Sunday 3 December 2023

Knitting For Charities

Many crafters all around the world knit and crochet for charities and good causes.

There is a joy in the making – and a further joy in gifting to others.


The best way to get involved is to find somewhere local who will welcome your donations. This might include hospitals, special care baby units, care homes, refuges, churches, charity groups, animal rescue centres, baby banks or food banks. Giving locally helps your own community, and saves on the cost, and logistics involved to make sure your donations get to where they are needed.

There are of course international appeals from time to time - and if you can get the items you make to a local drop off point - this can be a great thing to consider.  


Here are a few suggestions of where you might donate your Charitable Knitting & Crochet.

And I have added the links to some popular and suitable patterns below to give you some ideas.


Hospitals and Special Care Baby Units often welcome donations of baby hats and cardigans – preemie and newborn.  But – it is important to find out what can/cannot be donated. Most settings have their own specifications of style, size etc. Sending them items they cannot use is wasteful to everyone. Some hospitals in the UK simply bin what they cannot use – the days of ‘any hat is better than no hat’ are long gone. Hospitals are very strict on what they will use – including no pom-poms or embellishments etc. Many require cardigans to have long sleeves and be fully-buttoned.  It is always best to check what they need or can store. There are several good fb groups who have local co-ordinators who check regularly with hospitals and baby units to ensure that the donations they are sent are suitable. Please don’t just send what you like to make – busy maternity nurses just don’t have the time to deal with more work load than they already have! 


Pre-school Playgroups and Nurseries may welcome doll’s clothes - and hats & mittens (toddlers are great at losing theirs!)


Women’s Refuges ~ Imagine fleeing from a violent situation and having to leave everything behind!  


Homeless Shelters and Refuges may welcome hats, scarves, cowls, gloves, socks, and blankets


Hospices may welcome blankets


Care Homes for the Elderly may welcome blankets and twiddle muffs


Funeral Directors may welcome tiny outfits for babies born too soon. No family is ever prepared for such a sad situation.


Animal Rescue Centres may welcome blankets

Local Charity Groups ~ find out what is in your neighbourhood !




Patterns you might enjoy making and donating


For Preemie Babies and Newborns

Here are some suggestions of suitable Preemie & Newborn designs – but please check first.


Matching Cardigans & Hats


Tiny Topaz






           First Day


             Little Ribby Hats



           Perfect Preemie Baby Hats


Karina Turban Hats


Baby Booties

            Hug Boots



            Lazy Daisy Preemie Booties

Baby Blankets

           Easy Basketweave

Jack & Jill



Roman Stitch



For Pre-school Toddlers and Children



         Easy 2-needle Mittens


          No Trouble Toddler and Child Mittens





             Cabled Hats



           Easy Fingerless Mittens



For Teens and Adults



        Ribbed Teen Wristwarmers


   Bonnie Handwarmers



Earwarmer Headbands

         Bonnie Earwarmer Headband

Clyde Earwarmer Headband


DK Ribbed Hat


Aran Weight Ribbed Hat


Chunky Weight Ribbed Hat

Warm Tweedy Hats





Blankets & Blanket Squares  

           Corner to Corner Blanket



              Crochet Granny Squares Blanket


Bonding Squares


There are more than 500 MORE free patterns on my blog and Ravelry pages – have fun!

 I am happy for you to use my patterns for your own use or for charity donations.  
In addition:  You can gift or sell any finished items you make from my patterns.  

However, please do not copy my patterns

Copyright © 2023 ‘made by marianna’  All Rights Reserved
This pattern (the information and photos) may not be copied, shared, reproduced
or republished on any other webpage or website

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