Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Your House Just Burned Down


On Christmas Day, a raging fire took the homes of 250 people living in the Francis Drake Hotel in Minneapolis. Erupting in the middle of the night, the fire tore through this historic building serving as rental housing for low income people and temporary homeless shelter for Hennepin County families. That first night, city busses provided safe sources of warmth – the first step to refuge while the Red Cross, the Minneapolis Foundation, churches and other organizations mobilized to provide care for these newly displaced neighbors.

And the city turned out in force. Downtown near the still-burning Drake became an open air rescue site where we brought whatever might be useful to someone who had just lost everything. That part of downtown became a beautiful traffic snarl as people from every neighborhood brought everything from diapers and blankets to coats, shoes and toothbrushes.

And it was a wonderful feeling to bring some Hats for the Homeless to this site of tragedy.

We brought the colors of 
warmth, care and neighborly 
support to people who had just 
lost their precarious place in 
life one more time. We will 
continue to work with service 
providers to bring the gift of 
warmth as these disaster 
victims work toward stability.

Hats 4 the Homeless began distributing hats and scarves in early November to schools and social service agencies serving those in need.  Luckily we still had hats on hand to deliver to folks who had just lost their home in the fire.   

Thank you KNITTERS!  We do make a difference.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Attention Knitters!

Hats for the Homeless is looking for HATS FOR KIDS!
We have plenty for babies, women and men so far, but we have a hole in the “hats for school-age kids” category so far this year. These hats are driven around to local schools by dedicated volunteers and given to school social workers for the kids. You knit a hat, we get it to the kids who need them. Win-win!

How can I help?

Knit a warm hat between 19”-21” around in any colors, pattern, or style you like! Wool is best for warmth and be sure to make it long enough to cover the ears. Kids’ heads are deceptively large so if in doubt, knit it a little bigger and a little longer.

What pattern should I use?

Any pattern is great, but here are two simple (free) patterns to get you started!
Barley Hat from TinCanKnits
Citrus Hat from Laura Treadway

Where should I take my hats?

You can drop your hats off at any of our generous yarn store sponsors:
StevenBe Studios
Harriet & Alice
Needle & Skein

Is there a deadline?

We are accepting hats through January but we all know it’s getting colder NOW. So the sooner, the better. We’ve got volunteers mobilized and ready to go to get your hats out there.


Hats for the Homeless began in 2009 when one friend asked another friend “do you think we could get 50 hand-knit hats to give to the homeless shelter this year?” and the friends put the call out to knitters. Instead of 50 hats, 300 hats came in that December! Ten years and thousands of hats later, the dedicated volunteers are still going strong delivering hand-knit hats to homeless shelters, women’s shelters and schools. 
Thank you for your continued support!


Monday, November 11 is Charity Knitting Day at StevenBe's
11:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Charity Knitting Event

Circle the date, Monday, November 11th on your calendar and join us for a day of charity knitting at Steven Be's located at 3448 Chicago Avenue So. in Minneapolis, MN. Doors open at 11:00--- invite a friend, bring your knitting, your finished projects, a healthy snack to share and spend the day with kindred spirits as we knit "gifts of warmth" to be donated to those in need living in our community. We begin delivering our donations in late November and as more donations arrive, we continue throughout the winter.

This is our 11th year and I would like to thank all the knitters who donate to this project. Boxes of scarves and hats have started arriving....our farthest away knitter mails us hats and scarves from Hawaii.

Scroll through some of the older blogs for patterns and tips. Please note that my email address has changed: barbmelom@gmail.com

Many thanks,


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Charity Knitting

Join us on Wednesday July 24, 2019 at StevenBe for a day of charity knitting. Doors open at 11:00 am. Location of StevenBes is 3500 and Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. Bring a healthy snack to share. There will be some yarn for sale. If you have a favorite hat patten please bring it as we would like to see.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Updates for 2018

Minnesota winters made the news all around the country in January with our -30 temperatures and it looks like February will be another brutal month.  Sometimes you even need more than one hat to keep your head and ears warm.

 Thanks to all the knitters who have donated hats, scarves, and gloves to be given to those in need.  You do make a difference…2300+ folks have warm scarves and hats to wear this winter. Another group of women donated 100 pairs of mittens made from recycled sweaters with polar fleece linings…super warm!

Every fall a group of us gather at our local neighborhood yarn shop to count, sort, and bag up our donations.  We deliver them to schools, shelters, and social service agencies serving those in need.  This year, 2019, knit items are still arriving and volunteers are out delivering the donations.

To read more about Hats for the Homeless, scroll back through some of our older entries;  find some of our favorite patterns, suggested yarns to use, and  where to send the hats.  Most important thing to keep in mind…knit hats that are long enough to cover the ears and have a cuff to turn up….9 to 12 inches long.

A big warm thank you….many of you have already started knitting for the 2019 season.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Updates


A big warm thank you to knitters and stitchers all across the country who have been sending warm and wooly hats and scarves out our way. Once cold weather sets in, everyone living in Minnesota needs a hat. As folks inquire about where these items come from, they are really touched when told that the hats and scarves were made just for them. It is very heart-warming to watch the folks look over the items and choose one they really like.  


  • we need adult large and extra large hats
  • preferable washable wool or nice soft acrylic/wool blends
  • men prefer dark solid colors...long enough to cover their ears and fold up the cuff
  • women and kids like more colorful hats
  • when in doubt, knit the hat an inch or two longer to give ears extra protection
  • if you are a loose knitter, drop down a needle size to knit a tight stitch

  • 3rd Saturday of every month, we meet at Butter Bakery on the corner of 37th and Nicollet in South Minneapolis from 11:00 to 1:00. Good food and reasonable prices.
  • October 26th---an all day “Knit for Charity” event at Steven Be’s on the corner of 35th and Chicago in South Minneapolis starting at 11:00 and ending at 6:00. Bring a snack to share and your knitting supplies. Beverages provided.
  • November 9th, 10th, and 11th---Vogue Knitting Live will be here at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Look for our table and drop off any hats you have to donate.
This is all the knitting news for now. Questions, my email address is: bjm@visi.com

Many thanks, 


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Day of Charity Knitting

Knit for Charity is Wednesday, July 11th at StevenBe's on 35th and Chicago. It is an all day event starting at 11:00 am. Pack your needles and join us for the day. Bring a snack to share, beverages are provided. Bring along any hats you have finished.

In 2017 we collected and delivered around 2700 hats/scarves and mittens. We definitely need hats for elementary age children. The list of schools needing hats continues to grow every year. Children's heads are the same size as an adult head. If the hat is too small for your head, chances are it will be too small for a child's head.

3448 Chicago Avenue South Minneapolis, MN