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Knitting hats for Ukrainian babies

With the recent episodes of loss of electricity and other services in Ukraine, the need for hats for newborn babies has become vitally important.


Often considered an adornment, hats for newborn babies may be lifesaving. Their heads are relatively larger than their bodies compared to adults. Uncovered heads of babies are a large source of heat loss which could result in decreased body temperature and increased chance of death. In addition to providing warmth, hats for newborns have been shown to improve feeding and growth, decrease infection and improve survival of small babies. Mothers have less depression and improved confidence in care of their baby.


Can you knit a small woolly hat for a vulnerable little newborn - or do you know anyone who can? We are aiming to supply as many baby hats as possible to Ukraine. Dr Doug McMillan, Neonatologist who is leading on this campaign for Ukraine says: ‘A hat for a newborn may be lifesaving.’ This Hats for Ukrainian Babies project will supplement the quality of antenatal care in Ukraine with the focus is on saving the lives of innocent babies.


The simple instructions for making these hats is below.


Why not have a coffee morning in your church and have a knit and natter morning to provide this much needed help.


For more information and to arrange collection of hats you have made contact Malcolm Freeman at Lea Brook.




Instructions


Yarn: Thin baby wool One 50g skein makes 3 caps 

Needles: 2 ½ mm small round needle (30 cm) , 3 mm small round needle (30 cm)and sock needles


Pattern:

Cast on 92 stitches on 2 1/2mm needles

Knit 2 knit / 2 purl for 8 rows.

Change to 3 mm needles and at the same time reduce 2 stitches (now 90 stitches)

Knit 3 rows of stockinette stitch.

Approximately in the middle of row 4, knit patter 1. (The heart pattern shall be approximately opposite the start of the row.)

Continue with the pattern until pattern 1 is complete.

Knit 10 rows of stockinette stitch.

Now the top of the cap will be formed:

Row 1: Knit *7 stitches stockinette stitch, 2 stitches knitted together*, repeat * to * for the whole row.

Row 2: Knit stockinette stitch

Row 3:Knit *6 stitches stockinette stitch, 2 stitches knitted together *, repeat * to * for the whole row.

Row 4: Knit stockinette stitch

Row 5: Knit *5 stitches stockinette stitch, 2 stitches knitted together *, repeat * to * for the whole row.

Row 6: Knit stockinette stitch

Row 7:Knit *4 stitches stockinette stitch, 2 stitches knitted together *, repeat * to * for the whole row.

Row 8: Knit stockinette stitch


Row 9: Knit *3 stitches stockinette stitch, 2 stitches knitted together *, repeat * to * for the whole row.

Row 10: Knit stockinette stitch

Row 11: Knit *2 stitches stockinette stitch, 2 stitches knitted together *, repeat * to * for the whole row.

Row 12: Knit stockinette stitch

Row 13: Knit *1 stitches stockinette stitch, 2 stitches knitted together *, repeat * to * for the whole row.

Row 14: Knit stockinette stitch

Continue knitting 2 and 2 stitches together until there are only 5 stitches left.

Knit back and forth in stockinet stitch on the 5 stiches for 10 rows.

Cast off the stitches. With the thread, sew down through the top and fasten under the cap. The top shall stick up as on the picture.

Close off the stitches.


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X = purl as seen from the right side

O= knit as seen from the right side







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