Free pattern: Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version) in 6 Sizes

Free crochet pattern: Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version in 6 sizes) in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 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 4 The Homeless, an organization that distributes handmade winter accessories to New York City’s homeless population, and as part of Lion Brand’s celebration of #YarnHeroes
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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Free crochet pattern: Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version in 6 sizes) in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 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 4 The Homeless, an organization that distributes handmade winter accessories to New York City’s homeless population, and as part of Lion Brand’s celebration of #YarnHeroes 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.Free crochet pattern: Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version in 6 sizes) in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 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 4 The Homeless, an organization that distributes handmade winter accessories to New York City’s homeless population, and as part of Lion Brand’s celebration of #YarnHeroesI found a lot more than a few and spent a good part of the morning boxing these up to mail off to trusted charities.
Free crochet pattern: Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version in 6 sizes) in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 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 4 The Homeless, an organization that distributes handmade winter accessories to New York City’s homeless population, and as part of Lion Brand’s celebration of #YarnHeroesIf 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.

Shop for Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn at your favorite retailer! LeisureArts | Craftsy | Jo-Ann | Michaels | Amazon

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.

Free crochet pattern: Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version in 6 sizes) in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 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 4 The Homeless, an organization that distributes handmade winter accessories to New York City’s homeless population, and as part of Lion Brand’s celebration of #YarnHeroes

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.

Under the Bridge Hat, free #crochet pattern in 6 sizes by Underground CrafterAbout the Yarn Heroes

Free crochet pattern: Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version in 6 sizes) in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 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 4 The Homeless, an organization that distributes handmade winter accessories to New York City’s homeless population, and as part of Lion Brand’s celebration of #YarnHeroesYou 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

Free crochet pattern: Not Too Fussy Cap (Super Bulky Version in 6 sizes) in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 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 4 The Homeless, an organization that distributes handmade winter accessories to New York City’s homeless population, and as part of Lion Brand’s celebration of #YarnHeroes

02-easy 50US terms 506-superbulkyLike 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.

Finished Sizes

  • 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.

Materials

  • 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.

Shop for Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn at your favorite retailer! LeisureArts | Craftsy | Jo-Ann | Michaels | Amazon

  • US Size L-11/8 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Locking stitch marker (optional).

Gauge

  • 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.

Pattern Notes

  • Hat is worked in rounds with the right side facing.
  • Place optional stitch marker in last st of Rnd and move up ea Rnd.

Pattern Instructions

Hat

  • 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

Finishing

  • 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/blog/2016/11/23/free-pattern-not-too-fussy-cap-super-bulky-version. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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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2012 Year in Review: Charity projects and crafting for a cause

This year, I donated more projects and patterns to charity (and causes) than I have for quite a long time.

I started off 2012 by making 6″ granny squares.  I sent off 40 to Binky Patrol in May as part of the Crochetlist charity challenge.

26 6″ granny squares.

In June, I hosted the charity challenge for Crochetlist on behalf of Bideawee‘s Manhattan Adoption Center.  I created a pattern e-book, 30 Purrfect Stitches for Pet Blankets, and I donate all of the profits from its sale to animal welfare organizations.  So far, I’ve raised over $180 for Bideawee and the Humane Society of New York!

I also collected about 70 pet blankets for Bideawee.

In August, my very first knitting pattern was published in support of the 2013 Knotty Knitters for Autism calendar.  You can read my interview with Marsha Cunningham, the organizer, here.  (And calendars are still available for sale here.)

In the fall, I made two hats and also donated a scarf to the Hats 4 the Homeless drive hosted by Lion Brand Yarn Studio.

The Studio’s November window was all about crafting for charity.

This year, I made a strong effort to destash.  In addition to using up yarn for new charity projects, this also meant rummaging through my bins for existing projects and yarn to donate.  In September, I donated a bunch of yarn to the Roosevelt Yarnies and Knitters and Crocheters Care.

And in December, I mailed off 6 hats, 5 scarves, and 2 cowls I crocheted in years gone by to the Oyate Teca Project, a charity I found through the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.  I also included this wool scarf I made in 2012.

I sent out a very big bear I crocheted in 2008 to a drive for the children of Newtown, CT that I read about on FreshStitches.

I’m not sure why I crocheted an enormous bear (other than because I wanted to try out the pattern at the time), but I’m hopeful that he’s found a better home than squished into a plastic bin in my apartment.

I also packed up 60 (!) granny squares to send to Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge.  These included the charity squares I made as part of the second Year of Projects and a bunch of squares I found hiding in a yarn bin during the summer.  I will mail these out by the end of the week.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up this much charity crafting next year (especially since a many of my donations were actually crocheted years ago), but I’m glad I was able to help out this much in 2012.

I also started a Pinterest board of charities that accept handmade donations, in case you are looking for places to donate.

Do you have a favorite crochet or knit charity or charity project?

FO Friday and I Love Yarn Day!

I’m excited to be participating in another I Love Yarn Day on my blog!  To celebrate, I’m sharing some charity projects and showing off some of my recent yarn acquisitions.

Finished charity projects

I’ve been working on some charity projects with stash yarn for the Hats 4 the Homeless drive at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.

Men’s hat and child’s hat.

I had plans for more creative (read: flashy) hats, but then I remembered these guidelines on the Bridge and Beyond blog about donating handmade hats to homeless people:

Choose colors that don’t show the dirt, that are appropriate for the group you’re donating too.  Wild colors, bold stripes aren’t a good choice for homeless people…  Homeless [people] don’t like to call attention to themselves with wild colors.  Dark colors work for everyone, kids, teens, women, and men.  Light colors limit who can benefit from your warm hat.

With that in mind, I pulled out the charcoal yarns and went work.  I made both hats very bulky and warm so they will provide a little extra protection in harsh weather.  I’m also planning to make some scarves before the drop off deadline.

Yummy yarn stuff

When I wrote my post for I Love Yarn Day last year, I was already thinking about thinning out my stash.  This year I’ve been participating in Surmount the Stash and I started my own Holiday Stashdown Challenge, and I’ve made a lot of progress towards reducing my stash and increasing the proportion of natural fibers in my collection.  I’m not even going to enter the I Love Yarn Day contest where you can win 365 skeins of yarn.  Last year, I wouldn’t have been able to pass it up.  So what changed?

One of my best friends and I took part in the 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge with Frugally Sustainable in January.  As New York natives working in the public/non-profit sector and watching prices rise astronomically, we are always worried about our finances.

My frugality is still a work in progress – there is much that I haven’t changed yet – but I have been pretty good about keeping a 30-Day List.  Last weekend was the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival and the New York City Yarn Crawl, and I’ve been planning for months to go wild.

The yarn and roving I bought at the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival.

From top to bottom: Yarn Monkey Productions SuperSaki in Aella and in Anastasia, Studio Donegal Soft Donegal in Charcoal and Dark Red, and Ivy Brambles Romantica Merino Lace in Night Sky and Hand Dyed Merino Roving in Harvest Festival. I only had time to visit three of the ten yarn shops participating in the New York City Yarn Crawl last weekend.  (After all, I was in New Jersey for two days for the Festival!) My first stop was (of course) my favorite NYC yarn shop, Knitty City, where I picked up two skeins of madelinetosh tosh vintage. On Monday, I visited Downtown Yarns, my favorite stop for knitting needle shopping.

Believe it or not, I actually went there hoping they would have some super jumbo circulars, and I was not disappointed. (These are US size 50!)

I found this lovely skein of Dream in Color Everlasting Sock right next to the needles. My final stop was The Yarn Company.  I’ve done a fair amount of browsing in the shop since it came under new ownership and the vibe is much better than it was in the past.  Other than a few skeins of sale yarn that I bought when ownership switched over, I had never found the “right” yarn for me when visiting.  It is in my neighborhood and I appreciate the work the new owners have put into rebuilding the store’s reputation, so I decided to stop by during the Yarn Crawl.  And I wasn’t disappointed when I found this lovely skein of Miss Babs Yowza-Whatta Skein! in Violets in the Grass. I have ideas for these yarns, but honestly, I almost never make exactly what I planned when I’m buying the yarn!  (Does this happen to anyone else?)  By the time I get through the things I’m making now and the projects I have deadlines for, I’ll be interested in making other things.  At least now that I started using Ravelry’s stash feature (thanks to this tutorial from FreshStitches), I can easily scan my stash before starting a new project. For more I Love Yarn Day excitement, check out the inspiration webpagePinboards, and Facebook page, and follow @iloveyarnday or search #iloveyarnday on Twitter.  And for more Finished Objects, visit Tami’s Amis.

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