Different from other organizations, Hat Box foundation only distributes hats that are 100% hand-made by our volunteers who span across the nation. We believe something made by human hands contain a special ingredient. It is this ingredient that makes each hat unique and helps to heal the human spirit. Without the generosity of our volunteers, we wouldn’t exist.
We encourage design creativity and we gladly accept all new, well-crafted hand-knitted or crocheted hats (please no loomed hats). While we have no pre-determined patterns, please visit our links page for free pattern downloads.
Hats can be knitted or crocheted; we just ask that the crochet is more of a tighter stitch so that the hat provides enough coverage for the head. In addition, we ask that the hats be long enough to cover the ears and nape of the neck.
Our recipients include men, women, boys, and girls so hats in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles are appreciated. Hats for children should be at least 18" in circumference; hats for teens and adults should be at least 22" in circumference.
As far as yarns go, since our hats are sent to multiple climate zones, we accept all sorts of hat weights. In the colder months, heavy weight hats are most appropriate for the cooler climates. In the warmer months, light weight hats which still provide coverage are appreciated. In addition, we like cotton and acrylic soft yarns since many of our patients have little or no hair (Bernat, Lion Brand, and Simply Soft Caron offer some great lines).
We are a non-profit with limited funds and so we ask all of our volunteers to supply their own yarn.
It is the generosity of our volunteers and sponsors that has enabled us to touch so many lives. Thank you for your joining the Hat Box family!