If you love socks and love knitting for charity, guess what – you can knit socks for charity! I think a lot of people believe that socks aren’t the best charity knitting projects because they aren’t turned out as quickly as some other projects. But in my opinion, socks are one of the very best charity knitting projects for that very reason! In many parts of the world, socks are actually a luxury. Many people in developing nations in the coldest parts of the world are literally in constant need of socks, and so they can really benefit from your love of sock knitting. Here we have what you could call a guide to knitting socks for charity. First, we have a series of patterns that can be especially good for charity knitting – they are for babies and/or older children, or they can be used with several different colors of yarn. Second, we have several charities where you can send your completed socks.
Free Sock Patterns
Basic Socks for Charity: This pattern was designed for the explicit purpose of teaching others to knit socks. The pattern creates a simple set of socks to fit a 6 to 8-year-old child. A terrific first pattern for anyone who wants to knit socks for charity.
Just Your Basic Baby Socks: This is another pattern designed especially for charity.
Stashbuster Spiral Socks: These are excellent socks both for beginning sock knitters and for experienced sock knitters with lots of odds and ends of sock yarn.
Peter Piper, Blended: This is less a pattern than a technique for blending multiple variegated yarns together in one pair of socks. I personally can’t wait to try this, because I have lots of leftover bits of multicolored sock yarn!
Cranberry Biscotti: Here’s a striped sock pattern that uses three specific colors of yarn, but you can use this pattern for any three colors of yarn!
Felted Slippers: This, obviously, is a slipper pattern rather than a sock pattern. But slippers are needed in many of the same places that need socks, and these slippers are very easy for non-sock-knitters to make!
Charities Accepting Sock Donations
Hearts for Warmth: Started in 2011, this group works to supply the gift of warm clothing to people, especially children, in economically depressed areas. They seek to provide hope to people who often feel hopeless and forgotten. You can also reach them through Ravelry.
For the Children of Pine Ridge: This knitting group seeks to offer clothing of all kinds to the Ogala Lakota Native American population living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the U.S. state of South Dakota.
Walking with Orphans: Formerly named Eastern European and Russian Orphanages Project, this group seeks to offer assistance and relief to orphans and vulnerable children living in these areas. One of the ways in which they offer help is in knitting and crocheting clothing and comfort items for these children. Ravelry has a group for them as well.
I hope these charities and free patterns are enough to get you excited and encouraged to knit socks for charity!