Do you love to knit? Are you passionate about knitting for charity? Or, you would like to know more about knitting for charity -- worthwhile charities to knit for, free patterns you can use for charity knitting projects, great new techniques, information about yarn or supplies, and so on?

If so, you have come to the right place!

At Knitting for Charity, we love to use our favorite hobby to benefit people in need all over the country and the world. And what better way to help others through our needles than to share what we find with you, fellow knitters and would-be knitters?

Let Me Introduce Myself

I'm Nicole Haschke. As you may know, Nellie the Knitting Nut and her friend Kitty originally started this website. They took on Kyla Quinlan, who then took over the website.

I was a member of Kyla's team for a few years. She decided to move on to other endeavors, and she asked me to take it over. I am now the sole flag-carrier for this illustrious site! 

So, let me share a little bit about myself. I've been knitting for almost as long as my younger daughter has been alive! When she was about 4 months old, I received a gift from a fellow knitting friend. She sent me a box full of yarn, needles, and a cute little "Learn to Knit" book. 

I gave it a try one day while baby was napping, and I was hooked immediately! My first project was a little change purse with a button. Then I made a small bag. Next I made myself a scarf. I couldn't stop knitting!

A year or two later, I discovered charity knitting. I was so happy to find a way to combine my newest obsession with a way to help people. I especially loved it because it meant that I could use my meager resources to do not only something I loved, but also something that could help make the world a better place.

A few years later I joined Kyla's team, and the rest is proverbial history.

Here's a little more about me: I now live in Oklahoma after living most of my life in Ohio. I'm married, and we have two beautiful girls. My collective pet name for them is "the girlios." Our family is rounded out by our dog, Winnie, a black terrier mix who loves nothing better than to climb into my lap while I'm trying to knit! (I love her anyway, though.)

Aside from knitting and writing, my hobbies include tennis (both watching and playing), social media, and dyeing my hair crazy colors. I enjoy volunteering at both girlios' schools, and I lead children's worship at our church.

I just love this website! I really enjoy sharing with all of you the many wonderful charities available to knit for, as well as free patterns, ways to save money on knitting, and tips on how to make your knitting even better and more fun. I am so thankful to all our subscribers and visitors who have done so much to help others by knitting for charity.

Here is just a little bit of the feedback we have received from some wonderful charities:

From our Friends at The Humble Stitch

Folks, one person I forgot to thank - someone essential to our success - was Kyla at Knitting for Charity. An astounding 35% of traffic to our website came from her wonderful, positive article about The Humble Stitch. Thank you, Kyla!

From Steve at Kids Knits

I am Steve, the father of Ellie, who is the founder of KidKnits. We have been noticing a steady flow of traffic to our website, ever since the blog post was made, and we wanted to express our thanks... We appreciate what you are doing through your blog, and would love to know if we could help you in any way.

From Christine at Knots of Love

Hi! This is a fabulous piece!! I can't thank you enough for writing it. As you know we donate over 3,000 caps per month and if I had more caps I could EASILY donate them. I am certain we will garner many move volunteers because of this magnificent mention. Thank you so very very much!!

From Lora at Outreach to Appalachia

I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for featuring my group in your newsletter! We have grown by leaps and bounds since it has come out and people have found us. I have such a heart for the people of Appalachia and the poverty that they suffer daily that it is awesome to have so many new helping hands! I am forever thankful. Have a blessed day!

In short, you'll find the answers to just about ALL of your questions about knitting for charity - how great the need is, the variety of projects you can get involved in, what kinds of yarn to use, how to save a ton of money knitting for charity... and much, much, more!

So explore these pages. I know you'll find something to get started knitting right away...

The Peyton Heart Project: Knit for Charity and Fight Bullying and Suicide

I discovered the Peyton Heart Project one day while I was visiting the page for Emily's Hats for Hope. I was quite touched by it, and I wanted to share it with you all.

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Go Insane! Enjoy the First of a 4-Part Series of Insane Free Knitting Patterns for Blankets

A friend of mine alerted me to this blanket, which must be one of the most insane items ever knitted. Behold: the Super Mario Brothers Blanket. The person who posted the photos of this blanket said that it took about 800 hours to knit this project, consuming a total of 6 years.

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Delaware Head Huggers & Kozy Kovers for Kids: Knitting Charities Changing Lives in Delaware and Beyond

I've been a huge fan of Delaware Head Huggers for years. This is primarily because Robin Agar, its leader, is a talented knitting designer who often posts free chemo cap patterns on her blog, Knitting for Schnapps. I frequently link these in the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter because they're so cute.

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Thrifty and Frugal Knitting Groups on Ravelry

Hot off the heels of my All About Ravelry series, I hopped on Ravelry today because I was curious to see what kind of groups it might have available in reference to knitting frugally.

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Head Huggers: A Knitting Charity Keeping Hairless Heads Warm Since 2001

Head Huggers is a terrific organization that has been in operation since 2001. I was astonished to find that while it has been featured in the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter, it has never been featured here on this website. That changes now!

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Knitting Confessions: Knitters Share Their Dark Secrets

Several months ago, I stumbled upon a list of "knitting confessions" at a message forum at Knitter's Review. I read the thread and was very entertained. I also started to feel a little less "alone" in some of the things that I did in my knitting life.

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Knitting Charities and Patterns for Animals, Both Pets and Wildlife

Nothing seems to get the heart of a charity knitter beating faster like the opportunity to knit for animals. By now we've probably all heard about the penguin sweater fiasco; if not, you can read about it here. Bottom line is, when charity knitters hear of an urgent need -- especially when it comes to helpless animals -- they get knitting. And FAST.

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