Top heartwarming charity knitting patterns

Published on September 4, 2018 3 min read

Picking up your knitting needles is a lovely way to spread the joy of beautiful knitwear. If you’re feeling charitable, then try your hand at one of these charity knitting patterns from our collection. We’re sure you’ll find something that you love!

Show your support for frontline health workers!

There are lots of ways to help support those in need during these uncertain times. Knitting these adorable little frontline worker dolls or whipping up some mask mates to donate are the perfect projects to support your community.

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.

Haven-diamond-blanket, hot water bottle and hat for breast cancer Haven


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 incredibly painful. Gift someone one of these delightfully cosy knits to bring warmth and a sense of comfort to their cancer treatments.

Shawl for Colten Cowell Foundation

If you’ve always loved Batman, then this shawl is the one for you. This fun “To the Batcave!“ shawl is a pattern inspired by the crime- fighting superhero himself, as well as the families that are going through hardship that the Colten Cowell Foundation helps.

To the Batcave!
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To the Batcave!

By Jessica Anderson

Fast-Finish Teddy for End Violent Encounters (EVE)

Who doesn’t love a teddy? These adorable fast-finish teddies are in support of End Violent Encounters (EVE), an amazing Michigan-based charity that helps women feel safe after suffering from abuse. One dollar will be donated to EVE from every pattern that’s purchased and you could even donate the teddy once you’ve made it. It’s a charity win-win!

Fast-Finish Teddy (In-Depth-Instruction Version)
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Fast-Finish Teddy (In-Depth-Instruction Version)

By ColorJoy by LynnH

Blanket for someone in need


Bigger is always better! So, if you’re looking for a larger project to knit and donate to someone in need, consider knitting up one of these awesome blankets. Blankets may seem so commonplace, but many people don’t have the luxury of owning one. Imagine all the joy you’ll spread when you donate the hugely colorful children’s comforter to a person in need!

Poppies for remembrance

This November, why not knit your own poppy in honor of Remembrance Day? The money you save from knitting your pin instead of buying one can be directly donated to American Legion which offers lifelong support to those in the armed forces community.

A Poppy for Remembrance
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A Poppy for Remembrance

By Laura Chau

Knitted Knockers

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! 

Bottoms Up Knockers for Knitted Knockers
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Bottoms Up Knockers for Knitted Knockers

By KKSF Knitted Knockers.org

Christmas sweaters

If you’re all about Christmas sweaters, then get ready to knit a new favorite with this adorable Rudolph version! Then come the 21st of December, you’ll be ready to wear your sweater for National Ugly Sweater Day and make a donation to the official campaign from Save the Children.

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Knit together blanket

Are you looking for the best charity blanket pattern for your knitting group? Well, you’ve found it! This bright spark blanket is colorful and full of joy. As it’s made of knitted squares, this blanket is couldn’t be more perfect for knitting groups looking to create a warm and cozy gift for someone in need.

Bright Spark Blanket
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Bright Spark Blanket

By Felicity Stewart

Puppy love

Are you mad about dogs? Who isn’t, am I right? To support your favorite local animal charity or shelter, download and knit this adorable free dog jumper pattern and then donate it. You may even make some new dog pals in the process. Spreading the joy has never been so rewarding!

City Stripes Dog Sweater in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick - 80933AD
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City Stripes Dog Sweater in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick - 80933AD

By Lion Brand

And the best yarns for charity?


DK yarn is the perfect weight for charity knits - it sits right in the middle of the yarn weight scale, and is perfect for hats, scarves and mitts, blankets and toys too!

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