Helps people facing challenges by providing knitting instruction and shared community opportunities that promote wellness and resilience.
Project Knitwell helps people facing challenges by providing knitting instruction and shared community opportunities that promote wellness and resilience.
All of Project Knitwell’s programming is provided by volunteers, and services and supplies are provided free of charge to the people we serve.
Operating in the metro Washington, DC area, Project Knitwell is a 501(c)(3) with ongoing programs for patients, family members, and staff at area hospitals including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH), Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), and Inova Schar Cancer Institute.
We also conduct programs for adults and children at community and school sites. These have included: Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Friends of Guest House, the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA), N Street Village, and the Correctional Treatment Facility, DC Dept. of Corrections, among others.
Project Knitwell volunteers provide knitting instruction and quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort, and community among those we serve.
Carol Caparosa founded Project Knitwell in 2010 to share the benefits of knitting as a tool for achieving wellness, comfort, and community.
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"Knitting helps me to relax in a chaotic situation. There is only so much I can do for the girls while they are here, and making hats and blankets for them, is one thing I can do. And I feel very good about that."
— Mom with twins in the NICU
"This gives me such peace. This is exactly what I needed today. Thank you, this was a blessing."
— Mother of a Patient
"It is a joy to witness moms, dads and patient siblings eagerly await the arrival of our Project Knitwell volunteer each week. Parents are excited to show their progress on a pair of booties, a hat or the blanket they've been working on for their NICU baby since their last instruction."
— Children's National Medical Center
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News & Blog
Knitting as a mentoring connection
Imagine a world where everyone feels supported and understood. As we recognize National Mentoring Month, we celebrate our ability to use knitting as a conduit to connect with others. Many people learn to knit from a person they also see as a mentor. People of all ages...
An Open Letter to Knitter, Michelle Obama
Dear Michelle, Thank you for writing about knitting as a tool for hope and resilience in The Light We Carry. Your message of the “power of small” resonates with my core beliefs about knitting as Executive Director of Project Knitwell, a DC based nonprofit...
PK in Pathways Magazine
The Winter 2022–2023 edition of Pathways Magazine includes a 3-page feature on Project Knitwell, highlighting our programs and the wellness benefits of knitting. "Learning to knit is a process and everyone learns at their own pace. The resources and volunteers...