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What can I knit next

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Leavesden Sun 14-Apr-19 17:19:33

I like to knit as I find it relaxing I don’t want to knit clothing and I haven knitted lots of toys for grandchildren. Has anybody got any suggestions for something else?

Nonnie Sun 14-Apr-19 17:28:56

Scarves and gloves to be given to a local charity before Christmas. Yes, I know it is clothing but a great way to use up leftover yarn. I know of a city where knitters tie scarves to some railings with a notice saying 'help yourself'

J52 Sun 14-Apr-19 17:43:42

Most maternity units want prem baby hats and blankets. Quick to knit and use up spare wool, DK or 4 ply. They sterilise then so no need to wash before you send.

Feelingmyage55 Sun 14-Apr-19 17:43:45

Cushion covers - complicated ones as they are small items, blankets, mini blankets for the foot of the bed, items for premature babies - at the moment knitting octopuses for the nurseries is “the thing” as apparently they feel like the umbilical cord.

DINNNO Sun 14-Apr-19 17:47:03

You could try making a lovely woollen bag. They tend to be expensive in shops but you could design your own for allot less

DINNNO Sun 14-Apr-19 17:47:57

Oh, you could also try knitting a nice cover that would go over the sofa? or any chairs? maybe a nice blanket for your bed? a hair accessory?

kittylester Sun 14-Apr-19 17:51:41

Twiddle muffs for people living with dementia.

www.loveknitting.com/how-to-knit-a-twiddlemuff

Knittynatter Sun 14-Apr-19 21:00:26

Please check before knitting for maternity units. Our local SCBU is over run with blankets, hats and matinee jackets and has no where to store them.

Whitewavemark2 Sun 14-Apr-19 21:04:44

I’m knitting pram blankets or cot blankets. One is pink with white rabbits in relief stuffed. The other is a light brown with a stuffed teddy. I’m also knitting a pure wool cable pram blanket. I knit the one I feel like doing when watching the tv. This time I’m going to see if the local food bank will take them.

nanny2507 Sun 14-Apr-19 21:43:10

pet blankets for charities and rescue centres..or friends dogs. My mum learnt a new stitch the other day and knitted my doggies a lovely new blanket

travelsafar Sun 14-Apr-19 22:32:50

What about knitting Dumbo being as it has been on at the cinema recently .Original pattern available on ebay. Would be perfect as a gift for a little one.

grannyqueenie Sun 14-Apr-19 23:43:18

I was reading just today that police cars in various parts of the country carry little knitted “trauma bears” to give to children who may need an extra bit of comfort or reassurance. Maybe check out if your local force does this.

SueH49 Sun 14-Apr-19 23:58:49

I am not a knitter but my sister is and her project at the moment is a a knitted round rug. It is looking great.

Leavesden Mon 15-Apr-19 07:18:04

Thanks so much for everyone’s suggestions have given me some ideas.

Liz46 Mon 15-Apr-19 07:25:19

Be careful about knitting twiddle muffs. Some have dangerous attachments and can't be used. For instance a man managed to remove a button and put it in his mouth. Small knitted or crocheted twiddles are safer and best 'knitted in'.

I knit for 'Handmade for Dementia'. They have strict safety rules which are quite easy to follow and dementia nurses are very pleased to receive the items.

Marelli Mon 15-Apr-19 08:30:51

I knit hats, balaclavas, scarves, neckwarmers (different to scarves) and fingerless mitts for the Mission for Seafarers.

travelsafar Mon 15-Apr-19 08:32:59

Marelli what a good idea, these items would be perfect for a homeless hostel or sanctuary too.

MiniMoon Mon 15-Apr-19 09:49:20

Knit some shopping bags. I have crocheted several. They are used by me DH and DD when we go shopping. Stretchy and secure.

Witzend Mon 15-Apr-19 09:58:36

My local hospital asked for knitted breasts! - for community midwives to use at breastfeeding demonstrations. They emailed me the pattern - quite quick and easy.

I've done twiddle muffs for them, too. Patients evidently take them home with them, so new supplies always welcome.

Katy77 Mon 15-Apr-19 11:10:22

I did hats for homeless people last year. Salvation Army collected them.

Nonnie Mon 15-Apr-19 11:24:42

I second the comments about asking the baby unit before making anything, ours said no more hats please but blankets are welcome. I asked the size which surprised them but it made me feel I was making what they wanted rather than what I wanted to knit.

whywhywhy Wed 17-Apr-19 17:09:32

I knit dog / cat blankets for battersea dogs/ cats home. They are easy to do and I find it very rewarding knowing that these beautiful animals have these blankets to take to their new homes. If you type it into Google then the pattern will come up. Happy knitting. X

Nannytopsy Wed 17-Apr-19 17:24:16

My DS and DiL work in units which ask for knitted squares for mum to pop in her bra. Then they go in the incubator with newborn so baby can learn her smell. I’m sure a local neonatal unit could tell you how big!

regrets Sat 04-May-19 18:44:38

Scarves/jumpers/hats for sailors who bring goods into the UK but are from the Philippines and find it so cold here (even when we think it is warm!).

www.missiontoseafarers.org/knitting2

Gurdas212 Fri 10-May-19 15:20:01

May I suggest a quilt, wonderful for the summer months when perhaps a duvet may be to warm for the little things. There are so many ways to go about it, the designs you could choose are endless and you can custermize to what your grandchildren like

mrsgreenfingers56 Mon 01-Jul-19 20:15:56

Have a look at The Samaritans Purse website, I knit hats, scarfs, mitts,little purses and puppets for their shoe box appeal at Christmas. They have a knitting site with patterns.

Nanagem Mon 01-Jul-19 21:48:28

I’m doing a temperature blanket, it takes a while to work out colours for each temp range, but then you work one row per day in the colour for that days temperature.

If you have any odd left over, my daughter is a vet nurse and I supply squares from all sizes little blankets for rabbits/cats to bigger for dogs, even the smallest are used rolled to prop a cats head up etc, she says they are invaluable.

Grammaretto Mon 01-Jul-19 21:52:07

when our DGD was in the neonatal unit she was given a handknitted blanket by the hospital. We all thought it lovely.
Our knitting group knit for memory boxes for still born babies. Tiny hats and blankets.
They also make trauma teddies and hats and gloves for the homeless.
John Lewis were offering free wool and patterns for knitting for various charities

seacliff Mon 01-Jul-19 22:05:58

Probably a bit fiddly, but we have some lovely ladies that knit cute colourful mice stuffed with catnip, for Cats Protection. They use up all the scraps of wool. They are very popular at fetes etc, and all the cats love them.

Overthehills Sat 06-Jul-19 22:27:00

Socks, hats, scarves, mitts for local refugee charity.
Thanks for the link for the fishermen’s charity.