While we all loving making beautiful things for our friends and family, or to sell, there’s something really special about putting in the time and care to crochet a handmade item to donate to someone in need.
I’ve been getting quite involved in crochet for charity since I’ve been off work. I started with the Scrappy Lappy blankets, and have made 3 so far, ready to donate once the weather here cools down a bit. They are a fabulous way to both use up scrap yarn and make something warm, cosy and cheerful to brighten up someone’s day.
I was on Pinterest the other day and came across another idea, the one with the fabulous name – Twiddlemuffs! These are sensory hand muffs, mats, cuffs or lap blankets used to help calm people with dementia, Alzheimers or autism. I will be writing up a post and full tutorial on these very soon, so stay tuned!
I’ve also started a local Facebook Group for crocheters who would like to make items to donate, and for charities to request donations. So far it’s going really well, we’ve been gifted yarn, and have made items for both human and furbaby recipients so far!
There are so many items you can make to donate, so with this in mind, I’ve put together a round up of a whole range of free patterns, tutorials and ideas for crochet items for donation.
YARNSPIRATION – Charity Crochet Patterns – There are quite a few on here, ranging from chemo caps to pup jackets, baby blankets to place mats.
THE CROCHET CROWD – 27 Crochet Charity Patterns + Ideas – Again, a full list of free patterns to try
MAKE AND DO CREW – Crocheting and Knitting for Charity – some great patterns on here, and I especially love the hooded blanket one that you could make to any size.
AID ANIMALS – Crafting, Crocheting, Knitting and Sewing for Charity – this great page has heaps of patterns and ideas of items you can make do donate to wildlife refuges and animal shelters.
REDHEART – Charity Knitting & Crochet Ideas – this lists both charities that accept handmade items, as well as a whole bunch of free patterns you can use.
MARTHA STEWART – 8 Ways to Knit or Crochet for Charity – this post has a list of charity organisations, and links to them, where you can find out patterns and more information. I especially love the giant granny square blankets for chilly elephants!
Photo Credit – Roger Allen
If you’ve got any more links to free patterns, tutorials or stories on crocheting for charity, please do feel free to pop them in a comment below and I’ll update this list regularly!
As always – any shares and pins are most welcome to spread the word of #crochetforcharity! Be sure to use the hashtag on your social media and let’s get this growing!