In part 2 of this two-part series, a collection of knitting patterns that would be wonderful for filling a shoebox for charity
I hope you enjoyed Monday’s post on shoebox charities! Today, just in time for Frugal Friday, you’ll find a collection of free knitting patterns that would make wonderful, valuable parts of many shoebox charities.
Where possible and applicable, I’ve listed the shoebox charity(ies) that each pattern would be suitable for. I hope this will help spark ideas for filling and packing a shoebox.
Free Knitting Patterns for Shoebox Charities
Washcloths: I’m not sure there’s a single shoebox charity that exists that won’t accept washcloths. They are endlessly useful and nearly always needed! Be sure to knit them in cotton, linen, or bamboo to make them absorbent. Some delightful washcloth patterns include:
Washcloth for Africa (with an adorable picture of Africa!)
Leafy Washcloth (in the shape of a leaf)
The Almost Lost Washcloth Pattern (a lovely sunburst design)
Washcloth That Holds Soap Bars (a textured pocketed washcloth that does just as it says!)
Heart Washcloth (yep, a cloth in the shape of a heart!)
Toys: These are gratefully accepted by most charities serving children, including Operation Christmas Child, Link to Hope, Santa’s Shoebox, Help for Orphans International, and Ramadaan Shoebox Project. There are, of course, thousands of free knitting patterns for toys available online, but these are some of the most popular (and most likely to become a greatly-loved companion):
Bluebird of Happiness (which of course doesn’t have to be blue!)
Knubbelchen (a sweet, soft doll pattern in 4 languages)
Henry’s Bunny (an adorable bunny that fits in the palm of a child’s hand)
Beans the Cat (a simple, snuggly cat)
Hedgehog (yep, just a super-cute hedgehog)
Owl Puffs (simple and adorable)
Magic Loop Teddy (seriously cute bear designed to be knitted Magic Loop style)
Tarragon the Gentle Dragon (the cuddliest dragon ever)
Hairclips: Operation Christmas Child suggests hairclips for school-aged girls. Hairclips are incredibly easy to make! Just knit any kind of pretty applique – a flower, a heart, a bow – and attach it to a metal snap clip. I attach it by leaving a long tail on the applique and wrapping the tail around the top part of the snap clip, then reattaching the tail to the applique and weaving the end in. They often take less than an hour to make!
Here are some appliques you could knit to attach to a snap clip:
Poppy: (scroll way down to “You can knit or crochet a poppy too with our FREE patterns)
She Sells Sea Shells on the Seashore
Knitted Flower Tutorial
Coming Up Roses
Heart of It All
Easy Seed Stitch Bow
Knitted Star Motif
Easy Knit Butterfly
Socks: Operation Christmas Child and Link to Hope will both accept knitted socks. For Link to Hope, you’ll want to include socks for the whole family since this is for a family box. If socks tickle your fancy, you probably already have a favorite pattern, but if not, here are a few simple patterns you could choose from.
Mittens: Operation Christmas Child and Link to Hope both also take mittens; again, as with socks, if you want to make mittens for Link to Hope, you should be prepared to make a family of mittens. Also like with socks, you likely have a favorite mitten pattern if you enjoy mitten knitting, but if not, here are a few simple patterns to try.
Hats: Link to Hope (Elderly Shoebox) and Operation Shoebox both take hats. When knitting hats for these charities, simple and basic are nearly always best. Operation Shoebox has its own knitting pattern (shown below), and if you want to knit for them, you should stick with their pattern. When knitting for Link to Hope’s Elderly Shoebox, strive to make it as unisex as possible, because boxes are not sorted before distribution. Stick with gender-neutral colors (black, dark blue, brown, tan, cream).
Christmas Stockings: Operation Shoebox sends Christmas stockings to troops every December. Their website offers a sewing pattern; if you’d prefer to knit a Christmas stocking, here are a few simple patterns.
GoodKnit’s Christmas Stocking (a simple 2-color stocking with cuff one color and body another)
Red Heart’s Christmas Stocking (simple striped stocking)
Red Heart’s Christmas Stocking 2 (similar to the first Red Heart stocking, but with a fleur-de-lis pattern in the cuff)
If you’re excited by knitting items for shoebox charities, I hope this collection of free knitting patterns has inspired you!