It’s hard to believe I’ve made 30 hats. It’s amazing what these hats have done for our robotics team (K-Botics). We’ve set ourselves apart and created an identity–we certainly stand out in a crowd.
Each hat is unique, but bonds our group together–some have even said the hats are helping to make us such a tight knit group!
It’s not just me knitting…students and mentors are getting into it too. Some of the Knitters Anonymous have now started building robots. Some of the robotics team members have learned to knit specifically so they can make a robot hat! The smile on a kid’s face, when they get a hat–made just for them–is priceless. That’s why I keep knitting!
Here’s a free pattern, so you can make some too.
This hat making enterprise would not be possible without the generous donation of K-Botics coloured yarn from one of the team’s families. If you’d like to help us purchase yarn, please donate. For $5 you could sponsor a hat!
And here are the hats that I’ve made….All 30 of them! Click on the pictures to enlarge.
It all began in the spring of 2009, on a very long bus ride to Atlanta for the World Championships of FIRST robotics. I needed something to do on the bus for 24 hours. Robot knitting, inspired by hats I’d seen on Ravelry, seemed to be the right choice.
First to get hats were our drive team and some mentors
Some hats were quite plain, while others had huge pompoms, and curlicues coming out of the tops, for added flair. This was a sign of things to come!
Preparation for our Chairman’s Award presentation required more hats! They are kind of a trademark of our team now.
Hats now had holes for hair (ponytails or many curls) to show through. We even made a hat for the MC of our competition to wear. His team colours included red, so we added red just for him.
There was a sad tale…the first version of this hat went missing on a ski trip, so the second version was created–note the pink tentacles…that’s why they’re there!
Head bands are preferred by some…
Others don’t mind the more unique aspects like tassels and beads.
Sometimes the hat needs only one robot.
Fall 2010: It’s not yet kick-off for this season, and hats are being made at an astonishing pace. Some of these hats include glow in the dark yarn. If you want some, you can order it from Seed Stitch Fine Yarn in Salem MA.