Charity 101

Charity 101  


When you give an afghan to someone in need of warmth, you give a part of yourself –your time, your energy and your skills. Set a goal to help a charity in your community by using your knitting and crocheting skills –it could become a positive lifetime activity.

Knitting and Crocheting for Charity Tips 

  • Use new yarn – preferably machine washable and dryable yarn that’s easy to care for
  • Use bright shades – to brighten up the receiver’s day
  • Send only clean items – void of animal hair and food spills
  • Act local – connect with a charity in your community
  • Think upbeat thoughts – pass your positive wishes along with each stitch to someone who needs them ( it will be * good for you too)



A prayer shawl is a thoughtful gift to share with someone who is grieving or immersed in difficult times. They can embrace with comfort and healing, uplift with your wishes and prayers, and bring warmth to the lost and ailing. There are many occasions to share a prayer shawl both in times of loss and celebration. No matter how simple or complex your prayer shawl, the message is the same – your kindness has been felt.

While making your prayer shawl, be sure to have positive thoughts, a prayer or blessing repeated with each stitch. Your wish will be passed on to the recipient.



Babies all over the world are born into situations beyond their control. Share your love of knitting and crocheting with premature, critically ill or disadvantaged babies. Your handmade treasures of blankets, booties and hats will help them off to a warm, bright start.


Be sure to contact hospitals and shelters in your community – they may have specific requests for baby items that you can help fulfill.
Be sure to use yarn that can be machine washed and dried –your treasures will be cherished for years to come and become keepsakes for a grateful family.


Knit and crochet projects are always in high demand at church bazaars and fundraising events throughout the year. We have compiled several tips for holding a prosperous event – starting with amazing projects to purchase.


Tips and fresh ideas for a thriving charity bazaar
Don’t go it alone. Talk to your neighbors,co-workers, post a notice on the bulletin board at work, at your charity organization or church group, but organize a group of people to help you– you will have much more fun.

Price check! Be sure to have all your items clearly priced so there is no confusion – clean, simple tags will do the trick. When the masses start arriving you will be happy you pretagged everything.

Don’t forget the cookies. Everyone loves baked goods – cookies, bars, squares, cupcakes, muffins, pies, cakes – all are perfect for fundraising.Attach the recipe for an extra incentive.

It’s all in the delivery! Present the items as they would be used. Knitted hats will look best on a head, even if it is a styrofoam ball. It will give your customers an idea of how it will look. Baby booties stuffed with tissue look better sitting on the tables. Crocheted dishcloths look best grouped in coordinating shades and tied with a pretty ribbon.

Time. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare –6 months before the event is a good time for the first meeting.

Everybody loves a bargain! Offer deals,buy 1 at $4.00, 2 at $7.50 and 3 at $10.



  1. I would love to know if there are crochet groups in my area , I could join & crochet for donations

  2. I make warm scarves for the Salvation Army. I make them all summer. When the Salvation Army has their free coat give away. I take them in.
    I also do knitted blankets for animal shelters. I give them to different shelter all over the US. 2015 I only did the shelters. I decided to make my granddaughters and their husbands blankets. I am still working on them. I did not give myself the time I needed. I love to make scarves and the blankets. It helps them and it helps me. So many items to knit for people.

  3. I knit for our Military…look for Operation Gratitude on the web and they will give you all the info…I love to pay forward….been doing it for years…so easy to give a knitted item, we both get joy, those receiving and those giving. M

  4. I make afghans, shawls, and hats for the cancer center…..I have been doing this for many years. It is certainly rewarding to once in a while seeing someone using a item I have made and knowing how much it meant for them to recieve what ever the item happened to be. I know what I do isn’t much but then every tiny piece helps inthe recovery. Therefore I feel much joy.

  5. What pattern was used to knit the white baby booties?

  6. Roseann Whipple November 9, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I make baby caps for new-borns at the Hospital. and for young girls who are expecting. I make them a baby blanket, booties,& cap. And for her a bed jacket. if I have time.


  7. Linda–Are you familiar with There are many groups there that knit for charities that want wool. Personally, I do most of my knitting for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD–the poorest place in the United States, and also for a group called Walking with Orphans, which was started by a remarkable young woman named Melissa Brown, who is currently living in Romania working with orphans there. Other groups that like wool include Outreach to Apalachia and Help Kids India, which collects sweaters sizes 2-4 for Indian street kids in a cooler, mountainous part of India. Hope that gives you some ideas.

  8. this has been very helpful here is something else to think of. You sell more if grouped in threes. Elevate your projects. stick a block of wood or box under your tablecloth.

  9. ~ Thank you for writing such a beautiful, simple and well-written article. I found it really encouraging ^_^

  10. Thank you for reminding people of the rewards of stitching for charity. I have made and donated over 50 baby blankets to a local group that provides layettes to the hospital’s for the mothers who have nothing to take their babies home with. My friends and I don’t need anything but I love to crochet so this gives me a reason to keep doing it. Some people even donate yarn to me. Otherwise I watch for sales and use coupons. Keep encouraging people!

  11. Carolyn Cline June 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Check with the specific charity that is to receive your donation: the one I knit for prefers dark colors so dirt doesn’t show so easily, and blood red and royal blue are no-nos because they’re gang colors. Some charities prefer acrylic over wools because of the care needed. ALWAYS label the fiber content because of some recipients’ allergies.

  12. have lots of wool in differant colours would love to knit for children in need cold you please let me know where to send item I knit thankyou

  13. I enjoy making crochet baby blankets.. Sharing is cating…

  14. Great advice, thank you!

  15. I am making hats and matching scarves

  16. You can also see if there are any clinics or doctors who can use “Knitted Knockers” for cancer survivors. These are soft, handmade breast forms, knit or crochet, for cancer patients. They are made by volunteers, and donated to any survivor who ask for them. Please check out this charity for yourself!

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