Knitting for Charity - Free Patterns that Can Make a Difference
This is an ongoing list of knitting patterns that either help raise awareness for a cause or charity or are to give to someone comfort in their time of need. If you can't directly help the organization that provides the pattern, maybe you can start a similar group to help those that live in your community. Let this page be an inspiration to you.
If you are a charitable organization and would like to see a link to your cause, please contact me here. I'd be happy to add a link to your pattern.
These "knockers" are useful for ladies as a prosthetic after a mastectomy. These are especially useful if the surgery is recent and the patient is tender.
Just about every country out there has a chapter of this group. A little research will certainly turn up something near you.
The link provided here offers complete step-by-step videos and has both crocheted and knitted versions of the patterns to download for free.
Download the pattern - Knitted Knockers
These are for babies that have been lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth and other complications. There is both a crocheted and knitted version of this pattern.
Click here to get the pattern - Baby Angel Pocket or Blanket
Why you may want to make these for your local hospital (as taken from the page linked to this entry) :
- The babies are treated with dignity and respect just as a live baby would be wrapped up when it is born.
- The blankets and angel pockets help hospital staff present babies to their family in a respectful way.
- The angel pockets allow parents to ‘hold’ their baby without touching their skin, which is very fragile and deteriorates quite quickly.
- A dead baby’s body starts to seep fluids shortly after death and the blankets help to ‘soak up’ some of that fluid.
- Some parents want to keep the blankets they have bought for their baby so choose to bury or cremate them in the donated blanket.
- The blankets may be kept as a keepsake. When there is very little to show for a baby, a pretty angel pocket or blanket will often be treasured forever.
It can get pretty dull for anyone who's stuck in a hospital for any length of time. It's even harder if you're a young child. Why not whip up these cute inner puppets. You probably have enough leftovers in your stash to make them right now (I know I do).
Read the pattern in full here - Five Finger Puppets