CLICKOlympia Harbor Days rolls around at the end of summer each year here in Thurston County. We work and plan for it all year by taking donations from our Overdye Saturday customers towards the purchase of yarn and bags to make our free kits. Then we share booth space with the local Zonta Club and Family Education and Support Services (FESS) to give away the hat kits to raise awareness for the prevention of shaken baby syndrome.
Completed hats from knitters are turned in to FESS and in turn they are given to local hospitals and clinics with an educational video for new parents.
This project, and the educational resources, are very effective at preventing shaken baby syndrome. We at Jorstad Creek are proud of our third year supporting this charitable project that supports families in our community.
This year we’re giving away lovely washable wool/acrylic blend yarn in a DK weight, along with some of our Tweed DK in purple shades. Here’s our free pattern that will work with the yarn for a newborn sized hat. This is a modification from one of the free hat patterns offered through the PURPLE program on line – it works well with the yarn kits.
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Materials: DK wieght sfot yarn in 57 to 62 yards; one US#5 and US#7 double-pointed needles, tapestry needle, 1 stitch marker (optional).
K = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
sts = stitches
MC = main color
Gauge: 23 sts and 32 rounds over 4′ (10 cm)
Head circumference: 14.5 inches (37 cm) for average newborn size
Please note the hat’s cast-on edge needs to be stretchy. With two smaller needles held together, cast on 60 sts using yarn. Pull one needle out. Distribute sts evenly on 3 double-pointed needles (20 on each); mark beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist.
Using size 5 needles knit a 2 x 2 rib (knit 2, purl 2) rib for 1.5 inches.
Change to size 7 neeldes and knit the body of the hat in stockinette for 3 inches.
Round 1: (K8, K2tog) 6 times. (54 stitches)
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: (K7, K2tog) 6 times (48 sts)
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: (K6, K2tog) 6 times (42 sts)
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: (K5, k2tog) 6 times (36 sts)
Round 8: (K4, Ktog) 6 times (30 sts)
Round 9: (K3, K2tog) 6 times (24 sts)
Round 10: (K2, K2tog) 6 times (18 sts)
Round 11: (K1, K2tog) 6 times (12 sts)
Round 12: (K2tog) 6 times (6 sts)
Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave ends.
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