Knitting for Charity
Many of our members donate knitted and crocheted items to charitable organizations. Would you like to help? Please check out the list of resources below for some great charity opportunities. Donate your items at any KANG chapter meeting.
WHO WE KNIT FOR:
Children’s Safe Harbor provides care for children removed from abusive situations. The Dolly Mamas group furnishes dolls along with a knitted wardrobe to be provided to each child. Click here to download the patterns. Distributed by KNOW.
Head Start / Pre-Kindergarten Programs
The Scrap-Happy Celebration Hat on Ravelry works well for these hats. Cast on 80 instead of 96 like the pattern calls for. Use #6 needles for the ribbing and #7 needles for the rest of the hat or knit the whole hat with #7. Distributed by KIK.
Deadline: Hats not received by the KIK chapter by their November meeting need to be held until the next August due to limitations in storage space.
Kennel mats for area animal shelters
Using size 10.5 needles and double worsted weight yarn or single strand of bulky, CO 54. Work in garter stitch until it is about a 18-19 inch square (about 49 garter ridges). Bind off. Individuals completing this charity project will donate mats to the shelter of their choice. Distributed by individual chapters or members.
Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breasts. We provide these to The Rose. It is imperative that you follow the patterns and approved yarn list on the How To page of the knittedknockers.org website. When you turn in completed knockers, you must include the yarn label or name of the yarn you used. This is a KnittedKnockers.org requirement. Distributed by SoCK.
LBJ / Ben Taub Hospitals
Hats and scarves for men, women, and children are needed. The infusion center has also requested lap blankets and chemo hats. Distributed by KNIT.
Men’s Outreach Services – Star of Hope
The Star of Hope sends the Mercy Van out with items to keep the unsheltered homeless warm, and connect them with a shelter and other needed services. Hats and scarves in neutral colors (black, navy, dark green, brown, grey) in large quantities are needed. This year they are requesting more extra- large hats. Some patterns from Ravelry that work well for these items include: Hat with Heart (add 8 stitches and knit to 11 inches before decreasing to make it the most useful), Classic World War II Watch Cap, Jason’s Tweed Hat, and Two Hour Scarves from Lion Brand. Purchased large and x-large black men’s crew socks are also needed. Distributed by KIK.
Preemie hats – 2 sizes
These hats are provided to a NICU in Humble. They need to be the size to fit an orange or a grapefruit. This is the size guideline given by this hospital. Chapters wanting to make hats for micro-preemies will need to deliver them to a hospital that can use that size. Two patterns that work for these sizes include – one from WC Mercantile which Stephanie has given me permission to share, and one written with the help of someone who works with these babies in a NICU. Distributed by KIK. Click here for the patterns.
Foster Care to Success
This group distributes red scarves to foster youth, ages 18 and over, on Valentine’s Day each year. Scarves need to be red (maroon, burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red). Scarves need to be 60 inches long and 5 to 8 inches wide. To get pattern ideas, go to the Foster Care To Success website .
Deadline: Scarves must be received by the KIK Chapter by their November meeting. Scarves completed after that time need to be held until the next August due to limitations in storage space.
The Littlest Patriot Program – Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
This program supplies diaper bags (filled with much needed new items for babies) to younger Veterans becoming parents. We send them newborn hats, booties, blankets, and other handmade baby items. Some patterns that may be used include Basic Newborn Hat by Meg Berry, Christine’s Stay-On Baby Booties, Greemy Baby Booties, and Baby Booties by Aneeta Patel (for this last pattern an eyelet row may be worked after the toe shaping so a tie can be added) Distributed by KIK.
These shelters need hats and scarves for women and children. They can also use small bottles of unopened toiletry items. We also send handmade washcloths to the Montgomery Co. Women’s Shelter. Items for the Star of Hope are distributed by CHIX. Items for the Montgomery Co. Women’s Center are distributed by KNOT.