Knitted and Crocheted Items to Make for Charity

Knitted and Crocheted Items to Make for Charity

In our previous article, we looked at how you can find a charity to donate finished knitted or crocheted items or supplies to. In this article we’ll give you a range of (mostly) free patterns that you can use for making charity items.

Knitted and Crocheted Items to Make for Charity

Let us know in the comments what you’re planning to make or share some photos on the KnitPal Facebook Group - we’d love to see what you make!

Here are some of the causes that you can make crocheted and knitted items for

  • Schools and colleges - Many children in schools and colleges around the country - and around the world - don’t have proper or warm enough clothes for going to school during winter. Beanies, gloves, mittens, socks, etc. are then welcomed. To make it extra special, make the items in the school colors!
  • Hospitals and clinics - items for premature (preemie) babies, babies, new mothers, cancer patients, veterans, and more.    Knitted breasts are also welcomed by many who’ve had a mastectomy and is either waiting for reconstruction or can’t afford reconstruction.
  • Places of worship; like churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. These usually have a charity (or charities) that they support in the community and that they would welcome extra support for.
  • Retirement homes - from lap blankets (lapghans) gloves, socks, and beanies, to sensory muffs and blankets for those residents suffering from dementia or Altzheimer’s. Often retirement homes will also accept yarn and knitting needles/crochet hooks to be able to teach their residents these skills.
  • Homeless shelters - beanies, gloves, and mittens, not to mention blankets, are usually in high demand.
  • Places of safety for children and victims of domestic violence - Many of these children and adults don’t have much (if anything) with them when they arrive at the place of safety. Clothing items and toys for the children are usually very welcome. It helps to find out beforehand if there are specific sizes that they’re lacking before starting to make beanies, etc.
  • Animal shelters - Blankets are usually very welcome in shelters to keep the animals warm during the night.   
  • Animal rehabilitation centers - When it comes to animal rehabilitation, the need stretches far wider than blankets. Although blankets in different sizes (even for baby rhinos and elephants!) are needed, pouches, baskets, and hanging nests are also often needed. This is especially true after wild fires or other devastating events. Contact the rescue center to find out what they need and what kind of yarn it should be made of. For animal rehabilitation, natural yarns are usually needed, and not acrylic. This is to ensure that the animals - should they chew on it - not ingest a mouthful of synthetic threads but rather some cotton or bamboo.

Here are some patterns to get you started!

LoveCrafts and Ravelry are also great places to start looking for patterns.


Casey Morris

I did some charity knitting in the past I lived in a small town in Kansas I can’t even remember how I met the lady but her and her husband both were Knitters with machines they would receive donated yarn and you could just go by and pick through what you wanted from their home and I needed baby caps and when I get through with them I’m take them to her and she would take them to the most needed hospital I think overall I must have knitted about 25 in a short length of time just a simple knit. So that would be nice if there were more people like that where people could just go and get donated yarn cuz a lot of people can’t afford to go out and buy it but if they have something to keep them busy it does make them feel better. Know what I mean? Maybe you guys could start something like that send a few skiens to a few people just to get something started and then have a specified place in their area where you would take the hats to then if this specified place never received the hats then you’d know better than to ever send those people anymore yarn. Now that in my mind is donating I will never meet any two people like I met before course those two with machines could put them out very fast but I never cared much for the machine didn’t think I could ever figure one out and that’s a whole point of knitting is sitting and knitting comfortably not having to go back and forth push a button or rethread a machine or whatever they did anyway I hope someone reads this and does something about something I know there’s always yarn and thrift stores for sale but the problem with that is you never know how old it is and I have pulled on yarn before and it is broke right into so I quit getting my yarn at thrift stores it could be 30 years old who wants to take the time to knit something and then I just fall apart or your yarn keep breaking that is frustrating thanks for hearing me out think about it. I’m sure you guys could handle it you’re a big company

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