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Over the last few years, I have knitted hundreds and hundreds of hats. Some of them have been for friends, family and self but many have been for the Country Knitting of Maine "Keeping Maine Warm" charity. This effort has resulted in a lot of hat patterns, some of them are very quick and easy to facilitate charity knitting. These patterns are now organized into collections for you to enjoy.
"Stripping for Charity" may seem an outrageous thing to do. You may think blushingly, "I would never!" or possibly, depending on your body image, that stripping would be no charity. Be calm. The title refers to strip knitting. This is the practice of knitting simple shapes in long strips with waste yarn in between. It is an enormously efficient way to knit a lot of hats. They don't have to be boring hats. One may achieve a lot of style and variety within the strip knitting discipline. These books explore the possibilities. Table of contents for Stripping for Charity:
Hats by the yard page 3
Plain hats page 6
Slouch hats page 10
Fur trimmed hats page 13
Lined hats page 16
Knit weaving page 19
Fairisle trim page 23
Garter hem hats page 28
Peekaboo lace page 31

Hats by the yard includes head circumference of 19-22”. Stripping for charity hats include head circumference of 14-22” which includes the sizes from small babies to XL adults.

All patterns may be knitted on standard, mid-gauge and bulky machines. Passaps can knit most of them. Hobby machines are acceptable.
Like, "Stripping for Charity", the character hats at right may be knitted in long strips of hats and finished once they are off of the machine. A few minutes of extra work through short-rowing, the addition of ears, eyes and embroidery makes these plain hats into amazingly adorable characters.
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All of the character hat patterns are worked using Tamm Bebe yarn. 1 strand knits on the standard, Passap and mid-gauge. 2 strands together knits on the mid-gauge and bulky. Should you wish to enlarge the color options, Tamm Nordic knits at the same gauge as 2 strands of Bebe and offers some darker colors.
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Hem & crown options
Happy Hat in 5 sizes and 3 gauges. Sized for babies to large adults and works on any machine. Includes duplicate stitching instructions and smile chart
Snowman and Associates is the same basic hat design as the Happy Hat in the same sizes and gauges. Easy embellishment techniques create the faces
Frog Hat …..Built like Happy Hat with the addition of short-rowed eyes, duplicate stitched mouth & appliquéd tongue
Spider Hat...built like Happy Hat with the addition of eyes & legs
One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater in 8 sizes and 2 gauges to fit any wearer and be knitted on any machine
Monster Hat in 4 sizes for bulky and standard machines
Crowning Glory in 4 sizes that fit from children to large adults and 2 gauges, one of which will work on any machine. This is 4 versions of a crown hat
Pumpkin Hats in 9 sizes that fit from babies to large adults and 2 gauges, one of which will work on the standard, Passap, mid-gauge or bulky machine.
Turtle hat in 3 sizes with 17, 19, 21” circ. gauges for bulky and standard
Tips for furry yarns
Passap notes & notes on creating your own characters
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"Keeping Maine Warm" is administered by Linda Williams, publisher of the Country Knitting of Maine News and Views magazine. I design for the magazine and knit 100 hats per year for the charity. The charity works in conjunction with an annual contest. I offer an incentive gift for anyone who will join me in knitting and dontating 100 hats. To read more about it and join in, see the magazine or visit Linda's website
Here is the secret formula (c)2016 Kathryn Doubrley: Worsted weight yarn that gets 4 stitches/inch in the middle of the stitch size dial. 56 stitches. Hat is about 16" in circumference and 7 from crown to hem when complete. 20 rows stockinette. 1 row to memorize. 22 rows tuck. 3 rows stockinette. 1 row to memorize. 12 rows fair isle. Remember to add color 2 for those!. 6 rows slip. 1 row stockinette regular size. 1 row stockinette at stitch size 10. Gather off.