Hats for Mongolia

Let’s Make Hats for Mongolia

Hats for MongoliaKristy from CinDwood Looms is collecting Hats, Cowls/Scarves sets for needy kids in Mongolia from May1 to September 1. I’m hoping loom knitters will get some warm dark-colored acrylic yarn, their favorite loom and pattern get all worked up and hook those loops til your pooped. OK that was cheesy.

You guys know what I mean. Here is a chance to make something for someone in need. Let’s grab the opportunity with open hands and open hearts.

Mail your contribution to: May 01 – September 01, 2016

CinDWood Crafts
Attn: Summer Service
2305 Ranch Road,
Eagle Mountain, UT  84005 United States.

Email: cindwoodcrafts@msn.com


For More Detailed Information: Click HERE


Kristy has a lot of useful information on the CinDwood Looms blog. I do suggest stopping by the website and read her post. You also get some history about her and this beautiful project. Should you have any questions you can post them at the bottom. If I can answer – I will and if I can’t then I’ll be sure to get them to her. Her answers will be posted here to helps others that are to shy to ask but have the same questions.

REMEMBER – Although the title says Hats for Mongolia – It should be a set that includes a scarf or a cowl. When shipping I always prefer the cowl. Way easier to make, ship and wear. That’s just a personal opinion.

To make a cowl just take your favorite hat pattern and instead of closing the top – do a Modified Basic Bind-off. Tada ! You have a cowl.


Just a Few Suggestions:

Dark Colors (Hide dirt well)

Strong Yarns (Recipients don’t have washing machines)

Warm tight stitches. (Temperatures can get below 40 degrees)

Make It a Set if You Can ( Hat and Cowl Set or Hat and Scarf Set )




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Comments: 24

  1. Yvonne June 15, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Hi, can I do a simple e-wrap for the hat and cowl? I’m new to loom knitting and this is the only stitch I am comfortable with right now.

    Thank you!

    • Denise Canela June 15, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Yes you can I will be doing a post and video soon – but for the hat : Click HERE

  2. Peg June 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I’ve had a problem with my bind off being too tight when using a hat pattern to make a cowl. Cindwood has a great YouTube video for a super stretchy bind – it won’t let me post a link here, just search on YouTube.

  3. Liz Ann Gardner May 22, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Hi Denise it don’t know what cowl is can you explain and where do I get a pattern for one

  4. Janet Broadway May 8, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Does a cowl you want just go around the neck but not like a scarf therefore using lots less yarn? Forgive me if I sound confused but I am lol. There are lots of different kinds of cowls that I see in my search for what a cowl is.
    Learning…..in Oklahoma

    • Denise Canela May 10, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Yes the cowl will take A LOT less yarn 🙂 . Personally – I like them better

  5. Janet Broadway May 8, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I am looming a scarf now. Never made a cowl before. Do I just loom knit both ends together? I may just do a scarf. How long do you want the scarf? Do you want fringe?

    • Denise Canela May 10, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Janet you dont need to knit the ends together – just knit with a round loom , like making a hat but you don’t gather the top instead you do a Bind off

  6. Justine Skousen May 7, 2016 at 3:21 am

    How high should the neck warmers go to fit that age child?

    • Denise Canela May 7, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks for asking Justine. As a rule, I usually make the cowl the same height as a regular hat which is 6-8 inches – but will ask Kristy just in case.

  7. Jill Kynaston May 6, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I would love to be involved! Can you direct me to the simplest pattern for someone who does not sew and has never used a loom before?

  8. Robin May 5, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Can we send just hats or does it have to be sets

    • Denise Canela May 5, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for asking !
      I have sent Kristy an email – waiting for response

      • Kristy Hunter May 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm

        You can send just hats. My mom and I love to make cowls, so we can make matching cowls to the hats people send if that is what they are more comfortable with 🙂

    • Kristy Hunter May 5, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Hats are just fine. My mom and I like to make cowls, so any hats that come without a cowl we will find yarn and make some to match.

  9. Traci Gosman May 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Hi! I stumbled across this post, and think it might be great for our stake girls camp service project, this July! Is there a way I could speak to someone about this, and get detailed information? An email with a number to call would be great! Thank you!

  10. Jen Murawski May 5, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I already have a hat to donate! Now I will make a scarf. Love this!

  11. Cynthia Gracie May 5, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Hi Denise,
    I love this idea, and definitely want to help…are there any patterns you would recommend so that it fits the criteria?


    • Denise Canela May 5, 2016 at 7:01 am


      I recommend using a rib stitch pattern because it works for all sizes – large and small. Like the hat in the picture.. Here is the pattern: Click HERE

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