Prisoners Crochet

By Rachel Choi – 10 Comments
Snyder County Prison in PA has a new program where inmates can crochet blankets for charity! I’ve never been to a prison before, but I was so glad to read an article about it today. The prisoners crocheted about 18 blankets so far and donated them to local hospitals.

This rehab program has become a huge success as it “shows them there are good things that can be done for other people that doesn’t take a whole lot of time or money. There are learning to cooperate, take directions and learn responsibility.”

prisoners crochet

According to staff in the prison, there has been a positive change in the inmates. They are becoming more relaxed and respectful. One inmate even said that they often think about the families that they will be touching with the blankets they make.

I’m so glad that the inmates have a chance to do something great even if they are in prison. I hope that other prisons have this program as well!

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  1. Peggy says:

    It was really nice to read about the inmates making the blankets. I started a little group called Angels Embrace. We crochet blankets for grieving children. I wonder if my group can get on their list of charities to crochry for?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Peggy!
      I’m always looking for more charities to add to the list! Just email me the link and I’ll be happy to add it 🙂

  2. chits says:


    thank you so much for the teddy coaster .it has come out really well…thanks a lot rachel..

  3. Harold says:

    That is so cool!!!!! Who would mahve thought to have prisoners do that? That is a great idea!!!!!!!

  4. Kel says:

    What a great program!

  5. jessi says:


    I love your site. What a lot of work and the layout is really easy to follow. I have only just started crochet and I made my first scarf. I’m going to make your crochet hook case next. I look forward to seeing your designs in the future.


  6. Ivonne says:

    I heard about this program from one of the many newsletters I receive regarding crochet. I love the fact that someone believed in these women and that they can still contribute to society through charity work. I know this will build their self-esteem! To borrow a phrase” Yes, we can.” Love it.

  7. Joyce says:

    There are crocheters at men’s prisons and many of them are pretty good at it! I’ve sent crochet patterns to my son who is now learning to crochet. I am so proud of these guys for redirecting their attention to something that will help others.

    My granddaughter learned the basics while we were waiting for her mom to come out of surgery a few weeks ago. I am grateful to my Aunt Eula for teaching me to crochet when I was 10 years old. Once u learn it’s easy to remember if u put it down for awhile.

  8. Midnite says:

    Do you have a link to the article, Rachel? I’d like to post the link to my facebook and twitter accts. Awesome story.

  9. Missy says:

    I think that is so neat! Such a great idea and way for them to contribute to the community

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