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Knit For Charity: 12 Knitting Projects Perfect To Donate

Creating something handmade just feels good! So why not use your craft to make other people feel good too?! If you find yourself with extra time, yarn, or a creative itch these 12 projects are perfect for giving back. Spread your love of knitting with those less fortunate and explore new creative avenues with these fun and unique patterns. 

Add these projects to your to-knit list when feeling charitable!

In the spirit of charity, Craftsy designers have provided most of these patterns for free. If you want to save even more money, pull yarn from your stash to stitch up the projects. You’ll be donating to someone in need while also purging your scrap yarn!

1. Paul’s Scarf

Paul's Scarf FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member LaDonna Maxwell’s Pattern Store

There are plenty of people who could use a warm scarf during the winter. This scarf is easy to stitch but includes just enough interesting texture that you won’t get bored. You’ll memorize the pattern quickly, allowing you to knit as many of these scarves as your stash will allow.

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2. Ragnar Blanket

Ragnar Blanket

Photo via Craftsy member Archives and Old Lace

Blankets are a super popular item that places like homeless shelters desperately need. This blanket’s cozy cables add a little extra warmth and provide a lot of comfort.

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3. Lamb Toy

Lamb Toy FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Vintage and Modern Day Knitting Patterns

Many little ones’ families can’t always afford toys, so sweet little plushies like this one are definitely appreciated. Whether you choose this toy or another toy pattern, just be sure that you’re using pieces that are safe for kids. Avoid safety eyes, for example, if you’re donating to an organization for toddlers.

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4. Calvary Mitts

Calvary Mitts Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Fiddlestyx Studios

When in doubt about what to donate, winter accessories are always a good choice. These mitts come in three sizes: child, teen/adult small and adult large. They’re an easier choice than gloves, too, since you don’t have to stitch each individual finger!

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5. Baby Hat

Baby Hat Theodore Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Laws of Knitting’s Pattern Store

The designer of this hat stitched this up quickly for a friend’s infant son who had open heart surgery. The pattern comes in sizes for preemies, babies, toddlers and small children, so you can donate the hat to any child in need no matter what age.

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6. Boulevard Blanket

Boulevard Blanket FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Fifty Four Ten Studio

This pretty blanket is simple, but it leaves room for a lot of customization. Try different yarn weights, colors — whatever you’d like to fit the needs of the organization or person you’re donating it to. 

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7. Classic Fingerless Gloves

Classic Fingerless Gloves FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Life is Good

Perhaps you’re donating in a climate that’s a bit milder than your typical freezing-cold winter. If so, you might need to pass on mittens and instead opt for fingerless gloves that are more suitable to mild weather. 

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8. Sniffets

Sniffets FREE Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Monster Den

When you’re donating, don’t forget about your furry friends in need. Call your local shelter to find out if they’re in need of toys, blankets or other items for all the animals looking for a home. Stitch up a couple of fun, colorful toy like this one that are perfect for scrap yarn.

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9. Balance Beam

Balance Beam Hat Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Robin Celli Designs

Like scarves and gloves, hats are often in high demand. There are plenty of places you can donate a hat like this one, from homeless shelters to schools. This hat was designed for Delaware Hat Huggers, an organization that collects hats and ships them to hospitals and cancer centers. Check out their web site for info on how you can donate!

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10. SnugBug

Snug Bug FREE Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Taiga Hilliard Designs

This basic sweater is ideal for donating. The construction is simple, plus the pattern calls for chunky yarn that works up quickly. The pattern includes sizing from newborns to 6-year-olds, so you can donate a variety of sizes.

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11. Log Cabin Afghan

Log Cabin Afghan

Photo via Craftsy instructor Sally Melville

We like this blanket because it was designed for using up your yarn stash. If you have a hard time tackling such a big project all at once, consider adding blocks throughout the year. Then when the blanket size is right, you can donate it and start all over again.

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12. Baby Socks for Charity

Baby Socks for Charity

Photo via Craftsy member CMS Ventures

This simple sock pattern was designed specifically for donating to charity. The sizing is for a 6-12 month old, and it’s perfect for sock knitters who have a lot of sock yarn scraps that need a home.

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Knitted Knockers

Knitted Knockers

If you’re looking for additional inspiration for charitable projects, as mentioned in Off Our Needles, help support breast cancer survivors with a basic stitch! Get The Pattern »



Thanks for this reminder 🙂

Lorene Frischknecht

These patterns are all lovely! Thanks for sharing them!


Thank you. These are all wonderful patterns. Do you have a list of charities that will accept these items?


The classic fingerless mitts are not free. They are advertised as free.


Thanks to all for offering these great patterns for charity.


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