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Loom Knitting for Charity

Updated on January 28, 2018
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Loom Knitting for Charity


Using the Knifty Knitter Looms to Knit for Charity

If you like to knit with the Knifty Knitter looms and you have a charitable heart, you can put both qualities together and do some good in the world! There are several charities that want your loom knitting. Are you excited to get started? Below you can learn more about 7 charities and find out how to get started knitting with them.

Photo by Katsniffen

The Mother Bear Project

The mother bear project gives hope to children effected by AIDS. The bear you knit will be received by a child in an emerging nation. The bear may contain your own hand-written note for the child. To get started, you will pay a small fee for the bear pattern. This fee also pays for shipment of your bear overseas. If you choose to participate, you will find a pattern for the round looms listed on the pattern page under "Knitting in the Round." (It's the first option.) You can learn more about the Mother Bear Project at the website below.

Mother Bear Project

The Special Olympics Scarf Project

Help a Special Athlete Stay Warm and Enjoy the Olympics

This is a charity that is very near and dear to my heart, as I know many children that participate in the Special Olympics. Often, these athletes wouldn't get an opportunity to participate in athletic competitions, were it not for the Special Olympics. You can help keep the athletes warm by knitting them a scarf. Each year the official colors change, so it is important to consult the website. Deadlines for the scarves vary by state, but generally run between January 1st and March 1st. If you have missed the deadline for this year's Scarf Project, don't forget to bookmark the page and check back next year.

***Unfortunately, the Project has been discontinued for 2013. You can still contact your local Special Olympics Office to see if they would like to accept your donation for their athletes.***

Special Olympics Scarf Project

Official Yarn Colors for the 2012 Special Olympics

These are the official yarn colors that are to be used in knitting a scarf for the 2012 Special Olympics. The official length should be between 54 and 60 inches. The width should be 6 inches.

Yarn for the Special Olympics

Yarn for the Special Olympics

Heart Scarves for WomenHeart

A Charity for Women with Heart Disease

For each scarf kit you purchase, $3.00 is donated to the charity. In addition, the scarf that you make with the kit goes to a woman who has survived heart disease. Get involved and let them know that you care.

WomenHeart's Scarves for Charity

Hats for the Homeless

You can make hats for the homeless. Keep someone in need warm next winter with your charitable contribution. You can find information about where to send you hats on the official "Hats for the Homeless" website, or simply donate them to a local shelter. The Hats for the Homeless project was initially started by a young man who passed away in 1998. His legacy of collecting hats to keep the homeless warm lives on through this organization.

Hats for the Homeless

Emily's Hats for Hope - Loom Knitting Charity to Help the Homeless and Impoverished

Emily's Hats for Hope

Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative was started by Emily, a high school student with a big heart. They make and collect winter hats, scarves, afghans and gloves for the homeless, and working poor, worldwide. They operate primarily in the United States. All knit items are given as donations, free of charge to those who need them.

Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative

A Prayer Shawl

Comfort Someone You Love with a Prayer Shawl

If someone that you know is in need, or you simply want to show them how much you care, you can knit them a prayer shawl. Prayer shawls begin and end with special thoughts and prayers for the recipient. The shawl is a symbol of comfort and nurturing. The positive thoughts continued throughout the making of the shawl brings increased meaning and importance to the gift. Find out more on the official website.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knit Charity Squares

So, you've heard about knit charity hats, but have you heard about knit charity squares? KasCare "knit a square" is a project that uses 8 inch crocheted or knitted squares to provide blankets to orphans that also have AIDS.

KasCare Knit a Square

In addition to the charities above, nursing homes, hospitals, and homeless shelters are often grateful for loom knitted items. Newborn hats are popular at children's hospitals. Lap blankets are often appreciated at nursing homes.

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Donating Your Knit to Charity Video on Youtube

Do you have a favorite charity that wasn't mentioned here? Let me know. If not, say, "hello" and let me know that you stopped by.

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      Nicki Montes 

      6 months ago

      I would love to donate hats and scarves to the homeless and those that work but could stillhave help with hats and/or scarves. I would like to know where I could give my made items to so they can be distributed to those that truly need them.

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      5 years ago

      Dear Anna we recently received your lovely gift for our baby twins Sam and Chloe. The booties you knitted them are DIVINE. I have been spreading the word about how talented and gifted you are. They are something we will keep forever. I will send a photo asap. We are extremely grateful you and Anil thought of us. I really can't express how amazing I think you are! I will be submitting an order for more pronto! Luke is gorgeous by the waylots of love and hugsSarita, Sam & Chloe Greenshields

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      5 years ago

      Actually, I thought that was the stuooiln for many years, until attending some classes with an expert who reminded me that using a size larger needle increases the HEIGHT of the stitch, but not the DISTANCE BETWEEN STITCHES (this is what produces the too tight cast on) .so simply being careful to keep enough space between the cast on stitches really does the trick. Need a video, try Cat Bordhi. Also, I use the old Norwegian cast on for items where more stretch is required (hats, socks, etc). Really works. (She also has a really stretchy cast off tutorial, quite good)

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      5 years ago

      I love these arscelit. How many words can a wordsmith smith?

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      6 years ago

      What about making chemo caps for patients recv'g chemo.

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      7 years ago

      Hi. The Special Olympics Scarf Project is on. As of today, we have ten states participating in the project for the 2014 games. I'm coordinating the information, and there's a Facebook page with the information on it, as well as on my blog. Can I post the link here? I'm not sure, but you can always message me and I'll give you the details and the site. Thanks.

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      diannejones lm 

      7 years ago

      'Lily' Love In the Language of Yarn provide blankets and hats etc for Syrian children living in refugee camps in Turkey.

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      7 years ago

      Our local food pantry has a 'Santa Shop' every year where the parents come and select gifts for their kids. Each child also gets a hat, gloves/mittens and a scarf. In the last 2 years I have Knifty Knitted orver 100 hats for this charity. Check your local resources. I have also done baby hats for the newborns for our local hospital!!

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      8 years ago

      My charities are mainly animal based. However, this lens deserves a blessing.


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