• Sample hat the nurse gave me
  • The hat I made

Stretchy Ribbed Newborn Hat - In the Round

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The hospital in my area needs newborn sized baby hats for their NICU area. NOT preemie sized. The nurse there says they have PLENTY of tiny hats that they hardly ever use.

I told her that I would be happy to knit some hats for them. So, she gave me the white hat (with a pom) to use as a sample when making mine.

She said that it's best for the hat to be VERY stretchy like this one. (It's ribbed.)

I counted the stitches on the hat and figured out how many I would need to cast on. (68 stitches)

Then, I measured how long the ribbing went on the hat before starting to decrease. (6 inches) - farm4.static.flickr.com/3458/3366016484_cb9cb600d5.jpg

Next, I looked online to find a pretty way to decrease ribbing on a baby hat. I found a pattern, but now I can't remember where I found it, so I can't give that person credit for it. (Bummer!)

Anyway, I DID write the entire pattern down, so here it is:

Stretchy Ribbed Newborn Hat (in the round)
(sized for normal weight newborn baby)

Sport-weight Yarn
(I used Bernat Baby Coordinates Sweet Stripes)
Size 6 double pointed needles

Cast on 68 stitches, placing stitches on 3 dpns (24, 20, 24). Join in the round.**

Work Knit 2, Purl 2 ribbing for 6 inches.

Start decreasing:
*Knit 2 together, Purl 2 together* repeat from * for the entire round.
(34 stitches on needles now)

Knit one round.

Knit 2 together around.
(17 stitches on needles now)

Knit one round.

Knit 2 together around.
(9 stitches remaining, including the one stitch left over)

Cut yarn about 6 inches from knitting, then attach yarn needle. Sew the yarn through all 9 stitches, then pull tight.

Thread needle to the inside of the hat, then weave in loose ends.

Give your stretchy hat to the hospital!

** If you have trouble joining in the round, here's my video to help:

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  1. BovineSituation 60 months ago | reply

    Thank you!

    I live in Mecklenburg county - would your hospital be interested in some donations?

  2. Shandeh 60 months ago | reply

    You're welcome to send any newborn hats you make to the same hospital I support - Carolinas Medical Center Union in Monroe, NC. Here is their website: www.cmc-union.org/

    They always welcome donations of hats and blankets!

  3. BovineSituation 59 months ago | reply

    Thanks! I have 2 completed and working on #3. I might send a few there and some to CMC-Pineville, if they would want them.

  4. Shandeh 59 months ago | reply

    Wonderful! *hug*

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