Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

Get Involved

We hope that you have been inspired to create and then donate hats to Knitting Rays of Hope. Your donations will be included in each of our deliveries to local chemo centers. We welcome hats that have been crocheted, loomed, or knitted and can be for any age (preemie, baby, child, teen or adult) and any gender.

We also welcome donations of yarn or money and will apply 100% of all the generous gifts to the creation and donation of the chemo caps. You can contact us at: knittingraysofhope@gmail.com for donations.

Yarn (or hat) Criteria:

  • Must be new, never worn
  • Should be washable
  • Smoke-free & pet hair-free
  • Soft yarn is best- cotton acrylic, silk, fleece or a blend.
  • Wool/alpaca is acceptable, though is known to be scratchy.  If using wool or alpaca, please label the hat- to warn those that are allergic
  • Please wash your hands on a regular basis while making the hats.
  • Hats do not need to be laundered if they are kept clean.  If you feel an item has to be washed before donating it, please use a hypoallergenic detergent and rinse very well.

Loom Knitting Tutorials:

Click here for a list of tutorials from getting started on Loom Knitting.  These videos are made by various people and were helpful to many of us.

Free Patterns:

Click here for some free patterns for Loom Knitting.  As we document more patterns for our hats, we will keep adding to this list.

Contact us:

Facebook- www.facebook.com/KnittingRaysOfHope

Email- knittingraysofhope@gmail.com

Pinterest- www.pinterest.com/knittngrayshope

Mail to:   Pali Wilson
382 N. Lemon Box #241
Walnut, CA 91789

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Comments on: "Get Involved" (20)

  1. Barbara Ratter said:

    I would like a knit and crochet pattern and I will make a lot of these little hats.

    Thank you

    Barb

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    • Thank you Barbara for your interest. I will look for both a knit & crochet pattern for hats. We had talked about including those types of links before, but since we don’t have any expertise in those areas, we were reluctant. I will do a search and see what I can come up with. I’ll let you know soon.
      Thank you!

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      • diana greenwood said:

        I would love to help, i live in australia. Could someone contact me at dianag1968@gmail.com
        so i know what you want and where to send
        would love some of your hat patterns they are so cute

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      • Thank you for connecting! We would absolutely love to have you as part of Team Knitting Rays of Hope! We request any hand made hat- any size (from preemie babies to adult) as we donate to babies in the NICU, children & adult chemo warriors, both boys & girls, men & women. You can send it to me in California. I can email you my address.

        We just began documenting our patterns. You can find them at https://knittingraysofhope.wordpress.com/tutorials/free-patterns/

        We are so excited that you are interested! YAY!
        We will send you an email shortly. 🙂

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  2. Great cause! Thanks for the follow on mine; really appreciated as I’m just starting out with this adventure. I’ll make a couple of hats to send down your way as well.

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  3. How to Crochet the Beanie:

    Ch 5. Join with a sl st to form ring.

    Round 1: ch 1, work 10 sc in ring. sl st to join the work to the ch-1 worked at the beg of the round.

    Round 2: Work 2 sc in ea sc. Work 1 sc in sl st worked at end of round 1. You’ll end up with a total of 21 sc sts. Sl st to join end of round to beg.

    Round 3: Work 1 sc in ea st of round 2 below. Total: 21 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.

    Round 4: [Work 1 sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc.] Repeat sequence in brackets all the way around. Total = 28 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.

    Round 5: [1 sc in ea of the next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc.] Repeat sequence in brackets all the way around. Total = 32 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.

    Round 6: Work 1 sc in ea sc. Total = 32 sc. Sl st to join end of round to beg.

    Round 7: [sc in next sc, ch 1] Rep sequence in brackets 31 more times for a total of 32. After the last ch st has been worked, sl st to join to 1st sc in round. Total = 32 sc and 32 ch sts.

    Note: Up until this point, your hat has probably looked reasonably hat-like. Be warned that, while you are crocheting the next several rounds, the project may start to resemble some sort of strangely warped flying saucer. If it does, please do not be alarmed. This will indeed turn out to be a hat, although it might not start looking hat-like again until you’ve crocheted a bunch more rounds.

    Rounds 8 and Up: [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc.] Rep sequence in brackets all the way around, for a total of 32 times. Sl st to join the end of the round to the beg.

    Repeat round 8 until the beanie is the length you want it. I crocheted 24 rounds in all, but you should feel free to adjust this number to get the fit that works best for you (or the intended wearer). Keep in mind that you can put a safety pin in your active loop and try the hat on to see how it fits.

    Finishing the Beanie:

    End off, leaving about 6 inches of yarn for weaving in securely. Weave in any loose ends. Block if desired.

    http://crochet.about.com/od/easy-crochet-patterns/a/simple-crochet-beanie-hat-pattern.htm

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    • Thank you for the pattern & video tutorial. We only crochet embellishments, so I am grateful for your information. Thank you 🙂

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  4. you are welcome!

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  6. Melissa Moreno said:

    I love to make some hats and donate! I live in Florida so of someone can contact me i would appreciate it

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    • Sure I will send you an email shortly. If you want to read our “Get Involved” page that will give you some information immediately.

      We are so very happy to hear that you want to make a difference and help us spread hope! 🙂

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  7. GailKimes said:

    Hi I just came upon this site and am thrilled to find a place I could donate my hats. I am a breast cancer survivor and wanted to pay it forward. I started loom knitting a few months back and have accumulated quite a few. My thought was for the young children going through chemo. I also have some for small children . I would be honored if I could send them to your organisation.

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    • Such wonderful news and a remarkable story! We love hearing from survivors and especially ones who want to contribute to Knitting Rays of Hope! Please send them to the address listed above and we will include them in our deliveries! We accept all sizes, from itty bitty to children to teenagers to adults (both men and women). Thank you so much for you interest and we look forward to seeing your creations!

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  8. Susan said:

    Do you accept preemie blankets?

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  9. G. Green said:

    Someone recently gave me a bag of yarn. Much of it is a mohair blend. Do you accept hats made from this blend?

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