Projects Supported by Hartshill Mothers' Union

Hartshill Mothers' Union raises funds for all of the projects supported by the Worldwide Mothers' Union. However, there are projects in which we take a special interest. Some of these were introduced to us by visiting speakers, some have special links with Hartshill MU members, some involve knitting!

This page is in development and so if any Hartshill MU members have projects they would like me to add, please let me know.


Chinthowa Development Trust (We provide blankets and teddies in September, see knitting)

Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child (We plan to provide filled shoe boxes in October. Also see knitting)

Aim for Change take knitted items in September (see knitting)

Coffee Tots in Coventry welcome blankets to fit single beds for families in need.



Hats for Premature Babies

baby hats

In February 2017, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Hats put out an appeal on Facebook for hats for babies. They now have enough but other hospitals, including University Hospital, Coventry, still need them. If you would like to help, this is a basic pattern.





Blankets for Chinthowa Development Trust, Carriers of Hope, Coffee Tots and Other Charities


knitted squareWendy's blanket

If you would like to knit squares for a blanket, these are the instructions for creating a square. However, if you plan on knitting more than one, it is easier if you knit them in strips so that they don't have to be sewn together. Just change the wool colour after 6 inches.

Each square should be 6” x 6”. Use double knit wool and size 4mm (old size 8) needles. You need about 30 to 32 stitches. Please leave an end long enough to stitch one side.

You can use any stitch you like, any colours you like and make them as elaborate as you like.

If you want to create an entire blanket on your own, our suggested size is 48" x 36", and you don't need to be restricted to squares. Or you could knit a knee blanket which is 36" x 30"

The blanket on the right is a beautiful example, created in strips, by Wendy. In 2016, Chintowa did not take any blankets but they are in demand by lots of Christian charities. We will always find a home for them!

Knitting for Operation Christmas Child

OCC puppets

Hartshill Mothers' Union are supporters of Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. If you would like to knit for 'Operation Christmas Child', you will find patterns on the OCC pinterest page. Or this is a pattern for a simple teddy puppet.



Knitting Teddies


In 1986, a washable knitted teddy was added to a consignment of medicines going to a refugee camp in the Sudan. The doctor replied "These teddies do more good than the medicines. They cheer the children up, give them hope, and soon they are on the road to recovery." 

'Teddies for Tragedies' is a knitting pattern, not an organisation, but many organisations welcome Teddies made to this pattern.

Mothers' Union Coventry Office provide information on where teddies are needed and more information can be found on their Teddies for Tragedies webpage. Here is the Teddy pattern. We were a little concerned that the Teddies for Tragedies pattern has to be very strictly adhered to and knitting is an art, not a science. However, Chinthowa Development Trust are not so particular and so we will send at least some of our teddies to them. Heather G. will also take them for prisoners' children.


simple teddies

I have also devised a simple garter stitch knitting pattern in a single yarn.


Prayer Shawls

prayer shawl Mary James' prayer shawl pattern can be found here. You can make the pattern as complicated as you like. The photo is of one knitted by Judith in September 2016.

Aim for Change

'Aim for Change' also take knitted things. I asked Ruth what was required. Ruth replied "The knitting all began with baby hats!! It then progressed to baby jumpers, but then the older children [say up to 5/6] also asked for jumpers!! So that is where we are now, from small to young children. But I also take jumpers to fit the older kids, say about 10!! So there is lots of choice." Ruth is going out in October and so the September meeting is the target for all knitting!

There are also lots of knitting patterns available for Mothers' Union items on the Dublin and Glendalough Mothers' Union website