I love to find quick little knitting projects that I can do in an evening. I previously shared my Favorite Knit Dishcloth Pattern which has received lots of positive comments, so I thought I would share another of my favorite fast and easy knitting patterns that can be completed in a couple hours.
A needlecraft store near my home (Country Needleworks for any of my local readers near Hudsonville, Michigan) has different service projects listed on their website that knitters can help with. I decided I could help by knitting some newborn hats that are used by the maternity ward of our local hospital. But their website did not include any pattern, and after doing some internet searching and not being quite happy with anything I found, I sort of mixed and matched ideas and came up with my own pattern.
My starting point for this pattern, believe it or not, was the baby hats my own two kids came home with from the hospital over 20 years ago. I’m not usually one for keeping too many trinkets as keepsakes, but I did keep those two precious little newborn baby hats all these years. I guess being a knitter made me extra sentimental about them. I laid my first few tries of this pattern over these hats to make sure the pattern I came up with was going to result in hats that were turning out the same size as the vintage ones.
These can be knit in solid colors, or with variegated yarn, or you can jazz them up with some stripes too. I also make a pom pom for the top using a pom pom maker purchased from the craft store.
NEWBORN BABY HAT FOR HOSPITALS
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch (or 2 stitches per centimeter)
Cast on 48 stitches
Work in Knit 1, Purl 1 ribbing for 1″ (about 6 rows)
Knit in Stockinette Stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) for 3″ inches. End with a purl row. Piece will now measure 4″ from the beginning.
Begin Decrease for top of hat:
Next Row: Knit 2 together across row (24 stitches)
Next Row: Purl across
Next Row: Knit 2 together across row (12 stitches)
Next Row: Purl across
Next Row: Knit 2 together across row (6 stitches)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing up seam. Thread the tail of yarn through a large eye needle and then pull through the stitches to remove them from the needle. Pull stitches tight to gather. Sew seam down side of hat with remaining yarn. Make pom pom and fasten to top of hat.
Last winter I made up a bunch of these, hoping they were in fact the right size for a newborn head. It turned out one of my coworkers is a knitter too, so I shared my pattern with her. When her new grandbaby came along last year, she tried our hats on him and she said they fit perfectly! Yay!
Even if you don’t have a local charity to donate these to, this pattern is handy to have for adding a little homemade touch to a baby gift.