It’s a new year and therefore time for a new challenge. A couple of years ago I decided I was going to work on busting out some of my stash yarn and make hats for chemo donation. My 2013 Stash Bust Challenge was focused on a box full of Bernat CottonTots yarn. I ended up crocheting 5 pounds, 15.5 ounces of it into 32 hats for Halos of Hopeor other charitable donation. I had also crocheted other hats for donation in different yarn that I didn’t include in the count. I was pretty busy with hats that year. Last year’s challenge didn’t focus on any yarn in particular, just random yarn in my stash. Last year I made 24 hats out of 5 pounds, 4.25 ounces! I must have made some pretty heavy hats!
It would seem that most of my stash yarn would be close to gone at this point. Sadly, no. I still have too many boxes of yarn. So 2015 will once again be all about working from stash yarn for charitable causes. This year’s goal will be a minimum of 24 hats and 5 pounds of yarn. I’ve got some funky fun fur that needs to used and a ton of cotton and cotton-blends that will be perfect for chemo hats. I also hope to make a lapghan or two.
Let’s start this challenge off with the first 3 hats of 2015 completed!
The first is called End’s Swell. I won this pattern in the Gift-A-Long on Ravelry last month. It is stitched with slip stitches which was totally new to me. The final result is adorable. The pattern is a great way to use up smaller leftovers without having to work in a million ends. I can see making more of these in random stripes as leftovers come available.
Next is another Divine Hat. This is a great pattern and my third one. I used Caron Simply Soft for this one. It looks great but, going forward, I’ll use thinner yarns when making this pattern. I loved it in Caron Spa.
Last is a Happy Puppy. Last month I re-worked the pattern in Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand. I also re-formatted the pattern and took new pictures. The pattern was originally written with Bernat Denim Style-a great cotton/acrylic blend. Unfortunately this yarn has been discontinued. I (of course) have a few skeins of it in my stash and found this hat partially finished. Because Denim Style is super soft and perfect for chemo hats, I finished it and will include it in my next batch of hats to Halos of Hope.
This 2015 challenge is on and off for a good start!
The three hats weigh 7 ounces.
Total hats made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 3
Total weight of yarn used in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 7 ounces
First week of November and I have two more hats to be donated to Halos of Hope! I was so excited to receive the gifted yarn that I just had to make some hats right away. The first is a pattern that was suggested through the Hat of the Month Ravelry group. Each month, the members of the group decided on a free hat pattern to stitch over the month. I’ve found some great patterns this way. The second hat is a pattern I found written for bulky weight yarn. I wanted to use the gifted ombre yarn paired up with some solid yarn I had in my stash. I had to tweak it slightly to adjust for the different gauge but I’m really happy with how it turned out. Click on the photos to be brought to the project pages and the links to the free patterns. The two hats weigh just under 11 ounces! Heavy hats!
Crocheters (and other crafters too!) are such generous people. We love our craft and want to share it with as many others as possible. How often have you found yourself saying to others “If you’d like to learn, I’ll show you.” Not only do we share our skills, we also share our stuff. Last week, one of my regular pattern testers mentioned she had some cotton yarn she couldn’t use and asked if I’d like it. She said maybe I could make a couple of hats for Halos of Hope with it. Because she lives rather far away I suggested she see if she might be able to find someone local so we wouldn’t have to worry about shipping costs. Her response was, if I wanted, it was mine and she would treat on the shipping. I said sure thinking it was maybe 3 or 4 balls of yarn. Yesterday (Halloween), I arrived at my house to find a large box at my door. “What?” I wondered, “What treat did I receive?” I opened it to find 17 full and a couple partial balls of cotton yarn. WOW! Yeah, I think I can make more than a couple of hats for Halos of Hope with it! The yarn weighs over 2 pounds, 10 ounces, almost as much as the yarn I have used in 2014 (to date) to make 16 hats!
This isn’t the first time someone has shared her craft items with me. Last year, a woman my husband knows through his job, was clearing out some knitting items. She sent him home with 2 large bags of books, patterns and needles for me. She said for me to take what I wanted and donate the rest. How sweet! I pulled out a couple of books and some lovely bamboo needles and brought the rest to the thrift store that supports a local women’s shelter.
Thank you both Heather and Maggie for your generosity. All of these gifts will be put to good use as I continue to bust out my stash for Halos of Hope. If you’ve received a generous gift from another crafter, I’d love to hear about it!
Whew! I finished a second hat for October to be donated to Halos of Hope! I wanted to change it up a little and make something fun. While searching for ideas online I noticed many fake hair/wig hats. There are hats that look like Cabbage Patch Kids, Princess Leia and just about every Disney and fairy tale princess who ever wished upon a star. So going with that theme, I grabbed a partial skein of Caron Simply Soft in Strawberry and made a wig hat for a little girl who might think pink hair was fun. The pattern is a basic beanie with strands added for the braids. And just for kicks and giggles, I added some random button decorations to liven it up. This was a lot of fun to make and I will definitely make some more versions of this hat in the very near future. This hat weighs just over 3 ounces.
I just finished my second Divine Hat, pattern by Sarah Arnold, to be donated to Halos of Hope. This pattern creates a beautiful stitch and should be made in a yarn with great stitch definition. I don’t think it is for beginners but for those who have some experience, give it a try! I’m so glad I did and will likely make more hats with this pattern. I used Caron Spa, so soft and perfect for a chemo hat. This one will go with others for my next shipment out to them. They have been running short on their hat supply this year. If you have some time, maybe you can make a hat, or two, for Halos of Hope! I used the full 3.0 oz skein for this hat-had less than 12 inches to spare. I LOVE when that happens!
I took a quick break from designing to work up a hat for Halos of Hope. I have been eyeing the Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold for some time. I remember trying it when I was new to crochet and just couldn’t figure it out. It has been on my to-do list ever since. The stitch pattern is beautiful and once you get the hang of it, it doesn’t require much concentration. In other words, it is a “get in the zone” hat. I had some tweaks to the pattern as it calls for worsted and I choose Caron Spa, a lighter weight yarn. You can see my notes here. This is a beautiful pattern and it is free so there are a ton of projects on Ravelry. I love seeing the variations others have made; extra long slouchy style, stripes with pom-poms, big flowers added, sc edging with buttons, brims and bows are just a few of the adjustments. There are so many ways you can make this simple and beautiful hat your own. Give it a try. If you can’t figure it out right away, bookmark it and come back to it after you have a little more experience. You will be glad you did.
Wow, only one month in and I’m already falling behind in my goals. I’ll get there, I PROMISE! I did manage to get one hat for Halos of Hope completed during January. If you are on Ravelry, plynn (blog) has started a CAL/KAL forum for Halos of Hope hats. Since I don’t really knit much, I’m participating in the CAL. For January she chose the Shells and Trellis hat by Melody Hamor. It is a really cute hat and easy pattern. With a few modifications, you can use just about any yarn. As always, I made a few tweaks. You can read my notes on my project page. This pattern has been on my radar and I’m glad to finally have had a reason to make it-thanks Pat!
Stash Bust 2014 hats made to date: 1
Total weight made to date: 1.75 ounces
Want to see more hats made for Halos of Hope? Check out this Pinterest board!