Knitting For Charity

Knitting For Charity

Supporting good causes with your knitting needles

Knitting for charity can be a really satisfying way to use your skills to help all sorts of charities.

If you are one of those people who can never sit down without a pair of knitting needles and a ball of wool why not turn your passion into a way to help others?

Or, if you are a total novice, a charity knitting project could be a great way to learn and discover a whole new hobby.

What to knit for charity

The important thing with knitting for charity is to make sure that you are producing something that will either be:

  • Useful to an organisation - for instance baby blankets and clothes for premature baby wards etc.
  • Able to be sold to raise funds. - for instance novelty tea cosies or soft toys.

There are also various "super knit" projects in support of various charities. These often involve donated squares of knitting being added together to build the longest, the biggest etc etc.

The purpose of these is to show solidarity with causes and help them raise awareness and sometimes funds for their projects.

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What to knit for charity - Practical things

Your local volunteer centre will probably be able to suggest likely local groups you could knit for.

You can also try:

  • Hospitals - premature baby wards in particular
  • Young and single parents support groups
  • Hostels and refuges
  • Animal rescue shelters
Charity Knitting

There are also a number of national and international charities who will gratefully receive certain knitted products for distribution (often in developing countries).

Most charities that accept knitted donations will be only to happy to let you know what they need. They often have suitable patterns too. Some may also be able to supply you with donated wool.

Knitting for BBC Children in Need

Knitters in the UK will be familiar with Pudsey Bear from the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal.

You can buy a pattern for Pudsey  from our friends at King Cole  - all money of course to the appeal, and then the chance to earn more when you sell or raffle your Pudsey.

Pudsey Pattern

The Innocent Big Knit

Innocent Big Knit

The Innocent Big Knit is a quirky idea that is perfect for the Innocent Brand.

Its great fun and raises a fair bit of cash

What to knit for charity - Things for sale

knitting for charity

There is no more depressing site than seeing beautifully made knitted items, that someone has spent a lot of time and effort making being left unsold at the end of a charity fundraiser.

Charity knitters should think very carefully about what they make and where and how it might be sold.

Only you can judge what might be appropriate but it is probably best not to put all your effort into one item unless you know it is a winner.

Trying to stay up to date with modern patterns, colours, trends and styles is also important. As is using suitable yarns and wool. Try to think about who might buy the items you are making.

Kid's beanie hats, gloves and mittens are pretty reliable sellers.

The key is to experiment and see what works.

Another idea is to come up with novelty knitted items

These might include:

  • Snowmen for the Winter Celebrations
  • Easter chick egg cosies.
  • Christmas stockings
  • Funky slipper socks

Combining your knitted items with something else can also work well. For instance a knitted Easter Bunny holding a chocolate egg etc.

The trick really is to try to think outside the box and always keep on the look out for interesting knitting patterns for things you think might work.

Most libraries have books of knitting patterns and ideas. You can also find lots of great charity knitting ideas online.

eBay too is a great source of new and second-hand knitting patterns.

Knit Easter Egg Cosies

If you do have a great knitted fundraiser please share it with other people.

Send it in to us with a picture and instructions and we will put it on the site.

Guerrilla Knitting

Guerrilla Knitters

Have you heard about the latest craze taking the knitting world by storm? Groups of Guerrilla Knitters getting together to make a point with their knitting needles. Usually a bit tongue in cheek but good fun for anyone with a point to make. The guerrilla knitters in this group were joining in a celebration party relating to a speed reduction to 20 mph in their local community.

Guerrilla Knitting

Crochet for charity

Don't restrict your creative efforts just to knitting for charity.

If you can crochet then why not investigate suitable items you could crochet for charity too.

There are lots of free charity crochet patterns available online.

Teach others - Become a knitting mentor

charity knitting

Knitting has enjoyed something of a resurgence in popularity recently. There is a great demand for people to pass on their knitting skills.

If you would like to help teach others why not ask at your local school, refuge or young parents club.

You will find they bite your knitting needles off with enthusiasm!......... And give you lots of support.

Knitting clubs are becoming really popular and once you have shown people how, you can always give them a nudge in the direction of your good causes and get them knitting for charity too!

Teaching knitting is a great way to help other people and put something back into the community.

Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time

By Betty Christiansen

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So has that whetted your appetite?
Its time to get the needles out and start
Knitting for charity !

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