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March meeting canceled / Ways to connect

Hi everyone,

After careful consideration, we decided to cancel our March meeting (next week). Many people in our group are at higher risk (over 60, other health issues), and we don't want to put anyone in danger. We are following the lead of schools, public buildings, churches, workplaces, and other gatherings in social distancing. This will give our healthcare workers their best chance to fight the Coronavirus and reduce its impact.

We will reschedule our bears meeting, possibly in April, depending on how the situation is shaping up. But for now, let's find other ways to continue our sense of community and connectedness. I'm exploring several things but first I thought I'd share with you a few free hat patterns that you can try. I will give links, but if you can't access them for some reason, just leave a comment below, and I will connect with you to get you either a printable PDF or if need be, I can print and mail you a copy.

In addition - let's use the comment function of the blog to connect. Please leave a comment on this post, even if it's just to say hi or to let us know which hat you're casting on. Let us know what you're else making, what you're up to, how you're doing. You don't have to wait till Tuesday, though if you want to check in and leave a comment at what was supposed to be our meeting time, that could be fun.

If anyone is struggling with practical or emotional needs during this time, please reach out to the group or to me personally. 

Now, some hat patterns!

Hat 1: Barley <CLICK HERE> . This hat is part of Tin Can Knits' wonderful Simple Collection. I love it because it's interesting but not too hard, and it always turns out cute, especially in the kid sizes. It gives you a slouch or beanie option - I always make the beanie because I prefer it. The toddler or child size would be most similar to what we usually make, but you could make it in one of the adult sizes if you want.


Hat 2: Respect Hat <CLICK HERE>. My pattern! I wrote this pattern for a baby hat in sport weight yarn and US size 4 (3.5mm) needles, but to get a kid-size hat, use worsted weight and US size 7 or 8 (4.5-5mm) needles, and start the decreases when the hat measures 6 inches from cast on.


Hat 3: WW II hat <CLICK HERE> This is a vintage pattern for a super-stretchy watch cap I've made a bunch of times. Click on the link and scroll down to Beanie No. 212. It's an adult pattern - to size it down for a kid, cast on 72 stitches, do the K2 P2 rib for 4 inches, and do the K6 P2 ribbing for 20 rounds. 


Wishing you all health and comfort. Please leave a comment below! 

Comments

  1. Glad we all are staying safe. Thanks for the hat patterns. Time to use up all my yarn!

    If anyone needs errands or groceries, please reach out. Happy to try and help.

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  2. I'm an out of towner (Georgia) but soon will be in Steamboat to live. I am having some trouble with the little dot toddler sweater and wonder if anyone can help me. Can't wait to be in an area surrounded by fiber folks. There aren't many here.

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  3. Hi everyone! What are you casting on? I'm going to do a Barley hat with a contrast (bright) ribbed brim.

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  4. If you haven't tried the Barley hat, do so! Super easy and FAST. Toddler size uses about 1/3 of a skein. Am sending a pic to Amy.

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