From October to even April in New England, it is just plain cold. These are great months to drop off hats at your local food pantry or a homeless or women’s shelter. I truly enjoyed knitting each of these for gifts and charities - all may be found on the Ravelry website.

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Hats, hats, hats (by elisabeth Colding sivertsen)

A quick knit and great stashbuster, I made this hat in Rowan 100% superwash worsted wool. It has a rolled brim and stays on nicely. I took the extra step of basting in a fleecy liner to eliminate any “itch” factor. This is a nice, rugged little hat and a favorite of mine as kids just love it. My grandson (pictured here) is now wearing his for a third winter season. The pattern has size instructions for newborn - age 6, but I think the largest size would still fit many kids up to about 4th grade.


Hat in bluebell rib for a lady (by yelena chen)

This one gets an “I LOVE THIS PATTERN!” I made multiples in one week. My daughter, Erica, snagged this one. I knit hers in Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, colorway (32) Snowbound. I used a size 7 needle and left off one pattern repeat to get the nice, snug beanie look.

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farm girl hat (by lena mathissOn)

Hot off the press, knitwear designer Lena Mathisson published this pattern in February 2019. If you can knit and purl, you can make this hat, no cabling required. I knit it in 100% fingering Sock wool by Backyard Fibers in colorway “For Me” for a young teen at church who is undergoing cancer treatment and has lost her hair. Three young ladies who modeled it for me all wanted it, so now I have three more to whip up. Solids and tonals are best for this pattern, as the lovely stitch definition would be lost in anything variegated.