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Published on February 5th, 2018 | by Mara


#KnitForJacinda Unites New Zealand’s Crafters!

When New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the world about her pregnancy, she didn’t know it would inspire so many people to use their crafting to help others – but that’s exactly what happened! 

It all started with two tweets from Twitter user Heather McCracken. When she heard about PM Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy, her first instinct was to knit a lovely present for the baby! But she quickly realised that while Jacinda’s child will probably receive lots of great presents from friends and family, other children might not be so lucky.

And so the idea was born, to knit amazing things for less fortunate babies – all in PM Jacinda Ardern’s name! Other New Zealand moms and crafters seemed to wholeheartedly agree and soon joined the movement under the hashtag #KnitForJacinda.

People wasted no time to start crafting and not only did the hashtag inspire people to try their hand at knitting for the first time, but fellow politicians have also joined in! MP Deborah Russell for example tweeted a photo of her tiny hat project.

Don’t live in NZ and still want to join in?

Don’t worry! Even if you don’t live in New Zealand you can still join the movement.

No matter where you are or what you like to knit – you can join in and make someone’s arrival into the world a little more joyful! Just ask a local hospital or charity if they take knitted donations such as hats, toys and blankets.

Anyone can join in! Here are some FREE patterns to spark your inspiration:

Simple Baby Hat in Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton


In A Wink Baby Blanket

Little Lion Brand Sock Critter


Are you going to #KnitForJacinda?

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Last updated: February 7th, 2018.

11 Responses to #KnitForJacinda Unites New Zealand’s Crafters!

  1. Brigid says:

    Button eyes and noses on baby toys is a no-no! Sew felt circles on instead.

  2. Glenda Bootyman says:

    Can people in the United Kingdom take part in this worthy cause?

    • Mara says:

      Hi Glenda!

      Yes, of course! Just check with your local hospitals and charities if they accept donations.

      Thanks for helping out!

      Mara from LoveKnitting

  3. Sue Harrison says:

    I’m in U.K. and would love to join in.

    • Mara says:

      Hi Sue!

      Yes, of course! Just check with your local hospitals and charities if they accept donations.

      Thanks for helping out!

      Mara from LoveKnitting

  4. Christine Byrne says:

    I think this a great project , I am from the UK and in my WI Knitting group , so far we have knitted louds of premature baby cardigans also simple baby blankets for our 2 local hospitals. So anyone in UK who wants to get Knitting get in touch with your local Maternity Hospital they may be in need of a few for their unit.

  5. Joy Marsden says:

    Our local craft group does this already. Last year it was wool singlets for the local hospital, the year before hats and booties to an outlying island in Rarotonga.

  6. Joyce says:

    I’m in Australia. I knit for kids in war affected areas. There is a ravelry group, AKWAK (Australians Knitting for War Affected Kids). Others would be most welcome to join the group.

  7. Nina Harrison says:

    Are there requirements for a 100% wood needs to be used?
    I am a pensioner ( 73yr ) and my husband was recently admitted to a stage 3 Rest Home, which has made major changes to my financial situation. I would not beable to purchase natural wool all the time.

    • Mara says:

      Hi Nina!

      Not at all! For baby hats for example, cotton or acrylic are usually the best choice. As you can imagine, with babies it’s always a good thing to have soft and yet machine washable clothes.

      Wishing you and your husband all the best for the future!

      Mara from LoveKnitting

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