I kept the hats our children received at the hospital when they were born. Vee’s and Stephanie’s were handknit and I keep them with my stashed yarn always thinking someday maybe I will knit these little hats to donate. Today, when I was checking out Knitting pattern Central’s new patterns I came across this free pattern. Aren’t they so cute??! http://themakeyourownzone.blogspot.com/2011/03/knitting-newborn-hats-for-hospitals.html
We have an acquaintance who is having a baby and is due in April. As soon as I find out what do I want to do? Well crochet a puppy dog, frog, or panda bear hat for sure so I start going thru my binder looking for newborn sizes. It was then that I realized I have never made a hat for a newborn; our grandsons were four and seven months old before I started crocheting hats so I begin looking up patterns.
My search left me disappointed for a couple reasons.
First, newborn babies have 13″ - 14″ heads when they are born. But newborn patterns newborn patterns I was finding were for 15″ hats? Have you ever put on a hat that is one inch or two inches too big for your head? My husband has….poor guy, the first hat I knit him I made about an inch to big, it looked commical and there was no way it would have stayed on his head if he bend over, looked down or there was a light breeze. Ideally a hat is 1″- 2″ smaller in diameter than the head it is going on.
Secondly, all these patterns that say newborn – 6 months or 0-6 months. I’m here to tell you I know how much babies grow in the first 3 months and the first 6 months. A six month old will have a head size somewhere between 14 and 17″. Brady was 17″ at the end of six months (the day we put earflaps and a couple extra rows on his 4 month old hat that was now too short ) . I guess if it is a hat knit in ribbing you could get that kind of stretch but I want to crochet a hat. I want the newborn to be able to wear it….when he or she is born, not 3 months later.
So I’ve gotten out my favorite K hook, some worsted weight yarn and am hooking away to make a newborn hat, with earflaps, that will feature some kind of animal face….maybe a kitty? Stay tuned, the pattern WILL most definitely be posted here.
Update March 26,2011