Monday, November 17, 2008

Knit a Warm Hat for Charity

Kathy at Irisheyes Knitting Blog is asking knitters to make warm hats for adults and children. She requests that they also be beautiful. I interpret this to mean something nicer than just a plain hat. These hats will be donated to shelters in her area and should be mailed in by January 5, 2009. As a thank-you for helping, Kathy is offering several gorgeous skeins of yarn as prizes, courtesy of Anne at Wooly Wonka Fibers. Please read this post for all the details.

I really enjoy knitting hats, so I'm happy to help. I'm going to send her the Fiber Trends Swirls Hat I made a few weeks ago that ended up too small for me. It should fit a child nicely. Also, I've worked up a couple of adult hats to donate and will be knitting more as I find the time. Perhaps you'll join me.

Honeycomb Hat
Source: The Knitter's Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes
Yarn: Reynolds Lopi (100% Wool)
Needles: US 10, 16" Circular and DPNs

This hat is very warm with its double thick folded brim in a pretty honeycomb stitch pattern. I'd like one for myself, though I found out from knitting this one, that I'd have to go down a needle size or make some other adjustment, because it's just a tad too big for my head.


Foliage
by Emilee Mooney
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun (100% Wool)
Color: Salmon
Needles: US 7, 16" circular and DPNs; US 5, 16" circular

The pattern instructions for this top-down hat are written for two weights of yarn, either chunky or worsted. This worsted weight version fits me well and I really like the pretty lace leaf stitch. I don't know if a lace hat qualifies as warm, but I couldn't resist trying this pattern.

22 comments:

  1. I'll bet the lace is warm. Both hats are lovely and I hope you can make the honeycomb smaller for yourself. It's lovely!

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  2. Those hats are beautiful and I'm sure they will be so appreciated.

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  3. I love the salmon color. You hit the nail on the head with lovely knits. I like hat knitting as well. Every year I make several around Christmas time.

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  4. I just printed out the foliage patttern last week. I love the pretty leave pattern. The color is fantastic!
    Our church is also collecting warm winter items for the honeless shelter along with food and other items. I'm thinking hats too.

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  5. Your hats would definitely qualify for Kathy's project: they are beautiful. I tend to knit plain-Jane hats, even for myself. Perhaps, this is the challenge that I need to break out of that habit.

    Thanks for posting the link, and keep knitting beautiful items.

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  6. Beautiful hats. Odd that you'd post this today. You'll understand when you read my post. lol.

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  7. Both hats are just lovely! Some child will be lucky to get either one. What a worthy cause.

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  8. Wonderful project ~ beautiful hats!

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  9. Nice hats. I especially like the salmon-colored one.

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  10. I'm sure they're warm enough, and they are certainly pretty.

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  11. They're both very pretty, Tracy! Thanks for the link. I'll try and knit some in time for her cut-off date. The holidays are a busy time, but a hat is a fairly quick knit, and it's for a good cause.

    I especially like the second one. I think I'd like one of those for myself, too. :-)

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  12. Tracy

    You are a doll for posting about my charity hat drive. BOTH of the hats are lovely, very pretty. I hope you are a winner in my contest too!

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  13. Love the lace - it'll be plenty warm. Wool traps all that hot air . . .

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  14. What a great idea! I have some lovely Rowan Big Wool that I've used to knit hats for one of my daughters and her friends. I think I'll try to find the time to make a couple for the Irisheyes contest.

    I don't need any more yarn, but I really like the idea of making something new and nice to donate to a shelter.

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  15. I love your Foliage! That's on my Ravelry queue, and it might be getting bumped up!

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  16. I haven't tried knitting hats except for babies, so this lookslike a great time to start. Love the second hat, it certainly looks lovely

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  17. They're both really nice, but my favorite is the second one, the 'Foliage' one. The color is gorgeous! Another one for the to do list.

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  18. I love all your knitting. I'm with Yaya on this one...I am partial to the hat by Emile. You are a wonderful person to do all the charity knitting you do.

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  19. These hats are lovely! The lacey hat hat has such a juicy, happy color. And how good of you to pass them along. Thank for you letting us know about this good work...I'm off to read more. And wondering if I can get a hat knitted in time to send. We'll be away, and can't bring needles on the airline I'll be traveling...hhhmmm...Happy Day ((HUGS))

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  20. Your hats are beautiful.

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  21. I love the foliage one (although they are both beautiful). I saw someone else had done that hat and I really like it. I have a hat I can donate. I'll have to post about it and spread the word. Thanks for sharing! It always feels great to give!

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  22. This is a neat project! I am glad to see she only wants the very best. We should give that way with that heart. When someone is in need, the very best is more of a witness then not.

    Thanks for the post and bringing this challenge to light!

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy