Monday, November 4, 2013

The Hats for 2013-2014 have arrived safely!!

From Zene Dill of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma:

Dear Ms. E2
Thank you so much E2.  Words can’t express the heartfelt gifts from you, E1, P from MA,  D from IA, and D from CA.   Today at our Management team meeting.  All Head Start Centers were given the hats for the children and I read to them the notes that were sent with the hats.   We have 13 Choctaw Nation Head Starts in the 10 ½ counties of Oklahoma.  Our program services 310 families.  I know the children will be very happy and excited with their knitted hats. 

E2, I gave the Head Start staff the addresses and the e-mails of everyone that sent hats.  I would very much so, like to get some more information from you about the hat project, and possible a picture of you and the others to show the kids.  Could I get your phone number or would you call me at 1-800-...-.... or 580-...-... ext.  2555

Thank you again, the hats a great!!!
Aside: D from RI, and L from MA also knitted some of the hats I sent this year.

Oh, I hope I haven't forgotten any one who contributed!!!!

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Crochet Basic Roll-Brimmed Hat

From 310 Hats

Worsted weight yarn
I hook (5 mm)

  • Chain 2
  • 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Place marker in last stitch.
  • 2 sc in each sc (12). Move marker.
  • (1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (18 sc). Move marker.
  • (2 sc in each of first 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (24 sc). Move marker.
  • (3 sc in ea of first 3 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (30 sc). Move marker.
  • Continue in this manner for 13 or 14 rounds (increasing the number of scs before the increase by 1 each round) until your radius is about 3", diameter about 6", and circumference about 18". (78 scs or 84 scs). This should make a nice flat disc, which is the hat top.
  • Work even without increasing. It will start making a bowl shape. Continue even until the depth is about 6". It needs to be long enough and and big enough around to cover a Kindergarten-age child's head and ears.
  • To create a rolled brim, increase the stitches by 50%: (1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat around.
  • Work a few rounds even.
  • Slip stitch around to give a nice tight, neat edge.
  • Cut yarn. Work in ends.
  • If the hat is too "airy", you can weave colored yarns through the stitch spaces. Colored yarns will be very decorative.