When health makes charity knitting more difficult, these patterns and projects may help
I received an email recently from a reader named Brenda, who wrote of a charity knitting quandary. Here’s what she wrote:
“I love reading your letters but wish I could take a more active part. Due to a stroke down my left side, I am struggling to knit but haven’t given up yet. I am waiting for a knitting aid, which my son has ordered, but while I am waiting I keep trying small items.”
My heart went out to her; it is so painful when one wants to help and struggles for health reasons. I thought the least I could do is find out what kinds of small items Brenda might be able to knit for charity.
I asked the Knitting for Charity Facebook page for ideas on what Brenda might try knitting for charity and got many wonderful responses. They are listed below.
Small Items to Knit When Knitting Is a Struggle
Preemie hats/clothing: This is probably the number one suggestion, and it’s a good one. If you struggle with knitting, preemie hats and other clothing are great choices because they don’t require a lot of knitting time. One Facebooker linked to this page of 35 free knitting patterns for preemies!
Squares: Blanket/afghan squares are, of course, a charity knitting staple because it takes so little time to knit them. KasCare (formerly known as Knit-a-Square) has a great, easy pattern for an 8″ x 8″ square . Other square patterns can be found on this page (scroll down a little to get to the squares).
Washcloths: Exchange your acrylic yarn for cotton, linen, bamboo, or hemp yarn, and you can knit the exact same squares to make washcloths. These are appreciated by many homeless and domestic violence shelters. You can knit the simple pattern offered by KasCare, or you can check out one of KnitPicks’ many wonderful free dishcloth patterns.
Other Possibilities: Other suggestions incuded mittens, plain small teddy bears, and cat toys. Depending on how compromised one’s hand(s) might be, any of these could be good alternatives. Pattern possibilities are linked below.
Special Patterns: Knitted Flat Preemie Hats
One thing that could be more difficult if your hands are compromised in some way is circular knitting. So I tracked down a few preemie hat patterns that are knitted flat.
Pink Lady: Available in both French and English.
2lb – 3lb Preemie Beanie: Scroll to page 2 for the preemie hat pattern.
Brenda, and anyone else whose health has made knitting more difficult, I hope these patterns are just what you need to continue charity knitting!