Knit for Japan

I just stumbled upon this initiative and had to share it with you all:

Knit for Japan!

Here’s what it’s all about:


How can you help?

Are you good in knitting or crochet and interested in putting your skills to use for the victims of the Tohoku earthquake? This is the place to start.

Knit for Japan was initiated by Bernd Kestler, a German who has been living in Japan since 1998. Bernd has been knitting for over 30 years, most recently as a student at the Nihon Vogue knitting school. Twice a month he organises a small knit-cafe in his hometown near Yokohama.

After the Tohoku earthquake on March 11th, he thought of ways to support people, who have lost everything. Giving them a “woolly hug” in the shape of a hat, pair of socks or scarf is a wonderful way to help. Every stitch can make a difference.

“Knit for Japan” is an initiative to collect and distribute hand-knitted/crocheted items, yarn and knitting/crochet tools to victims of the Tohoku earthquake.

Knit/Crochet items:

Every stitch can make a difference. Take out your needles or crochet hook and start to cast-on for a woolly hat, pair of socks, a scarf or some gloves.

Yarn and tools:

From your stock of yarn send a couple of skeins together with needles or a crochet hook. Many people at a shelter don’t much to do during the day. Knitting can help to relieve some stress, increase motivation and produce something useful. Non-knitters might learn a new skill.

Please send your knit/crochet items to Bernd in Japan, preferably by airmail. You can find his address below:

Bernd Kestler
Yokohama-shi 223-0062
Hiyoshi Honcho 6-39-9

Or you can print off ready-made address labels here.

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2 thoughts on “Knit for Japan

  1. Thanks for posting this. My knitting friends are going to get a knit for Japan knitting collective together and get their needles clicking after Christmas. I shall let you know what they produce (with pictures hopefully) and will post it on the IJT blog – – Alastair


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