For most of us, there comes a time when we may experience a lull in our project queue, or perhaps a lapse in inspiration. It’s times like these that one may ask themselves, “Who can I knit/crochet for? What can I make?” We’ve included here a list of several amazing charity organizations that would be more than happy to be on the receiving end of your creative efforts, who work to warm the hearts and bodies of those in need.
The Snuggles Project – Snuggles provide frightened animals something to help calm themselves so that shelters can start the adoption process quicker. In our Helping Hands eBook, we’ve included both knit and crochet versions of the Comfy Knit Pet Blanket, which is just the kind of thing the Snuggles Project is looking for.
Project Linus – Project Linus works to provide homemade blankets to children in need. Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources. The Rainbow Blankie is a great free pattern to follow for a cozy + cheery blanket.
Warm Up America – Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country. A great option for donating is the Beginner Blanket, a free pattern that is available with both knit and crochet instructions.
Knitted Knockers – Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. Look for patterns on their website. Note: our Comfy Sport and Comfy Fingering are both Knitted Knockers approved yarns!
Knots of Love – Their mission is to warm the hearts & heads of children + women + men + veterans going through chemo. Two great projects that would benefit this organization are the Benefaction Hat and PICC Arm Band.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Charity Guide for Crocheters book for even more patterns and ideas!
However you plan to contribute, here are some helpful tips to get you started on your generous journey:
- Always choose washable yarns for charity projects.
- Making chemo caps? Choose a super-soft yarn such as Swish or Comfy, which will be soft on delicate skin.
- Double check the requirements for donations – many places have strict guidelines on materials or patterns they can accept.
- Short on time? Work with a few friends, each making one square to stitch together into a blanket.