Tuesday, 10 February 2015

RAK Week Day 2- Preemie Hat

So, if in doubt knit something right? The knitting society at my university makes hats for the prenatal ward of a nearby hospital and I've been meaning to make one for ages. They help to keep the babies warm in the incubators and comfort the parents by letting them know their baby is wearing something that was made with love.

I know you can get more complicated hats that leave holes and flaps for the various tubes and stuff (I'm doing history, not medicine) but I didn't feel confident in my ability to knit that.

I think that most hospitals, in the UK anyway accept hat donations and because they're so small they really don't take long to knit.

The Pattern is not mine but it was given away for free and it is for charity.

Cast on 43 (50:57:64) sts on 3.75mm needles
Work 4(6:6:6) rows in K1 P1 rib
Change to 4mm needles and continue in stocking stitch for 14(16:16:18) rows
(ADVANCED KNITTERS: please add a buttonhole every alternate stitch on the first row after rib)
Shape crown
1st row: *K5,K2tog* rep to last st, K1     46(43:49:55)sts
Begin with PURL row work 1(1:3:3)rows in stst
Next row: *K4,K2og* rep to last st, K1
Next row: Purl
Next row: *K3,K2og* rep to last st, K1
Next row: Purl
Next row: *K2,K2og* rep to last st, K1
Next row: Purl
Next row: *K1,K2og* rep to last st, K1
Next row: P1, *P2tog* rep to end of row.
Break off yarn, run yarn through remaining sts and pull tight. Sew up seams as flat as possible.
(ADVANCED KNITTERS) please leave 3cm at the bottom of the seam unsewn.

It is important that you only use 100% acrylic baby wool and that there are no knots or big loops in your knitting so that you don't irritate the baby's head.

And so good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow