We’re being treated to another little heat wave here in New Hampshire after being spoiled by several cool, almost fall-like days last week. Sometime during high school (like 30 years ago, shhh!) I realized that fall is my favorite time of year. September and October especially are my favorite months. The daylight hours are growing shorter each day, and as the temps begin to fall, we’ll begin pulling those hats out of closets and drawers to keep our heads warm.
But there are adults and children undergoing chemotherapy who need those hats all year long, not just in the fall and winter months (but especially in the fall and winter months). Please consider giving a little of your crafting time to knitting or crocheting (or sewing!) a hat for Halos of Hope. Plus, when you purchase my Seeded Rib Hat pattern, all of the profits (after Ravelry and PayPal fees) are donated to Halos of Hope as well, to help cover shipping costs. (Just $10 sends 31 hats!)
- You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.
- Get more information about Halos of Hope here, or make a monetary donation here.
- If you make any hats, you can use this search tool to find a Halos of Hope donation site near you. Patternworks is an official donation location as well – you can mail finished hats to Patternworks, Attn: Halos of Hope, P.O. Box 1618, Center Harbor NH 03226.
- Hats must be made from very soft yarns (or fabrics). Some excellent yarn choices are Jeannee Worsted, Pacific, Wooly Worsted, and Berroco Vintage. Choosing machine-washable yarn is strongly recommended, as patients may not be used to caring for handknits.
- Hats must be no less than 16″ and no more than 22″ in circumference. Sizing is very important for bald heads!
- If the yarn used contains any wool, please attach a note to the hat stating this, since many patients have extremely sensitive skin.
- Don’t think of the hat as just a “chemo cap” – think of it as a hat the recipient will wear and enjoy long after their treatment has ended.
- Be sure to read the complete guidelines for hat donations here.