Knit the Family

The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF), the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work for the Naval Services, is looking for knitters to volunteer their time and their spare wool to create small dolls for the charity.

As part of a sensitive new 2013 initiative called ‘Knit the Family’ the charity is focusing on the importance of knitting families back together when one of the parents returns from active military service.  Central to the initiative will be a support handbook aimed at providing practical help and guidance for the family in helping to overcome the effects of PTSD and OSR (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Operational Stress Reaction).

The charity is planning to distribute the book with the little knitted dolls that depict a generic parent and child holding hands to symbolise the importance of ‘knitting’ families back together…. But to do this they need volunteers to knit the small dolls.

Full details including the patterns can be found here:

Little Girl Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Royal Navy Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Royal Marine Doll pattern (pdf – free download)

Materials Needed (pdf – free download)

Laughing Hens, the knitting website for all your knitting needs has kindly offered a 10% discount to those buying wool or other items to knit the small dolls when quoting ‘RNRMCF’ at the checkout.

The pattern for the dolls has been specially created by Fiona Goble, who published ‘Knit your own Royal Wedding’ in 2011 with Ivy Press who have kindly donated the pattern to the RN&RMCF.  Fiona Goble and Ivy Press have also published books such as Knit Your Own ZombieFairy Tale Knits and Farmyard Knits and recently a pattern to ‘Knit Your Own Royal Baby’.

Monique Bateman, Director of RN&RMCF says: “People are always incredibly generous towards our charity because everyone recognises the sadness, especially for children, caused by disharmony in the home.  Returning service personnel have much to contend with as do their families and what we are trying to achieve is a more seamless reintegration into family life. The little dolls are rich in symbolism and we desperately need volunteers to click their needles for us”

If you think you can help us by knitting a parent and child, please send your completed dolls to:

RNRM Children’s Fund
311 Twyford Avenue

For further information please contact:

023 9263 9536


Knit the Family – The Book

Every day, military personnel return from the front line, to their families and the lives they left behind.  Those returning often suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Operational Stress Reaction (OSR), problems that not only affect their lives but also those of their loved ones.  Over the past year the Royal Navy Royal Marines Children’s Fund has noticed an increase in the amount of families who have been broken apart because of the issues that PTSD and OSR brings.

After receiving a generous donation from the LIBOR fund (a Government pot of money collected from the fines levied on Banks) the RN & RM Children’s Fund has created a book aimed at helping families understand and cope with the impact and stresses both pre, post and during deployment, helping to knit them back together.

The title of the book: ‘Knit the Family’ reflects the spirit of the overall campaign which is aimed at assisting families reintegrate by helping with ways of broaching the issues and providing valuable tips and advice for dealing with them.

RNRMCF ‘Knit the Family’ – A Free Download (pdf)