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Hats for the Homeless – a GiveBack Opportunity

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This blog post was originally a challenge to my Little Monkeys Crochet family to make 100 hats that the next Colombia team could take with them to distribute to the homeless. We met our goal, and the hats were delivered along with blessing bags full of toiletries, snacks, and messages of hope. If you would like to stay informed of similar upcoming opportunities, be sure to join the mailing list by submitting your email address in the aqua-colored form above! For now, please enjoy the free pattern at the bottom of the post.

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I want to take a couple minutes to tell you about a part of the world that is very close to my heart. I have a simple, meaningful opportunity for you to use your crochet skills to bless someone in need, so hang in there with me!

A Little Background

I work as the graphic designer for a very special organization called Project Hope Ministries.  Project Hope’s main purpose is to find Forever Families for waiting children in orphanages in Bogota, Colombia (South America) who are the least likely to be adopted — children who are older, have special needs, or are a part of a sibling group. Project Hope attaches matching grants to these children to assist families with the financial cost of adoption, and also provides support to them when they come home. The organization is near and dear to my heart because it was started by my sister and her husband, who have adopted 4 beautiful children (3 from Colombia, and 1 from Bulgaria). My younger sister Jenny was also adopted from Colombia at the age of 13.

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The staff of Project Hope spends time each summer in the beautiful city of 7 million people, supporting orphanage staff and teaching the children about Jesus, as well as spreading a message of hope to the poorest of the poor who fight a daily struggle for survival on the streets downtown. Colombia does not have the extensive social welfare programs that we have here in the US and in many other countries; if a man is unable to support his family due to disability, illness, life circumstance, he is forced to forage and beg in the streets. There are no other options; no food stamps, no government housing. In one of the biggest cities in the world, the poverty is a heartbreaking sight.

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I had the opportunity to take my second trip to Bogota last summer, traveling as a videographer for Project Hope, and my heart was broken for the homeless all around me. Our team took a couple dozen “Blessing Bags” downtown to give away to those who most needed some hope – whether it came from the tangible items we handed them (soap, toothbrushes, granola bars, etc), or from the smiles we offered and the prayers we prayed, I hope that it had a small impact on each life we encountered that week. I know that my life will certainly never be the same after what I saw.

An Opportunity For You

This blog post was originally a challenge to my Little Monkeys Crochet family to make 100 hats that the next Colombia team could take with them to distribute to the homeless. We met our goal, and the hats were delivered along with blessing bags full of toiletries, snacks, and messages of hope. If you would like to stay informed of similar upcoming opportunities, be sure to join the mailing list by submitting your email address in the form at the top of the blog! For now, please enjoy the free pattern below.

Project Hope Ministries on Facebook

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Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you're agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions. You're welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet littlemonkeyscrochet.com
Here are the “do nots”:
  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft, regardless of what your pattern-sharing buddies tell you. 🙂
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) for your own use. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post.

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Basic Men's Hat Seamless Crochet Pattern
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Hook: I (5.50mm)
Yarn: Soft worsted weight yarn (I typically use Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” or Lion Brand’s “Vanna’s Choice”)
Difficulty: Easy

Notes:

  • You will work in a continuous round. You will not join or turn. Use a stitch marker to keep track of your rows.

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With I hook, make a Magic Circle (also known as an Adjustable Loop).

Round 1: 8 HDC in magic circle. Do not join. (8)

Round 2: 2 HDC in first St from Round 1 and in each stitch around (16)

Round 3: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in next) around (24)

Round 4: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in each of the next 2 St) around (32)

Round 5: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in each of the next 3 St) around (40)

Round 6: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in each of the next 4 St) around (48)

Round 7: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in each of the next 5 St) around (56)

Rounds 8-21: 1 HDC in each St around (56)

Rounds 22-25: 1 SC in each St around (56)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

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I welcome all comments and questions as long as they are spoken with kindness, and I will always try to extend the same respect to you with my replies. If I feel your comment is inappropriate or unnecessarily hurtful, it may be deleted at my discretion.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Maite Mashila May 29, 2014, 7:14 am

    Hi there
    I am the above mentioned name staying in SOuth Africa, am impressed with the work that you do. Now i realise is late for me to knitt now but i will try for the next coming events that you will do. Please make me awear of every thing you, so that i may be able to help when i can. May the good Lord bless you all and your work and continue to bless you abundantly.

    • Rebecca June 6, 2014, 11:08 am

      Thank you Maite! Be sure to sign up to be a subscriber if you haven’t already, and you won’t miss out on anything! 🙂

  • Enrique July 12, 2014, 9:45 am

    Hello there! This blog post could not be written any better!
    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept
    preaching about this. I’ll send this article
    to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a great read. Thank you for sharing!

    • Rebecca July 15, 2014, 3:27 pm

      Thanks, Enrique! 🙂

  • Bonnie August 26, 2014, 8:49 pm

    Rebecca- I am (1) of those who “dropped the ball” but…am encouraged by your affirmation & no condemnation. Thank-You, Thank-You, Thank-You.. God used YOU today to remind ME of his Grace. It’s been tough these last few years & recently I’ve been in an emotional rut. Crocheting is TRUELY the only way I can relax!. (2) weeks ago, my car was totalled because someone didn’t yield on my green light. I hurt my left hand & wrist BUT God blessed me by allowing it to be in a place so I can still crochet! Honestly? I haven’t even WANTED to crochet-but you have motivated me. Project Hope Ministries sounds awesome! I sponsor a girl in India through World Vision & our church was a huge part of building a school in India (Price of Peace School aka:POP) that is in the final stages & bursting at the seams w/1600 kids! It began w/94 students! My daughter has been to Africa & El Salvador (& many mission trips here in the US). We take so much for granted…may God continue to bless you as you bless others! Thank-You for sharing your patterns (& stories) with us! You are storing up your treasures in Heaven 🙂

    • Rebecca August 27, 2014, 10:55 am

      Bonnie, your note stopped me in my tracks today! Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words. I have “dropped the ball” so, so many times in my life. It’s easy to let it weigh you down and start critiquing yourself severely (I do it a lot). But we love and serve a God of grace who literally DIED so that we wouldn’t have to live in those chains! There are always opportunities to use our gifts for Him and I’m so glad to hear that you are safe and your wrists will recover. It sounds like you are involved in some incredible movements and I pray that God will bless your willingness to be a part of something bigger than yourself. God bless!

  • Marlene September 3, 2014, 2:13 pm

    I know I missed the time to send you Men’s hats , When is the next shipment going to your organization as I would love to crochet hats to you . Let me know what sizes you might need and what yarn is accepted. I love to crochet for charities and would love to help you out with hats or any other things I can do for you.

    Marlene

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:33 pm

      I’m sure we’ll be doing some form of crochet drive for Colombia next summer, Marlene! Be sure to subscribe (via the form under my main menu) so you don’t miss out on any future opportunities 🙂

  • Pamela Emerson September 19, 2014, 5:22 am

    Bless your heart. Between your blog and comments on here I am in tears. God is good. May you all be blessed.

    • Rebecca September 24, 2014, 9:03 pm

      How sweet of you to say, Pamela 🙂 God IS good!

  • Melanie Gannon November 13, 2014, 2:41 pm

    This is GREAT!!! I hope you don’t mind if I link this to my page. We put out hats for the homeless ALL OVER THE WORLD!!! Keep up the good work!!! ♥, Aunt Mel.

    • Rebecca November 13, 2014, 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much! This challenge is over, but there will be many more to come! 🙂

  • Lisa December 22, 2014, 11:00 am

    I want to thank you for all the good you do . Its a rare thing to find this in the world today. I love this pattern, so thank you for that. It has inspired me as well to make for homeless shelters in my area.

    • Rebecca December 31, 2014, 7:40 pm

      That’s great! 🙂

  • Gigi December 23, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Wow! Such wonderful comments… I just want to know if you have a gauge for your Men’s Hat. Thanks & Happy Holidays!

    • Rebecca December 31, 2014, 7:41 pm

      I do not. SO sorry. I missed some key info in many of my earlier patterns, including this one. :/

  • Gail January 3, 2015, 10:16 am

    I just read your story of spreading the word of Jesus and you generosity of helping those in need!! I just wanted to say it touched my heart and God bless you on your efforts of blessing others

    • Rebecca January 6, 2015, 8:00 pm

      Thank you Gail 🙂

  • Deloris Stewart April 17, 2015, 6:27 pm

    How much thread do I need for one hat?

  • Christy June 29, 2015, 8:30 am

    Good day,

    im have traide this pattern for 10 times now and stil cant get it wright,

    can you please help me. in round 3 is it 2hdc in first st and then in the rest only 1 hdc?

    1hdc in each of the next 2? so do you skip 2 st or what

    thank you

    • Rebecca June 29, 2015, 10:51 pm

      You need to repeat the sequence in the parentheses. So 2HDC in a stitch, 1HDC in the next, 2HDC in the next, 1HDC in the next, around the hat until you complete the round.

  • ThisniCaza September 15, 2015, 12:10 pm

    I made this hat. Found the pattern on Pinterest. Thank u for the pattern…well done, well-written, and easy to follow. I suppose I am still a beginner. I learned to crochet years ago but never really got past “easy” patterns. Could you add this pattern to Ravelry? I looked at you on Ravelry but didn’t find this pattern. I would like to add my hat to my projects. I know that I can add the Ravelry toolbar and do it myself = ) …but I try to avoid add ons in general for security/performance reasons. Thank you.

  • maureen fast October 22, 2015, 11:45 pm

    I am interested in the hats for the homeless. When will you be sending more hats to Columbia and do you have other projects like this, people in need?

    • Rebecca October 31, 2015, 10:51 am

      Hi Maureen! This is an annual project, so next Spring I’ll be announcing the 2016 campaign. 🙂

  • Brian S November 6, 2015, 10:32 pm

    Hello, this may be a little strange, but this is the beanie I’ve been looking for and can not find any place to purchase. Do you make them for sell or know where I can buy one. I’m a 53 yr old male and don’t know how to crochet or have the time. That’s my excuse anyway, any help would be appreciated. Also, God Bless you for your wonderful heart!

    • Rebecca November 23, 2015, 10:34 am

      I wish I could help you! I don’t do custom orders anymore (the blog keeps me pretty busy). Your best bet is to find someone who does crochet, and give them the link to the pattern. 🙂

    • Caitlyn December 4, 2015, 9:03 pm

      I would be happy to make this hat for you if you would like. I crochet and am raising money to go on a missions trip to Haiti next summer. Please let me know if you would still like it 🙂

  • Willempje Maldonado November 12, 2015, 8:13 pm

    I’m going to use your pattern for the homeless in town . When the weather gets cold I give them to the homeless on the Street.

  • CATHY RAGER November 22, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Love this hat! Makes a great gift for my son.

  • Hannah November 24, 2015, 9:46 am

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I am making them to hang around downtown for the homeless. I would also like to make some for the women. Do I make the top the same and just reduce the length? Dropping them off this weekend so in a mad rush and would love to stick to the same pattern! Thanks!!

    • Rebecca November 30, 2015, 9:43 am

      Hi Hannah! I hope you were able to figure it out. So sorry, I didn’t work much during Thanksgiving week and am getting caught up now. 🙂 Yes, I would probably do it that way.

  • Cassandra December 5, 2015, 10:48 pm

    Would you happen to have the measurements for this hat? I am looking for a beginner/intermediate mens hat to make for my husband, 24″ head.

    • Rebecca December 7, 2015, 7:54 am

      I wish I did — some of my earlier patterns were missing complete information, and I’m slowly working on updating them all. I can tell you though that based on the sizing chart I was using at that time, I would’ve designed it to be very close to 22″ around x 9″ tall.

  • Simone January 11, 2016, 10:28 am

    Hi just what I wanted for my husband.. Thnx

  • Jenny January 11, 2016, 10:52 am

    Nice pattern!!! I will be making some of these to add to the cancer caps that I send to the local cancer centre!!!
    Thank you very much for the free pattern!!

  • Kathleen Fowler January 14, 2016, 6:42 pm

    Looks like a great, quick pattern. I like the idea of donating some to our shelters

  • Miss Abigail January 18, 2016, 1:04 pm

    My little brothers LOVE beanies and this is simple and awesome (as they don’t like “girlie hats!” lol) for them. Thanks for sharing!

    Oh… and beautiful blog post 🙂

  • Marlene Yoshida February 2, 2016, 11:53 am

    Would love to make hats for your organization. Would you like hats made with the Loom? Please add me to your email site. I also make preemie hats for the hospitals here in Colorado.

    • Rebecca February 9, 2016, 6:41 pm

      Hi Marlene, for this project any hats would have been accepted, however, the project has ended. If you sign up for my email list (use the aqua form at the top of the blog), you’ll be notified when we do another campaign.

  • Holly February 7, 2016, 5:35 pm

    I love this hat! Do you have the HDC pattern for newborn? I have only been able to find DC newborn pattern. Thanks so much

    • Rebecca February 9, 2016, 6:39 pm

      I don’t, I’m sorry!

  • Mary August 21, 2016, 5:27 am

    So simple! HAS JUST ENOUGH OF SPECIAL AROUND LAST . GREAT THE WAY IT IS BUT CAN HAVE ANY EMBELLISHMENT ADDED.

  • Judy August 30, 2016, 6:38 pm

    I crochet hats for homeless and have been looking for an easy pattern. Will give this one a try. Thank you.

  • Sue Sanders September 9, 2016, 10:19 pm

    I have not been crocheting very long. I have made numerous prayer shawls that I have given in memory of a very special prayer warrior who died in January. I am not quite sure if I missed something on this pattern. I followed all of the instructions, but since you do not join, I ended up with a flat hat. Do I then join the sides together with thread or join with a slip stitch? Thank you so much. Sue Sanders

    • Rebecca September 10, 2016, 9:56 am

      Hi Sue! I think what you must have done is turn at the end of every round, if I’m understanding correctly. In this pattern, you don’t turn (see pattern notes). When you work seamlessly in a round, and you get to the end of a round, you put the first stitch of the next round into the top loops of the first stitch from the previous round, and you work in a continuous spiral in the same direction. So when you’re done, you end up with a complete hat, no seaming involved.

      Yes, you could probably take some thread and sew your sides together and be fine. The difference is that your hat will have a visible seam, whereas this pattern doesn’t.

  • Mandy Warrender September 20, 2016, 9:32 pm

    I actually was looking for a pattern for this exact reason. I am at the end of my master’s degree in counseling and a colleague is a therapist at a homeless shelter. So i am going to make as many as i can and send the package to her.

  • ruth September 21, 2016, 11:08 pm

    Rebecca, about how many yards of yarn do I need for a men’s hat. I’ve made a lot of hats but never measured and I want to order some special yarn to make one for a special person but don’t know how many yards I need so I don’t know how many skeins to order

    • Rebecca September 22, 2016, 9:07 am

      Unfortunately this is one of my earlier patterns when I wasn’t writing complete information down (whoops). However, I can make an educated guess based on my other hat patterns and say that if you get 250 yards, you should be safe. 🙂

  • Jennifer. Wilcox October 26, 2016, 3:52 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I used the correct hook but used Hobby Lobby’s I love this Cotton. My hat turned out smaller than I expected, more the size for a child. Is this because of the yarn I used? I think I will add a few more increase rounds before I begin the sides. Do you think that will work? Also, any idea how many more increase rows I should try for it to fit an adult man, using the same yarn?
    Thank you so much!
    Jennifer Wilcox

  • Jerry Bregar November 14, 2016, 2:17 am

    I am putting your pattern to good use, am making hats here in my hometown for the homeless. Thanks you

  • natalie December 20, 2016, 1:45 pm

    Hello!
    When you are done one round and before you start the other, do you chain two or just go straight from the last hdc in the row to the first hdc in the next row?
    I’ve never crocheted in the round before!
    Thanks!

  • Lindsay December 21, 2016, 1:51 am

    Thank
    You for this pattern. My Gram’s birthday was 12/28/1925. She passed away this year and it warmed my heart to hear you have a new one coming on her birthday. Best wishes to you.

  • Anna September 21, 2017, 12:27 am

    Very easy. Plan on making several,with this pattern.