Last week, I (finally) got to share more information about Lion Brand’s celebration of Yarn Heroes. It was tough keeping it under wraps for weeks, but, after all, that’s what us Yarn Heroes have to do sometimes!
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As you may have guessed, I had a wee bit of funny dressing up as Yarn Hero Underground Crafter a few weeks ago. (That’s right, I don’t have a special super hero name. Because I’m already a super hero, crafting in the subways, no matter how crowded they are!)
I aimed for my best Christopher Reeve as Superman “up, up and away” pose (with the addition of a crochet hook, of course), and I wore some of my favorite Lion Brand projects (all of which are available as free crochet patterns): the Not Too Fussy Cap, the Layers of Texture Infinity Scarf, and the Triplet Ripple Baby Blanket (which was pretty awesome as a cape).
Besides providing myself with some entertainment on a chilly afternoon, this photo was a reminder of the joy that our handiwork can provide to others.
My newsletters subscribers know that last weekend, I went through my crochet and knitting projects from the last year to find some that were suitable for donation.I found a lot more than a few and spent a good part of the morning boxing these up to mail off to trusted charities.
If shipping donations is outside of your budget, be sure to check out these four tips for finding local charities to support with handmade donations. Each month in my charity spotlight series, I highlight a charity that accepts and distributions handmade gifts, along with a free crochet pattern. Earlier this month, I shared the Not Too Fussy Cap in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn, which was designed for donation to Christmas at Sea.
Today’s free crochet pattern is the super bulky big brother (or sister) to that hat and it’s great for donating to Hats for the Homeless. Made in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, it’s a quick, last minute project so you can use your crochet super powers to provide some warmth this holiday season with a handmade donation to Hats for the Homeless.
About Hats for the Homeless
Hats for the Homeless distributes warm hats, gloves, and scarves to homeless people in my hometown of New York City every year during the weekend before Christmas at the St. Francis Xavier Soup Kitchen in Chelsea (the neighborhood where I attended junior high school). As you might imagine, winters in New York City can be brutally cold, and even more so for those living on the streets.
Hats for the Homeless collects donations of new and handmade hats, scarves, and gloves throughout the year. Donations can be mailed to the address listed on the website. You are also encouraged to host a drive to collect new and handmade items for donation. More details can be found here.
Tips for Making Winter Accessories to Donate to Homeless People
Whether you plan to mail your donation to Hats for the Homeless or distribute your gifts locally, keep in mind these tips.
- Choose dark colors to hide dirt between washings.
- Avoid novelty yarns, metallic threads, or embellishments. Gender neutral colors allow the wearer to blend in to their surroundings without drawing too much attention to themselves. This is especially important for safety reasons for homeless people who live in the streets.
- When possible, use easy care yarns that can be machine washed and dried when facilities are available. Label projects made with wool in case the recipient has allergies.
- Weave in ends securely to ensure your projects are sturdy and don’t unravel with heavy wear and washing.
- Use dense stitch patterns without eyelets or lace for maximum warmth. Hats should be long enough to cover the ears and scarves should be wide enough to cover the neck before wrapping.
If you’re looking for more projects to make for Hats for the Homeless, try the Under the Bridge Hat, another Underground Crafter free crochet pattern.
You can check this post for updates throughout the Yarn Heroes campaign, or you can subscribe to my weekly email list. I’ll include links to the latest Yarn Heroes patterns and giveaways each week (and you’ll also get access to the other goodies that I share exclusively with my subscribers).
Spoiler alert: I’ll be sharing a giveaway for the yarn you’ll need to make this pattern next week, courtesy of the generous folks at Lion Brand.
And, don’t forget…
- Get $5 off any $20 or above yarn purchases for charity crafting at LionBrand.com through December 15, 2016 with coupon code YARNHEROES2016.
- Use the hashtag #YarnHeroes if you share your version of one of the featured projects (or any project you make for charity) on social media.
- Lion Brand is on the lookout for 4 Yarn Heroes who will each win $250 in yarn for the charity of their choice. You can learn more about how to share your story and enter here.
If you make your own Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version), I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Don’t forget to use hashtag #YarnHeroes if you make one for charity!
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Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version)
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
Like the medium weight version, this unisex beanie has just enough texture to keep things interesting but not enough to make it “fussy” for the wearer. This hat is designed to meet the donation requirements for Hats for The Homeless, an organization that distributes winter accessories to New York City’s homeless population, and as part of Lion Brand’s celebration of Yarn Heroes.
- Newborn (0-3 Months, Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Large). Photographed sample is size Teen/Adult Small.
- Newborn: 11” (28 cm) hat circumference, 5” (13 cm) length.
- 0-3 Months: 13.5” (34.5 cm) hat circumference, 6” (15.5 cm) length.
- Toddler: 15.75” (40 cm) hat circumference, 6.75” (17 cm) length.
- Child: 18” (46 cm) hat circumference, 7.5” (19 cm) length.
- Teen/Adult Small: 20.5” (52 cm) hat circumference, 8” (20.5 cm) length.
- Adult Large: 22.75” (58 cm) hat circumference, 9” (23 cm) length.
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn (80% acrylic/20% wool, 6 oz/170 g/106 yd/97 m) – 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) in 506 Blackstone, or approximately 106 (106, 106, 106, 212, 212) yd/97 (97, 97, 97, 184, 184) m in any super bulky weight yarn.
- US Size L-11/8 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- Locking stitch marker (optional).
- Through Rnd 4 in pattern = 3.5” (9 cm) diameter. For best fit, always check your gauge.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- BL – back loop only
- ch – chain
- ea – each
- hdc – half double crochet
- rep – repeat
- Rnd(s) – Round(s)
- sc – single crochet
- sc2tog – single crochet 2 sts together (decrease) – (Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop) twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops.
- slst – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- Hat is worked in rounds with the right side facing.
- Place optional stitch marker in last st of Rnd and move up ea Rnd.
- Starting at crown, ch 4, skip 3 ch, join with slst to first ch to form ring.
- Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join with slstBL to first sc. (8 sts)
- Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), slstBL in same st, (hdcBL, slstBL) in ea st around, join with slst to top of ch 2. (16 sts)
- Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in first st, *scBL in next st, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around, join with slstBL to first sc. (24 sts)
- Rnd 4: Ch 2, slstBL in same st, hdcBL in next st, slstBL in next st, *(hdcBL, slstBL) in next st, hdcBL in next st, slstBL in next st; rep from * around, join with slst to top of ch 2. (32 sts) NEWBORN SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 10.
- Rnd 5: Ch 1, starting in first st, *scBL in next 3 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around, join with slstBL to first sc. (40 sts) 0-3 SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 11.
- Rnd 6: Ch 2, slstBL in same st, (hdcBL in next st, slstBL in next st) twice, *(hdcBL, slstBL) in next st, (hdcBL in next st, slstBL in next st) twice; rep from * around, join with slst to top of ch 2. (48 sts) TODDLER SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 10.
- Rnd 7: Ch 1, starting in first st, *scBL in next 5 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around, join with slstBL to first sc. (56 sts) CHILD SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 11.
- Rnd 8: Ch 2, slstBL in same st, (hdcBL in next st, slstBL in next st) 3 times, *(hdcBL, slstBL) in next st, (hdcBL in next st, slstBL in next st) 3 times; rep from * around, join with slst to top of ch 2. (64 sts) TEEN/ADULT SMALL SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 10.
- Rnd 9: Ch 1, starting in first st, *scBL in next 7 sts, 2 scBL in next st; rep from * around, join with slstBL to first sc. (72 sts) ADULT LARGE SIZE ONLY: Continue to Rnd 11.
- Rnd 10: Ch 1, starting in first st, scBL in ea st around, join with slstBL to first sc.
- Rnd 11: Ch 2, slstBL in next st, *hdcBL in next st, slstBL in next st; rep from * around, join with slst to top of ch 2.
- Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 10.
- Rep Rnds 11-12 until hat measures approximately 4.5” (5.5”, 6.25”, 7”, 7.5”, 8.5”)/10 cm (14 cm, 16 cm, 18 cm, 19 cm, 21.5 cm) from crown, ending after Rnd 11.
- Rnd 13: Ch 1, starting in first st, *scBL in next 6 (8, 10, 12, 14, 16) sts, sc2togBL; rep from * around, join with slstBL to first sc. Fasten off. – 28 (36, 44, 52, 60, 68) sts
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/2016/11/23/free-pattern-not-too-fussy-cap-super-bulky-version. Thanks for supporting indie designers!