You’ve made plenty of crochet scarves for your family and friends, but maybe you’d like to make something new. If you have plenty of yarn and even some — GASP! — free time, then put your crochet hook to use by rounding up your supplies and create crochet items for donation. While you’ll love clearing out some of your oversized yarn stash , you’ll really love putting your skills to use and making crochet charity projects such as hats and blankets. Find the right crochet patterns for your next charity project with these projects.
Use The Right Crochet Materials
Before starting a project for charity, you’ll need to determine where you’d like to donate your crochet blanket or scarf. Next, you’ll need to make sure your donations fit criteria. For example, some organizations allow only items that are machine-washable. Other organizations may only accept donations during certain times of the year. With that in mind, take a look at these great crochet patterns that use worsted weight yarn.
- Zig Zag Stripe Beanie  – You’ll love how colorful this hat is!
- Snow Angel Scarf  — What a wonderful way to keep warm this winter.
- Striped Crochet Beanie  — This crochet pattern can be made in an assortment of sizes.
- Vintage Ruffle Scarf  — You don’t need any more proof that the classics are always in style.
Deplete That Yarn Stash
Does your yarn stash include random strands of yarn leftover from previous projects, as well as a few skeins that never quite made it into a crochet blanket or shawl? Those materials would be perfect to use in a crochet pattern donated to charity. However, you don’t want your yarn stash-busting project to look like it came from your yarn stash. First, select yarn in complementary colors. Next, pick out yarn in similar weights to create a crochet hat or scarf that is colorful, warm, and stylish, too. Finally, grab your crochet hook and get started on these yarn stash-busting patterns!
- Scrap Buster Hats  — This crochet hat pattern is so colorful!
- Scrap Happy Scarf  — Switch the colors in this pattern to create an entirely new look.
- Striped Stash Buster Blanket  — Here is what you need to do with all of that extra yarn.
- Scrap Scarf Infinity Collar  — What a stylish winter accessory!
- Quickest Granny Stripe Crochet Afghan  — You need a super easy crochet pattern in your life!
Look For Quick And Easy Crochet Projects
Maybe you’d like to make a few hats or scarves for a donation, but don’t have too much free time. You can still help others with crochet patterns that are quick and easy, such as those for fingerless gloves. For most crocheters, projects such as ear warmers, beanie hats, and scarves can be whipped up in almost no time. These crochet patterns are just what you need if you don’t have much time.
- 30-Minute Beanie  — Quick and easy. How fun is that?
- 60-Minute Ribbed Crochet Scarf  — You’re only one hour away from making a beautiful new scarf for someone.
- Moonlight Ear Warmer  — This super fast project is also super cute!
- Reflections Fingerless Gloves  — These gloves can keep someone warm in chilly weather.
- Thick & Quick Bumpy Scrubby  — Consider including a few bars of soap with your donation of this colorful scrubby.
Plan A Crochet Charity Project Party
It’s always more fun to work on a project with friends! For example, turn your next girls’ night out into a crochet charity project party and create items that can be used for a good cause. For example, crocheters of all skill levels can each complete granny squares for charity. Next, join the granny squares, and voila! Now you have a blanket that can keep someone warm. In addition, you can sell crochet projects at a fundraiser, with the proceeds donated to a favorite organization. If you plan to teach your friends the pattern, try the pattern on your own in advance. Take a look at these projects that are easy to do and can be taught to a group. Most of all, these patterns are perfect to crochet for charity.
- Little Dahlia  — Here’s a quick and easy crochet granny square everyone will love to make.
- Citrus Spray Afghan Square  — Wouldn’t this look pretty as part of a larger crochet blanket?
- How To Crochet a Lemon Stress Ball  — You could sell this crochet item as part of a fundraiser.
- Sweet Little Baby Hugs Preemie Hat  — Help little ones stay warm with this beautiful crochet hat pattern.
If you’d like to get started in finding a donation that accepts crochet items, then you’ll want to see AllFreeCrochet’s  list of charities.
What is your favorite crochet charity project to make?