Check out this free knitting pattern from reader Ginny to create a beautiful hat for charity
A few years back, I published a post about donating yarn. I confessed that I’ve never donated yarn and that I have no intention of doing so in the near future.
I’m sorry to say that this remains true to this day. (*buries face in hands*)
This confession, however, at least reassured me that I’m not alone. Many readers wrote to me admitting they never donate yarn either. Many other readers wrote and told me exactly when and where they did donate yarn.
I was so glad to hear that so many knitters and crocheters were more than making up for my failings by their generosity!
One reader who shared about her donations went one step beyond. Here’s what Ginny Jovanovich wrote to me:
“Inherited large amounts of yarn from family members. Finding this local Wisconsin based charity wanting brightly colored knit hats for children was a perfect way to make good use of my overflowing stash of worsted yarn:
Hearts in Unity.
“Their mission is to feed, clothe and educate the orphan and at risk children of Tanzania.”
She went on to tell me that she had her own special pattern for a hat for charity that she would be willing to share with me and my readers, if I so desired. Of course, I very much did!
For more fabulous free hat knitting patterns, take a look at the Hats Category of my Free Knitting Patterns!
The perfect pattern: a beautiful hat for charity
Ginny sent me this amazing photo of the 60 (60!!) hats she knitted with this pattern and then sent to Hearts in Unity. She told me, “Love knitting these small projects. Finding this a great way to try out new stitch patterns and making good use of small amounts of yarn.”
She added, “[This photo] shows the endless color combinations one could use to give each recipient one of a kind hat.”
I hope by now you’re really eager for this pattern! Here it is.
Note: if you’ve seen this pattern before August 10, 2017, a correction has been made to the tuck stitch rounds. Round 6 should end with a k 4 down, and round 11 should end with k2.
Ginny’s Cluster Stitch Hat Pattern
This hat for charity features knitted rounds of stockinette stitch with one row of tuck stitches that incorporates a color change and adds texture.
Worsted weight yarn #4, three different colors (signified by A, B, and C)
Size 7 (4.50mm) or 8 (5mm) double pointed needles
st=stitch, k=knit, p=purl, rd=round,
Tuck stitch pattern:
knit 4 down by unraveling st down 4 rds, inserting right needle in the front of the 5th st and knit, capturing the 4 unraveled rds behind the stitch.
1. Using color A: cast on 72 stitches, (24 on each needle, if using 3 DPNs)
Mark the beginning of the round.
(I use the tail from cast on to mark beginning)
Join in the round, making sure the cast on sts don’t twist.
Work rib pattern of k2, p2 for 8 to 10 rds, or approximately 1 1/2″ to 2″.
2. Switch to color B.
Rounds 1-5: knit
3. Switch to color C.
Round 6: K3, *knit 4 down, K3, repeat from * to last stitch, k 4 down.
Rounds 7-10: Knit
4. Switch to color A.
Round 11: K1, *k 4 down, K3, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2.
Rounds 12-15: knit
5. Switch to color C.
Round 16: Repeat rd 6
Rounds 17-20: Knit
6. Switch to color B
Round 21: Repeat rd 11
Rounds 22-25: Knit
7. Switch to color A
Round 26: Repeat rd 6
Knit rounds of stockinette until piece measures 6 to 7 1/2″ from cast-on edge.
8. Dec rows for the crown of hat
*K7, k2tog, repeat from *
Knit 1 rd
*K6, k2 tog, repeat from*
Knit 1 rd
*K5, k2 tog, repeat from*
Knit 1 rd
Continue dec rds in this manner until 8 stitches remain.
Draw yarn through final 8 sts and weave in the ends.
Huge thanks to Ginny for a wonderful hat pattern. What do you think? What might you use this particular pattern for?