Ok this one is not free. I’ve designed it specifically for and am selling it to benefit Heifer International. For fifty years Heifer International has been providing families in developing countries (and parts of the US) with breeding pairs of animals. Even in the world’s poorest regions the cost of a cow or goat can exceed a year’s income. When a family receives a breeding pair not only do they they get meat, milk or eggs, but also now have a source of income as the offspring are sold.
The small amount of money raised through the sale of this pattern will multiply as families gain food, pride, a source of income, and the means to help someone else. The Heifer Project recipient must agree to give one breeding pair of offspring away to another family, paying the gift forward.
To learn more about Heifer International and its mission to end hunger and save the environment, visit www.heifer.org
Ok, the soapbox part is over. I had soooo much fun designing and making this hat. I
poured pored (spell check isn’t everything is it?) over pictures of tigers. Did you know that a tiger’s stripes are like a human’s fingerprints? No two are identical. Now that makes knitting one of these babies easy. Don’t worry too much about the chart. You are imitating nature. It’s made with Malabrigo, one of my favorite yarns. Soft and lucious. And the response to the prototype hat has been overwhelming. This picture was taken on my way to another kid’s house for a photo op.
THREE kids wanted to try it on before I could even cross the street. It is terribly convenient to have so many willing models within a few blocks of my house. Then I went to see this model,
and before I could get him to try it on, the three older kids were getting in the act, even though it did not fit them. (It didn’t quite fit him, either.) They were lobbying for Tiger Hats for Christmas. “But with ears? ” I asked my goddaughter, a senior in high school. The withering glance. “That,” she delivered in the withering tone, “would be the point, wouldn’t it?” I may get tired of Tiger Hats by the New Year, but I don’t think so. I’m trying Scoobiedoo green and black for the next one. Hot pink, anybody?