Cold weather is just around the corner. As knitters and crocheters we’re often at the ready with warm, handmade accessories to get through the season. Unfortunately, many people here in Winnipeg don’t have warm hats and mittens and we’re putting a call out for some crafty help. Let’s warm up Winnipeg with lots of hats and mittens!
Throughout the winter we will be collecting handmade mittens and hats for two organizations in our city that help people out, West Central Women’s Resource Centre and Sunshine House, two organizations that do so much and are looking warm things to hand out to people who need them. You can drop them off here, at Wolseley Wool and we’ll make sure they get to where they need to go.
West Central Women’s Resource Centre’s mission is to empower women, and their community, to move from where they are to where they want to be, by providing responsive programming, facilitating knowledge sharing and connection, and contributing to culture shift and policy transformation. Read all about what they do on their website here.
Sunshine House is a community drop-in and resource centre focusing on harm reduction and social inclusion. We work to provide programming that fulfills people’s social, community, and recreational needs. Participants can come as they are, and are not expected to be “clean” or sober. Read all about what they do on their website here.
A few things to consider when making mittens and hats to donate:
- Neutral, plain or dark coloured accessories are the most popular and usually get picked first
- The West Central Woman’s Resource Centre in particular would also love some purple hats and mittens that matches the purple in their logo
- Simple patterns are best, we’ve got a few suggested below
- Washable materials such as superwash wool, blends or acrylic yarns are easier to care for, we’ve also got a few suggestions if you want to pick up some yarns or give you an idea when you peek in your stash for yarns
Here are some mitten and hat patterns that would work well if you're looking for one to knit. If you have a favourite, don't feel like you have to knit one of these, this is a lists to get ideas from.
- Knit - Barley - a nice hat for knitters of all skill levels
- Knit - Graham - a textured worsted weight hat
- Knit - Beloved Aran - a simple yet beautiful hat pattern
- Knit - Copycat CC Beanie - the double brim is extra warm
- Knit - Sandoval Hat - a ribbed hat
- Knit - Northward - a bulky hat with simple cables
- Knit - The Big Hat - a great basic bulky hat
- Knit - No Waste Hat - a good pattern to use up partial balls with
- Knit - Brassica - our favourite chunky hat pattern
- Crochet - Unforgettable Hat - a basic worsted weight crochet hat
- Crochet - Simple Slouch Hat - another great basic hat
- Crochet - Rosewood Beanie - a worsted weight ribbed hat
- Crochet - Brooklyn Ridge - a chunky weight ribbed hat
- Crochet - Simple Seed Stitch Beanie - a textured hat
- Crochet - Basic Back Loop Beanie - another great ribbed hat
- Knit - The Worlds Simplest Mittens - these are one of our favourites and can be knit in so many yarn weights and sizes!
- Knit - Simple Chunky Mittens - a great basic chunky mitten
- Knit - Comfy Gusset Mittens - great for worsted weight yarn
- Knit - Warmest Mittens - another great worsted weight mitten pattern
- Crochet - Morning Mittens - a nice cuffed crochet mitten pattern
- Crochet - Mrs. Murdock's Mittens - our favourite crochet mitten pattern
- Crochet - Vargavinter - another favourite crochet mitten pattern
- Crochet - Cozy Mittens - a nice bulky crochet mitten pattern
Here are some yarns we suggest if you're planning to pick something up or to give you an idea of what to look for in your stash. These yarns are all easy to knit with and easy to care for - they'll be ok in the washer and dryer if they end up there.
Worsted (these yarns also knit well with patterns that call for Aran weight)