This winter we’re teaming up with Hats for Israeli Soldiers to send some love in the form of simple handknit hats. And you can too!
Hats for Israeli Soldiers is spearheaded by the lovely Channah Koppel, an avid knitter and mother of an Israeli soldier. She started the organization and designed the pattern as a way to send a cozy message of love to enlisted soldiers. She now gathers hundreds and hundreds of handknit hats from all over the world, and delivers them to A Package for Home, which bundles the hats with much needed day-to-day items and delivers them to active duty Israeli soldiers, in particular the ‘Lone Soldiers’.
One thing many people do not know is that the Israeli army includes young men and women from all over the world who willingly enlist to secure the safety and survival of the Jewish people. Lone Soldiers (Chayalim Bodedim) are international soldiers who do not have family in Israel, and are the ones who need the most support since they are so far from home.
The hat pattern is free, and includes instructions for knitting it flat and in the round. The pattern has been approved by the IDF, so as long as you knit to the pattern specs, you can be sure that your handiwork will get lots of love and use from an Israeli soldier. We will be donating 100% of the proceeds from our two recommended yarn options to LIBI USA- a fund run by a network of volunteers that directly supports Israeli soldiers. LIBI helps provide for the educational and medical needs of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, and endeavors to implement projects not covered by the Israeli Army’s regular budget.
If you are interested in joining our hat drive, the steps are simple:
1) Get the pattern FREE on Ravelry: “Ribbed Watchman Cap” by Channah Koppel
2) Get the right yarn, we have two great options here.
3) Knit your hat either flat or in the round following the patterns sizing specifications.
4) Drop your finished hat (or hats!) off at our store by January 20th.
Or, mail in your hat donations to our store:
Knit Culture Studio
8118 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you don’t know how to knit a hat, that’s OK! We’re teaching a hat class based on the pattern so you can learn to knit a hat while working on a hat to contribute to our hat drive!