The Ships Project

By Rachel Choi – 5 Comments

Founded in October 2001, The Ships Project is dedicated to sending handmade (crocheted and knit) hats, slippers, and Cool-Ties to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed across the world in the War on Terror.

Here are some free crochet patterns that you can use when making items for The Ships Project or other projects:
Crochet Pattern: Beanie (using double crochet stitches)
How to Crochet a Beanie (with single crochet)
Easy Adjustable Slippers

If you are interested in donating some of your crocheted items, head on over to The Ships Project site to see their regulations and guidelines for creating items for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. The list of needed items is constantly changing so be sure to check the list before you get your hook moving. Visit The Ships Project to learn more.

For more charities to donate your crocheted items to, check out the Crochet Spot Charity page.

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  1. Sandie says:

    It is my understanding they do not accept double crocheted hats any more. You can double check that though.

  2. Amy says:

    very cool! im a member of socks for soliders and we knit socks/caps/beanies for soliders overseas. i didnt know there was a place that accepted crocheted items for service men and women fighting for us. thank you for posting this!


  3. Ros says:

    Thank you my dear, that is good to know!

  4. Meg P. says:

    I am a member and it is absolutely true that they DO NOT want double or even half-double crochet hats. PLEASE check their website for what to send. They are always getting (and having to THROW AWAY) crocheted items they cannot use.

  5. Meg P., PLEASE tell me they don’t actually throw away crocheted items they can’t use. surely they could donate them to homeless shelters, the Salvation Army,etc. !

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