This is a great initiative to make warm winter accessories to donate to the Simon Community. It runs until 30 November 2015.
There is even a list of suggested knitting and crochet patterns if you are not sure what to make.
I decided to crochet a Reversible Strands hat (free Ravelry download). I was using DK yarn rather than Aran/Worsted, so I made the following adjustments to end up with a man’s size hat:
- I used a 5mm crochet hook with double knit wool.
- I did 2 extra sets of increases, ending up with 42 fpdc rather than 30. So instead of stopping increasing after round 6, I did 4 more rounds.
For round 7 & 8, there were 4 repeats between each increase, and then for round 9 & 10, there were 5 repeats.
- After round 10, my circle was roughly 6.5 inches in diameter.
- Moving on to the straight cables, I did this for round 11-18 rather than round 7-16, due to my earlier adjustments.
If making again, I would add a couple of rounds in the main brown colour (do round 11-20 here instead).
- I then following the 4 stripe rows as per the pattern & finished off with 9 rounds of the alternate beige colour (rounds 23-31), before the final sc round 32 to finish.
If making again, I would decrease this to 7 rounds, having added 2 extra rounds of the main brown colour above the stripe instead.
The hat is quite stretchy, so the above method fits a man’s head, but would also be OK for me if the hat was just made a bit shorter. The reversible nature of the pattern means that you can choose to have the either the raised ribbing on the outside (picture above) or have a smooth look instead (below).
Hopefully this hat will help someone stay warm this winter.