Jan 18, 2010

Helping Haiti Hat Pattern

With all the struggles in Haiti, it can seem overwhelming to find a way to connect, to give help. Being a knitter, my first thought is always to knit something, but Haiti is a tropical enough country that woolens aren’t needed. What is needed is a long list of medicines, food, water, and supplies for shelters.

But because I’m a knitter, I wanted to come up with a small way to encourage other knitters to give. We knitters are a tremendously generous bunch, so I knew it wouldn’t take much – enter the Helping Haiti Hat Pattern.

This pattern, perfect for anyone who is ready to knit on circulars and is willing to test out their cabling skills (read: even a beginner can tackle this hat without much trouble!), is available for free to anyone who has donated money to help out the relief efforts in Haiti.

NOTE: For several years, I have sold this hat to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. I am now offering it up for free.


  • One set size US 8 / 5.0 mm circs 
  • One set size US 8 / 5.0 mm dpns
  •  One skein Paton’s Classic Wool in red 
  • One skein Paton's Classic Wool in blue 
  • Darning needle 
  • Three stitch markers in color A
  • One stitch marker in color B


4.5 stitches and 7 rows to the inch in stockinette


One size fits most.


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