1000 Hats Commemorative Pattern!

My friend Robyn Devine set herself a lifetime goal of knitting 10,000 hats. Ten thousand hats! Made from her hands. Ten thouuuusaaannd of them! Isn't that amazing? I think her goal is hugely inspiring.

Robyn's goal isn't some pipe dream, either. She just finished her 1000th hat! And to commemorate this momentous occasion we teamed up to offer her 1000th hat pattern for free. 

Some of Robyn's hats have gone to friends, others to family and even more have gone to people in need. She is always finding ways to donate hats and you can read about her adventures in hat-giving on her website She Makes Hats. (I think you can even request a hand-made hat from her!) 

From this goal of 10,000 hats Robyn has developed an unmatched wealth of charity knitting knowledge. Talk to her one time and you can't avoid falling in love with her passion for giving! You can catch the bug and find charity crafting ideas to inspire you at MAKE | GIVE | REPEAT. Robyn posts new charities, patterns and yarn ideas almost daily and you're bound to find one to energize your giving goals.

She and I teamed up because the yarns we make here at Ewe Ewe are all easy care. Ewe So Sporty is a merino wool yarn meaning it isn't itchy and it holds its warmth even when wet. Ewe So Sporty is also a superwash yarn that can be tossed in the washer and dryer and it won't shrink! It's the perfect yarn for gift and charity giving.

Robyn's giving spirit has taken her on a journey that she hadn't anticipated when she first dreamed up her hat knitting goal and because of that she has named this new free pattern the Ripple Effect! I hope you'll knit it for yourself, for your friends and for a charity that you feel is worth of your time. Please enjoy the pattern!

Ripple Effect Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Quick decreases and an easy to remember pattern help make this hat perfect for charity knitting. The design works well for men and women, and for kids of all ages, which means you can donate your finished hats to a wide variety of charities. Each finished hat becomes a tiny drop in the ocean of change, creating a ripple effect of love.

Pattern Specs:

Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #125
Designed by Robyn Devine
Sizes: Child(Adult) 
Finished Measurements: 19(21) inches unstretched
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty, 145 yards, 
    2(2) skeins (Shown in 75 Sky Blue)
Needles: US 5 (3.5 mm) 16" circular knitting needle
    US 5 (3.5 mm) double-pointed needles
    OR US 5 (3.5 mm) circular needle for magic loop
Supplies: Stitch marker, darning needle
Gauge: 24 sts to 4" in garter stitch after blocking.

Using long tail method, CO 112 (128) sts. Place marker to join in the round being careful not to twist cast on stitches.

Rnd 1: *K2, P2; rep from * around.

Repeat Rnd 1 until hat measures 2" from CO edge. 

Rnd 1-2: *K1, P2, K1; rep from * around.

Rnd 3-4: *P2, K2; rep from * around.

Rnd 5-6: *K1, P2, K1; rep from * around.

Rnd 7-8: *K2, P2; rep from * around.

Rnd 9-10: *P1, K2, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 11-12: *P2, K2; rep from * around.

Rnd 13-14: *P1, K2, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 15-16: *K2, P2; rep from * around.

Child size: Work Rnds 1-16 three times total.

Adult size: Work Rnds 1-16 three times, then work Rnds 1-8 one more time.

Decrease hat as follows switching to double-pointed needles as necessary.

Rnd 1: *K2, P2tog; rep from * around.

Rnd 2: *K2, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 3: *K2tog, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 4: *K1, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 5: K2tog around.

Rnd 6: K2tog around.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Use darning needle to thread yarn through remaining sts. Pull yarn tight and secure. Weave in all ends.