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Get ready to Commit to Knit a Hat for the Homeless

September is when we celebrate all the knitters and crocheters out there who tirelessly make items for charities to help with fundraising or to raise awareness of a particular campaign. It is also when we ask all knitters and crocheters to make  just one item for a charity or organisation to show their support for our Commit To Knit campaign.

This year we will be repeating our Hats for the Homeless drive for those that are living on the streets, or who have fallen on hard times.  According to Shelter, more than 70,000 households have been made homeless since the start of the pandemic which is a shocking figure. 

A spokesperson from The Big Issue North, which has received some of your hats in the past couple of years, said: “People experiencing street homelessness face significant health risks, including the risk of hypothermia. This can occur throughout the year, as even warm days are often followed by cold nights. A knitted hat can help to protect someone from the cold, but it can also provide someone with dignity, humanity and the proof that someone cares about them.”

Last year UK Hand Knitting received more than 4,000 hats which were distributed to Crisis, Big Issue Northwest, The Big Issue Foundation, Knit for Peace (who distribute to food banks), The Salvation Army and Wandsworth prison.  This year we’d really like to get to 5,000 hats but we can’t do it without you.

Look out for new patterns, including some kindly donated by UK craft magazines, over the next few weeks – and be quick as some will only be available for a limited time. If you want to get a head start you can find our previous patterns here.  

We’ll be accepting hats until 1 December – please send them to
Hats for the Homeless
PO BOX 151
Bingley
BD16 9DT
UK

20 thoughts on “Get ready to Commit to Knit a Hat for the Homeless”

  1. Hello. I came across too late for last year’s hat for the homeless. I have a large number of adult sized crochet beanie hats. Are these acceptable?

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    1. Hi

      Any warm yarn is appreciated. The feedback we’ve had is that the main preference is over colour. People who are street homeless prefer darker or muted colours. Thanks

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    1. We do take children’s hats too because some of the charities work with families. The biggest need seems to be for adult hats though.

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  2. Hi, I sent a parcel from Rochdale with 26 knitted hats in it, knitted over lock down. Has it arrived.?. I sent it to the Bingley address. I hope it has. Approx 3 weeks ago. 🙋🏻‍♀️

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  3. Are you still taking hats, if so, should I send them to the Bingley address? Alternatively, do you know of any Hats for Homeless charities in Dorset or Somerset. Thanks.

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  4. Good day
    Having knitted 17 hats my husband arranged to send them to you, on the 23rd September 2021, using Interparcel & Hermes carriers. We’ve been in regular contact with them since then because they have not been delivered to you and seem to be lost in their “systems”. Today Interparcel’s helpline have told us that the issue is that they don’t deliver to “PO Boxes”!! Thought I ought to raise this with you, as we suspect there may be other parcels that have gone missing due to this issue.

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  5. Hi, I have some second hand hats that I haven’t knitted myself. These are in perfect condition and would go to a charity shop otherwise. Is it OK to send these? Thanks.

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