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Published on July 14th, 2015 | by Angie


7 FREE patterns to knit for charity

This week, we’re celebrating the knitters who make winter accessories, blankets, and more for those in need. Check out these 7 free patterns to knit for charity! 

1. ”Mount Meru” winter hat knitting pattern in Schachenmayr Lova

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This super simple hat uses the Fisherman’s Rib stitch, which is described in the pattern. You can make it in 2 sizes to fit a head with a 20 – 21.5 inch (51 – 54 cm) circumference. This hat is easily knitted on flat needles and seamed up for a super quick project; it uses Schachenmayr Lova yarn, a super bulky wool blend that’s perfect for charity knits.

2. ”Emmett” fingerless gloves knitting pattern in Berroco Brio

free knitting patterns for charity: fingerless glove downloadable pattern at LoveKnitting


These fingerless gloves are easy enough to be a beginner’s pattern. These are knit flat on single pointed needles and seamed up with a convenient thumb hole; they use Berroco Brio, a wool blend yarn that’s available in a selection of bright and muted variegated shades.

3. Child’s hat, scarf, and mittens set in Plymouth Encore Worsted

7 free charity knitting patterns: child's winter accessories set downloadable knitting pattern at LoveKnitting


Keep some little ones warm this coming winter with this simple winter accessories set. This pattern contains 3 sizes to fit children from ages 5 to 11 and up. All three accessories are knit flat and seamed up, no knitting in the round required! This pattern features Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted in 4 shades of your choice; there are over 100 shades available to choose from!

4. Teddy bear knitting pattern in Lion Brand Wool Ease

free knitting patterns for charity: teddy bear knitting pattern download at LoveKnitting


Many charities do toy drives throughout the year for needy children. Knit up this simple teddy bear for a child in need on double pointed needles. This teddy bear is knitted in pieces and seamed up, and uses Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn, a durable wool blend yarn that’s perfect for making toys.

5. ”Need for Tweed” dog sweater in Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick

free patterns to knit for charity: dog sweater knitting pattern download at LoveKnitting!

Some animal shelters can get drafty in the cold winter months and accept donations for knitted dog sweaters to keep these pooches warm. This simple sweater fits dogs with a chest measurement of 18 – 30 inches (45.5 – 76 cm), and is knitted in garter stitch in pieces and seamed up. This pattern features Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick, a super bulky wool blend yarn from Lion Brand that’s perfect for pet knits.

6. Stripe Beanie hat pattern in Erika Knight Vintage Wool

free knitting patterns for charity: beanie hat knitting pattern download at LoveKnitting


This super simple pattern is knitted flat and seamed up. It fits any average adult-sized head, and the funky stripes are a fun addition to this simple hat. You’ll need Erika Knight Vintage Wool in 4 different shades; this 100% wool yarn is super snuggly and perfect for a charity knit.

7. Cozy throw in Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick

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This multi-purpose blanket would be just as useful and appreciated at a homeless shelter or an animal shelter. It’s incredibly quick to knit up and uses the Woven Stitch which imitates a woven material. This blanket features Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick, a super bulky wool blend that’s soft and strong.

What do you knit for charity? Tell us in the comments below!

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68 Responses to 7 FREE patterns to knit for charity

  1. Hilary says:

    Hi, do you have any premature baby hat and cardigan patterns, I would like to knit some our local hospital who are always asking for them for tiny babies, thank you so much x

    • Susan kennedy says:

      Type cuddles charity on the web and you will get a site that has lots.

    • Lee Davies says:

      Hi, Premature baby units usually have specific requirements with knitting for prem babies, they usually have the patterns they like you to use and they are quite specific about the sort of yarn you use. Contact you local hospital maternity unit. Good Luck!

    • Jennnifer says:

      This is the pattern our neonatal unit uses:
      Use plain baby yarn and whatever needles you use to make
      socks with sock yarn.
      … cast on 88 stitches, purl2, knit2 for seven inches, decrease for top by knit1, Knit2together, knit 1 row even, decrease again, continue until only a few stitches, draw together and fasten. Our hospitals don’t want bobbles or pompoms or anything like that, Just plain simple hats.
      When finished fold brim up. I have 14 ready to go to our neonatal unit.

  2. Ginny Jones says:

    I’ve just learned of an organization that makes soft, lightweight prostheses for those who have undergone breast surgery. Their website is:

    • Helen Bamford says:

      In the uk if you go to
      A wonderful organisation that makes soft knitted or crocheted knockers for women who have had mastectomies or lumpectomies…..made to order by volunteers, always free to the recipient …made with love and filled with hope xxxx

      • Judy Gooden says:

        Knitted Knockers also operate in Australia and South Africa. and

        Please note that there is a specific pattern used in these 2 countries, which is not the same pattern used in the USA, and is not available online.

        Prostheses are knitted in various cup sizes by volunteers in pure soft cotton, supplied with the pattern by these organisations to keep the prostheses standardised.

        Go to the respective websites or Facebook pages and email them to request a kit containing the pattern, cotton, and filling. Kits are sold for a small fee in South Africa to cover cotton costs. Kits are supplied free in Australia, but donations to cover cotton and postage costs are greatly appreciated. In Australia, the completed knitted prostheses are returned to Knitted Knockers headquarters for distribution free of charge to anyone who has had a mastectomy or lumpectomy – contact as above.

    • BETTY Coops says:

      I sent a request form to them for our craft group to knit knitted knockers but never had,a reply. !!

  3. Myrtle edwards says:

    Im knitting newborn baby hats,(14) so far, and my daughter is crouching squares to put together for lap robes. I’m hoping to make 25 hats before giving to hospital. The laprobes not sure maybe a convalescence home. I’m 76 and have nothing else to do I feel good doing this

    • Katie Donahue says:

      You can always take the laprobes to a Veterans Hospital. That is what I do here in the US. I will make toys for the teens in the cancer hospital and then make laprobes from the extra yarn for the VA Hospital. They give them to the vets who need a way to stay warm and this way they have something nice and colorful.

  4. Julie Rowe says:

    I knit baby jumpers and blankets for the womans refuge and for the less fortunate people of the Maori communities

  5. Monica McLauchlan says:

    I knit Happy Bunnies & Cupcakes for my local Cancer Support Centre – due to open in the Spring. They sell them at reception.

  6. Shaz Peacock says:

    I run a lovely group of crafty people called Colchester Knitterati. We make loads of different projects for many charities. Pop over to our Facebook page for more information!

  7. janet snape says:

    The Little Yellow Duck Project encourages organ & blood donation awareness. Their site has both patterns & printable labels. Make a duck, leave it in a public place for a stranger to find. Finders can, if they wish, register where the duck was found. Check out the World Map of Ducks on their site.

  8. Fran says:

    I knit and crochet sharves for home less people.

    • Dawn says:

      I have just started knitting scarves for homeless people to. I did wonder if hats would be better.

  9. Pam says:

    Our church makes prayer shawls and blankets for children who are ill. Some ladies also make things to go in the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

  10. Auntyt T says:

    Redland City Queensland Australia is where I live. A beautiful group of ladies including myself
    meet once a month to knit,sew ect. for Brisbane needy. We make anything from rugs,hats,scarfs, baby needs including premature. I have just finished knitting blankets for midwifes to wrap (sorry may upset some) still born and little ones who pass away.
    Socks is something in need for cancer patients and nursing homes.
    One lady has been knitting dog coats and pockets for baby animals.
    Some of us have started to crochet or knit trauma dolls and teddies.
    Clothes for any age tots to grey hairs are in need so as you can see just about anything is in need.
    HAPPY CRAFTING. to All. Just knowing one smile on one face makes makes my day.

  11. Lynne Robertson says:

    I try and knit for as many charities as I can, I have knitted coats for penguins, pouches for our native animals, rugs and coats for the rspca, hats for premmie babies, hats scarves, gloves and jumpers for world vision and others and I knit to put into my shoeboxes of love each year. I also knit for my grandchildren and other family members. Scarves for the nursing home are always welcomed. Knitting keeps my hands busy and supple. I have been knitting since I was 7 years old, I am now 65 and will continue to knit until my hands or eyes prevent me doing so.

  12. Barbara says:

    The daughter is a nurse and cares for elderly patients with dementia. They had a type of blanket on the ward with buttons, zips, ribbon etc (all twiggle type things) attached to it which helped the patient keep the mind active. This went missing and she would like me to knit more. Have you seen anything like this and if so could you supply a pattern

    • Barbara M says:

      Would this help,
      Knit squares in number 8 double knitting wool, 40 stitches and knit 40 rows, enough colourful squares to make a lap rug and sew on buttons, ribbons, different types of fabric etc all over the blanket, making sure everything is bright. Also you could cut out trains, or other activities from children’s materials and sew it in the patches.

      • Not sure what country your in Barbara but these are called Touchy Feely quilts made in a lap size. If your in Australia contact Sunshinecoast Linus and they can assist you with ideas and how toos 🙂

    • Joy says:

      These are called Twiddle muffs and many NHS areas have requests for them. Just search on the internet for a local group for you. If you don’t want to make one how about donating your excess/left over yarns via Freecycle for someone who is making them.

    • Jacqueline Roberts says:

      they are called twiddlemuffs and there is a free pattern on one of the dementia charity sites, sorry can’t remember which one

    • Knitwit says:

      Check out Warrington Hospitsl’s website for a free pattern to make twiddle muffs. The only change a friend and I made to the pattern is we knit them in circular needles because we both hate to sew the seam. We have donated several to local nursing homes and individuals who seem to love them. The muffs are on the same principal as the blankets but not as heave and more individualized.

  13. Anne-Marie says:
  14. Pat says:

    I am knitting blankets for my local cat charity and am finding it hard to find patterns that are 50cm x60cm and am not an experienced knitter so cannot adapt patterns

  15. Susan Hopkins says:

    I knit baby clothes to sell at Bewdley Branch Women’s Section of the RBL fundraising events, thus raising much-needed money for the Women’s Section Welfare Fund. This fund helps wives/husbands/widows of serving and ex-serving armed forces personnel in their times of need.

  16. Susan Hopkins says:

    In my first comment, above, I left out that the RBL Women’s Section also helps the children of serving and ex-serving personnel in their times of need.

  17. Jaya says:

    I’m a recent retiree living in Canada and took up knitting for charity. I knit hats, pea pods and blankets for babies who are cancer patients and hand over to a local charity. They supply these items as required to the hospitals. I’m finding it extremely rewarding considering my husband has been fighting cancer for several years. Knitting keeps my mind peaceful.

  18. Hi All
    At Knit for Peace ( we have lots of patterns and suggested projects that can be knitted for charity. Everything from premature baby hats to ‘twiddlemuffs’ which are something like the blanket mentioned above – they are hand muffs with twiddly bits for dementia patients with restless hands. You can send us mixed donations of things and then we make sure they get sorted and sent to the people who need them through our contacts at other charities, hospitals, health practitioners and community groups. It’s brilliant to see such a long thread of people keen to knit for charity!

  19. Priscilla Laybolt says:

    I have knitted baby sets both preemie and regular size babies.
    Hats for cancer patients.
    And now crocheting plastic pallets for the homeless to sleep on.

  20. Chipling says:

    I used to knit Ballaclavas for the Seamens Mission.

    However the lady I gave them too went to live in Scotland so at the moment knitting for family.

  21. Edna Glenister says:

    I like to do knitting on occasions and I sell items for the PDSA charity but I am finding it increasingly difficult to find patterns that I want to knit but do not fall foul of copyright. What do I do?

    • Knitwit says:

      I contacted Red Heart Yarn and was told all their patterns with the exception of “Knitting Nation and Crochet Twins” can be used to make either items for charity or to sell as long as you do not claim the pattern as yours. Chrochet World Magszine told me the same thing. I have also contacted several pattern designers to request permission to knit their design to donate to charity and in every case they have granted me permission.

  22. jude says:

    Our son was 10 wks premature, the nurses & Dr. were absolutely excellent & I try to give back by knit hats for other preemies. Also have knit blankets for seniors at the local nursing home.
    Knitting is what I call ‘my mental therapy’!!!

  23. Linda says:

    I knit shawls, scarfs for our church, at times I have given items to friends in need or children sometimes I make gifts for different people

  24. loulou in the snow says:

    I knit prayer shawls for people who are going trough a difficult time in their life (disease, unemployment, divorce,etc), and occasionnaly hats for cancer patients

  25. Irene says:

    I knit for prem babies and toys for various charities. Mostly quick knits that I can do anywhere.

  26. BearyGodmother says:

    For the past several years, I have been working on a personal mission – one million mittens. My goal is to knit and donate as many mittens as I can through local charities and pediatric services. I tag each one with a ribbon and a note saying “you are one in a million”. I invite all my friends and knitter contacts to make at least one pair so we can reach the one million mark. I haven’t kept track but I have made over 500 pairs so far. If anyone would like to join and/or share this idea, I would be pleased to share my pattern.

  27. Patricia Paradine says:

    I have been knitting baby sweaters for a local program to help young mothers that are in need for baby items for their newborns.

  28. Rob says:

    In New Zealand, we knit blankets for Operation Cover-up : these are pressed into wool bales, & sent to orphanages in Eastern Europe. The temperatures can reach 30 degrees Celsius below zero, & the children have nothing. All over NZ, people from children in Sunday Schools to elderly ladies in retirement homes, knit blankets, hats, gloves, etc, to send; those who can’t knit donate wool, or help pay the sending costs. The amount sent increases every year.

  29. Patrician Reeves says:

    I am currently knitting squares which can be made into a blanket. Does anyone know a charity in Wales, UK who would welcome these please.

  30. Raewyn Habergham says:

    Re your request for news of what charity do you knit for. Mine started in England some 15+ years ago when I started knitting for the Neo-Natal unit at My local hospital, widened to the local Hospice.
    Then I moved back to New Zealand some 8-9 yrs ago and got involved in the local Hospice movement out here – I have done loads of knitting and craft work for sale in their shops. This goes from a lot of baby & toddlers garments to cushions, knee blankets, socks and covers for heat bags. I really enjoy this hobby – far sooner sit & knit or sew than do the dusting or cleaning!!!!!!!!

    Happy knitting everyone.

  31. Sheila Owen says:

    I knit blankets, bootees and beanie hats for the premature babies at St Mary`s Hospital, Paddington, London. It gives me loads of pleasure and I thoroughly enjoy doing the knitting.

  32. It was so encouraging to read all the comments about knitting for charity and got quite excited.
    I am hoping to get some knitting done for Knit for Life a charity near where I live.
    I started knitting as a girl and have knitted for my grandchildren, my own children, I have just taken it up again in earnest and have found an outlet for all my left over yarn.

  33. So glad to see a post for charity. Reminds people to think outside the box a little more when they need someone to make things for!

  34. nickie69 says:

    I like knitting and crocheting toys for a local disability charity to sell and raise funds

  35. Carol Smallman says:

    I bought the Stylecraft Aran last year, because I had to make 8 Childrens Jumper with Placket and Hood. They were for my girlfriends Grandchildren.
    The balance of the wool I am going to make the same jumpers using the left over wool and make stripes in the jumpers for the Church Charity Soup Kitchen because the workers in the kitchen get to know who needs clothes.
    It’s Winter here in Australia, so I have been busy.
    Cheers from the land down under.

  36. bunny says:

    I I knit all sorts, from toys to jumpers, scarves etc for Age Concern and our local hospice in Canterbury Kent UK. I am 80 and doing this helps me feel less of a waste of space!!!

  37. Willow51 says:

    The Little Yellow Duck Project. It raises awareness for organ donation inspired by a friend of a cystic fibrosis sufferer who unfortunately passed away before she received an organ donation. You knit, crochet, sew a little duck and leave it somewhere it can be found, like a park or such. I leave one whenever I go out, usually on a weekend. Check it out at

  38. Phillippa walker says:

    I knit prem baby clothes for. ‘Bonnie babies’ in Scotland. They provide all the patterns and distribute the clothes where needed. A quarterly newsletter tells what they need. Their website is bonniebabies

  39. Denise D'Souza says:

    I knit for Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal. You fill a shoebox with gifts that go to children in East Europe or Africa. I have knitted finger puppets and hats – the website has a list of suggestions of items you can make for your shoebox. I knit items for friends and family to fundraise for the charity all year round.

  40. Jennnifer says:

    I knit socks for homeless men, they go to a local yarn shop, the organizations come to her to get what they need. I knit baby hats for the neonatal unit at our local hospital. In the winter I knit scarves, tie them on the trees at one of our uptown parks for the homeless to take. And mittens for the homeless.
    This uses up scraps and bits collected over many years!

  41. carolyn ward says:

    I knit for a Mariner’s charity sponsored by our church in Palm Beach, FL. The Mariners do go up to the north Atlantic where it is very cold. I know there are other “seaman” charities that knit mittens, hats and scarves.

  42. Chris says:

    I am knitting wrist warmers and squares at the moment for KAS (Knit a square) and I send them to South Africa. I have knitted baby items for Bliss (premature babies) and also hats for the Sailors Society. I love filling up shoes boxes too for the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas appeal, so make hand puppets, purses, hats, gloves and scarfs. Last Autumn I knitted Christmas decorations for our local Blind Society’s Christmas Fair.
    I just love knitting and keeping busy in this way.

  43. Maxine Smith says:

    I am knitting scarves for the Canadian Special Olympics to be held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada in February 2016. The call went out to all knitters for 1000 scarves and to date over 1750 have been donated. It was thought that all the ‘special Olympians’ and their coaches/managers would receive a scarf but now it appears that even the families/spectators will receive one. The colors are red/gold/green, any pattern, but 65 inches long by 8 inches wide. I am now on number 26 and am hating for it to end. To see all the beautiful scarves to date visit the facebook page., “Special Olympics NL Scarf Project 2016”

  44. Sharon says:

    I’ve been knitting for over a year little premie hats for the sick babies at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Then, at the last minute, Christmas 2014, I hurried up and knitted several scarves for the homeless Veterans at the Joseph House, on behalf of the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police Associate Auxiliary. Now I have a program that works for me. I alternate evenings for baby hats and cozy scarves as Christmas gifts for the homeless Veterans. I buy the yarn on sale and when I have coupons delivered in the mail regularly. It’s a great feeling to give to those who are sick and in need. My knitting projects keep me calm and at some measure of peace with all the confusion in this world. Thank you, Love Knitting for the free charity patterns!!!

  45. Ruby Mae says:

    Several fantastic groups in the UK. ‘Needles & Hooks, Angels and Preemies’ have a facebook page and web site. They knit for Angel babies, PICU, NICU, children’s cancer wards, they make twiddle muffs for brain injury units and dementia patients, hats etc for SOTS (Soldiers on the Streets), knitted boobs for midwives and health visitors and the amount of friendships that have been made on there is amazing. All this amazing knitting, crochet, and sewing is sent to over 100 hospitals around the UK.
    Also ‘Special Care Baby Knitting Group (Forest of Dean)’ have a facebook page and make clothing, blankets etc mostly for PICU and NICU at Gloucester Royal Hospital and also a hospital in Bristol.

  46. Linda says:

    I knit for my local Neo Natal unit. I make little jackets and hats. I have also knitted blankets for dog rescue.

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