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Charity Feature - Guideposts Knit for Kids
By: Lion Brand

Each month, we feature an organization helping those in need with yarncrafts. Our August charity feature highlights Guideposts Knit for Kids. Started in 1996, this extension of the Guideposts organization has donated over 480,000 hand-knit and crocheted sweaters to kids across the U.S. and the world.

Knit for Kids asks knitters and crocheters to make sweaters for children's sizes 2 to 10 that are then collected and donated to children across the U.S., as well as to countries from Guatemala to South Africa to Russia (see all countries on their website). Patterns for some basic sweaters are available on their website, but any children's sweater pattern can be used (they ask that you avoid using ties or buttons for safety reasons). Any fiber can also be used. The organization encourages you to add color or pattern to your sweater(s) as the children seem to enjoy sweaters with interesting colors and designs. Larger sizes are always welcome as they can be used to supply a broader range of children. Knit for Kids states on its website, "Smaller children will be able to grow into their sweaters and older children are left out."

Knit Child's Dog Motif SweaterKnit Child's Dog Motif Pullover
Knit Hooded Sweater
Knit Hooded Sweater

Sweaters are collected and donated year-round, and the organization is well on its way to its goal of 500,000 sweaters. For more information and guidelines, please visit their website

Sweaters can be sent to:
Guideposts Knit for Kids
39 Seminary Hill Road
Carmel, NY 10512

Sweater patterns for kids on

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