Crafters love to share their skills. However, at some point, you realize that you have nothing to work on. Perhaps, everyone you know has received a hand knit scarf. That is a good point to consider crafting for charity. Charities around the world accept hand knit and crocheted for infants, children, teens, women, and men. An Internet search will help you find a charity in a location and for a group that you feel most strongly about supporting.
Donating Your Crafts to Charities
Are you still not sure about using your skills to craft items for charitable organizations? Consider the following reasons.
Reason One: If you’ve participated in your craft for a while you’ve probably already given everyone you know something handmade.
Reason Two: You can use all those scraps leftover from other projects. Learn how to use scraps of yarn your projects .
Reason Three: You have a good reason to buy yarn on sale!
Reason Four: You can use simple patterns that work up fast. While there is nothing saying that you can’t go all out and make a cable knit hat, a different sort of personal satisfaction can come from donating a dozen or two hats using a simple pattern that allowed you to crochet each hat in an evening.
Free Crochet Pattern
The great thing about this simple pattern is that you can adjust the crochet hook size and the type of yarn you’re using to create different looks and different sized hats. The first time, try the hat with an I-hook and a medium-weight yarn.
1. Ch 3, join with a sl st to form a ring. Ch 1, 6 sc in center of ring. Do not join.
2. 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)
3. 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat the pattern for a total of 18 stitches
4. 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat the pattern around for a total of 24 stitches
5. 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat for 30 stitches.
6. 1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat for 36 stitches.
7. 1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat for 42 stitches.
8. 1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat for 48 stitches.
9. 1 sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat for 54 stitches.
10. 1 sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat for 60 stitches. (Optional, to make the hat’s crown larger.)
11. Continue around until the hat is as long as desired. You can make a brim by working the hat longer and rolling or folding up the brim.
If part of your reason for giving knit and crochet gifts to others is that you want to see the person’s face as they open their gift or that you want thanks or praise for your time and skills, this may not be the route to follow. Although an organization will send you a thank you letter or a certificate of appreciation, you may never see the person who receives the item, but you can know it will be appreciated.