Easy Knit Hat for Charitable Giving

My latest design — a modification of an earlier pattern for children, now sized for adults and teens.

Orange HatThis is a super-simple,quick-to-knit pattern I designed specifically for charitable giving. My church has a “giving tree” each year at Christmas, and items donated there are distributed to those who visit the food bank. Over the year, I try to knit up several hats for this project, and they go quickly.

This one is so bright and fun, I expect it will be popular. The yarn I used was Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, and while I prefer to use machine washable yarns for charitable giving, this one distinctly is not superwash. However, adults are less likely to need to wash their hats, so I decided to take a chance.

Besides, the yarn was given to me by a relative who has given up knitting and was clearing out her stash. This seemed like a good use for it.

I added a pompom by creating my own pompom maker. I learned something in the process — don’t add the different colors in layers, or you’ll end up with stripes, like I did. I liked the look well enough to keep it, but it’s not a traditional multi-color pompom.

Making a pompom is easy, although I need to learn a better way to attach it. This one doesn’t feel very secure.

You can download the pattern here or find it on Ravelry as “Millie’s Kids’ Cap for Adults.”


Red and White Toque

Red ToqueI suppose you never can have too many hats…at least that’s my excuse for making so many. Also, they make great gifts, so having some handy when you need them is a good idea.

This one may not make it in the gift pile for two reasons: one, I didn’t realize the yarn I chose (Barisienne by Bergere de France) is an acrylic yarn, something I really don’t like to knit with, and two, I’d forgotten that somewhere along the line, and fairly recently, my dominant side with stranded knitting switched from my right to my left side, so the white doesn’t “pop” like I’d like it to.

Still, the shape of the hat is really cute, and the red is nice and bright. For that matter, the white is bright, too, making this a cheerful hat for a gloomy winter’s day. But acrylic…just not what I want to put my time into…not as warm. It will probably never wear out, however.

This might be a good charity hat. I believe in giving attractive hats, mittens and scarves to charity, and I’m being pretty picky about the dominant color thing. The hat is still good looking. I also believe in giving machine washable goods with charitable giving. Most of the people I’ve given to have few, if any, hand wash only garments, and would have no idea how to care for them, nor would they want the bother.

The only thing left is a little pompom for the top, if I can figure out how to make one without a pompom maker. I know it’s easy, I just haven’t done it before.


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