Franzia Hat

November 9, 2015

The Franzia Hat is perfect for working up at a knit night, when you want to spend your time focused on friends and wine, rather than a complicated stitch pattern.

As said by the hat model, Amy, “Quick and dirty, like a box wine.”

NOTE: You should not need double pointed needles for this hat. Simply work the decreases until you can no longer knit them comfortably on the circular needles, and your hat is done! If you prefer, you can work a modified magic loop for the last few decrease stitches to have less to bind off, but this is not necessary.

Two skeins of Knit Picks Tuff Puff (100% wool; 44 yds / 40 meters per 100 grams)

US 11 / 8.0mm 16" circular needle
US 15 / 10.0mm 16” circular needle

One stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends

2.5 sts = 1" in stockinette on larger needles

child (adult) = 16 (18)” circumference, un-stretched.

Purchase this hat pattern on Raverly - $1 from every pattern purchase is given to refugee aide efforts.

Updating The Etsy Shop

October 30, 2015

In the past few weeks I've been slowly updating the She Makes Hats Shop, adding some new items along with old favorites. I'm using the shop as a way to send some much-needed items to the refugee efforts in Greece. I'll be taking $10 from each item sold, and using it to purchase and ship necessities like underwear, socks, sweatpants, sanitary napkins, toothbrushes, and more.

I'll continue to add items to the shop over the next few months, and I'd love for you to check out what I've got available. Hats are sized from newborns through adults, so you can shop for everyone on your holiday gift list!

I've also added the patterns I use for my shop items to the shop for purchase as well. This way, you don't have to purchase a hat from me if you know how to knit, and want to make a few hats yourself to gift this season! With patterns, I'll donate $1 from every sale to the Syrian refugee efforts, so you're still helping others with your purchase!

On top of all this, I've got a coupon code that'll give you 20% off any purchase from the shop all weekend long!! Simply enter the code SPOOKY20 at checkout to receive this discount, whether you're picking up a pattern, a cowl, a hat, or multiple items!!

Anthologie Scarf

October 22, 2015

Pattern: Anthologie Scarf, by Ewe Ewe Yarns
Yarn: Ewe So Sporty - five skeins, one each five different colors
Hook: 5.5mm / US I

Oh, hello there blog! I feel like I've forgotten you existed - has it really been a month? Does it make it worse that I shared this scarf on Instagram like three weeks ago? Probably. Let's not talk about it, and just move on.

I found myself with a large selection of Ewe So Sporty yarn in my stash, and I just kept looking at it. I know, it should have become hats. That just makes sense, doesn't it? But I'd just finished 1,000 hats, and wanted a break. (Who knew it would have lasted this long?!)

And so a quick and fun scarf found its way into my project bag - simple crochet stitches with a fun and unique construction means this scarf can be made by a beginner crocheter, but even someone who's been crocheting most of their life will find it a fun project. I whipped it up in just two (three?) days, we snapped some super fast photos in the back yard like two weeks later (I KNOW!), and then the weather warmed up so I couldn't even wear it until .... well, it's still too warm for scarves!

Let's pretend it's cold enough for scarves though, because I'm in love with this one!

Ripple Effect - The 1,000th Hat!!

September 22, 2015
Five years ago, at the end of August 2009, without much forethought or fanfare I started knitting hats. I had a goal of making 100 hats, using 100 patterns, in just one year. It felt daunting and totally out of reach to hit that goal, but by August 2010 I had finished my first 100 hats and had set a new goal. Ten thousand hats, for ten thousand people. One woman, some needles and yarn, and a mission to make the world warmer, one hat at a time.

It turns out that while making all these hats (and other knitted items for charity as well, let's be honest), I inadvertently gathered together a wealth of charity knitting knowledge - where to send items, which patterns (both free and for sale) are best for using on repeat, and more. Thanks to the amazing Heather of Ewe Ewe Yarn, I'm slowly pulling all this knowledge out. One post at a time, we're building the site MAKE | GIVE | REPEAT, creating a place for charity knitters to find patterns and places to send finished items, and hopefully also inspiring knitters who've never made something for charity to give it a try!

To celebrate these small, simple acts of kindness, and hitting a pretty big milestone on my way to 10,000, I partnered with Heather and wrote the Ripple Effect pattern. It looks complex, but it's actually just a few repeating rows that you can memorize pretty easily. And with just knit and purl stitches to contend with, this hat is perfect for a beginner knitter to dip their toes into hat making.I hope you'll knit it for yourself, for your friends and for a charity that you feel is worth of your time.

You can download the pattern for free on Ravelry, and you can also find the pattern shared for free on the Ewe Ewe blog!


September 21, 2015
I can't even begin to explain what it feels like to be sharing my 1,000th hat tomorrow. Instead, I'm going to just share some of the first 999 hats that have been made here in my little house. Hats made before we had babies. Hats made in the hospital while staring at brand new babies. Hats given to friends and family. Hats sent all around the world.





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