Get Knitting for 'Caring Hats' - And Keep Homeless Heads Warm This Winter

I've always been a knitter and have recently taken to crocheting too.

I've taken to it so much that a few months ago an idea came to me in a dream one night. An idea that I have yet to act upon.

Not like Una, who had a far simpler idea and the courage of her convictions to get it up and running. There she was, sitting knitting some hats for pre-mature babies in her back garden one sunny day.....

"The sun was beaming down as I was casting on some stitches; I thought of the homeless and was thinking they must love a bit of sunshine. Then I remembered the terrible Winter we had last year and I got such a shiver thinking of how cold it was and that could be what is coming this winter.

I looked down at the stitches I was casting on and thought, maybe if I make bigger hats (a lot bigger) I could keep a few homeless heads warm this Winter?

I went into the house and googled a simple knitting pattern and found Evelyn's Patterns (I thought it was simple enough for me to make but also thought it was a bit of a sign as my Mam is called Evelyn; and so it began.)

I put it on my own facebook page and some of my family and friends said they would help. As a few hats started to come in I thought maybe there were more people than I know would like to make a hat, maybe this could get a lot bigger, so I started this page for Caring Hats."

And so Caring Hats was formed. Una has no grand plan she "just knows it will all work out and the way to distribute these hats will come, the people to give them out will come (hopefully some TY students.)"

She did set herself a goal though: 200 hats by September 12th, a date that's fast approaching.

The hats are indeed coming in and it's looking like she's getting close to her goal......

The campaign will of course continue beyond 12th of September!

As a fellow knitter and crocheter I think this is a fantastic project and I fully support it.

Those of you who are avid, or even beginner, knitters/crocheters can easily support it too, as you know we always have spare wool lying around! Now is the time for you, your knitting friends and knitting circles to put it to good use and to join in.

Don't have a pattern to hand? Here's Evelyn's Easy Knit Ribbed Hat Pattern to get you started:

US Size 8 needles (UK size 6)
Cast on 88 sts

ROW 1: K2, P2, K2 across, ending with P2
Repeat ROW 1 until hat is 11.5 inches from start, ending on a knit row.

On knit row- K2 tog. P2, K2 tog. across row

Next Row: knit two tog., P2, K2 tog., across
Last row: Knit.

Cut a tail of yarn 25inches long, thread a yarn needle with it.
Pull last row of knitting off needle.
Thread needle through every stitch.
Pull together tightly.
Whip stitch side seam shut.

Add pom pom if you'd like

Wear! Roll brim if preferred

Or would you prefer an easy crochet pattern? Here's one prepared earlier by Vicky from Castle Kelly Crafts...


Aran weight wool and 5mm hook
Start wit a magic or 4 chain loop joined with a slip stitch
Each row finished with a slip stitch into starting chain

Row 1: 1 chain (ch), 6dc into loop. (6)
Row 2: 1ch, 2dc in each stitch (12)
Row 3: 1ch, 1dc then 2dc in next, repeat (18)
Row 4: 1ch, 1dc 1dc 2dc, repeat (24)
Row 5: 1ch, 1dc 1dc 1dc 2dc, repeat (30)
Row 6: 1ch, 1dc 1dc 1dc 1dc 2dc, repeat (36)
Row 7: 1ch, 1dc 1dc 1dc 1dc 1dc 2dc, repeat (42)
Row 8: 1ch, 1dc 1dc 1dc 1dc 1dc 1dc 2dc, repeat (48)
Row 9: 1ch, dc x 7, (2dc x 1) repeat (54)
Row 10: 1ch, dc x 8 (2dc x 1) repeat (60)
Row 11: 3ch, tc x 10, 2tc x 1, repeat (66)
Row 12 - 20: 3ch, 1tc in each stitch (66)
Row 21 - 23: 1ch, 1dc in each around (66)

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tc = treble crochet


And when you're done just click onto the Caring Hats facebook page and PM Una for address to post your hat(s) to!

As Una herself says:" Focus Ireland estimates that there are up to 5,000 people homeless in Ireland at any one time. So, let's get this rolling and see what difference we can all make - even a small gesture of giving someone a hat - they will know that someone cared enough about them to pick up the needles and wool and make it for them - someone cared "
Well, I found some spare wool and I've finally made a start.....

How about you?

Would you care to join us in helping to keep homeless heads warm this Winter?

Don't forget to tell all your friends, and maybe make it a project for your knitting circle groups too!



  1. What a worthwhile project! My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was very young, but I haven't done it for many years. It is something I should take up again for something just like this~

  2. @Shelly: Well, now you have an idea for a project in your country! 'Caring Hats-USA' ;-)

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

  3. What a fantastic idea. You have put a thought into my head, mind you I am very rusty at knitting. Thanks, Jazzy... will mull over this for a while. Happy knitted/crocheting. xx

  4. Excellent idea. What does it mean when it says in the knitting pattern that you should end on a knit row? If you are repeating row 1, then how do you get a knit row?

  5. @Bright Side of Life: Hmmm.... 'Caring Hats' may go global yet!! Hope you get to take up knitting again:-)

    @Midlife Singlemum: Yes, I asked that question too! And the fact that there are knit rows at the end, at the crown? I'm assured that it all works out fine. Personally I would presume that 'ending with a knit row' is an error and it should be 'ending with right side facing'. And I would leave the knit rows out...although it may look right when it's done, part of the design?

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

  6. From tiny acorns.... it's such a simple wonderful idea, I hope it really makes a difference xx

  7. @Looking for Blue Sky: Absolutely! I hope so too :-)

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

  8. What a lovely idea! Have to confess that I'd have more success reading Mandarin than that pattern, in fact, I don't even understand the questions people are asking ;)

    Anyway, I hope the project grows and grows


  9. @Christina Emmett: Hehehe.... I can understand someone feeling that way! It does look a bit like another language, doesn't it?!

    I really hope it's hugely successful too. Nothing to stop other people in other countries doing it either ;-)

    Thanks for your comment.

    And for anyone confused about the knitting pattern above, I was too and checked it out. I had to post it is it is, direct from Caring Hats page. Una assures me it works out and in the interests of professionalism I am working from it at the moment!

    I'll be sure to let you know how it works out!

    xx Jazzy


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