CHARITY HAT-ALONG 2014

Project Run Dates: May 1 - Nov 1 2014
Total Hats Collected: 500 (as of 9/3/2014)


I'm so excited to announce that in celebration of the She Makes Hats book launch, Heather of Ewe Ewe Yarn and I are joining up for a Charity Hat-Along, collecting 2,000+ hats for Completely Kids! There's a knit hat pattern, a crochet hat pattern, a hashtag, and a fun giveaway, and the whole party will last through May and June!

THE CHARITY:

We'll be sending 2,000 hats to Completely Kids, a non-profit local to Omaha that serves 2,000+ kids between preschool and middle school that live at or below the poverty line through Out-of-School Time and Family Strengthening programs in communities where they live. These kids live in my neighborhood, walking to school in the winter without hats and coats because their families can't afford to buy them. The fact that this many kids in my city live in poverty breaks my heart, and while I can't raise every family's income level, I can help provide warm hats.

THE PATTERNS:

The Shanti Hat  is a crochet hat pattern featuring sizes for preemie through adult, and is perfect for crocheters of any skill level.

 

The Cottage Cap is a knitting pattern featuring a broken rib design, and is great for first-time hat makers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUGGESTED YARN:

While you can certainly make your Charity HAL hats from any yarn you have on-hand, Heather is partnering up with Noble Knits to bring a great discount on Ewe Ewe Washable Worsted for those who want to use that yarn for their hats! Simply load your Noble Knits cart up with Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted and enter the code CHARITYHAL (not case sensitive) at check-out to receive a 25% discount!

SEND YOUR HATS TO:

When you finish your hats, simply send them along to me at:

Robyn Devine
Charity Hat-Along
PO Box 6093
Omaha, NE 68106

I'll share regular updates that include photos of the hats I've received!

THE GIVEAWAY:

NOTE: THE GIVEAWAY RAN DURING THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THE CHARITY HAT-ALONG, AND IS NOW CLOSED.

When you send your hats to me, be sure to tag each hat with your full name and e-mail address to be entered into the giveaway. Heather created these Charity HAL hat tags for you to use to make it super easy! Simply click on the link and print as many sheets as you need! For each tagged hat, you are entered to win one of five prizes! Each prize includes: A copy of my new book, She Makes Hats Two skeins of Wooly Worsted from Ewe Ewe Yarns A stitch marker set from Wine Maker's Sister plus a few extras!

SHARE YOUR HATS:

As you whip hats off your hooks and needles, be sure to snap a photo and use the hashtag #CharityHAL on Instagram so we know you're participating! I'll be re-gramming finished hats often to the She Makes Hats instagram feed as well! Follow along with me on Instagram || @shemakeshats Follow along with Heather on Instagram || @eweeweyarns

FAQ
Q: Do we have to use the patterns/yarn you've suggested, both for donation and to be entered in the giveaway?

A: Nope! While both Heather and I love the idea of thousands of hats being made using her amazing yarn and our fun patterns, we also know not everyone has the funds to buy new yarn for this project, and many folks have patterns they prefer to use for charity donation. I've also received a few notes from folks who had hats all ready to be shipped out for this project that were made using different yarn, and they were concerned they wouldn't be able to send them. Make the hats you're most comfortable making - the ultimate goal is and will always be to get hats to folks who need them! If you choose to use the yarn/patterns suggested, we'd love that, but it will never be a requirement!  

Q: What size hats do you prefer for the Charity HAL?

 A: Because the kiddos Completely Kids works with are mostly elementary and junior high school age, we'd love it if you could make larger sized hats. By the time a kid is around eight years old, they are able to wear adult sized hats without too much trouble, so if you're using the Shanti Hat or Cottage Cap patterns, go ahead and make the medium or large sizes. If you're using other patterns, be sure to make the sizes for kids, teens and/or adults.

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