2014 Details

Hats for the Homeless 2014 is accepting hats.

The deadline for hats is the first week of December.

1. Knit a hat. Think "a big, warm hat to pull down over your ears." You may use any weight yarn that you wish. Wool yarn is recommended, as Minnesota winters are cold. All hat patterns are welcome, but please see our list of suggested patterns based on feedback from the recipients.

a.) Tip for all sizes of hats: Err on the side of making it too big. Add a few extra stitches or inches to the original circumference of the hat. A hat that's a little big can still work, but a too small hat doesn't help much.

b.) Tip for women's/teen's hats: Color and pattern are appreciated. This is a great category to get creative.

c.) Tip for men's hats: Solid, dark, "plain" hats are required in this category. For two years now, the homeless gentlemen we've spoken with have all concurred: "We don't like patterns or colors on our hats!" It's best to avoid even some "manly" colors like forest green striping against navy blue. The navy blue alone is a better choice! Gray, brown, navy blue, army green or black are all preferred colors for the men.

2. Drop off sites are:

1601 E. Lake Street.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

3448 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Linden Yarn & Textile, Inc.
5814 Excelsior Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Hats may also be mailed to:
Hats for the Homeless
c/o Barbara Melom
5314 Penn Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419

• Questions please send an email to Barb at bjm AT visi DOT com.

• Not a hat knitter but like to knit scarves, scarves are welcome. Also mittens or gloves.

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