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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WHO WE KNIT FOR:
LBJ Hospital – hats for the homeless, baby hats & blankets, lap blankets & scarves.
Women’s Shelters – knitted/crocheted face cloths and toiletries, women and children’s hats & scarves.
Teddies for Tragedies – knitted/crocheted teddy bears & fabric bags to hold them. These have been distributed to orphans in Haiti. Click here for the basic pattern. I have written pattern adaptations so they can be knit in one piece – no seams. Click here for the pattern adaptations.
The Littlest Patriot Program (sponsored by the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center) – baby hats & blankets to be added to diaper bags.
Preemie hats – 2 sizes. They need to be the size to fit an orange or a grapefruit. This is the size guideline given to me by a local hospital. I have 2 patterns that I have used – one from WC Mercantile which Stephanie has given me permission to share, and one I wrote with the help of someone who works with babies in a NICU. Click here for the patterns.
Head Start Programs – children’s hats to fit three and four year olds. The Scrap-Happy Celebration Hat is a free pattern and a great stash buster! For a 3 to 4 year old, cast on 80 (instead of 96 called for in the pattern). For the remainder of the hat, follow the pattern as written. You may use a size 6 needle on the ribbing and switch to a size 7 for the rest of the hat or knit the whole hat with a size 7.
Hats and scarves for the Star of Hope and other homeless outreach programs – I use Hat with Heart pattern by Lynn Anne Banks from Ravelry and make the 11 inch size. For a quick scarf pattern, the Two-Hour Scarf patterns by Lion Brand on Ravelry are a good choice. You may use 3 strands of worsted weight or 2 strands of bulky weight yarn held together. There is also the Classic WWII Watch Cap in size medium or large.
Kingwood Medical Center – We make “Belly Buddies” appendectomy pillows using the Mixtro the Monster, a free pattern available on Ravelry. We also make sock puppet IV covers for the Pediatric Unit. Click here for the pattern.
HeartScarves – This program was developed in 2005 by several women heart disease survivors. The purpose is to offer comfort, support, and encouragement for a woman with heart disease. These scarves are distributed locally. Guidelines for HeartScarves: They should be made of a soft yarn in any shade of red. The best size is 3-4 inches wide and 50-60 inches long.
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.
Birds nests for the Wildlife Center of Texas in Katy – for patterns go to www.wildcarebayarea.org. The nests are washed frequently. Make sure your fabric is tight enough that tiny bird feet can’t get caught.