Make a Quick and Easy Newborn Hatcomments (9) June 5th, 2008
Chances are, your local hospital provides hats for all of the babies born there not just because they are so darn cute but also for health reasons. Studies have shown that in newborns, the head is an important area for heat exchange with the environment. Their noggin represents a remarkable quarter of their total skin surface area, and the newborn brain is responsible for 44 percent of total metabolic heat production. Hats decrease body heat loss in a newborn by 20 percent thus keeping the little one comfortably warm and healthy.
My local hospital, Watauga Medical Center, had been providing commercially made caps for many years. Three years ago, the Director of Volunteers, Phyllis Greene, decided to reach out to the community and create a program to involve local knitters to create hand-made caps for newborns. The hospital donates the yarn and a local yarn shop welcomes the volunteer knitters to congregate once a week to select yarn for their caps and to sit and knit. Last year, 637 newborns were presented with lovingly crafted hats. The babies were comforted, and the parents appreciated the kind gesture.
Utilize your talents and get involved! Contact your local hospital to learn about their newborn cap program.
KNIT A QUICK & EASY NEWBORN CAP
Choose a Yarn
Size 3 needles
- Cast on 36 stitches loosely (leave an 8-inch length of yarn end to sew seam up with).
- Row 1 knit.
- Row 2 purl.
- Repeat rows 1 and 2 until work measures approx 12 inches.
- There should be 16 purl ridges on each side of the work.
- Bind off loosely
- Draw up one side to form a crown.
- Sew up side seam.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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