Knitting for charity is a heartwarming way to make a difference using your stitch skills. From preemie hats to charity knitting patterns, thank you gifts for frontline workers, or winter wear for the homeless or refugees, there are so many ways to make an impact on someone's life. We've rounded up some of our fave charity knitting patterns to inspire that next project!
The Karoo tank designed for the Hilaroo foundation
Designed by Debbie Bliss in collaboration with the amazing Hilary Swank, the Karoo Tank was created in support of the Hilaroo Foundation. The wonderful charity was set up by Hilary herself, to help children in need and abandoned dogs. Through purchasing this pattern, you will be supporting a fabulous cause and creating a wardrobe essential in the process!
Donate to the World Land Trust with this wild knitting pattern!
World Land Trust is an international conservation charity dedicated to protecting the world's most important habitats and wildlife that is under threat. It's never been easier to support this wonderful global charity! Simply, purchase one of the patterns designed by fabulous indie designers and 100% of the profits will go to the World Land Trust's Keepers of the Wild programme.
Show your support for frontline health workers
Frontline workers continue to put their health at risk for others during these tricky times. Knitting these adorable little frontline worker dolls or whipping up some mask mates to donate are a lovely gesture to show your gratitude and support.
Preemie baby patterns
Babies who are born premature are delicate and are in need of constant care. Knitting one of these preemie baby hats is a beautiful way to help a little one in need.
Knitting for those with cancer
If you or anyone you know has ever been through cancer treatments, you may be aware at how small changes in temperature can feel huge and sometimes painful. A handmade knitted gift is a small yet thoughtful way to show someone you care. Whether it's a lap blanket or chemo hat, gift someone one of these cosy knits and why not personalise in their fave colours?
Projects for breast cancer awareness
If you’re looking to support women who have been through a mastectomy surgery, then consider this free ‘knitted knocker’ pattern. Knit a knocker for those you know personally or you can donate them directly to Knitted Knockers org - make sure you check the approved yarns list!
Blankets, hats and scarves for the vulnerable
With hundreds of thousands of precious lives displaced by war, famine or climate change, there has never been more need for the knitting community to come together in these difficult times. With winter approaching, whether it's homelessness or those fleeing their native lands, warm knitwear is a small yet practical way we each can make a difference.
Socks to stay warm
Free hat and beanie knitting patterns
Poppies for remembrance
This November 11th 2021, why not knit your own poppy in honour of Remembrance Day? The money you save from knitting your pin instead of buying one can be directly donated to Royal British Legion which offers lifelong support to those in the armed forces community.
Knitting for animals
Whether you're knitting for an animal shelter or taking part in the relief effort for the increasing wild fires that have been devastating the natural habitat of millions of animals, there are so many ways your knitting can help. From bird baskets and bat wraps, to knitted dog sweaters, or if you're animal lover why not purchase a pattern from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home where 100% of the proceeds go to the animals?
Animal knitting projects that donate to charity
Knitted dog sweaters we love
Yarns with a heart
It's not only patterns that can make a difference, these yarns give back too. Yarns bought from The Yarn Collective help support Women for Women International. Whether they're planet friendly or proceeds from buying them go directly to a good cause