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...

With Leftover Yarn, Knit These Free Patterns for Winter and Christmas

I wanted to continue offering patterns for those who want quick knits that they can use leftover yarn for. But at the same time, Christmas is coming quickly, and it seemed like the time was right for for some Christmas (or at least winter-themed) patterns.

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A New Knitting Charity to Support Premature Infants and Sleeping Angels

It is a bittersweet fact that many a knitting charity has been born and developed following a tragedy in a knitter's life. While human suffering is always a tragedy, it is a testament to the human spirit that so many are able to take dark times in their lives and find a way to help others.

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Need Quick Gifts to Knit for Christmas?

It's December! The last month of the year, and hopefully it isn't a time when you're panicking about what you can possibly make for friends and relatives in just a few weeks. (I certainly am not...*ahem*.)

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Project Linus UK: Offering Blankets to Needy Children since 2000

Project Linus is a very well-known charity organization that donates handmade blankets to children. They have been in existence since 1995, distributing security blankets to thousands of needy children all over the United States.

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Do Charity Knitters Stop Knitting When the Weather Gets Warmer?

A few weeks ago I asked readers on our Facebook this question: "Are you seasonal knitters, or do you knit all year round?" I asked because I was curious. I expected to have a mix of results, some knitters confessing they stopped knitting when the weather grew warm, others declaring they knit all year round.

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Want Your Charity Knitting to Benefit Cancer Patients? Knit for Halos of Hope

We've mentioned knitting charity Halos of Hope many times in the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter. However, it wasn't until recently that I realized it had not actually been featured here at

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Free Knitting Patterns for Hats Using Leftover Yarn Help Keep out the Cold

Before I introduce you to a collection of free knitting patterns for hats using leftover yarn, let me tell you what made me compile this list.

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