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.

Book Review: She Makes Hats

My friend Robyn Devine has written a light and inspiring book about her journey as a knitter. Robyn began knitting about 15 years ago and never looked back. She didn't start small because it seems like small is not something she knows. Her second project was a huge blanket with hundreds of stitches. Then more blankets and a few attempts at sweaters.

With a decade of knitting under her belt and a new life settled in Omaha, Robyn was itching for a challenge. She set herself the goal of knitting 100 hats in a year which is pretty lofty. Two hats per week is a lot of knitting and takes a solid dose of perseverance.

She did it.

And she didn't stop there! Robyn turns to her knitting, the simple knits and purls, whenever she gets the chance. Her hats have grown into a lifelong project of charity donations. She's turning yarn into hats and in turn creating tangible love. Follow along on her journey through life, having children and finding new experiences through happy accidents in She Makes Hats

Buy She Makes Hats from Amazon >

Visit shemakeshats.com to follow more of Robyn's adventures. 

All the uplifting stories in her book inspired me to join her in her hat-making goals and that's why we partnered for our first Charity Hat-Along. Read more about how you can donate hats to charity.

Charity Hat-Along with Robyn Devine & Heather Walpole

Do you get inspired by people you read about? I do and I did in the case of Robyn Devine. A couple of years ago I read about her and her life goal to make 10,000 hats. Ten thousand of anything is a lot. Can you imagine knitting that many things let alone having them be all hats?! Nope!

But either way, I was inspired by her hats and her growing community of hat knitters. Robyn has built charities around hat donations for people in need. That's pretty rad. So not only is Robyn knitting tons of hats herself, she has enlisted an army of knitters to make even more hats. They donate hundreds of hats each year and I think it's pretty amazing!

Robyn has just written a book about her adventures as a hat knitter. She Makes Hats walks Robyn's journey as a hat knitter and weaves from one incredible story to the next. Her hats have touched so many lives that my inspiration grew with each chapter.

After reading her blog, shemakeshats.com for some time, I eventually met Robyn through social media and we hit it off. She likes Ewe Ewe and I told her how impressed I am by her lifelong charitable goal. We got to chatting and we decided to make a new charitable hat goal together! I am so excited to announce our first Hat-Along!

Let's make some hats! Lots and lots of hats. For the Charity Hat-Along with Robyn Devine & Heather Walpole we will be knitting, collecting and donating hats to the Nebraska Hats for Hope Initiative. Our goal is to collect 2000 hats! Can we do it? I hope you'll help!

There's more details on our press release, too. Take a look.

Robyn and I designed two new hat patterns just for the Charity Hat-Along. If you want to crochet then we have the Shanti Hat and if you're a knitter then try the Cottage Cap!

Shanti Hat free crochet pattern by Robyn Devine

Shanti Hat free crochet pattern by Robyn Devine

Cottage Cap free knitting pattern by Heather Walpole

Cottage Cap free knitting pattern by Heather Walpole

Cute! I like them both so much. The crochet Shanti Hat works up quickly and from the top down. The Cottage Cap on the other hand features a mistake rib which is easy for beginning knitters to master. Both hats feature Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn because it's the ultimate easy-care yarn. Wooly Worsted is soft, washable and comes in tons of bright colors so there's something for everyone. And, to support our Charity Hat-Along NobleKnits.com is offering 25% off Wooly Worsted yarn! Use code: CharityHAL at checkout.

I hope you'll join Robyn and me in making masses of hats for charity. Our Hat-Along starts today, May 1 and runs through the end of June. Now, hop on over to shemakeshats.com and check out Robyn's new book