Knit-for-Nowt is a charitable service which supplies hand knitted, crocheted or sewn items to those who work with vulnerable children. 


They're used to aid recovery from traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, bereavement or other serious problems, and have also been found to be a very effective way of helping children communicate with adult helpers.

Knit-for-Nowt was originally established in 2015 and at the beginning it supplied hand knitted clothes and blankets to keep people warm in Hull and East Yorkshire.  Many knitters across the UK and abroad responded to the appeal, and during the first two years thousands of warm items were distributed to a wide variety of organisations helping vulnerable babies, children and adults. 


However, as the charity grew it became apparent that there was an urgent need for items to help children heal from physical and psychological traumas. Children learn to trust the helper through interactive role play using hand puppets.  Worry Monsters are used as a way of helping children to deal with whatever is worrying them.  Children are more likely to express their feelings in this situation.


More and more requests came in from teams of Social Work therapists and others working with children in distress.  In these days of budgetary cuts the therapists have no allowance for these types of items.  So Knit-for-Nowt has transferred all of its energy into providing them.




Many cases of child abuse remain hidden; around one in seven adults who called the National Association for People Abused in Childhood’s (NAPAC’s) helpline in the latest year had not told anyone about their abuse before.


At 31 March 2019, 49,570 children in England and 4,810 children in Wales were looked after by their local authority because of experience or risk of abuse or neglect.


For details of hand puppets please CLICK HERE 


For details of worry monsters please CLICK HERE


And for a little about why they are considered so important please CLICK HERE