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Re:Hats for the Homeless

From: Mary, a.k.a: s.
Sent on: Monday, January 18, 2010 12:51 AM
Hi knitters -

here's a topic we discussed two weeks ago at Peet's - Lori's Hats for the Homeless project.  Lori's original message is below & gives a useful pattern for knitting hats for donation. 

I surprised myself by knitting three hats over the weekend using Lori's suggested pattern.  Yes -- three!  They are that quick to knit.  I'll bring them Wednesday for show & tell, but I think I promised to post a link to the pattern to explain the idea &  encourage more knitters to join in in making this donation.  So read on & try knitting a hat for charity between now & our next Peet's meetup on Feb 3

good knitting to ya, see you soon
- spinnity / mary / organizer

--- On 10/08/2009, Lori  wrote:
I am organizing a project to knit hats for the homeless, specifically for Southwest Chicago PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). I chose this group because 1) my in-laws work with this shelter so I've confirmed that PADS would like hats and know they will be distributed and 2) Chicago is cold, cold, cold so warm hats are needed.

The Pro Bono hat pattern by Angelina of is a great hat pattern to use, partly because it's free. It calls for bulky yarn (3-4 stitches per inch), but I am currently knitting it with two strands of worsted weight so your left-over worsted weights are good to use too. Wool or acrylic...the fiber doesn't matter. Pro Bono is a simple 2x2 rib, which is easy to knit, and the resulting hat is stretchy and will fit many heads. If you're not using a one-size-fits-all type pattern, my father-in-law says "Our guests tend to have big heads as they don't get regular haircuts so would suggest bigger sizes would be better than smaller ones." I never would have thought about that!

So if you'd like to knit a hat or two, please do. I don't have a cut-off date for this project (yet) so I'll plan to collect them at meetups and send them when I get good amount together.

Thank you!

Lori Bator

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