Knimble Knitters Knitting Competiton – knuckle down for Arthritis Care and win £200

As the winter nights draw in, what better time to settle down by the fire and knit a hat, a scarf, or a pair of woolly mittens as part of the new Knimble Knitters competition to support Arthritis Care.


Knimble Knitters is a UK-wide competition to raise funds for the arthritis support charity, while giving entrants the chance to win cash prizes and show off their needle skills.  


The theme is ‘Winter’ and, for an entry fee of £2 per item, you can not only put your knitting skills to the test, but help people with arthritis, and potentially pocket  a  handy prize of £200, £50, or £25.


‘This sponsored ‘Knit’ is an opportunity to raise funds for providing the free services which make a real difference to the lives of  people with arthritis. What’s more, if you actually have arthritis yourself, knitting is generally good for you, as it keeps joints mobilised’, says Arthritis Care fundraiser Amanda Baughen


‘Don’t overdo it, though. Little bursts with regular pauses is the best technique – and if you find metal needles hard to hold, there are other options, including bamboo sticks, which many people with arthritis find easier,’ she said.


Arthritis Care’s Knimble Knitters team – the ‘Knit Wits’ - have come up with a few fundraising ideas to help competitors get the ball rolling.

At work

  • Get colleagues to sponsor you to wear different items of knitted clothing to work each day one week – and dare them to sponsor you with more cash the sillier or more outrageous your fluffy stuff is.
  • Hold a sponsored ‘sprint knit’ – rope in your workmates as you race to make as much progress as possible during  your lunch hour. Your ‘click-clacking clique’ could hold a sweepstake to bet the number of rows you can knit in a lunch hour.
  • Hold a knitwear day at work in place of Dress-down Friday. Ask everyone in your building to don knitwear and donate £1 to your Knimble Knitter Kitty.


The winner will be featured in Arthritis News, Arthritis Care’s in-house magazine. All entries must be submitted by 15 February 2010 and winners will be notified in March.


All the money raised will go to help fund the vital information and support services which Arthritis Care provides, such as free helplines, pain management courses, online discussion forums, and the booklets tailored to the nine million people with arthritis in the UK.   


For more information, email


For entry pack  click here