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