The Real 100 Hats of Sara Sprung

By Kay Gardiner
January 30, 2019

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  • This is just gorgeous! I would call that ‚hat art in progress‘. Couldn‘t decide which I loved the most. As I don‘t like wearing hats, I never knitted one. But it would be worth the try just for the fun of it.

  • Beautiful hats knit in beautiful colors. A wonderful thing to do. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Wow! A picture of each hat! Looking at each one is inspirational. Thank you so much!

  • So much love!!

  • Wow. Just wow.

  • So beautiful and soulful on so many levels.

  • Tag yourself. I’m No. 14: Sideways Leftover.

    I like seeing all the different variations on the rainbow leftovers.

    • Love this comment!

  • What a fantastic knitting project! The 100 recipients of her hats will be so warm and stylish. I need to learn the corrugated ribbing.

  • I just watched an art exhibit right here on my laptop. I’m overwhelmed with Sara’s creativity and generosity. Corrugated rib forever.

  • Absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Michigan Yarn – Basic. That is a title for a poem right there. I can hear it humming in the back of my right ear, the cold one. Excuse me, I need to go write a poem.

  • Thank you Sara for sharing your inspiring and generous collection of hats! I am in awe of your stash!!

    • I agree!!

  • AMAZING! Sara is my favorite knitting superhero.

    (I think I need to go through them again. Once was not enough.)

    • Holly, Thank you for your kind words… I wish I were a superhero, could help more people… have a great day….


  • I love the Corrugated Rib riffs, but I’m probably a “Stranded Dog Cat Leftover”. (I so love this.)
    Ok. Done commenting! I’ll go back to ogling the hats.

  • Each hat is a work of art and a joy to behold. This personifies the craft of hand made and takes it to another level of imagination and creativity. Thanks for sharing.

  • They would make a fantastic poster!

    • Absolutely!! Would be great on a huge printed canvas – Ravelry should offer this option from your project notebook. The world needs so much more knitted art!

    • Mariah ,

      That is a fun idea. I printed out a small sheet of them.. but…. Poster! that sounds great…

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  • it would also make a fantastic t-shirt!

  • Best post ever. How about a March Madness/brackets contest to pick the favorite hat? Could require a small donation to vote, with the proceeds going to buy Sarah more yarn.

    • Sarah or Sara, what a fun idea! love it Virginia….

  • Sorry, I mean Sara. She certainly deserves to have her name spelled right.

  • What a wonderful project! So much talent and time in those pictures – thank you for sharing.

  • WOW! So inspiring. Thanks so much for posting this.

  • Wow! Simply wow!

  • WOW and double WOW, obviously a labour of love.

  • Wow! Sometimes life really IS like a box of chocolates!

  • What an astonishing project, and a wonderfully generous knitter. Wow

  • Beautiful! Many people are graced with warm, unique hats!!

  • This, and the previous article, are so inspirational. I’ve been pondering how to rein in my stash. I feel like some hats are in order. Our church runs a clothing closet open to all as a way to both recycle and help those who are in need. I’m starting to picture some kids hats available to go with their coats next fall. It’s not a fast KonMari clean up, but I think it might bring me more joy than just destashing or donating some of that extra yarn.

    • Robby, I have to say the joy I have received from this project has just blown me away. Of course as a knitter the making is great, then I named them and took their picture and I imagine them out on their own in the world…. like the Red Balloon movie… floating along…

  • One hat more beautiful than the next! I do love a good serial knitter.

  • Amazing!! So colorful and all different—-I absolutely love this!!!

  • This is such an amazing act of love and kindness. I am so impressed. Thank you so much for sharing all of the photos and names. I’m going to share this post with my knitting group. We need to be doing more knitting for others.

  • Wow, such a work of kindness. Love to see a grou photo of kids wearing them.

    • Yes! Now I want to see happy kids with warm heads too!

  • Sara Sprung is my new hero! she is a gift to the world

  • Inspiring. Perhaps a great project for your Knitters Retreat this summer. 100 people. 100 hats. Beautiful project and love the show and tell. Thank you Sara.

  • Amazing! They are all beautiful.

  • What a wonderful gift of love and kindness.
    The hats are all just beautiful.
    I now have to go look up the courragated ribbing.

  • Holy wow!! This woman had a. an AMAZING stash to work from, and b. an ASTONISHING amount of creativity! Just…yow!!

  • Absolutely stunning in variety and personality.

  • How many stitches does she cast on?

  • Sara, are you or another family member a Michigan grad? Love the TWO Michigan hats! GO BLUE!!!

    • Dear Kim,
      The Michigan Story- my son wants to go to engineering school in the footsteps of my Dad and Grandfather. We have a family friend who studied Architecture at Michigan back in the last millennium who wanted to show off his school. So a visit and school tour was arranged, we found an adorable AirBNB for “football” weekend and off we went to investigate Ann Arbor. The boys went to see some buildings and I found the local yarn shop, SPUN, where I was welcomed with open arms to sit and knit. I bought Shepard’s Wool Yarn, sourced from the local Stonehenge fiber mill in Maize and Blue. I made three hats with the yarn, one for our friend the Alum and two for this project.

      Michigan Won the football game, sounds perfect? Not exactly, as Michigan beat our daughters team the Wisconsin Badgers. She texted us to demand that we storm the field to defend Badger honor.

      You cant please everyone- but we do agree that the B1G 10 rules!


  • A revelation, really. It would make a great coffee table book. Or a real knitting book, with the knitter’s reflections on what she learned about the yarn and stitch patterns as she went along. I especially love the sequences where she combines two yarns in a variety of different patterns (like the black/rainbow combos). I learned so much just looking at these in sequence!

  • This post is instant inspiration for when I am in a knitting slump. Thank you, Sara!

  • Ilove seeing all these hats together! What a great project. Certainly inspirational! I love the two Michigan hats. I just finished two for my grandchildren.

    • Dear Grace,
      I shared our Michigan story above with Kim.. you might enjoy it too!


  • Wow, what a labor of love! And gorgeous colors and textures. Our knitting guild is about to begin a charity knitalong – this is great inspiration.

  • Well Done

  • They’re all beautiful, but the Michigan ones are my favorites. Nice job!

  • Glorious. I am particularly smitten with knitted with a crochet brim.

  • Stunning and inspirational. Thankyou for sharing.

  • Impressive

  • W. O. W. !!!!!!!!!

  • Wow – what a great way to challenge your creativity muscle! I don’t think I could think of so many different combinations of stitches and yarn. All very beautiful, and I’m sure the recipients will be very happy to have them. There are several that I want to riff on – and those yarns are yummy!

  • I so enjoyed watching themes and variations emerge as I paged down through the hats! Brava! And thank you for sharing the REAL pictures – the illustrated stories are fun, but knitters love to see knitting.

  • Wow!

  • I liked hats 13, 16, 34, 35, 70, 75, and 93 best. See? I spent time and thought with each and every one. Bring on the next 100:-). Chloe

    • Wow Chloe,
      My favorites change, Linen stitch is my obsession right now! and I AM working on some new hats… trying to decide what I want as a goal for 2019….


  • Wow- so much generosity, joy and creativity here! I’m blown away.

  • WOW!!!! What a labor of love. I’m really moved … thanks for letting us see all these beautiful hats!

  • Looks like Sara Sprung is a fellow Wolverine. Go Blue! You’ve done us proud.

    • What a wonderful project! Sara has inspired me to challenge myself to knit 100 hats for a shelter in the South Bronx for a nun who works with the street homeless. I have sewn over 100 pairs of fleece mittens for her, and I have a simple hat pattern, already organized my two closets of yarn, so ready, set, go!!!

      • Awesome !!❤️

  • I’d love the pattern for #13!

  • I’m so curious to see how her stash looks like now. That would be so satisfying to stash down for such a generous, wonderful, big project.

    • I’m fascinated by the fact that not only did Sara complete her 100 hats, but they were all made without a pattern. Inventive, creative, generous….well done Sara!