Community Service VP: Joan Rangel
The members of The Greater St. Louis Knitters’ Guild make a variety of beautiful and creative knitted items that are distributed to people in our community through a number of organizations that recognize who can most benefit from the warm items. Many generous people donate yarn and needles for our projects.
Members are provided access to Guild Patterns when they join our Guild. There are lots of other Guild patterns on our Members Only Patterns & Tips Page. Free patterns for charity knitting can be found in Web Resources.
The Humane Society – Pet Squares
These soft pads are for the cages of rescued animals. Any knitter can make a square to fit a cage!
- make the size of the square 12″ or more
- knit firmly, preferably with machine-washable thick or doubled yarn
- use fringe
- use wool the animals tend to chew on wool
The goal of Project Linus is to provide a “blanket of security” to children facing substantial distress in their lives. Washable yarn is knitted, crocheted, quilted, woven or sewn into blankets which are then distributed throughout the local community for children undergoing difficult situations, especially aiming toward pediatric cancer patients. Children come in all sizes, so we welcome all sizes of blankets.
- Preemie blanket: 15″ x 18″ to 24″ x 24″
- Newborn blankets” 25″ x 30″
- Toddler blankets: 35″ x 40″ to 45″
- Child’s blankets: 40″ x 60″
Please be sure that if you use satin ribbon in your blanket to tack it firmly all the way around as it can come loose and be a choking hazard.
Warm Up America
Warm Up America is national nonprofit that provides hand knitted and crocheted blankets, clothing, and accessories to people in need. For blankets, volunteers across the country donate completed squares which are later joined into blankets by more volunteers. Check out the Warm Up America Handout for instructions, pattern ideas, and a template.
- Use worsted weight yarn
- Squares should be 7″ by 9″
- Weave in the ends
The Little Bit Foundation
“The Little Bit Foundation is an army of supporters giving, serving and advocating for impoverished children in St. Louis. Our philosophy: when you remove the barriers to learning, you give a child hope for the future and empower them to reach their dreams.“
One of the many barriers is proper fitting and appropriate clothing. The hats and scarves we donate to The Little Bit Foundation ensure children have their own winter accessories and don’t have to worry about being cold.
Covenant House is an agency that serves young people (ages 16-21) in the St. Louis area who are facing homelessness. Covenant House meets youth’s immediate need for safety, food, and shelter, and offers services that help them move from homeless to an independent and productive life.
Soft yarn is knitted into comfortable hats that are lightweight, fun to knit and wear plus quick to make!
Our area hospitals are eager to receive hats for newborns. There are never enough hats to meet the need.
DO use acrylic, machine washable yarn in baby, sport, or DK
DON’T use wool for preemies — wool around oxygen can spark
- a preemie cap should fit over an orange
- a regular baby cap should fit over a grapefruit
Hats for Kids
Cute, colorful knitted caps from a variety of patterns are delivered each fall to various agencies to help warm hundreds of children each year.