Charity Knitting & Crochet Ideas

Many knitters and crocheters enjoy making projects for charity. Don't wait to get invloved with charity knitting! Whether you prefer making hats for infants or shawls for hospice, we have pattern suggestions as well as some national organizations who accept donations.

Charity Knitting & Crochet Ideas

National Charities

All of these groups are national groups who accept crochet and knit donated items. Make sure you look on the charity's site to make sure your item matches their guidelines before you send it in. Groups may have restrictions or guidelines on size, color, etc. on the items they can take.

If you'd like to make sure your donation helps your local community, good places to ask are local hospitals, cancer care centers, hospices, programs that work with the homeless, and programs that help children get school supplies. Don't forget personal connections who may be in need — someone you know from a book club, a religious group or your child's school.

Provides handmade blankets to children with chronic & terminal illnesses and those who are in foster care or experiencing trauma.

Make: Handmade blankets

Resources for volunteers to make items for local neonatal intensive care units.

Make: Preemie and full-term hats and booties, small blankets

Provides handknit items to mariners working on boats away from their families.

Make: Patterns provided by the group for items such as hats, scarves, and socks

Provides crochet hats and other items to cancer centers across the US.

Make: Crochet hats, scarves, blankets, and prayer shawls in soft yarn

Handmade dolls custom made to match a child with an illness or disability, complete with wigs, leg braces, glasses, etc.

Make: Doll matching a child in need (contact organization to get started)

Provides knit and crochet hats to cancer centers across the US.

Make: Knit or crochet hats in soft yarn

Provides knit and crochet hats in individual "hat boxes" to cancer treatment centers.

Make: Knit or crochet hats in soft yarn

Resources for making and distributing prayer shawls.

Make: Knit or crocheted prayer shawl

Provides handmade security blankets to children who are "seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need".

Make: Handmade blankets

Provides knit and crocheted red scarves in a care package to college students who have aged out of the foster care system.

Make: Red (any shade) knit or crocheted scarves 60" long x 5-8" wide (items accepted Sept 1-Dec 15 annually)

Provides patchwork blankets, hats, scarves, and other needed items to schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, etc.

Make: knit or crochet rectangle(s), 7"x9", to be assembled into blankets; hats & scarves

Suggested Yarns

Plain, basic yarns such as Red Heart Super Saver, Bernat Super Value, Red Heart Classic, Caron Jumbo, and Red Heart With Love are usually best. They are easy to wash, and can easily be made into all of the types of suggested patterns. Before you choose your yarn, think about how the item will be used. Hats for cancer patients or babies should be made of softer material, such as Red Heart Soft, Red Heart Soft Baby Steps, Caron Simply Soft or Bernat Softee Baby, while you might want to make hats for a children's program or a homeless shelter out of something longer-wearing like Red Heart Super Saver or Caron One Pound.

Suggested Patterns

Free crochet and knit lookbooks full of patterns for hats, scarves, shawls, blankets, and more.

Let's Make A Difference Lookbook Pattern Collection

Let's Make A Difference

13 heart warming projects for any charity.

Stitch It Forward Lookbook Pattern Collection

Stitch It Forward

28 Projects to make and donate.

Hats for Charity Lookbook Pattern Collection

Hats for Charity

Share the love! 15 designs to knit and crochet.