Saturday, October 01, 2011

Hats and scarves for Homeless Veterans

If you love to make hats, why not check with your local American Legion Auxiliary to see if hats and scarves are needed for your local Vets.  Many are sadly, homeless, and cold and forgotten.  You can remember them this year by making hats to help warm them.  There are both men and women former armed forces who are homeless, but more men than women, so more 'manly colors' are needed.

You can loom knit, hand knit, or crochet them, or even sew them from fleece fabric.  Be sure to used dark colors, mixed with cheery brights and avoid white or cream because these tend to get dirty faster. You can even hold a plan dark color together with a bright sock yarn for more warmth. I like to make hats with maybe navy blue and a few stripes of colorful variegated yarns! 

If you need patterns I have loads listed on this page, waiting to be printed out and crocheted and knitted.

or a new one by Bev created just for this project as our library group is helping the homeless Vets in Vegas.

Scarves are needed too:

Scarves are always welcome too and really serve to ward off those cold winds in many ways.  Here one I started the other day for our Library Knit and Crochet for Others group.

A simple scarf can be knitted using size 11 needles and one or two strands of worsted weight yarn.
Cast one 18 sts and knit until scarf is 50" - 60" long.
Cast off and weave in yarn ends.

You can also crochet a simple scarf:

If you would like to make hats or scarves for the homeless vets in Vegas, please send them by Nov 1, 2011  to;
Bev Qualheim-blog
PO Box 427
Logandale NV 89021-0427   USA

HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE TODAY!  Tell them you love them and need them.  Life is short, don't waste it.



HilsGal said...

I am making the hats for the homeless with double (or triple) yarn. They are nice and thick.

Whitney said...

Hi Bev, I haven't commented much recently but I do still visit your blog often. Your needlework inspires me so much.

Have you ever thought to make neck tubes from crochet or knitting instead of scarves? They can be quick to whip up and are circular. They wear like a turtleneck collar and you can pull them over your mouth and nose to keep warm. Just wondering if these would be helpful instead of the length of a scarf for the homeless.

bevq said...

Hi Whitney! I am sure those would be a great item to make for the homeless-- they would be able to stuff them into a pocket too. I think I might work on a pattern for those.
Pretty sure there is a neck tube pattern on my site--a neck-gaitor-- but it's machine knit.

Vicki said...

That's my go-to pattern for beanies. Easy to memorize and fun to play with. If you make them longer, they make nice slouchy beanies, or the excess can be rolled up like a cuff. Add earflaps, tassels, and other goodies if you're really energetic and playful. A very good basic pattern..