Knitting at the Library

Knit for Others – 10th Anniversary

Date: October 1 – December 31, 2019

Location: Welcome Desk, First Floor

Beginning in October, we will once again be collecting newly made, hand-knit or crocheted winter items, such as hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, and even afghans. Items may be dropped off at the Welcome Desk on the first floor where they will be displayed on a clothesline, visible from inside or outside the building, until early January when they will be donated to local organizations.

You can use either wool or acrylic yarns and a pattern of your choosing.  We don’t get many requests for tiny preemie hats or small baby hats so please consider making hats from toddler sizes to adult.  There is a particular need for hats for men so hats in dark colors are always appreciated. If you are looking for pattern ideas, see the Resources section below for simple patterns for mittens and hats.

This year marks the 10th year the library has been been collecting knitwear for our community. To learn more about the  history of Knit for Others, see below.

New This Fall- Drop In and Knit (or Crochet)

Date: Wednesday mornings, 10 am to noon beginning September 4
Location: Quiet Room

Join us for a morning of knitting or crocheting! Please bring your own supplies and a project to work on. Participants must already know how to knit or crochet. No registration necessary.

Upcoming Afternoon of Knitting This Fall

Date: Saturday, October 19, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Community Room

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the library’s Knit for Others program by joining us for an afternoon of knitting or crocheting. Drop in any time during this four-hour event to meet other knitters, socialize and work on your knitting or crochet projects. Or start something new. We will have patterns and yarn to share and will be giving demonstrations of the library’s newest database, Creativebug. Volunteer instructors will be on site to get beginners started. No registration necessary.

Mark Your Calendars for June 2020 – Worldwide Knit in Public Day @ PPL

Date: Saturday in early June, date will be announced next spring
Location: Hinds Plaza or Community Room

Bring your knitting or crochet projects and join us on Hinds Plaza, as we celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day. If you don’t know how to knit, drop by for a mini lesson with our volunteer instructors. No registration necessary.

This is a rain or shine event. If it rains, we will meet in the library’s Community Room on the first floor.

To learn more about Worldwide Knit in Public Day, check out their website.

History of Knit for Others

The story of PPL’s Knit for Others began in the fall of 2010 as the library was preparing for its 100th birthday. The Executive Director, Leslie Burger, challenged her staff to think of creative and engaging projects or events that had something to do with the number 100. Since a number of staff were knitters, including the director, librarian Gayle Stratton came up with the idea of collecting 100 hand-knitted hats to donate. Time was tight, the plea to knitters went out, the clothesline at the Welcome Desk went up, and immediately the hats came pouring in! We more than met our challenge with a grand total of 201 hats which were donated to TASK, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

Knit for Others is now an annual event, made possible by the many creative and generous customers who donate approximately 200 items each year to temporarily adorn our clothesline. These are then shared with local organizations for distribution in early January.


Book Collection

The library’s collection of knitting, crochet, and other needlework books can be found in the Home neighborhood on the second floor. Included are learn to knit books, ones for knitting hats, scarves, sock, sweaters for all ages, accessories for the home, toys, knits for pets, and how-to books for specific techniques such as cables or fair isle. All are listed in the online catalog and can be searched by author, title, subject, and keyword.

Here are a few highlights, especially good for Knitting for Others projects:

Other Pattern Resources

There are thousands of free patterns available on websites of yarn companies, knitting stores, knitters, bloggers, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook groups, etc. Princeton Public Library cardholders can also use Creativebug, a database with downloadable patterns as well as instructor-led video classes.