Loom Knitting

April – May 2019 Project: Character Hats for kids

I have been working hard the past few months in preparation for our upcoming project. In January, I reached out to one of our local children’s hospitals about donating hats for the kids. They requested that the hats be character hats only, no plain ones. Whew! That was a tall order since we have just started the group and most have just started to loom knit. While there are tons of patterns for crochet character hats, there are almost none for loom knitting. My mission was clear.

I set out to design and make as many hats as I could. Now I have many designed and many already made, but plenty more in the works. Like the other projects we have worked on, I am making YouTube video tutorials for my group to follow. I have several already loaded but plenty more coming. It takes more time than you think to make, edit and upload the videos. I really have enjoyed making these designs. I have so many ideas filling the pages of my design notebook. I will continue design and make character hats since there are other causes/ places we will donate to in the future.

After I started designing these hats, I decided to also donate hats to local children with hair loss from Alopecia. I have a friend who’s 5 year old has complete hair loss from Alopecia. I thought of her and reached out to my friend. She is helping me coordinate the donations. Because we are custom making those hats for each kid, we are going to make the character hats over a two month period.

Several of the ones already loaded to YouTube.

For our side project, we are also loom knitting scrubbies to donate to the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. These can be used for body/ face scrubbies, which will be perfect for the kids.

Here is a the video tutorial of how to make the loom knit scrubbies.

I encourage you to reach out to your local children’s hospital and see what their requirements are for donations. Please consider using my tutorials to make hats to donate. If you hospital does not take donations, then reach out to your local women’s shelter, church, foster care, homeless shelter, etc.

Blessings to all, Bridget
Loom Knitting

March 2019 Project: Operation Gratitude

We are doing several projects for our donations to Operation Gratitude this month. Each year, they send hundreds of thousands of Care Packages to those who serve our country. If you go to this page of their website, you will see all the ways that you can help out with the care packages and requirements on each of these projects we are working on.

Either a hat or a scarf is put into each care package during colder months. We have been working on hats for our February project, so any of those designs will work for this month as well. I will be adding a few more to my YouTube channel throughout the month. I have also designed some scarf patterns as well. Here is one of my favorites: https://youtu.be/Mp6r5xPUcbs

Hurdle stitch scarf design for this month’s donations.

In hotter months, they include a cool tie in the care packages instead of a hat or scarf. These are easy to sew. You can purchase the crystals from a link they provide to fill the cool ties. You can make 5 cool ties from 1 yard of fabric.

In every care package they put several cards to the service person. Thanks to a generous donation from one of our members, we are using blank cards to create cards for the care packages. These will be a great way for our kids to get involved as well.

Teens, kids and adults will also get to make Paracord Bracelets. According to their website: Not only do these bracelets look cool, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation. We include them in our Care Packages because they’re both functional and meaningful, as they are handmade by an American who wants to show their appreciation to our Troops and First Responders.

They have a video on how to make the bracelets, both for left and right handed people to follow. Paracord can be purchase from Amazon.

I hope you will consider following along with one of these projects or one of the other ways you can help out listed on their website and mail them your donations.

Blessings to all, Bridget