Sunday, November 28, 2021

An update!

Checking in to let the knitters know we are still a very active group of charity knitters in Minneapolis. Winters are long and cold out here and your hats are welcomed. Please check out the blog for more details and free patterns for knitting warm and wooly hats. We collect hats year round.

Many thanks, Barbara Melom

Monday, February 1, 2021

February 2021

It’s been an amazing year for hat and scarf donations. THANK YOU KNITTERS.

Knitters from all across the country have shipped hats out to Minnesota where everyone needs a hat to make it through our bitter cold winters. We have received over 2700 hat donations; but didn’t keep track of mittens and scarves.

With schools being closed we had to get creative on how to distribute the hats to kids.  

It turned out that even with schools closed, families went to neighborhood schools to pick up lunches and homework assignments. The schools had also set up “warm tables” for distribution of winter clothing. We also connected with food shelves that have stayed open throughout the pandemic.

Now it’s February, another two months of winter and people are still knitting and sending us donations and we keep getting requests from agencies needing warm items to give their clients. Yes, we are still accepting donations.


  • 100% wool yarn knits into a warmer hat than acrylic yarn
  • Before starting to decrease, try the hat on your own head and make sure it is long enough to come down and cover the ears, if not, knit a few more rows
  • We need hats for kids, women, and men….kids heads are bigger than you think
  • Men prefer darker solid colors, while women and kids like colorful hats

Scroll through the blog and check out some of our favorite patterns. Newest pattern is the MINNESOTA HAT.

Thank you for your generosity for folks who need a bit of warmth in their life.  The true measure of caring is sticking with a project….this is our 13th year. Thank you knitters for showing that you care.

Friday, September 11, 2020

September 2020

We don't know from day to day what the news will be bringing us, but one thing for certain is that Minnesota winters are cold and everyone needs a hat.

This is our 14th year for collecting hats and distributing them to schools, shelters and social service agencies serving those in need. With covid19 and social distancing, knitting groups aren't getting together...we are at home knitting by ourselves.  I am asking you to spread the word to your friends...hats for kids, women and men.  More information about the project can be found in the blog.

One of our knitters has written up her favorite hat pattern for charity knitting including several sizes which we are including in the blog. Check out the Very Basic Knit Hat now in the Knitting Patterns tab.

Hat distribution will begin in October and continue as long as we are receiving hats.  We will be doing things a bit differently this year...I will be coordinating drop off sites with school social workers and also taking donations to area food shelves.

My mailing address:  5314 Penn Ave. So. 
                                  Minneapolis, MN 55419

Thanks for giving "The Gift of Warmth"

Barbara Melom

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

April 2020

Knitters all across America have set aside their knitting needles and are now sitting at their sewing machines making masks to be donated to nursing homes, shelters and hospitals. We’re living out the saying: “Just because you’re the only person in the room, doesn’t mean you’re alone.”  We call each other to compare notes or share information about web sites where new mask patterns are shown. We share complaints about shoulders and backs getting stiff before we reach our self-imposed productivity goals. We share bad jokes intended to keep us “in stitches”.    …… and we share the good feeling of being part of an army of people rising to the shared challenge of getting through this life-changing trauma as a community bonded by caring and doing.

And The People Stayed Home

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.      Kitty O'Meara

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:

Many thanks,