This has been a pattern I’ve been wanting to bring to you guys for a long time so I want to thank Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post and making that happen! All opinions are my own.
What is The Do-Gooder Hat, you ask? Well, I’ve heard from a ton of you that you like to use my baby hat knitting patterns to knit hats that you donate to charities and hospitals for babies. I just love this so so much. And while I’m delighted to imagine a sweet little baby in the hospital wearing a kitty cat hat, a couple months ago I began to wonder if maybe what you guys really need is a simple free knitting pattern for donations that you could easily customize but that is also easy and FAST. Because the faster and easier the pattern, the more hats you can knit and the more hats you can donate and the more good we can do! So the Do-Gooder Hat free knitting pattern was born. It’s a simple easy pattern, and it uses bulky weight yarn and bigger needles than many of my other patterns, so it knits up FAST. And you guys, knitting hats for charity is such a great way to contribute. It’s relatively cheap to do (free if you’ve got a stash like I do, ahem…) and it made a big difference! I always think that handmade items contain all the love we put into them and their recipients can feel that. I’ve got a free printable PDF of the pattern for you and some fun ideas of how you can change up this basic hat so they don’t all look exactly the same! It may be basic, but the Do-Gooder hat is not boring!
But first, I have to share with you what is probably one of the most adorable photos I have ever taken. Are you ready? Are you really sure?It’s Super V! This pattern, in addition to being awesome and free, is part of Lion Brand’s Yarn Heroes campaign which has 15 wonderful bloggers who work with yarn, sharing awesome projects (and even awesome-er superhero outfits) to show how you can do good things for the world with yarn! Seriously, you’ve got to check out what everyone else came up with! I love a company that gives back, and Lion Brand has made that a priority which is just so cool. In fact, even before the Yarn Heroes campaign, their tagline was, “Creating a more colorful, connected, and giving world.” Helping others and connecting with charity is part of their company from the bottom to the top. Even better, until December 15th you can use the coupon code YARNHEROES2016 for $5 off an order of $20 or more so you can stock up on yarn to use for charity projects (like baby hats). Isn’t that awesome?!
You can also submit YOUR stories of charity crafting to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win $250 in yarn support for your charity crafting cause! They’ll be picking winners every week, and it never hurts to let us know what you are doing for the world!
And again, don’t forget to check out what the other Yarn Heroes have been up to:
And, you guys, the best news of all is that Lion Brand and I have a GIVEAWAY for you! Two of you will win all the yarn I used to make these hats (sign up for my newsletter if you want a link to the giveaway when it’s live)! That’s 5 gorgeous skeins of Lion Brand Tonal for two of you! Come on over and enter, it’s super easy!
You can also contact your local hospital and see if they accept donations for babies or Lion Brand has this handy charity connection page where you can search for charities as well! My hats are going to a group that hands out hats and other winter gear to homeless families. Just check each group’s requirements before you start knitting!
The Do-Gooder Hat Free Knitting Pattern for Donations (size 6 months)
Gauge: 16 stitches = 4 inches
If you need help (or just want a great book), my favorite knitting bible is this one!
Using a long-tail cast on, cast on 48 stitches on your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Then knit all rounds until the hat is 4 1/2 inches long.
Decrease (distribute stitches among 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches for one round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 13: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
Options to customize your Do-Gooder donation hat:
Stripes: knit as written but alternate between two or more colors of yarn in a stripe pattern.
Color blocking: Knit as written but switch colors only 1 or 2 times as you knit to create color blocking.
Brim: Knit the rib stitch brim (the first 5 rounds) in a different color from the rest of the hat.
Rolled Brim: Instead of a ribbed brim, join to knit in the round and knit all stitches instead of the rib stitch (k1, p1). Add an extra 1 inch to the length of the hat before starting the decrease to accommodate the rolling.
Pom Pom: Add a pom pom to the top of your hat. Make sure you attach it very securely! To see a video of me making a pom pom, watch below or click HERE!
I made this same hat three different ways and this pattern is so quick I did them all in one day! If you use this free hat pattern I’d love it if you’d share where you sent yours on social media along with with the hashtag #YarnHeroes! Let’s make a difference together!