Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Click Your Needles for Babies


May 17 2011……

Now that the donations have started pouring in it is time to really get this party started. Below are are just a few of the many purple hats that have been donated by the lovely ladies at the Rainer Vista Apartments in Pacific Washington. They are knitted on a round loom.




 Hey wait a minute where did this one come from? Apparently someone didn’t follow the instructions.  No wait a minute…he is starting to look a little familiar. Could it be ? Yes that is my little brown mouse hat ( made from the same pattern)…Hmmmm… I guess he snuck in to remind us all to just have fun with this project. Yeah that’s what he meant…unhuh.




  We even have our Mascot crocheting away for the cause…How about you?


May 7 2011…(This is where it all began)


  At work many of us crafters are working hard on a charity project. We are making purple Hats for babies to help educate new parents about the period of purple crying. It is a normal but frustrating time when babies tend to cry more in the first few weeks and months of life. The purple hats will be given to new parents at Seattle Children's Hospital (as well as nine other hospitals) in the month of November, as a reminder not to shake your baby to get them to stop crying. Frustration with crying is the number one reason a parent shakes and harms a baby. To learn more about this cause please visit www.clickforbabies.org-or Twitter@PurpleCrying 

  My friend Maggie has created a pattern and will be offering this pattern for the cause.  I have crocheted little hats and booties for preemies in the past. This project was right up my alley. I have created some not purple ones just to donate for the celebration of a new life.



This is my friend Maggie who created the pattern offered today.  As you can see she is so good she can make hats with her eyes closed. Thanks Maggie. The hats in front of her are all variations of her pattern.

  Notice the lovely purple Bracelet Maggie is wearing , these are being given to all who participate in this project.



New Born Hat Pattern

G hook and regular yarn

Step 1: Chain 2- then 6 sc in the second chain

Step 2: 2 sc in each stitch around

Step 3: 2 sc in the next stitch, 1sc in the next

Step 4: 2 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next 2 stitches- repeat to finish row.

Step 5; 2 sc in the next stitch and 1 sc in the next 3- repeat to finish row.

Step 6: 2 sc in the next stitch and 1 sc in the next 4- repeat to finish row.

Step 7: 2 sc in the next stitch and 1 sc in the next 5- repeat to finish row.

Step 8; 1 sc in all stitches of this row-repeat the row 11 times

Step 9; sc in each stitch but only in the back of each stitch to complete row.

Step 10; sc crochet in every stitch to complete this row-repeat this row 4 times.

This completes the basic pattern. I have added a row of shells to mine. if you want to do this:

When you get to the last stitch do a slip stitch. then reverse the direction, do a sc in the last stitch of last row (you’ll be doing this in the direction your came from) skip a stitch in the next stitch do 2 double crochet, two chain stitches,2 double crochet, skip a stitch do a sc- repeat to finish the row and tie off.

I added a rose and leaf to each just to make more special.

When I was little I would watch my grandmother make small granny squares from her yarn when there wasn’t enough for another project (this was when yarn had dye lots) so she wouldn’t waste any. She would use the squares to make lap afghans for local nursing homes and gifts. I decided to take her lead. I use all my scrap yarn to make roses and add them to many projects. I always have a large bag of them. My scrap green yarn is made into leaves.  I hope you enjoy this project. Have a great week, with love from the Victorian Rabbit.

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  1. Adorable hats, awesome project!

  2. So cute! I wish I could do this just because they are cute. I do not have babies any more.

  3. Hi there, I'm a new follower. I love some of the different things on your page - particularly those pictures of cake stands. The little hats are gorgeous. Anna x

  4. Cute! Come and join our link party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

  5. These are just TOO cute! What a great cause, too!

  6. Love, love, loooove those baby caps. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I found you through Savvy's linky. Thanks so much to you, and your friend, for sharing this beautiful pattern, and for such an important cause! I have a new niece or nephew coming soon and I might have to use the pattern. I hope you'll check out my blog at http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com where I have recently shown two knitting projects.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Lorrie, Thanks for following me. How sweet are those little caps...how blessed those little babies will be with your bonnets on their heads.

  9. First of all, thank you for doing God's work, you're very special! The little hat's for the babies are adorable. I wish I could help, but I've never learned to knit or crochet. Thank you so much for linking up!!

  10. I wanted to let you know that when Sexy Nerd saw the name of your blog, he said it was clever. That's a big compliment coming from him!

    There's a fun surprise waiting for you on my blog this morning, all because of these sweet little hats! :)

  11. These little hats are precious. Thanks for sharing the pattern. My grandmother also made and still makes crochet squares from scrap yarn. Wonderful project for the babies:)

  12. Oh! Learning to knit is on my bucket list! So glad you shared your little hats at the Tuesday To Do party...you were a list maker this week! Feel free to stop by and pick up a button!

  13. These are adorable. What great colors! I would love for you to share this project at my linky party.

    Thanks for sharing your project.

  14. The little caps are sooo cute. I would love to try to make one, what size crochet hook are you using and how do you make the roses?

  15. what adorable hats perfect for boys and girls alike how sweet

  16. SO talented!! Love them all!!

    We host a linky party "Strut Your Stuff Sunday!" We would love for you to link up! We appreciate it!!


  17. Hi Im a new follower from the blog hop
    LOve your blog and the cute little hats
    Please come visit me in the uk anytime

  18. Sua criação está maravilhosa!
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

  19. What a fantastic idea! And they look so cute.

  20. I love making baby articles and these hats are adorable, I give them to a shelter for expectant Mothers. I also make scarves for the Mothers and some knitted baby blankets.

  21. I don't have any babies any more, but would like to make these and donated them...These are pretty..

  22. Tk u & Maggie for sharing your talents & pattern with the rest of us. This little hat is sooo cute! I really love the colours you chose in the pic (yellow, pink, blue) these are just adorable! Great idea on the purple hats for the babies - kudos to you both! I just love the flower & leaves you placed on the hats - I, like Kimie above, would like to know if you would share the pattern for the beautiful flower & leaves - I think it just finishes off the adorable little hat. Many tks for sharing your talents & pattern again with us. I hail from Canada & wouldn't mind donating some of these to the NICU (neo-natal intensive care units) at our local hospitals. Tk u again.


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