafted Bottles of Hope For Fargo Patients.

      And, I'm going to get this feature there too.

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      10 years ago

      Nice lens! This is a first for me hearing about Pine Street Inn having a knit-a-thon, good idea. I'm just outside Boston and have never seen anything in my area about this. I can't knit but can crochet a blanket.

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      10 years ago

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      Senora M 

      10 years ago

      I don't knit very well. The way I hold the needles is kind of awkward. :) This is a cool lens. Nice work!

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      10 years ago

      @Stazjia: I pastor Joel Roy,from India,serving 250 slum and destitute children..we as a charitable Ngo seeking donors who can take of these precious life...this Winter they requires blankets to protact their life and to warm them up,because they lives in a mud hut and not a good roofs avalable so most of them suffer a lot in a time of Rainy season.Kindly provide us these blankets so that these children will enjoy the Christmas phone.+91 9007304978 Regards

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      Carol Fisher 

      10 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I don't think knitting for charity is as well known here in the UK. It's a great idea, though. Very interesting and inspiring page.

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      10 years ago

      What a great idea! I have not knitted in many, many years...this is a great thing for those that do knit...I paint and donate my art to charity events and causes.

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      10 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I don't knit for charity (or for anything else) but it's great to become acquainted with the charity knitting subculture. Getting outside of my usual spheres is one of the fun things about being a squidoo angel. Blessed.


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