Crocheting For Charity

I believe in giving back to the community. Maybe it’s because of my Filipino upbringing in general or how my mother raised my sisters and I, but I know that one of the items on my list for when I’m rich (or, at least, when I’m settled in my career after graduate school) is to donate to charities, both local and national. I’ve even taken tentative steps into looking how I can do some pro bono work after I get my doctorate.

But in the here and now, I’m a broke grad student. I try to donate here and there, but the best I can do is $5 at a time which is something, but it isn’t much.

The drive to help is still inside me though. One day, while I was cleaning out my closet, I saw a box of yarn and my crochet hooks, and an idea hit me. I could crochet! It’d been years sine I crocheted anything, but I could make hats and scarves. While it doesn’t snow where I live, I think it gets pretty cold in the winter time and I have a box full of yarn to use.

My goal is to crochet 25 hats for charity. I’ve never crocheted that many hats before, so 25 is a good number to strive for. There is a local women’s shelter that I’ve donated money to before and I’d like to donate my hats there.

Since it’s been awhile since I’ve crocheted, this hat came out a little wonky, but it covers my head and most of my ears. Hat 1 complete!

Second hat in the making. I don’t know why this hat is coming out differently than the first, but it is. Currently, it’s barely fitting my own head, so I’m adding extra stitches in each row to widen its circumference. I think it’s working.

Here are some links for charities that you can donate your crochet items to, both on the local and national level.

10 Charities that Accept Crochet Donations

Giving Back: 7 Ways to Knit and Crochet for Charity

You can even donate granny squares to help build quilts, so you don’t have to crochet the entire quilt on your own. I don’t know how to make a granny square, but I hope to learn someday.

Via Pinterest

I love that I can give back to my community in a simple but needed way, especially when I’m a broke grad student with a ton of yarn to use.

Do you crochet or knit for charity?