Regular readers of both Woman’s Weekly and the Knitting and Crochet Specials will know that we regularly call in your help to support us donate knitted items to charity.

You wouldn’t believe how many knitted items are appreciated by charities – from hats for the homeless to cat blankets for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, you can never go wrong by making a beautiful handmade, cosy knitted item.

Knitted hat

We know just how much you like to support charities and we’re hoping to appeal to your charitable nature,  and to get everyone knitting for a very good cause, making something wamr and snuggly for a cause of your choice.

Here at Woman’s Weekly we are lucky to have lots of lovely expert knitters so we’ve asked them

Points to consider when knitting for charity

If you want to knit for charities here are a few points to consider before you start:

1. First decide what you’d like to knit/crochet. Think about why it might be needed and for what. Once you’ve done that you can plan what colours and yarn you think would be best to use.

2. Find a charity that requires the items that you’d like to make. For instance did you know that Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is always looking for blankets for their animals? Or that some charities look for wollen hats throughout the winter to help homeless people stay warmer throughout the winter? Do your research and find a charity that you feel strongly about – then you’ll be much more likely to put your all into your project!

3. Bear in mind that there may be certain requirements or regulations to consider. Contact the charity if you are unsure what their regulations are on knitted donations.

4. Look for the charity closest to you – this will save time and money when your donations are completed. Because knitted and crocheted items are quite heavy it can cost a little bit to send them, it’s much easier if you can walk them round the corner or just drop them to the next town over!

5. Make sure that all the materials (yarn, buttons, stuffing) you are using meet with safety standards. There’s nothing worse than putting all that time and energy into a project for it then not to be used.