The generous fiber artist (+giveaway)

Posted by on August 30, 2013, in crochet & knitting,

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

From Knits from the Heart"We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.”
—Winston Churchill

Left: From Knits from the Heart by Kristin Spurkland

Whether they’re knitting monsters to console hurting children or making blankets for newborns, knitters and crocheters are a generous and caring bunch. We consider it a privilege to be part of this selfless group!

As we say goodbye to summer and welcome cooler days, we’re mindful of those in need—from preemie babies to troops away from home. A handmade gift can be comforting to the body and to the soul. To facilitate and honor the tradition of generosity in the fiber arts, we’re hosting a charity knitting and crochet drive through the end of the year. Read on for more information about giving of your talents to bring comfort to someone in need.

Where can I give?

If you’re looking for a charity to accept handmade items, you can search for groups on Ravelry dedicated to charity crochet and knitting. You can also contact your knitting guild and ask if they know of any local organizations that will accept hand-knit donations. Here are a few national organizations that accept items from knitters and crocheters:

Binky Patrol: knitted or crocheted blankets for children in hospitals and shelters
Warm Up America: knitted or crocheted squares, or completed afghans, for neighbors in need
Afghans for Afghans: knitted or crocheted afghans, sweaters, hats, mittens, and more for the people of Afghanistan
Red Scarf Project: run by Foster Care to Success, this program provides handmade scarves to foster students
600 Monsters Strong: knitted or crocheted monsters or animals for children affected by abuse or tragedy.

What can I give?

When choosing which items to make for charity, be sure to review the information provided by your chosen organization. Find out what items are requested, and if there are any special requirements to keep in mind. has a great selection of knit and crochet books that are perfect for charity, including Knit Bright, Knits from the Heart, and Crochet from the Heart.

Pattern books for charity knitting and crochet

Browse all of our knitting and crochet books for even more ideas. Remember that when you buy the book on, you’ll get the eBook version to download for free.

You can also download a few free knitting patterns from when you subscribe to the Stitch This! blog.

Tell us about it!

We want to know what you give this year, and who you give it to—so send an email to and tell us about it. Include your name, what you made, and what organization received it (and their contact info). Include a photo of your knit or crocheted item if you want—we’d love to see it!

In December, we’ll share a post with your charitable donations—and an honor roll of organizations that received them—so others will be inspired to make and give.

If you send us an email about your donation before December 1, 2013, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to use at We’ll be drawing two winners and notifying you by email if you win.

Are you planning to knit or crochet for charity this year? Tell us about it in the comments!

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