Knit Aid is a social enterprise helping knitters to help others in need.
We run workshops, sell unique merchandise, and collect and send handmade donations. These products and services help to fundraise for causes that are close to our hearts.
We help you with patterns, knit kits and workshops to make wonderfully unique knits. And you help those with less fortunate lives by donating the items you make.
Because we believe everyone deserves to have access to clothing of the quality we'd make for ourselves.
We set up Knit Aid as a response to the refugee crisis in Europe, in particular the many refugees that had travelled to France and have been living in cold and harsh conditions.
We started our knitted donations with Calais but are proud to have extended our distribution to Dunkirk, various locations in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
Meet the Team
Shahnaz is a Graphic Designer, mum and compulsive knitter. In the summer of 2015, she decided to use up some of the quality yarn she'd been hoarding to knit up warm beanies and snoods to send to refugees living in the Calais ‘Jungle’. She opened a Knit Aid Facebook page to see if anyone else would like to join her and it instantly grew in popularity. The knitted donations came flooding in from all over the UK and the world, and it wasn’t long before the rest – brand, website, workshops, merchandise – developed rapidly. Thankfully, it also wasn’t long before she met Karen who helped her continue building it.
When Shahnaz isn’t busy with Knit Aid or looking after her little one, she works for a youth marketing agency whose purpose is to benefit young people in London and across the UK.
In September 2015 Karen ran an event called 'Knit for Calais' which aimed to collect as many knitted hats to send to refugees as possible. The response was overwhelming and she ended up with hundreds of hats to send over to camps in Europe. Karen wanted to continue running similar events, and it was around this time she discovered Knit Aid. Karen lives just down the road (well, train track) from Shahnaz and both share a vision for using knitting as a force for good. It was a no brainer to join forces and build Knit Aid together.
In addition to helping run Knit Aid, Karen works for a charity which advocates for voluntary and community based mental health services for young people across the country.