Mar 20, 2010

Preemie Hats for Charity

Recently I had been invited to join the Facebook Group Knit for a Cause by an old friend from High School.  I was excited to be apart of a group that did knitting projects to benefit other people.  So far I haven't been able to go because of my weird work schedule.  This month they are making preemie hats to donate to Seton Hospital.  AJ posted the patterns on her blog so I am able to make them at home and then I can get them to her later.

Last year I did my first internship for my graduate program at a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  I loved every minute of it.  Seeing how amazing these little babies are was astounding.  Who knew that they could be born soooo little, struggle through so many things and leave perfectly healthy! Not all the babies were strong enough to survive and they didn't make it.  Others struggled through their long journey, came back a few times and then did great later.  It was a great experience.  I remember how excited the parents would get when their baby was "big" enough to wear some kind of clothing.  Normally it was something donated from a special group, but the parents didn't care. They were so glad to see that someone else loved their baby as much as they did.

Here are the hats I have made so far.  My flash stinks on my camera and it either washes out the color completely or is too dark and makes the color look funny.  These are in a light purple color. 

Doesn't this one just melt your heart????? I found the pattern here.
I thought this one just looked really cool! Pattern also available here.


  1. This is a great post, Velma. I really love the hat with the heart!!! I'm sure the families who get these hats will appreciate all your hard work. :)

  2. Velma - you are a knitting queen!!! I can hardly believe it. I'm so impressed. You inspire me to knit more. I've been thinking about knitting some blankets or hats for my CASA kids, maybe I'll have to get going on it! Great job!

  3. Did ya modify the heart pattern? The 12 rounds after the heart and the whole diameter just seem really big to me. I think I may cut down the CO to 60 instead of 72 and maybe trim down the 12 rounds after the heart. We'll see, gotta finish this one first. Thanks for the link to the patterns. :)

  4. I did modify the pattern! Sorry! I only CO 36 for the hat with size 6 DPNs. The hat was still small but larger based on the sizes AJ listed.