I know that a big group of our Crochet World audience crochets projects for giving to others: some for family or friends and others for those in need. Our June 2023 issue has a whole chapter dedicated to projects that you can make for others in need or to give to organizations or charities that help those in need or those going through a rough time. Today I am going to highlight those projects and give you some direct links on where you can send them.
This throw was designed with a little added section that creates a pocket for your feet to slide into. It is perfect for anyone with chilly feet, poor circulation in their feet or those confined to a wheel chair as the pocket always the throw to stay around the feet and not shift around. Look for local assisted care facilities that may take this type of donation by doing a search like “assisted care facilities near me” for prospective places to drop them off. You can find the perfect yarn combos here.
The hood on this adorable blanket is placed in the corner so that the blanket can easily be wrapped around a child. It makes a great gift in general but would be great to send to hospitals or care facilities where children are going through extended care. They can wrap themselves in cozy comfort knowing someone is thinking of them. This could be worked up with a cotton yarn and make a great hooded towel as well! Try your local hospital and see if they are taking projects like this. Call before sending things to see what hospitals might want to accept. Try places like Riley Hospital for Children, Shriners Hospitals for Children or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Get yarn here!
These dolls are worked up in Lion Brand Skein Tones, which comes in 17 shades all perfect for expressing everyone’s unique skin tones. We picked a combo of 4 colors that can easily interchange to make this set of 3. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital specifically requests faceless dolls for donation. Get more information here.
This hat is a two-fer: practice your Tunisian crochet flat (you sew it up to make the hat) while making a quick project for gifting to homeless shelters. Most are usually in need of hats but DO check the yarn requirements when creating your hats for donating. Some may have specific fiber requirements for the gifts. This hat is worked in a worsted wool yarn and the pattern has added instructions for giving it a wooly tattoo with embroidery. Check out Hats 4 The Homeless as well as your local shelters.
Personally I am a shawl lover and a prayer shawl is an extra special gift. These are designed as large shawls to wrap up in and feel comfort and love. This beauty uses a color changing DK weight yarn so it does all the work for you (ie not a ton of ends to weave in!). You can find some great color changing yarn options here. If you aren’t sure where to send this type of item try Shawl Ministry’s Outreach Page.
Inspired by the designer’s own personal experience this throw was created out of love. The textured stitch is great for a person to run their hands over (as a soothing gesture) and the words are there to keep you going through the tough times knowing people are backing you up! This version of the throw also uses a yarn that heats up. The blue yarn is Red Heart’s Heat Wave. Sunlight, even dim light, heats it up a bit. Quite unique. Create this for someone you love going through a tough time. Check out Alice’s Embrace as a place you could send on or Knots of Love takes blankets and beanies for cancer patients.
I designed this hat set as a stylish cover up for the head for those going through chemo. They work up quickly and use 195 yards of worsted weight yarn. Get some lovely yarn combos here. You can give the caps to someone you love or send them to Knots of Love (mentioned above) as well.
This last mention was designed with a specific organization in mind. I am not going to talk about it a lot here because we did a whole blog post about it. Just click here to find more information.
Are you a regular charity crafter? Did you know we have an entire club dedicated to just that purpose? Please check out our Caring Crochet Club here for more information! When I wrote this post, there was an offer to get your first kit 50% off so don’t miss out!
—Britt Schmiesing, editor