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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beanies for soldiers:
Since July 2011, thanks to outstanding snappy friends, 750+ beanies have been sent to soldiers in Afghanistan and surrounding areas. If you would be interested in helping, please read the guidelines below. Past posts and pictures can be found here.

Making beanies:
There are specific guidelines. Please follow these because hats that are the wrong colors or sizes cannot be sent and are a waste of your time and shipping expense. Specifications: Beanies must be dark brown or black, 8 ½ – 10 inches deep and 21 – 24 inches in circumference. PLEASE measure and make sure your hat is the right size.
Any pattern, knit or crochet, may be used. After searching and coming across many great crochet patterns, I found one that I really love and not just because of the pattern. It IS a great pattern and the results are consistent. Easy enough for a beginner too. What drew me to the pattern was the fact that it belongs to a mother of 3 sailors, one of whom is currently stationed in Afghanistan. This pattern has been passed down from her grandmother.
Please respect her and the pattern and do not distribute it for profit in part or whole.

BFB Pattern

NEW - Beanies for families:
When I started the Beanies for Bravery project I first had soldiers in mind. After watching elementary school age children at a low income school playing at recess during winter, without hats and gloves, I realized bravery comes in many forms. I then learned many of these kids, over 30% had family members currently serving in the military.
During our first Beanies for Bravery project I had several people ask if they could send hats to children. Currently the soldiers we send to are in forward areas, too dangerous for families. After much searching I have located a few areas where soldiers are stationed with families and in need of hats.
Guidelines: Because these hats are going to kids and not the soldiers they can be any shape, color, size, style, etc. How fun! A lot of these kids move frequently so care packages are always welcome to boost their morale too.

Letters/cards: Each beanie has a thank you note attached. Over half of the beanies we receive do not have a note with them. If you are interested in writing a thank you letter to a soldier or their family, please email it to It only takes a few minutes to write, but will be appreciated greatly. For some soldiers, this may be the only letter they receive for some time. Letters can be about the area you live, your connections to military personnel, anything. This is a perfect way for those unable to send beanies to help. No cost involved either!

Please ship ALL beanies to:
H Yates
848 Kentwood Dr
Brigham City, Ut  84302

Questions: email, subject line: BFB