Knitting for a Cause

Thanks for signing up for the Knitting for a Cause Challenge! Click any of the images below to download our blanket or hat patterns, ranging from Beginner to Intermediate levels. Continue to scroll down to learn more about the best ways to donate your knitted goods, and where to donate them. Be sure to save or bookmark this page to access these resources at any time.


Knitting for a Cause - Blanket Square Pattern PDF PATTERN DOWNLOAD
Blanket Square Pattern (Beginner)
Knitting for a Cause - Full Blanket Pattern PDF PATTERN DOWNLOAD
Full Blanket Pattern (Intermediate)
Knitting for a Cause - Baby Hat Pattern PDF PATTERN DOWNLOAD
Baby Hat Pattern (Intermediate)
Knitting for a Cause - Hat Pattern PDF PATTERN DOWNLOAD
Hat Pattern (Intermediate)

Yarn for these patterns provided by Yarnspirations and Lion Brand.


Where to Donate

Creativity comes from the heart. Oftentimes, for those of us who put love into everything we make, one of the best feelings comes from giving our creations away for someone else to enjoy. There are few things more rewarding than knowing something you made will have a positive impact on someone’s life.

We’ve compiled a handful of amazing organizations that are eager to accept your donations with open arms. Continue reading to find out where you can give the gift of helping someone in need.



Animals

Animal shelters can be notoriously cold and industrial. Mats for Cats collects donations of leftover yarn to turn into soft, comfortable mats for rescued cats across the nation. Contact Mats for Cats via email to see which location needs your excess yarn the most, and simply mail it to the provided address.

The Snuggle Project also aims to improve the rescue shelter experience for both animals and humans. Their cozy, knit “Snuggles” create a warmer, softer environment in shelters and animal rehabilitation centers, significantly calming and reducing stress among hurt or frightened rescue animals.

Bullying

Have some blue yarn lying around? Raise awareness and stand up to bullying with Hat Not Hate, an organization determined to bring to light the bullying problems many adolescents face today. Use your blue yarn to make and donate hats to their cause, and empower students in the fight against bullying.

Children in Need

With donation chapters across the United States, Project Linus provides blankets of all kinds to children in hospitals, homeless shelters, social services agencies, or anywhere a child needs comfort. Similarly, Knit a Square accepts donations of 8” square sections of knit or crochet material, assembling them into full-size blankets to provide to vulnerable children across South Africa.

If you enjoy making finished products like hats, sweaters, or blankets, Knit for Kids also accepts handmade items like these to provide to children throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe wherever the need is greatest.

Cancer Patients & Survivors

The Magic Yarn Project aims to bring joy and comfort to children battling cancer with unique, character-inspired yarn wigs and beanies that are soft and warm for sensitive little scalps. Visit their website to find out how you can get involved by cutting yarn for wigs, creating beanies, or helping in a variety of ways.

Knitted Knockers enlists the help of volunteers to create knitted breast prosthetics to breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies or other medical procedures. Their soft Knitted Knockers can be made to match any size and are completely free to women or groups who request them.

Children & Adults Battling Serious Illness

For intermediate to advanced knitters looking to contribute to a good cause, the Mother Bear Project provides cuddly knitted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDS. You can help by creating your own bear using their pattern or by donating materials like yarn and knitting needles directly to the organization.

Alice’s Embrace is a non-profit organization that creates knit shawls and blankets to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Their beautiful handmade items provide a sense of comfort and security to residents in memory care facilities and hospitals.

Veterans & Service Members

Operation Gratitude sends thoughtfully curated care packages to American troops overseas. Their Handmade with Love initiative aims to include handmade items in each care package, providing soldiers with a sense of love and home. Donations of many forms are appreciated, including knitted, crocheted, or sewn pieces, and are often some of the most cherished items received by soldiers.

Warmth for Warriors understands that the comfort of our active duty members makes a huge difference when it comes to their morale and well-being. Their warm, handmade hats and cozy items are sent to service members and veterans both overseas and stateside. You can donate finished pieces as well as extra supplies and yarn.

General

If you’re not sure where to send your donations, Warm Up America! serves a wide variety of charitable organizations, acting as a funnel to provide items where they happen to be needed most. They accept 7” by 9” knit or crochet sections that are assembled into afghans and garments, as well as finished scarves, blankets, and accessories. Check their Current Needs page to see an updated list of organizations currently in need of donations.

There will always be the need for handmade items that provide a sense of security, warmth, and positivity during difficult times. Giving something that has been made from the heart is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. No matter which organization you choose to send your donations to, the love you put into your thoughtful, handmade creations will be sure to send a message of hope to someone who truly needs it.



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156 Responses to “Knitting for a Cause”
  1. Lorraine Mufford
    Lorraine Mufford

    checking on I am so pleased to find a group for donations. Do you accept from Canada or have an affiliate here?

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    • Customer Service
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      Great question! The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members of our online community. By becoming a member, you will have access to our expert’s knowledge. With your membership you will also receive discounts on products and hundreds of hours of Premium content.

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      • Ann
        Ann

        Your reply does not answer Lorraine’s question at all. What organizations in Canada accept these donations, do those you list accept donations from Canada or are you only US focused? If this is only for US knitters, this should be clearly stated.

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        • Customer Service
          Customer Service

          Hi Ann,

          Our company is based out of the United States and these organizations are in the US as well. This is just a compiled list of outside organizations, we do not collect those donations. I am sure there are organizations accepting donations in countries all over the world. We haven’t personally looked into those but a quick internet search for knitted donations in your country will provide several results.

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    • Heidi
      Heidi

      Hat Not Hate takes Blue hats from anywhere. Go to HatNotHate.org for all the information. Hope this helps.

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  2. Maria Moreno
    Maria Moreno

    I would love to have free patterns for hats and scarfs to send to Peru, South America.

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    • Edna Heimerman
      Edna Heimerman

      I made over 45 fleece hats before I moved. Would there be a need in Peru? I’m in a very warm climate now so I probably would not have any luck selling them at a craft show.

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    • Carla Hickey
      Carla Hickey

      Rediscovered my love of knitting during the Covid seclusion, would love to participate!

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  3. Cindy Bast
    Cindy Bast

    I’m a cancer survivor 2 times. I make baby hats for premies and other children at Iowa City,Iowa

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  4. Louise Vance
    Louise Vance

    I’m interested in charities that appreciate wool items, blends and natural fibers.

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      Hi Carolyn!

      Great question! The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members of our online community. By becoming a member, you will have access to our expert’s knowledge. With your membership you will also receive discounts on products and hundreds of hours of Premium content.

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      • Christina
        Christina

        You did not answer the question! Kindly state that the knitting circle only supports causes in the USA. We Canadians must resource our own charities.

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        • Customer Service
          Customer Service

          Hello Christina,

          Thank you for contacting us. We don’t have any locations known where you can donate in your country. I would suggest looking online to locate places in your country where you can donate to.

          Sincerely,
          Sarah
          The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  5. Laura J Miller
    Laura J Miller

    Thank you for sending this email out! I am currently knitting a scarf for Backpacks4You along with making some fleece no-sew scarves. Recently I feel the need to do something for others using what I have around the house (yes, I have a HUGE yarn stash).

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  6. Avalyn Bear
    Avalyn Bear

    Knit & donate chemo hats thru Michigan Head Huggers. Always looking for new patterns!

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  7. Barbara Young
    Barbara Young

    I am an intermediate level knitter but, I need to be able to see how certain stitches are made..eg
    Yarn over, knit in front and back.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Barbara,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      The patterns we provide here are free. Please download any of them and see if they are what your looking for.

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  8. Gladys J Haigler
    Gladys J Haigler

    So grateful to become a partner in these organizations..
    I have Time & YARN !!!!!–Making hats is my favorite…

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  9. Charlotte Namba
    Charlotte Namba

    I would like to receive your free patterns and make some of the simple pieces to give to animal shelters and to those in need in Africa.

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  10. Sunny
    Sunny

    You should add Knitting the Rainbow. They help teenagers and young adults at risk in New York City in the LBGTQ community.

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  11. Brenda
    Brenda

    Already donating to many charities including Operation Gratitude and Seamens institute Christmas at sea

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  12. Doris Shultz
    Doris Shultz

    A lady and I have listed ourselves on the Knitted Knockers website that we will knit Knockers for the Western suburbs of Chicago and keeping Elmhurst Hospitals Cancer Center Patient Coordinator with Knockers for their patients.

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  13. Gail Dochin
    Gail Dochin

    Between mom and I we have a lot of left over yarn. I thought Granny Square afghans would make good gifts.

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  14. JOANNA bayles
    JOANNA bayles

    I knit for a charity group, we work through Police stations who support community needs. They tell us what they need and we divide it up amongst us. I am a true beginner….so not always easy to make everything on flat needles and simple items. Refuges, schools, itinerant, single baby needs….etc patterns would be so welcome for me. Thanks. Oh, I live in Quebec so things need to be warm…..thanks.

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  15. Mary O
    Mary O

    I have been donating to our local battered women’s shelter. Women arrive with little more than the clothes on their acks, often with children in tow. It takes a little doing to make contact; shelters often fear the arrival of disgruntled men. But the rewards are great.

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  16. Elizabeth A Reid
    Elizabeth A Reid

    I wish to join and continue to donate to The Gabriel Project. A support group for mother’s who choose to give birth rather than abortion.

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    • Customer Service
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      Hi Penny!

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  17. Karen Warloe
    Karen Warloe

    I recently relocated out of California. Before I left I donated close to 50 baby car seat blankets, lap blankets, veteran wheelchair blankets and baby blankets to my quilt guild who has ties with various organizations.

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  18. Daniellesuzie
    Daniellesuzie

    Nanny started to teach me with small squares that turned into long two-toned coloured scarfs for the footy fans that you sew 3 0r 4 Clear Press Studs centred in the middle to snap it into a two-in-one Head Wrap-Beanie Scarf for the long matches when it the cold weather turns to rain too. Then add some Tassles to the bottom from the remaining Yarn as isn’t enough leftover for a 2nd Scarf cum Hat, 2in1. Best of both worlds on a windy cold day as keeps hair or lack off completely tamed. Knitting for a Cause is awesome – Go Team! Yeh! Which league and what country? Olympics? Commonwealth Games? School Sports or your local YMCA?

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  19. Cindy Diamond
    Cindy Diamond

    I love knitting. I would love to get patterns for blankets for kids or adults in need. I think this is such a great idea.

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  20. Sharon Hall
    Sharon Hall

    I would love to knit for this cause. Have been looking for a service project to help others.

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  21. shareon massena
    shareon massena

    Looking at the donation places, these seem to need synthetics so easily cleaned.

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  22. Linda Reilly
    Linda Reilly

    Haven’t knitted in years. Used to knit hats for cancer kids. Maybe I’ll start up again this winter. Love to knit for others.

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  23. Ruth Ann Hogan
    Ruth Ann Hogan

    I have plenty of odds and ends of yarn that I would love to use up for a good cause! RuthAnn

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  24. Kathryn
    Kathryn

    I knit hats, mittens and scarves when my local food pantry has their winter coat drive.

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  25. Patricia Pagni
    Patricia Pagni

    I knit for our church. We make prayer shawls, scarves for the youngsters, scarves for the homeless, and blankets for the babies and for the elderly in the congregation. We get together on Sunday afternoons to knit and enjoy each other’s company. We also are happy when we can teach someone new to knit.

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  26. Carolann Kania
    Carolann Kania

    I am an avid crochet person….what is needed ? where to send like baby blankets and women’s sweaters …

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  27. Cindy Robertson
    Cindy Robertson

    I would like to help in your cause. but I crochet instead of knit would that be okay.

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  28. Coraline Anderson
    Coraline Anderson

    What organisations in Melbourne, Vic, Australia will accept my donations? Thanks Coraline

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  29. Elizabeth Benesch
    Elizabeth Benesch

    I have been searching for a cause to knit or crochet needed items. I am happy to donate.

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  30. Sharon Hosking
    Sharon Hosking

    I knitt & crochet for children with cancer in SA, known as CHOC, also for the Aids and prem babies in SA

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  31. Donnd
    Donnd

    I can’t wait to get started on projects for several of the suggested groups. . Planning to get a group together as soon as possible to meet twice a month.

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  32. Nita
    Nita

    Hello. Thank you so much for the patterns. I have been knitting this year for a cause in Mexico City. Scarves for sick kids. I have made about 50 but always am willling to try new stiches. Thanks a lot. I will be sending them in November so they are delivered in Christmas or New Year.
    Have a good day

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  33. Karen Johnson
    Karen Johnson

    Looking forward to downloading patterns and donating to causes in the U.S. I love to knit and sew!

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    • Gladys J Haigler
      Gladys J Haigler

      So greatful to find this Organization…
      I have yarn, needles & hooks,time & most of all..the desire to help anyone or animal
      !!!

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Julia,

      Thank you for contacting us. You don’t have to pay to join Knitting for a Cause or to access the patterns. You can click on what pattern you would like and download the PDF.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  34. Linda Harrelson
    Linda Harrelson

    Once before, I knitted ace bandages for lepers.ill do whatever is most necessary. I also crochet prayer shapes

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  35. Gayle
    Gayle

    I knit knockers already and have contributed about 200 knockers. Fun and fast to do. Looking forward to doing other items. Great cause.

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  36. Diana Wagner
    Diana Wagner

    I’ve been knitting baby hats for charity and knitting shawls for Hospice for a few years now. I’ve moved and need a charity near me to give these items to. Need help finding them.

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  37. Jeanette
    Jeanette

    I have been knitting for 60 years. My husband was at Seattle Cancer Care a few years ago and I knitted quite a few Chemo hats, saw there was a need.

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  38. Sharlee Steiner
    Sharlee Steiner

    I will try but haven’t knitted in years, I just need something easy, thank you.

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  39. Tammy
    Tammy

    I like to knit and crochet make homemade stuff for Christmas always looking for new ideas too

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  40. Frances
    Frances

    I love to knit and crochet but rate my work beginner to medium in both. Let me know if I can help.

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  41. Michelle
    Michelle

    I taught myself to knit when things grew quiet in 2020. I am still quite the novice but would love to contribute to “Knitting for a Cause”

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  42. Edith
    Edith

    I will donate my work to our small local mental health hospital. A gift makes everything and everyone feel better!

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  43. Mahasin
    Mahasin

    I would love to crochet and I know the basic Knitting for The magic yarn project, Knitted Knockers , Hat Not Hate and Premature Babies or Any cause.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Robyn,

      Thank you for contacting us. We don’t have any locations known where you can donate in your country. I would suggest looking online to locate places in your country where you can donate to.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  44. Susan Smith
    Susan Smith

    Adriana, your post intrigues me as I do have left over yarn. What do you use the squares for?

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  45. Bernadette
    Bernadette

    We have a prayer shawl ministry at Church for adults going through challenging life events, also chemo caps for the local hospital, and hats and mittens for community needs – elementary schools and food pantry are good outlets. You do not have to venture far from home or use the internet to find needs.

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  46. Vikki
    Vikki

    I’m so excited to join this cause. I’m going to be making knitted knockers for Cancer survivors, and warm hats for Veterans – both groups are near and dear to my heart – Thank you, Jen and crew!

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