There’s so much to be thankful for this holiday season. It’s a great time to show your gratitude give back to the community on #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Falling on November 28 in 2017, the national campaign encourages everyone to make a difference. Whether you are donating items or your time to a worthy cause there are so many ways to give back.

What is #GivingTuesday?

Established by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in 2012, #GivingTuesday encourages all sorts of charitable actions. For example, you can organize a food drive on your block and give the donations to the local food pantry, or donate toys to a toy drive. You can also put your knitting and crochet skills to good use and make projects for the charities listed below. Most of the organizations on the list accept handmade goods year round, so you don’t need to wait until the holidays to give back. Many groups also accept monetary donations in order to do things like ship the handmade items or purchase supplies.

Charities Accepting Handmade Knit and Crochet Donations

Please read the donation guidelines of the organization you want to donate to before you start your project. There may be restrictions in the type of yarn, the size of the project, or other information.

Find more great projects and charities you can donate to in our Hats for Charity ebook, our Stitch a Hug with Red Heart Facebook group, and our Stitch a Hug Pinterest board.

Free Knit and Crochet Patterns Perfect for Donation Items

We have a dozen suggested patterns below, but remember you can always find additional patterns in the Free Patterns section of redheart.com. Plus, you can now filter the patterns to see patterns that are good for charity. As you choose your pattern, take into consideration any restrictions by the charity you are going to donate to.

Game Day Knit Hat
Knit in Super Saver
Game Day Knit Hat Free Knit Pattern LW5665
Cosmo Scarf
Crocheted in Super Saver
Cosmo Scarf Free Crochet Pattern LM5824

Easy Cables & Texture Throw
Knit in Super Saver
Easy Cables & Texture Throw Free Knit Pattern LW5797

Preemie Baby Hats
Knit in Soft
Preemie Baby Hats Free Knitting Pattern LW4475
8-Hour Shawl
Knit in Soft
8-Hour Shawl Free Knitting Pattern LW3992

Crochet Hats to Give
Crocheted in With Love
Crochet Hats to Give-Free Crochet Pattern-LM5752
Heartwarming Crochet Scarf
Crocheted in Super Saver
Heartwarming Crochet Scarf Free Crochet Pattern LW2443
Lace Chevrons Baby Blanket
Knit in Soft Baby Steps
Lace Chevrons Baby Blanket Free Knitting Pattern LW4801
Wavy Skull Cap
Knit in Heart & Sole
Wavy Skull Cap Free Knitting Pattern LM5421
Vintage Cutie Hat
Crocheted in Gumdrop
Vintage Cutie Hat Free Crochet Pattern LW3538
Elegant Ripples Throw
Crocheted in With Love
Elegant Ripples Throw Free Crochet Pattern LW5404
Hat in Bloom
Knit in Soft
Hat in Bloom Free Knitting Pattern LW3115
Reversing the Beanie
Crocheted in Soft
Reversing the Beanie Free Crochet Pattern LW997
Baby Diamonds Blanket
Crocheted in Classic
Baby Diamonds Blanket Free Crochet Pattern LW4312
Checkered Crochet Cowl
Knit in Soft
Checkered Crochet Cowl Free Crochet Pattern LW5279
Stitch a Hug Waves Throw
Knit in Comfort
Stitch a Hug Waves Throw Free Knitting Pattern LW5033
Friendship Shawl
Crocheted in Soft
Friendship Shawl Free Crochet Pattern LW2177
Precious Preemie Hats
Crocheted in Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10
Precious Preemie Hats Free Crochet Pattern LC2465
Sparkling Cloche
Crocheted in With Love Metallic
Sparkling Cloche Free Crochet Pattern LW522
Stitch a Hug Cozy Throw
Crocheted in With Love
Stitch a Hug Cozy Throw Free Crochet Pattern LW4905
Cabled Baby Beanie
Knit in Soft Baby Steps
Cabled Baby Beanie Free Knitting Pattern LW3243

3 thoughts on “#GivingTuesday

  1. Donna B

    Holy Needles, formed in 2009, has created and distributed 20,000 items to newborns, chemo patients, Veterans, homeless, abused, and many more. See their blog and/or find them on Facebook.

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