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Throwback: Knots of Love – Chemo Caps & NICU Blankets

chemo capsCelebrating their 10th anniversary, Knots of Love continues to supply chemo caps to those in need — and now NICU blankets, too

I take my hair for granted, really. It’s always there. I get it cut, I dye it crazy colors, I style it. When I wear a hat, it’s to add a layer of protection from wind or chill to the hair that’s already there.

Have you ever imagined what it’s like to have that handy layer of protection — that is, your hair — be gone? Some of you reading this may have experienced this yourself. You might have battled cancer or had surgery or struggled with alopecia or even have suffered burns. And you know exactly what it’s like to lose your hair or maybe not ever have it in the first place.

For the rest of us, this is what makes knitting chemo caps such a compelling way to knit for charity. Just imagining how difficult life would be without that layer of protection can spur us to consider how we can offer help.

Knots of Love is one of the country’s oldest knitting charities for chemo caps. Back in 2012, Knitting for Charity featured this organization. We celebrated Knots of Love’s dedication to those who have lost their hair. We also cheered their assistance to charity knitters with free patterns and their encouragement to child charity knitters.

Today, Knots of Love is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary and is as dedicated to its cause of covering chilly heads as ever! Knots of Love now also collects NICU blankets for tiny babies in need of extra warmth.

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Knots of Love: Chemo Caps and More

I heard directly from Knots of Love director and founder Christine Fabiani via e-mail. She wanted to share this information with me and Knitting for Charity readers:

Since your last post, we have added NICU blankets to our items that we give away free. They can be made from any super soft and cozy yarns. Ideal size is 18″ x 24″.

“Parents sleep with the tiny blankets – leaving their Mom and Dad scent on the blankets and then loving place them over their fragile newborn in the incubator. Blankets should not have any holes for tiny finders and tubes to get caught in.

“Here are our totals to date:

“Currently we distribute, ship or hand deliver – more than 1,000 creations every Friday.

“330,320 caps and NICU blankets given away FREE of charge to more than 580 hospitals, oncologist offices and neonatal intensive care units across the nation.

“Knots of Love is funded 100% by donations. If you know anyone who does not know how to knit or crochet and would like to support us please have them go to this page. “

Isn’t that exciting? Knots of Love is truly knocking charity knitting out of the park.

How You Can Help with Chemo Caps & NICU Blankets

With Knots of Love’s distribution of NICU blankets, anyone can knit for charity regardless of knitting level!

If you’re ready to get started, you can head to the Knots of Love “Guidelines for Knitters and Knotters.” This page offers pretty much everything you need to start knitting chemo caps or NICU blankets. You’ll find guidelines and suggested yarns. You’ll also find a submission form and mailing labels.

Need the perfect pattern? For chemo cap patterns (both knit and crochet) you can visit this page. For a NICU blanket pattern (knit and crochet versions of this are available too), check out this page. I also encourage you to take a look at their helpful tips page. It offers not only knitting tips but also some fun ideas to dress up your chemo caps.

Finally, when you’re ready to donate, head for their Collection Sites page to find the nearest collection location.

It’s so exciting to see a knitting charity continue to bloom and grow. If you’re looking for a way to contribute chemo caps or NICU blankets to someone in need, you’ll definitely want to take a good look at Knots of Love!

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  1. Hellos,
    Several ladies and I are knitting hats for Knots of Love using the approved yarns.
    Please let me/us know how to deliver hats. Are they all sent to Costa Mesa? is there a drop off location in Burbank, Ca?

    Happy Knitting,

    Jadin Hawkins