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Dec 12, 2013 05:09:03   #
KnitPicker421
 
I love doing KALs, and I love doing hats, why not combine them? I belong to a motorcycle club and every year for Christmas we raise funds and participate in the adopt a family program for those who are less fortunate. For most families, their "wish list" has some form of clothing on it, especially winter clothing. Here in Vermont we are used to some pretty harsh winters, and lately it has been windy, although we have no snow on the ground!

I thought it would be fun to try to knit 14 hats between now and this time next year, and I will donate them to the adopt a family program here in Vermont. I was hoping I could get some others in on this to just KAL, donate them around your own area, or even send them here for us to donate along with all the other things we do every year. If nothing else, I would just like to see the progress everyone makes with me as I try to go from plain hats to some that are a bit more challenging.

I will post a free ravelry pattern about every 3 weeks, for those who would like to try and keep up with me! I will post the first pattern tomorrow (after I decide which I want to try first!) and I will keep them rather simple at first, and then get a bit harder as we go on. For anyone that would like to donate their projects to our area, PM me and I will give you the address of the club for your donations.

I have received a few messages from people that can't do hats, but maybe 14 items in general and wanting to know if they have to do my patterns, etc. I don't really care what pattern you knit from, I just wanted to have more or less a "hat thread" that we could all post pictures and share our fave patterns and advice. I have found some patterns that I want to do but I'm sure I will need the advice of those more experienced knitters here!

I have picked the first pattern that I am going to start at work tonight, which really has a few different patterns in it, so there should be a litle something for everyone! I'm starting with just a baby hat, since we found out we are having our first grandbaby next July! (I can't believe it, I'm not even going to be 30 yet! It's my step-daughter, my husband is 15 years older than I am.) Plus this pattern is labeled as hats for charity, so I thought it would go well with the general theme I am going with! So here is the link to ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/preemie-hats-for-charity

I just finished up another one, for my hubby! Here is the pattern I used:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christians-hat

1/11/14: I have figured out how to make the Ravelry pattern! Here is the link to my Ravelry store for the free pattern for my pink camo hat!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/cady-concepcions-ravelry-store/patterns

1/16/14: Here is my next hat project that I have started working on. I'm excited that it has a bit more construction to go along with it as well!

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/cottontail-bunny-cocoon-hat

Happy knitting!
Cady
 
Dec 12, 2013 05:56:59   #
TinaOR
 
That sounds like a good challenge. I am not sure I would do 14 hats myself but it's made me think I should do 14 items perhaps! (Rather than 2014 ha ha ha!)
Dec 12, 2013 06:08:45   #
lesternewton
 
I would love to join this fun.
Dec 12, 2013 06:09:01   #
Dorabell
 
Wat a good idea. Everyone has local venues which need help.
Dec 12, 2013 06:14:42   #
camaro1952
 
Would you post some patterns that are fairly easy also. I love to knit but brain and hand don't always connect.
Dec 12, 2013 06:18:30   #
johannecw (a regular here)
 
Cady, that is an inspirational idea!
 
Dec 12, 2013 06:18:38   #
McCarley
 
I would like to join
Dec 12, 2013 06:52:19   #
camaro1952
 
I am joining also! What fun!!!
Dec 12, 2013 07:34:51   #
KnitPicker421
 
camaro1952 wrote:
Would you post some patterns that are fairly easy also. I love to knit but brain and hand don't always connect.


I am definitely posting easy patterns as I am not the greatest knitter myself. I can do the stitches but they never look right and my tension is always off somehow somewhere!

Does everyone want me to post the links to the ravelry site, the sites linked on ravelry, or just the pattern?
Dec 12, 2013 09:40:04   #
Patsy Ruth
 
KnitPicker421 wrote:
I am definitely posting easy patterns as I am not the greatest knitter myself. I can do the stitches but they never look right and my tension is always off somehow somewhere!

Does everyone want me to post the links to the ravelry site, the sites linked on ravelry, or just the pattern?


I think it is a great idea but definitely post the link to the patterns. Most of the patterns are copy right so best not to get in trouble with administration by posting other designers patterns. If you are the designer than post the patterns.

I will be joining in. We should be able to fit this in between all of our other knitting projects. Thank you.
Dec 12, 2013 13:19:55   #
paula953
 
Count me in this sounds like a great idea
 
Dec 13, 2013 07:23:41   #
kammyv4
 
I'll try and do it too! Sounds like a great idea
Dec 13, 2013 07:44:16   #
maur1011
 
Great idea and a nice choice of first pattern. I did the 'heart' hat from this collection and the pattern is well written (always a plus).

These hats are preemie size. If you are mathematically-challenged as I am and don't want to figure out how to make the hat bigger for a newborn size, use a bigger yarn/needle for a bigger hat.
Dec 13, 2013 08:32:51   #
WandaT
 
I would like to join in as well. I have not done a KAL before, so how do I make sure I receive the postings witht he new patterns? I have bookmaked this posting. Will th at work? or do I do something else?
Dec 13, 2013 08:45:20   #
A Knit to Remember
 
I'm in! This sounds great. I will try my darndest to keep up!
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