Knitting Guild

Volunteers of all ages can provide a special touch for patients by knitting or crocheting various items. You may knit from home or during Knitting Guild meetings. Please fill out the form to contact us.


We have several knitted projects for you to choose from. Below is a listing of our projects along with their requirements. We can provide you with yarn and patterns upon request.

New Project! Twiddle Muffs

Twiddle Muffs are knit or crocheted muffs with various text yarns that help anxious patients with Alzheimers or dementia by keeping their hands warm and busy.

Knit Caps:

  • Knit caps are offered to our patients receiving cancer treatment and to patients who are feeling chilled.
  • Adult sizes only (Men and Women).
  • Must be knitted or crocheted from a “soft” yarn due to the sensitivity of the patients’ skin. Caron Simply Soft yarn is the preferred yarn.
  • Can be any color or style, however patients prefer brighter colors and funkier styles.
  • 60-70 Pink caps made with fun fur are part of the annual Pink Power Night!
  • Patterns
    • Fun Fur Cap
    • Granny Square Cap
  • No-Hair-Day Cap
  • Marsan Men's Cap

Knitted Baby Hats:

  • Every baby born at Reading Hospital receives a baby hat.
  • The average newborn’s head is 33 centimeters or 13 inches in circumference.
  • No knit or crochet patterns with large open holes. Please use a tighter knit.
  • Do not mix pink and blue in the same hat.
  • If you add pom-poms they should be relatively small in size.
  • Hats with cuffs or rolled brims are preferred as they fit better.
  • Please use yarn provided by the Volunteer Services Office or Bernat Softee
  • Baby 5 oz. yarn.

Prayer Shawls:

  • Shawls are offered to patients who need physical comfort and emotional support.
  • Can be made of any type or color of yarn.
  • Can be any style, however we ask volunteers to stick to patterns that only use 3-4 skeins of yarn.
  • Volunteer Services will provide yarn for the project

Compassionate Care Hearts:

  • Hearts are offered to both our inpatients and outpatients.
  • Can be made of any type or color of yarn.
  • Please use the patterns provided.

Completed projects can delivered in-person or mailed to the Volunteer Services office. Please include your name and phone number. Any items that do not meet the requirements will be returned to you.

Sewing and crafting projects are also available.