Knitting for Charity

Written by Natalie

How many times have you picked up your knitting, only to convince yourself you could be doing something ‘more worthwhile’? Well, you can now feed your creative passion and contribute to a good cause at the same time by knitting for charity – it’s the perfect way to spend your crafting time altruistically!

We needn’t tell you that us knitters are a big-hearted bunch. Many crafters love the idea of giving something back to the community – and it’s this sentiment that has given rise to a global movement. Recent years have seen charity crafting explode from local village fairs to a national stage – even featuring in supermarket giants!

Image courtesy of Innocent Smoothies

If you’ve ever wandered the aisles and come across those cute little bottles wearing bobble hats, then you’ve already witnessed one of the biggest crafting charity success stories of the last 20 years. Since its launch in 2003, The Big Knit by Innocent Smoothies has seen over 6 million miniature hats donated by knitters! 25p from each bottle sold is donated to Age UK, a charity providing support for people in their later years, and so far over £2 million has been raised thanks to all the charitable knitters out there.

Image courtesy of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

From The Donkey Sanctuary (thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk), who ask for knitted donkeys which they sell to fund care for donkeys worldwide, to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (battersea.org.uk) who are always in need of knitted toys for the animals, as well as Crisis at Christmas’ blankets for the homeless (crisis.org.uk) and not forgetting knitted poppies (britishlegion.org.uk) – there are loads of worthwhile charities to get involved with that appreciate the time and effort that knitters give.

Image courtesy of The Donkey Sanctuary

Why not support a charity close to your own heart by organising a Knit & Natter or mini craft fair? By making it a social event everyone really gets their knitting groove on. The important thing to remember is that charities welcome all donations, so whatever your contribution – big or small – it will always be appreciated. Let’s pick up our needles and make those stitches count!