This is a selection of the hats, scarves, sock and gloves donated by friends of mine for those sleeping rough in Dublin. Every year I invite my fellow knitters to join me in knitting something for some of those in the unfortunate position of not having a permanent home in Dublin.
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Due to a family crisis I didn’t get a chance to knit as much as I hoped this year, so my contribution is this little skull-cap with button detail that I crocheted from some acrylic that a friend donated to me. It’s a super simple crochet hat pattern, although I did have to adjust the number of rows to make it fit. The pattern is free and if you’re used to crocheting you could do it in a couple of hours.
This is me handing in last year’s donation to the homeless charity in Dublin Peter McVerry. I label each item with the name of the knitter because having something to keep you warm is one thing but knowing that it was handmade by a person that cares about you is another.
The whole scheme was born out of idea to match waste with need. Most knitters have a stash of wool that they want to use up. I can think of no better use that as an item handmade with compassion for vulnerable people who need all the support we can give.
If you want to contribute next year post a comment and I’ll get in touch.