Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

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Personal Gifts

I thought I would share the hats that my daughter and I made for our friend who is pregnant with a little girl.


We met her and her family through youth football, and we can’t wait to meet her little baby girl.

Gifts from Texas


We met a new friend, Cindy from Ft. Worth, Texas who sent us such beautiful hats!  Her hats include footballs, sock monkeys, minions and Cat in the Hat!


Cindy sent 42 beautifully made hats that will bring hope and smiles.  She included a card, that reads:

I found your organization on Pinterest and I’m hoping you can use these hats.  My dad was really sick so while Is pent time with him, I made them.  Shortly after that, I received an email from my local children’s hospital that they were NO longer accepting hats.  They are now purchasing them.

Please accept these, I’m sure you can share them with someone who needs them.


We most definitely will send these out to our local children’s hospital in the near future!   We are so grateful you found us and reached out to us with your generous gifts!

Thank you so much!


Making New Friends

We received a box full of goodies from Bailee and her mom, Bonnie from Auberry, California.  We are so delighted to have new friends making hats and contributing to Knitting Rays of Hope.


They sent many hats- all so adorable.  Their box included 7 hats for babies in the NICU, 18 hats for children cancer warriors and 2 headbands.   Among all the different colors and stitches, there were some for Steeler fans and Seahawk fans; there was a Micky Mouse, cupcake, a beret and 2 headbands.  Bailee’s letter read:

About a year ago, I was on the internet looking for an organization that my mom and I could donate our hats to and when I found the Knitting Rays of Hope website, I knew I wanted to send our hats to you!  My mom and I have been making these hats since last summer and praying that the people who receive these hats will feel the love that these hats were made with.  I love what you guys are doing and I look forward to sending more of our hats to you!

Keep up the great work!

We are so grateful that Bailee’s web search led her to us, and we can’t wait to see what they send to us next!

Football Season

As you may already know, we are huge football fans.  Though the football season is almost done, I’d say this has been an interesting season.  After many years of begging, we finally caved and allowed my son play youth tackle football, which he loved.  He did fairly well, getting exposed to all different positions and found he likes quarterback the best.  His team made it to the 1st round playoffs and he was nominated to play in the All Stars Game.  We just had his banquet and he received a patch for being a “Scholarly Athlete”, which meant maintaining a 3.0 or higher during the football season.  I was actually surprised that it was only 3.0 GPA and only 5 boys out of the team received this.  But nonetheless, we are proud.

Traditionally we follow the NFL, more specifically the Steelers.  But my son has started following college football and has become a huge fan of the Oregon Ducks.  Tonight, we will be watching the Championship game between Oregon and Ohio State, cheering for the Ducks, so long as homework is complete. 😉

I made these hats for fellow football fans, 2 hats for children and 1 hat for a baby in the NICU, over the break, while watching the Ducks win the Rose Bowl and our Steelers lose in the playoffs to the Ravens.  Since our Steelers are out, we might quietly cheer for the Seattle Seahawks to win Superbowl.  I don’t know why the Seahawks, we normally are true blue Steeler Fans, not rooting for anyone else.  Perhaps it’s because Russell Wilson is my son’s doppelganger.  But we certainly don’t cheer for the Seahawks as loudly as we do for our Steelers!

Hope you have a great evening!

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Football Fanatics


After looking in my yarn stash and having the desire to whip out something special, my daughter made a football hat for a young chemo warrior.  She commented that we have made football hats before, but most of them were little for babies in the NICU.  Being a huge football fan herself, she wanted to make a football hat for another kid who loves football.

Football hat
<Free Pattern>

Made this hat on a 36 peg loom for a child

To create a this brim
Using a brown yarn
Row 1: e-wrap the pegs  (for this type of brim-garter stitch- I don’t use the peg on the side. I typically begin with the 1st peg and have my slip know part of the brim)
Row 2: purl stitch
Row 3:  e-wrap stitch
Row 4: purl stitch
Row 5:  e-wrap stitch
Row 6: purl stitch
Row 7:  e-wrap stitch
Row 8: purl stitch

For the rest of the hat
Using a brown yarn
e-wrap  12 rows (from bottom of brim to end of 12 row is 5 inches)
Change yarn to White yarn
Using a white yarn
e-wrap  4 rows
Change yarn to Brown yarn
Using a Brown yarn
e-wrap 3 rows

To close the hat
I use Jeannie Phillips method of closing the hat, as it creates a rounded, less bunchy top.   You knit 2 pegs, then purl 2 pegs for 3 rows.
Go around the loom twice and then cut off the yarn
With a threaded tapestry needle, you remove all the purl stitched pegs and pull as tight as you progress
You can find Jeannie’s video tutorial link on our Tutorials Page under “Binding Off (or Finishing the Hat)”  – Flat Drawstring Cast Off
Go around and remove all the knit stitches from the loom and close by making a cross (sew the yarn in a + at the top of the stitches) and then go in through the top of the hat.
Make a knot inside the hat and cut off the excess yarn.

Finger Laces
Sew the finger laces on the front of the hat with a white yarn, using a tapestry needle.

You may have a tail near the brim.  You can make sure to secure it with a knot, very close to the brim and cut off the excess yarn.

I hope that you enjoy this pattern and can begin to make football hats for all the football fans in your life!

2 Tiny Footballs


We have been busy trying to get all of the shipments ready for December’s delivery.  Here are 2 football hats for babies in the NICU.  These were so easy to make and I really like how soft this yarn is (Charisma).  Hoping football families love seeing their lil’ ones in these football hats!  Go Team!

Are You Ready for Some Football?


We are trying to get a package ready to be shipped to a military hospital based in Japan as a special request.  Along with the holiday themed hats, we will include these 4 football hats for babies in the NICU.  Our service men and women deserve so much respect, as they make sacrifices daily to protect our freedoms!  I hope they look at the football hats and feel a little piece of home is with them while they are across the ocean.

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Football is king in my home.  Though we like the NBA, and the kiddos play soccer and basketball on teams, and swim most of the summers away, the NFL reigns supreme in our home.  To say, we are fans would be a huge understatement and to fail to mention that Black & Yellow running through our veins would be a sin.  We are Steeler Fans through and through – all four of us!

Vanessa & I made 12 football hats for babies in the NICU.  We both had the same Loops & Threads Charisma yarn, which is extremely soft and great to work with.  Some of the footballs have 2 stripes of white and some have 1 stripe.  Some of the brims roll, while others have a garter stitch.  Vanessa sewed tiny finger laces on every hat on the front.  The sizes of all 12 hats vary to accomodate anyone in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.

We had fun making these hats together and talking trash about the other football teams.  Needless to say, Vanessa and her family are huge fans too- they just don’t cheer for the right team <in my opinion>.  They like the Raiders- ewww, but at least it’s not the cowboys <blech>       😉