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Volunteer Magee Knitters Make Sure ‘No Head Goes Hatless’

by Tim Betler and Jennifer C. Yates 3 Comments


On most Fridays at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC,  Dena Chottiner arrives with bags of yarn and other supplies and settles into a corner of the hospital’s lobby. She is joined by several local women, who surround their sitting area with yellow caution tape and a sign that says “Caution: Knitters at Work.”


Chottiner founded the group, which volunteers their time and knitting talents to make fuzzy hats for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and newborn babies who just  need a little extra warmth.The women chat away as they knit hat after hat by hand or on special round looms. View the video above for a closer look at this special group.

3 Responses to Volunteer Magee Knitters Make Sure ‘No Head Goes Hatless’

    • Jennifer Yates says:

      Hi, Joanna.

      Thank you for your interest in the Magee knitters! The group is always looking for more volunteers. Please contact our volunteer office at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC at 412-641-4185 for more information.

  1. Donna says:

    Is there a way I can get the pattern for you hat? My daughter and I both knit and would like to help.

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