Project Linus seeks to provide a sense of comfort and security to sick and traumatised children by providing knitted or crocheted blankets. Active in the UK since 2000, the charity has a large network of volunteers donating their time and skills to creating beautiful blankets and delivering 2,000 of them to sick, disabled or disadvantaged children each month.
Bliss is a UK charity that supports premature babies. Its website has a list of hospitals that accept knitted clothes for preemies and notes the styles and sizes that they need. Find patterns for jackets, socks and hats on the website, too.
Knit A Square
Knit or crochet squares to be part of blankets given to orphans living on the streets in sub-Saharan Africa and help support children’s charities striving to provide the basic need of warmth. The website also has a number of patterns for jumpers, scarves and hats to knit.
This charity’s Commit to Knit project supplies knitted hats to sailors to keep them warm in chilly weather and relies on its volunteers to knit thousands of woolly toppers. The website has a number of free patterns for you to download, including a classic hat and fingerless mittens.
Cats Protection has been running for 80 years and now has 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres in the UK. You can help keep shelter cats happy while they wait to be adopted by knitting them a toy or blanket. Find the pattern for a toy mouse on the website.
K9 Search UK Knitters Club
Join this club to knit coats for unclaimed and stray dogs during the cold winter months. The charity’s Facebook page has a number of patterns in different sizes that will keep abandoned dogs cosy, plus a selection of photos of pooches in their new woolly wear to give you plenty of knitting inspiration.
Cuddles distributes knitted and crocheted garments and blankets to hospitals around the country so that stillborn babies can be appropriately dressed. The charity distributes knits to many UK hospitals and a list of needed items can be found on its website.
This group compiles wish lists of different charities across the world that require knitted or crocheted goods. Members make items for various charities needing everything from premature baby clothes to blankets for elephants. The Loving Hands team are always on the lookout for new local causes to support and new members to help out.
Teddies for Tragedies
If you enjoy knitting teddies, you’ll want to get involved with Teddies for Tragedies. This organisation puts you in touch with charities who need them to distribute to children in need around the world, as well as providing a basic pattern.
The Big Knit
Help food and drink company Innocent raise money for Age UK by knitting tiny woollen hats for its special smoothie bottles. 25p is donated for every bottle sold, helping older people to stay well and warm over the colder winter months. Find knitting patterns, hat inspiration and a how-to video on the website.
Knit for Peace
Knit for Peace distributes donations of knitted items to more than 80 different outlets, including women’s refuges, prisons, hospitals, community groups, hospices and more in the UK, and to developing countries. It also sells knitting bags and more in its online shop, with all proceeds going towards its projects.
The Donkey Sanctuary
Knit or crochet cuddly donkeys to be sold in The Donkey Sanctuary’s gift shop and online store. Money raised from the sale of the toys will go towards the charity’s work helping donkeys, and the people who rely on them, all over the world.