Knitting4Peace harnesses the power of love through compassionate creative action that invites, involves, and serves people of all genders, children, and families in our own communities and countries around the world.
Who We Are
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of thousands of knitters, crocheters, and supporters. We live in communities across the United States and Canada. We create individually and in groups called Peace Pods. We are as young as six and as “seasoned” as 101. We are dedicated to making a difference in the world, day after day after day.
To learn more about our Peace Pods, please visit to our Join Us Page.
A Brief History
By Founder, Susan Mckee
Knitting4Peace began as an idea and has grown into a global movement. During our first decade we served more than 100,000 people.
Our story began in July 2004 at the Chautauqua Institution (Western New York State.) That summer, I was deeply moved by Sister Joan Chittister’s prophesy that peace will never happen until women get actively involved in radical new ways, and complementary messages from several women who live in a Jewish-Christian-Muslim community in Israel called Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salaam (“Oasis of Peace”.) The messages haunted me for a full year. They were so relentless they felt like an insistent yearning, like something trying to birth itself.
A Brief History (cont.)
The following summer my family returned to Chautauqua. One hot July weekend my teen-age daughter and her friend wanted to go shopping at a nearby mall. I hate to shop so I sat in the food court knitting a very simple prayer shawl for a friend. Suddenly I was seized by a vision that was so powerful I knew I had to write it down immediately. I had some deposit slips in my checkbook to use as paper, but I had no pen or pencil. I unsuccessfully searched every single store around the food court for some kind of writing instrument and finally borrowed a red pen from a friendly store clerk. I began recording the vision I’d received. I used up the deposit slips and then wrote on food court napkins. My daughter and her friend finally finished shopping and we returned to Chautauqua. That night, and for several subsequent nights, I woke up with more insights and inspirations. I got up repeatedly and recorded the new thoughts on my laptop. It felt as if something was nudging me to create a vehicle for women to prayerfully remember other women in global areas of conflict while simultaneously engaging in intentional, nonviolent action for peace. There was also an overwhelming feeling that we needed to symbolically incorporate the three Abrahamic faith traditions; if we could “knit together” the Abrahamic family I believed we could actually offer tangible hope for peace among the entire global family.
On June 25, 2006, we launched Women4Women-Knitting4Peace, not knowing if anyone would show up. Women not only showed up, they went home and told friends and family about the program. Word spread and a capillary network spread across the United States and Canada. In our first year, we were named a semi-finalist for the Temple Award for Creative Altruism. In 2007, we officially incorporated and in 2008 we were awarded status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Knitting4Peace does not discriminate in its services and programs on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, handicap, sex or gender, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Retaliation is also prohibited.
Knitting4Peace complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination.