Charity Hat-Along: Did you win the giveaway?

Charity Hats!

Look at all those hats! This is just a portion that arrived during our Charity Hat-Along knitting and crochet drive. We made 500 hats for kids. 500! I am overwhelmed and so excited by the knitting community. 

Our original goal was to collect 2,000 hats during the two month drive but I'm now realizing that may have been a bit unrealistic for our first charitable event. I am so pleased with these 500 hats and our goal is still to reach a total of 2,000 hats for Completely Kids. Since it's not even (not in the tiniest bit!) hat weather Robyn and I have decided to continue accepting donations until we reach our goal. We're a quarter of the way there! 

I'll do some monthly posts and some fun ideas to keep you knitting through these summer months. But, once the kids go back to school and the weather turns cooler I know your needles will be clicking together in the carpool line and hopefully you'll make us another hat! 

I'm going to rename these last two months and call it our Charity Hat-Along kickoff. We collected a ton of hats for kids who really need them and for that Robyn and I want to say thank you! We put together a little giveaway and five lucky winners have been announced on shemakeshats.com. See if you won! 

Wooly Worsted yarn giveaway

Keep knitting your Cottage Caps and make sure you crochet a Shanti Hat or three. Pick up a copy of She Makes Hats and be sure to try Wooly Worsted yarn! We'll be back with more info about the Charity Hat-Along and I'll be sure to update our totals as we collect more hats.

Start wrapping up your hats!

Two Cottage Caps knit by Robyn

Two Cottage Caps knit by Robyn

I can't believe it but our Charity Hat-Along is in its final weeks. I've been amazed by the support of the knitting community! Women have come up to me at my LYS to say they've made a few hats. My mom called and says she has some on the needles. One woman even handed me a big bag of hats with scarves to match. Unbelievable! Thank you!

Now it's time to start sending those finished Cottage Caps and Shanti Hats to Robyn. We have a goal of collecting 2,000 hats by June 30 and I really hope we meet it. Remember that there's a giveaway, too! Tag each hat you mail in with your name and email address. You'll be entered one time for each hat and we're giving away five prize packs! There's a handy printable page of tags here.

A huge delivery of Charity Hat-Along hats!

A huge delivery of Charity Hat-Along hats!

So now's the time to cast off those hats and mail them to us. We appreciate any hats you can send us and thank you for support you've given!

Send completed hats (with tags!) to:

Robyn Devine
Charity Hat-Along
PO Box 6093
Omaha, NE 68106

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.

Free Crochet Pattern: Shanti Hat

Meet the Shanti Hat! Isn't it cute? It's a free pattern just for our Charity Hat-Along and it's a great basic crochet hat pattern. Add stripes, try a pompom, pick your favorite colors!  The more the merrier, right? We are in our second month of the Charity Hat-Along and it's going really well. We have collected a few hundred hats but we still need more! Robyn and I have set a goal of 2,000 hats for children in need and we would LOVE to see that happen! The Shanti Hat is our free crochet hat pattern designed by Robyn just for the charity drive. It's a great hat that fits well and comes in four sizes! 

For this charity drive we are requesting hats for children. We're donating them to Completely Kids and their focus is children living at or below the poverty line. These hats can help keep them warm when maybe their families can't afford new clothes every winter. That means bigger hats are better! Focus on making the medium and large size hats because they're stretchy and will be able to fit a growing kid for years to come. 

Don't forget to download tags and label each hat for a chance to win the Charity Hat-Along giveaway! More details on that here. Send your completed hats by June 30, 2014 to:

Robyn Devine
Charity Hat-Along
PO Box 6093
Omaha, NE 68106

Now, let's make some hats! 

Shanti Hat Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Here's the specs:

Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #120
Designed by Robyn Devine
Sizes: Preemie (Baby, Medium, Large)
Measurements: 12(14, 18, 22) inches around
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Wooly Worsted Washable, 95 yards,
   Preemie: 1 skein
   Baby: 1 skein
   Medium: 2 skeins
   Large: 2 skeins (Sapphire shown)
Crochet Hook: Size K/10.5 6.5 mm
Supplies: Darning needle
Gauge: 14 dc over 4".

Download the Shanti Hat here!

Free Knitting Pattern: Cottage Cap Easy Hat Pattern

Cottage Cap Free Knitting Pattern

The Charity Hat-Along is in full swing. As we enter our second month we have collected a few hundred hats but we still need more! Robyn and I have set a goal of 2,000 hats for children in need and we would LOVE to see that happen! The Cottage Cap is our free hat knitting pattern that I developed for the charity drive. It's a great hat for beginners since it's just knitting and purling, nothing tricky! But it's also a fun knit for a more experienced knitter. Try the Cottage Cap today!

For this charity drive we are requesting hats for children. We're donating them to Completely Kids and their focus is children living at or below the poverty line. These hats can help keep them warm when maybe their families can't afford new clothes every winter. That means bigger hats are better! Focus on making the medium and large size hats because they're stretchy and will be able to fit a growing kid for years to come. 

Don't forget to download tags and label each hat for a chance to win the Charity Hat-Along giveaway! More details on that here. Send your completed hats by June 30, 2014 to:

Robyn Devine
Charity Hat-Along
PO Box 6093
Omaha, NE 68106

Now, let's make some hats! 

Cottage Cap Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Here's the specs:

Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #121
Designed by Heather Walpole
Sizes: Baby (Small, Medium, Large)
Finished measurements: 15(17, 21, 23)" around
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Wooly Worsted Washable, 95 yards,
   Baby: 1 skein
   Small: 1 skein
   Medium: 2 skeins (Shown in Soft Sage)
   Large: 2 skeins
Needles: US 8 16" circular knitting needles
   US 8 double-pointed knitting needles
Supplies: Stitch marker, yarn needle
Gauge: 20 sts to 4" in st st.

Charity Hat-Along: Let's make hats!

I introduced our Charity Hat-Along last week and I'm happy to say we are collecting hats! Robyn and I have a goal of collecting 2,000 hats for Completely Kids, an Omaha non-profit that serves kids between preschool and middle school who live at or below the poverty line. This means these children and their families can't afford to buy them warm clothes for the winter. That's where we come in, let's knit up a storm and warm up these kids!

Charity Hat-Along

What do I do? Where do I start?

Well, thanks for asking! We're happy to have you on board. Robyn and I have designed two free patterns for the Hat-Along, one knitting and one crochet. Both are fun to work and great for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels.

Download the Shanti Hat PDF here or on Ravelry.

Download the Cottage Cap PDF here or on Ravelry.


What yarn should I use?

I'd love it if you try my Wooly Worsted yarn for your hats! Wooly Worsted is the perfect yarn for charity donations because it's soft and comfortable, warm and washable. Plus, it comes in a big rainbow of colors that any kid would love. 

We've partnered with NobleKnits Yarn Shop for the Charity Hat-Along and they're offering a great discount on Wooly Worsted yarn just for you! Fill up your cart with Wooly Worsted, enter the code CHARITYHAL (not case-sensitive) at check out and receive 25% off the yarn! Thanks, NobleKnits! 


Awesome! I made hats, now what?

Print out a CharityHAL tag and pin it to each hat. You'll be entered one time in the giveaway for each hat you tag! I made a nice little sheet so that you can print out a bunch of tags at once. Be sure to include your full name and your email address on each tag.

Once you've made your hats and tagged them it's time to send them to us. Wrap them up and send them along to: 

Robyn Devine
Charity Hat-Along
PO Box 6093
Omaha, NE 68106


You mentioned a giveaway?

I did! Robyn and I are giving away five prize bundles to five lucky winners! With each hat you tag you have the chance to win:

Good things to keep in mind

We're making hats for kids so while it's fun to make baby hats and the patterns are sized for them, please stick to making most of your donations in the larger sizes. Also, while I would love for you to use Wooly Worsted yarn I understand that we're all knitters and we have a stashes larger than we care to admit. Please, feel free to use any yarn as long as it's easy-care. You also don't need to use our patterns. Make hats you like to make and enjoy the idea of giving.

Follow along!

I'll be posting regular updates about the Charity Hat-Along here on my blog. 

Check out my Instagram and twitter: @eweeweyarns

Follow Robyn's blog (which is excellent). Plus Instagram and twitter: @shemakeshats 

Be sure to tag your projects #CharityHAL. We love to see what you've made!