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:

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April Blizzard

Mother Nature has taken a detour this year. Here we are, April 15th, with 15 inches of new snow and temperatures in the 20’s. Giving a hat or a scarf to a homeless person is definitely a gift of kindness.

Review of 2017
People who google find “Hats for the Homeless” and many knitters from at least 12 states have sent “gifts of warmth” out our way for the 2017 collection. We have received more than 2700 hats and about 200 scarves; and even a dozen pair of mittens.

This wraps up our 9th year for this community project which has continued to grow every year. One big change is the number of schools contacting us for hats for kids. A reminder: a kid’s head is the same size as an adult head and kids love color.

Scroll back to the December 6th, 2017 post for "tips" on knitting super warm hats for our climate and hats that fit. We need hats for adults as well as children.

Upcoming Event
There is a “charity knitting” event set up for Wednesday, July 11th at the Steven Be yarn store located at 3448 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. This all day event brings knitters together from all over the Twin City area.

So we thank you and remind you, that beginning in September 2018, we will be looking for your donations of warm and wooly hats and scarves.

Thank you for making this outreach possible. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hats for the Homeless 2017

Thank you for your beautiful contributions of hats and scarves to help those in need in Minneapolis this winter! Once again, we are floored by the generosity of knitters. We have a couple of reminders, FAQs, and a bit of a new direction this year, so read on for some great tips on knitting warm hats!
Spotlight on Kids

We have been taking hats to local elementary schools over the years to share with kids in need. The teachers, social workers, and school administrators have been so grateful for the bags of hats from you all. The great news about knitting hats for kids is that bright colors and patterns are welcome...a knitter’s dream! So use up your wool scraps, combine colors for patterns, and whip up some fun hats for the kids. We’ll get them out there.

Heads Are Bigger Than You Think

When in doubt, knit your hats larger. For kids, for women, and for men. With Minnesota winters being so cold, we need these hats to be functional garments that cover the ears and foreheads--not just fashionable accessories that sit atop heads. So knit that extra inch or two in length at the beginning of the hat, knowing that you’re helping someone keep the wind out this year. It can always be folded up at the brim! 

Here is a general rule of thumb for head sizes:

Babies - 17-18” circumference, 7” length
Little kids - 19” circumference, 8” length
Big kids - 20” circumference, 8.5” length
Women and teens - 21-23” circumference, 10-11” length
Men - 23-24” circumference, 11.5” length

Plain is Still the Name of the Game for the Guys

Our male homeless friends at various local shelters have repeated the same thing to us over and over each year: they really prefer hats that are dark colors, simple, and without patterns. No pompoms needed, either. Large, plain gray and black ribbed hats are ideal for these guys. Stockinette hats work great too. Folks living on the fringe in unstable housing situations may not like to stick out with a brightly colored or patterned hat. Let’s help keep them warm without making them feel uncomfortable.

Scarves and Mittens and Cowls, OH MY!

Many of you have asked if other items are needed beyond just hats, and the answer is a resounding YES! Try to make sure that your scarves can be wrapped around a couple of times and tied; mittens and cowls are great too. 

What Pattern Should I Use?

You can use any pattern you like! Just keep the size and recipients in mind:
  • bigger is better, but tight gauge for warmth is best
  • kids and teens like patterns and colors
  • women like both patterned and plain hats
  • men are all about the plain ones
Here are some of our favorite hat patterns:

Barley Hat from Tin Can Knits

Grand Marais Hat from Katie Chameleon

What Material Should I Use?

Whenever possible, please use wool. There is nothing like wool for keeping the cold out and regulating temperature (it wicks sweat away, and actually keeps skin cool and dry too). Superwash is great if you have it, but handwash-only wool is fine too.

Where Can I Drop Off My Hats?

We are lucky to have many local yarn stores as collaborators! Please drop your hats off at any of these locations:

Thank you for donating your time, skills and resources to this project. We are grateful for your gifts of love!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Day of Charity Knitting at SteveBe

Friday, November 10
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

We're just like you. We're teachers, business executives, parents, retirees, name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to those in need. Join us at StevenBe for this day where we combine our Passion, our Neighbors, and our Community in the ultimate acts of charity.

Barb Melom and Joan Gilbertson head up this charity knitting day bringing groups and individuals from all over the city to support Hats for the Homeless.

We will have a selection of needles and yarns available for a minimal fee to cast on your hat or scarf, as well as patterns that can serve as a jumping off point for your charitable project.
We look forward to seeing you for this amazing day, whether you drop off a hat or knit all day. See you at StevenBe on November 10th.

Click Here to register at StevenBe that you plan to attend (there is no fee). Scroll through the classes to "Day of Charity Knitting" and click on this class and add your name.