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November 2021: Thank you for considering knitting or sewing for Knit-for-Nowt.  We now accept only therapy hand puppets and worry monsters.  Please note that we can only take items that are brand new, hand or machine knitted, crocheted or sewn with material, and in good, clean condition.



We need a constant supply of hand and finger puppets in adult hand sizes, used by workers for therapy with children suffering from abuse, neglect,bereavement, or other worries.   For full details CLICK HERE


Or could you knit some "Worry Monsters" or "animal worry eaters" for child therapy?  If you've never tried, please have a go - they're so easy and fun too!  For full details CLICK HERE 


Patterns for puppets                                                         CLICK HERE 

Patterns for worry monsters and animal worry eaters CLICK HERE


NO THANKS: no clothing, blankets, dolls, toys, or any other items which are not puppets or monsters. 


CLICK HERE to contact us with brief details of your completed items.  We will then get back to you with posting details. We regret that we are unable to refund the cost of postage or materials.  We're also sorry that funding and time won't allow for us to collect items, except under special arrangements. 


Please always include your name and email address with items. 


CLICK HERE for Knit-for-Nowt Terms and Conditions

CLICK HERE for a downloadable flyer if you'd like to help by publicizing Knit-for-Nowt

If you can think of anywhere that might display it eg. local yarn shop, local library we'd be grateful.


1             Worry monsters – the basic monster pattern contains patterns for all additional features – please include at least 3 on                            your monster. “Toothy the Worry Eater!” monster is also very popular.  Sewn ones welcome too.

2               Animal Worry Eaters (which aren’t monsters!)  Please ensure that you make a really good, deep pocket in these

3              Sewn Mojo monsters – the knitted version didn’t prove so popular and it was more difficult to get good facial expressions,                     but the sewn version is just about the most popular item requested

4              “Body Image” worry monsters, both in knitted and sewn versions, identical in height and colours, but one is fatter, one                           thinner.  Make up your own, or use our patterns

5               Disability monsters – if only one leg or arm, please make a stump, it looks more realistic

6              Abuse monsters - simply add a crescent shape around one eye, (black eye), and some purple, red or black marks on the                           limbs by sewing on pieces of felt, knitting or embroidering them

7              Masks and pants for monsters – if you send a set of them we can fit them on the monsters here, or make your own for your                  monster. Please now use the larger version of the pants pattern, which is on the website, as our monsters are now bigger                      than previously

8             Hand puppet families with happy/sad sides – Mum, Dad, Gran, Grandad, boy, girl, with siblings if you like. With faces in                            cream or pale pink yarn, or any shade of brown, but not black.  Please make them all to fit an adult hand.

9              Hand puppet families as above, but specifically Muslim or Asian

10            Bully hand puppet and Internet groomer hand puppet

11            Pairs of identical hand puppets for Play Therapy “mirror” work – these could be “people” or animals

12           “Professionals” sets of hand puppets: doctor, nurse, police, social worker, teacher, and judge in robes. We’d also like if                               possible a “professional in a suit”

13            Animal or children’s character hand puppets – feel free to use patterns available online. As it’s for charity we’ve never had                     a problem with that, but we’re unable to put them up on the website due to copyright.

14            Transgender hand puppets (one side male, one side female)

15            Finger puppets – use any pattern you like, "people" or animals

16            Pregnant monster and pregnant hand puppet