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There are always a lot of charities that need knitted items; sometimes they need knitted things to sell and raise money for the charity, or maybe they need specialist items for premature babies.
Sometimes they need knitted items because each one is unique, and made with love and care. This special item may be one of very few possessions that a child has.
Fortunately there are lots of people who love to knit, and lots of them love to knit for charity.
If you are short on time but still want to knit to help others or maybe you fancy a quick and easy knitting project to do between larger projects. How about a small project to take on holiday or to knit while you are waiting for an appointment.
All 7 of these super fast, quick and easy projects are items that charities need you to knit for them. Many of them provide the patterns for free, and if you want some bigger projects we have a list of free knitting patterns for things to make for charity.
The other fabulous thing about these projects is that they are the rperfect stashbusters, so let's get out the knitting needles and cast on!
Hats can be a super easy and super-quick thing to knit, and there are lots of charities that need hats and other tiny items of clothing for premature babies.
Check with your local hospital's maternity unit to see if they need knitted items for preemies at the moment. You can find lots of really good patterns for premature baby knits at the BLISS website.
Every Easter, Francis House Children's Hospice in Manchester asks for donations of little knitted chicks and bunny rabbits, just the right size to hold a Cadbury's creme egg. The patterns are available on their website.
They then sell the egg-filled chicks and bunnies to raise funds for the the hospice. Or you can sell them yourself wherever you live, and donate the money raised.
Innocent drinks run an annual campaign in aid of Age UK, where they ask you to knit tiny little hats which are put on their drinks bottles, and each one sold raises 25p for the charity.
You can make your hat as simple or as complicated as you like. Some suggested patterns are given here, or just go wild with your own designs and colour schemes.
Another super quick charity knitting idea is a knitted mouse toy for a cat. The Cats Protection League ask for donations of these knitted toys (and small cat blankets if you are looking for a slighty larger project).
The mice can be any colour or design, so use what ever yarn you have - kitty won't mind!
What could be easier than knitting a square? The charity Knit-a-square ask for 8" knitted or crocheted squares to make blankets for orphaned or vulnerable children in South Africa. They have suggested patterns or you can make your own unique design.
They also have a Jolly Jumpsuit Doll pattern which is very simple and would be good for using up scraps and oddments of yarn.
Another quick knit is a tiny knitted teddy bear, made quickly with minimal shaping and features simply embroidered onto teddy's face.
These tiny teddies are requested by the Warm Baby Project, who also need hats for preemies.
A bonding square is a pair of tiny knitted squares about 5" square. One of the squares if given to the mother of a premature baby, where she wears it against her skin so that if takes up her scent.
That square is then given to the premature baby while mum wears the other square. Every 12 hour the knitted squares are swapped over. You can find a pattern here.
If you are looking for more ideas of things to knit for charity, we have a regularly updated list of charities that need you to knit for them in the UK, US and around the world, with ideas for toys, blankets, clothing and even knitted boobs!
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