Craft: Baby Hats For Hospitals
Make Premature Baby Hats for Hospitals like Southmead Hospital
One day I was in-between knitting projects when I saw in the local Co-Op that they were advertising about a voluntary knitting task for willing participants- it was knitting hats for premature babies at Southmead Hospital.
There are many companies and charities that offer similar opportunities to help their cause such as: Innocent Smoothies who were asking for little hats for the bottles to raise money for keeping the elderly warm in the winter; as well as local cats and dogs home that ask for knitted squares which are put together to make blankets for all its pet residents.
No matter which you choose, it’s a lovely way to keep knitting when you are out of projects, while, more importantly, being a wonderful way to give back through the unique talent you have acquired over time.
If you are not a pro-knitter then don’t be disheartened, patterns are usually simple and clear to follow. I was a beginner myself when I started to knit these hats and they were a great introduction to the basic stitches while also having a great cause as a motivator to keep me at it through the inevitable beginner mishaps.
If you are interested in this then below I will write up the instructions for the Southmead Hospital Hats pattern, however there may be something more local you wish to look in to. While the patterns are similar, always check with the charity that you are doing it for.
Southmead Baby Hat Instructions:
You will need:
Size 4mm knitting needled
Double Knitting Wool
1. Cast on 48 stitches
2. Work in Knit 1, Purl 1 for 1inch (approx. 8 rows)
3. Knit in stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl) for 3 inches (approx. 24 rows)
4. Piece will now measure 4 inches from the beginning
5. Begin decrease for the top of the hat:
6. Next Row: Knit 2 together across the row (24 stitches)
7. Next Row: Purl
Next Row: Knit 2 together across the row (12 stitches)
7. Next Row: Purl
8. Next Row: Knit 2 together across the row (6 stitches)
9. Cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing up the seam.
10. Thread the yarn through a large eye needle and thread through the stitches to remove them from the knitting needle.
11. Pull stitches tight to gather.
12. Sew seam down side of the hat with the remaining yarn.
13. Make a pom-pom in either green, orange or red and attach.
The reason for the colouring of the pom-poms:
Green: to indicate babies who are premature but need little to no extra care
Orange: to indicate the babies who should be kept an eye on as they may need extra care