Crafters giving back: Yarn and design resources

I’m really inspired by the number of knitwear designers and yarn dyers who have developed products to raise money for causes that they believe in. Here are some patterns and yarns that might be interesting for some of you who are looking to funnel some of their craft dollars to good causes (while also feeding your stash). Feel free to link to more that you’ve found in the comments.

Knitted Witt Love is Love Colorway 10% of sales go to organizations that support the LGBTQ community.


Infinite Twist Love Still Wins Kit $5 from each sale goes to the Lambda Legal organization, which seeks to achieve “full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy.”


The Sight Is Life collection is a pattern collection that funds eye surgeries in the Congo. It features a bunch of wonderful designers and patterns.


The Peace de Resistance Mittens by Bristol Ivy. Bristol Ivy is donating proceeds from the pattern sale to a rotating list of charities. There are also several yarn companies providing kits for the pattern, and they are also donating to local and national charities.


Tin Can Knits most recent collection Heart on My Sleeve is a collection of sweater patterns by different designers, and part of the proceeds are going to the Against Malaria Foundation.


There are countless others who are, similarly, putting portions of their proceeds toward causes that matter to them.



Knitting for Charity

On occasion, I try to knit a few hats for charity. Most of my hats have gone to Knots of Love. They donate hats, primarily, to patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. My mom was a cancer patient, who lost her battle this year, and I feel like it is a nice way to honor her battle. I have looked at other organizations, but I always seem to come back to Knots of Love. Each time I’ve knitted a hat, they’ve called or emailed personally to tell me where my hats are being sent. 

If you are interested in knitting for charity, there are a few things I would suggest: 

  • Decide on a charity first. Many organizations have specifications on what types of hats and fibers that they accept 
  • Make sure you read what types of fibers they accept and what size hats to send 
  • Pick patterns that are simple and/or unisex. Many patients, especially those who are in the hospital find hats with bobbles and cables less comfortable (they often sleep in their hats).