Crochet for Charity

Mar 25, 2014

Spring is a great time to gather with friends, crochet up some fun quick projects, and use your craft to benefit the community. Crafting for charity is a rewarding and special experience that can really help those in need. If you have never crocheted for charity, it may be a bit challenging just to figure out where to start. Below, I have shared some links to free patterns that would be great for donating, as well as just a few links to some of the many great organizations.


The Patterns: First up are 9 free patterns for babies... there are some really, REALLY darling projects in here that would be fast and fabulous for donation. My personal favorite, the eggplant hat!  Download the patterns here.

The Program: Care Wear is an organization that provides clothing for premature and low birth-weight babies, you can learn more about it here www.carewear.org.


The Patterns: These 5 diverse beanie patterns will keep you interested while you crochet yet would be a quick project to give as a gift or donation. Download the patterns here.

The Programs: I have just learned about a new Hat-Along for children in need, here is a quote from the press release. "Robyn Devine, author of She Makes Hats and head of Nebraska Hats for Hope Initiative (NH4H), and Ewe Ewe Yarns owner Heather Walpole will partner for the first annual Charity Hat-Along (HAL). Through the HAL the two women will attempt to amass 2,000 hand-knit hats from knitters and crocheters across the country for children living at or below the poverty line." Learn more here www.eweewe.com/hat-along

Halos for Hope is an organization that distributes hats to over 450 cancer centers each month.  They accept crochet, knit, sewn, loom, and machine-knit hats. Their goal is to provide soft and comfortable hats that will feel nice on a sensitive scalp so stay away from mohair or scratchy acrylic yarns. Learn about the guidelines here.

The Patterns: These last 6 projects are geared toward crochet for charity and there is certainly something for everyone here. The Helping Hand Walker Bag is an innovative and fun design, and I can just see a little kitty curled up on the Cat Nap Mat. Download the patterns here.

The Program: House of Dreams is a no-kill shelter and care center for homeless or abandoned cats. They aim to find forever homes for the kitties or provide lifetime care in the facility. You can donate crochet items to the annual Pretty Kitty Holiday Craft Bazaar fundraiser or cat beds for animals at the shelter.


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