Knitting For Charity - Free Patterns
If you are an enthusiastic knitter you will be pleased to know that you can help people with your favourite hobby - by knitting for charity.
You will love the chance to use your knitting (or crochet or sewing) skill to help a charity, a good cause or for hospitals, particularly making clothing, toys and blankets for premature babies.
Lots of the charities which need your knitted items provide free patterns for the clothing, toys and blankets that they need you to knit for them. This helps the charity; you can knit them the exact item that they need and you know that you are giving them the exact knitted item that they need!
Before you start knitting for any charity do please always check the latest information and confirm that they can use the item that you need.
Free Knitting Patterns For Charity
- Bliss is the charity for babies born sick or premature and they need knitted baby clothes. They have free downloadable patterns on their website of the baby clothes that they need. Items that they need include baby jackets, tiny booties, blankets, teddies and hats.
- Knit For Peace will accept any knitted goods and they have a big collection of suggested patterns for you to use, which include hats for premature babies, booties, easy jumper patterns and some really cute toy patterns. They have also published a book of patterns for charity knitting called Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time.
- Teddies for Tragedies A central contact point for charities who send teddies to children in need. Contact them to find a local collecter for your knitted teddies, or if you are a charity who would like to send teddies to children. They offer their own pattern, as teddies need to be a specific size.
- UK Hand Knitting have a collection of knitting patterns for specific items requested by chariities. Some of the patterns available here are required for specific campaigns which have a time limit, so check closing dates before you start casting on!
- Simba is a charity which supports those who have experienced the death of a baby. Knitters can help by making items for memory boxes. The website has patterns for suitable blankets and toys.
- Knit Picks have a free downloadable e-book of patterns suitable for charity donation, including baby hats, baby blankets and patterns for both knitters and crochet.
- Francis House is a hospice in Manchester which cares for children with life limiting conditions. They have an annual campaign where they ask you to knit or crochet a chick cosy for a small Easter egg such as a Cadbury's Creme Egg or a Caramel Egg. The pattern is on the website.
- The Big Knit is all about combating loneliness in older people by raising money for Age UK to provide activities at their local centres or maybe a phone call to a housebound person. There are over 20 patterns for the little hats to go on bottles of innocent drinks, from the most basic easy pattern to some quite challenging ones.
- You have probably heard about the enormous benefits that premature babies get from crocheted octopuses. Here you can download the octopus pattern in English with UK Crochet notation. The pattern is also available in Danish, Italian and Spanish as well as US crochet notation.
- Love Knitting have a quick and easy pattern by Carissa Browning for a preemie hat which is free to download. This pattern is perfect for using up those odds and ends of yarn that we knitters accumulate so easily!
- Oxfam are delighted to recieve hand knitted goods in their shops to sell both in theor shops and at festivals. In particular they like 6' x 4' blankets which are really popular at festivals. They have patterns on their site for items to sell - the blankets you can make to your own design!
- WhoDunnKnit has a really cute pirate mouse cat toy design, originally made for Battersea Cats & Dogs Home, which would also be welcomed by the Cat's Protection League. They are great for keeping cats happy while they wait to be rehomed.
- Lactation Consultants of Great Britain have a pattern for a knitted breast which is used as a teaching aid for breastfeeding mothers.
- Penguin Foundation is an Australian organisation that helps penguins that are affected by oil pollution. They no longer ask for knitted jumpers for affected animals - unfortunately too many of the ones that they receive were not suitable, however they do love to you to donate jolly knitted rehabilitation jumpers which they put on plush penguins, and then sell to raise money to fund their important work.
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