Charity Knits

Published on December 26th, 2016 | by Eric


Knitting for charity: a feel-good guide

Winter is officially here, and there’s no time like now to knit some warm clothes for those in need. Deciding what to knit, and what charity to send your projects can be confusing, so we’re here to help out!


Big Tea Cosy



If you’re knitting for charity, anything that will keep people warm will be most appreciated. Mittens, socks, hats, and scarves are the fastest knits, but if you’re feeling extra giving, we’re sure the lucky recipient of a sweater or jumper would feel especially lucky!

We recently attended the Southbank Centre’s “Get Your Knit On” event, where beginner and expert knitters made scarves for the homeless people around London. They provided a simple pattern for a moss stitch scarf here.

If you are a beginner, or simply don’t have time right now to knit but would still like to help a charity through knitting, you can purchase one of these lovely tea cosies, and the proceeds will be donated to the Haven, a breast cancer support facility, whom we at LoveKnitting are proud to support.


Get Your Knit On


Where to donate

There are so many places where you can donate your knitwear that no list will come close to complete, but this should help point you in the right direction. If you want to donate somewhere close to home, you can always start with local shelters, soup kitchens, charity shops, missions, or places of worship.

UK charities



Knit for Peace

Royal Voluntary Service Penguin Big Knit in Dorset


US charities

Project Linus

Knit for Kids


The Preemie Project

The Bowery Mission

Australia charities

Kids with Cancer

Knitting 4 Brisbane’s Needy

South Africa

Hug a Baby

If this list isn’t enough, you’ll be able to find a broader list of charities that will accept knitted contributions here.

Do you have any charities that you support that we didn’t mention here, or any ideas how knitters can help support those in need? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! It’s the time of the year for giving, so don’t forget to help those in need.

About the Author

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Last updated: January 4th, 2017.

27 Responses to Knitting for charity: a feel-good guide

  1. Vicki Zilai says:

    With our church group we knit fish n chips little jumpers and hats fro the children inUganda. We have about 30 ladies that meet once a month to work on these items. We also make shawls for our prayer shawl mininstry here in New Jersey.

    • Eric says:

      That sounds lovely Vicki! Do you have a profile on LoveKnitting where we can see photos of the jumpers and hats? Would love to see!

    • PAC says:

      I made some baby blankets for a neo natal unit in Massachusetts.. I could check with them.

    • Helen Morrison says:

      I met a lovely lady on the train ( I was knitting!) and she told me about fish & chips but I didn’t write the details down. Where can I find out more about it please?

      • Michelle Westhead says:

        (Knitted all in one) Approx 50g DK wool.Use double-knitting wool and 4mm needles, cast on 44 stitches.

        • Work 18 Rows in K2, P2 rib
        • Work 30 Rows stocking stitch (1 row plain, 1 row purl)
        • Cast on 12 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows and at the same time change to K2,P2 (for sleeve)
        • Rib 22 more rows.
        • Next row: Rib 21, cast off 26 stitches, rib 21 (Please cast these stitches off loosely in rib to allow the neck to stretch over a baby’s head)
        • Next row: Rib 21, cast on 26 stitches, rib 21 * (Please cast these stitches on loosely, using one size bigger needles if necessary).
        • Work 22 rows in K2, P2 rib
        • Cast off 12 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows
        • Work 30 rows stocking stitch
        • Work 18 rows, K2, P2 rib
        • Cast off. Sew side and sleeve seams.

        Size 7 needles

        • Cast on 64 stitches
        • Rib 2 purl 2 knit for 20 rows
        • Stocking stitch for 20 rows Shaping Knit 6 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 5 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 4 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 3 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 2 stitches knit 2 together to end of row Purl 1 row Knit 2 together across row
        • Knit all stitches together and tie off. Sew up side seam, roll back the rib and you have a beanie.

        ARTICLE BY:
        The Australian Women’s Weekly

        I don’t know your physical location, so you will have to make local enquiries as to who to send the finished articles to.
        Happy knitting 🙂


  2. suzanne cromack says:


    I teach a learn to knit lknitting group and we are busy knitting cardigans and hats for preemie babies. Do you know of any hospital neo natal units that would like some? The two we have been sending them to don’t need any more at the moment. I currently have about 50 sets in my spare bedroom.


    • Eric says:

      Hi Suzanne, where are you located? I can do a little research and try and find somewhere near you. Thanks!!


    • Annmarie says:

      Hi Suzanne, depending where you are. We donate our baby/ preemie items to Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts. Whatever overflow they have they forward to various Children’s Hospitals in Boston, MA. Feel free to email me if you want more info.

    • Kathryn says:
      A charity founded in the UK providing tiny hats to NICUs for premature babies, but now also sending outside the UK.

      Check out their website.
      Michelle Boggis who founded Baby Beanies does have certain stipulations about what types of yarn are acceptable and will provide you with patterns.
      Fundraising to help Baby Beanies with their postage costs for sending out packages of hats, can be done by joining Easy Fundraising ( Many large companies will donate a percentage of any online shopping you do with them to a charity of your choice through organisations like Easy Fundraising.
      Best to contact Michelle at for anything other than little hats to see if they can use them. 😊

  3. Linda Moses says:

    Knitted Knockers should be on the list.

  4. Kim Pietrack says:

    Another US charity that requests handmade knitted/crochet scarves and hats is Operation Gratitude, who sends them in care packages to deployed troops and veterans.

  5. Sally Rees says:

    I knit baby jumpers and give them to the Salvation Army who pass them onto women’s refuges also hats nd scarves to those in need

  6. Kirsty Lyon says:

    Hi I’m a member of two uk knitting groups called purple butterfly and preemie and angel babies uk where we knit for hospitals who provide hat, blankets cardigans and in some sad cases burial gowns and also emergency packs for families who are having a premature baby and don’t have any clothes that’ll fit.

  7. Christina says:

    Another Australian knitting charity is KOGO (knit one give one – 2015 kogo distributed 62,500 hand crafted winter woollies to the most vulnerable in our community through 250 community partner organisations. In 2016 this was doubled.

  8. Annette Rose says:

    Hi, I and my Knitting Angels make baby blankets for newborns to lady veterans, lap robes for veterans in wheel chairs, chemo caps for veterans undergoing chemotherapy and crutch covers for those veterans using crutches to soften the underarm pressure. These are all donated to our local VA Hospital.

  9. Marilyn says:

    I knit lap robes/afghans for the local cancer center. Chemo patients get cold.

  10. Jill Freeman says:

    I am so pleased to read this information today. A couple of years ago someone asked for members of my W.I. group to knit small jumpers and I knitted quite a few. Last year I decided to make some more and have made about 30 in various sizes and colours. Only last night my husband and I were talking about who to send them to. Problem solved! Thank you very much.

  11. Annette Stewart says:

    I knit blankets for the local dog rehoming charity. Dogs get cold too 🐶

  12. Tina T. says:

    Most of my knitting goes to charity, children’s wear & blankets for Blytheswood, hats & scarves for Mission to Seamen, Premie hats for the local neo-natal unit.
    There is no end of good causes that need warm things so even basic or beginner knitters can contribute, they are all gratefully received.
    There is only so much one person can knit for themselves or the family but if you love knitting and don’t want to stop, look at all the good causes mentioned on this page alone, WOW!

  13. Nancy P. says:

    My sister and I crochet throws for the local Seton House. We also crochet and I knit scarves for our state’s Special Olympics (USA) each year. Just wish we had less aches and pains so we could crochet and knit more stuff. There are so many needs that people don’t know about and could make knit or crochet items. National and local charity groups.
    Our local yarn shop has a group that makes breast-like “fillers” for breast cancer patients, another group is Caps4Kids, and we have many quilting groups who send quilts overseas. People just need to look and find a charity they want to help.

  14. Jody says:

    I have sent crocheted and knitted 7″x 9″ sections for Warm-up America ( It’s a great way to put left over yarn from projects to good use! Great for teaching children & teens, too!

  15. Jesse says:

    Another excellent Australian knitting (and crochet) charity is Knit One Give One (KOGO).
    They are based in Melbourne but distribute items all through out Australia, from Tasmania all the way to the Northern Territory.

  16. Ann Tramontana-Veno says:

    Hello everyone,
    I am the Executive Director Hope After Loss, Inc. We support he pregnancy and infant loss community. When someone has a subsequent pregnancy after a loss, we give them a baby blanket. They are hand knit or crocheted. Recently I have been doing this work and I am a bit stretched for time. I could use some help getting the blankets made. Please feel free to check out our web site and or FB page.
    Someone out there will be of help I can feel it.
    Thank you.

  17. jude says:

    In 2016 I knit 100 hats for the premie & newborns for our local hospital. This year is Canada’s 150th anniversary. I am hoping to knit 150 “knitted knockers” for gals that have lost a breast(s) due to cancer.

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  19. Frenchie says:

    Kick the tires and light the fires, problem oflfliaicy solved!

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