Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Preemie Hat CHALLENGE



THE CHALLENGE IS ON!
I would have had this post up days ago, but we were without internet and just had the technician out to fix it yesterday.


It's MARCH! On Facebook, I created an event last month to recruit people to take this challenge with me. We are making as many preemie hats as we can during the month of March. Specifically, my challenge to you is one hat every other day, totaling either 15 or 16 hats at the end of the month. I'm going to try to make 30+ but one person working with me is trying to make ::are you sitting down?:: 500! She started in February with a goal of 10 hats per day. 


Now, I challenge YOU! Make as many preemie hats as you can by the end of March. If that only ends up being two hats, that is fabulous... If you can make or surpass the 15-16 hat goal, even better!


At the end of the month, you can send the hats to me to be delivered to the Seattle Children's Hospital, or you can mail or take your hats to a local NICU where you live.


Details:
NO WOOL. NO RED HEART SUPER SAVER.
AVOID YELLOWS.
Sizes needed range from small enough to fit a lemon or an orange, all the way up to a regular size newborn hat.
Contact your local NICU if you would like more precise information. Some say to avoid pale blues and purples. All say to use soft yarn.

Useful Links/Patterns:
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/
http://www.thepreemieproject.com/volunteer/yarn_list
http://thismamamakesstuff.com/crochet-baby-turban-pattern-tutorial/
http://teenytinytreasures.blogspot.com/2008/06/10-minute-crochet-preemie-hat.html
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/preemies.php
http://www.crochetspot.com/free-crochet-pattern-basic-preemie-hat/
Some quick instructions I typed up using bulky weight yarn (I used Softee Chunky):
I am doing them a few different ways with a K hook.
Round 1: I am starting this round two different ways to achieve various sizes. Chain 3, join. Ch 1, hdc 10 (or 12) in the ring, join.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2hdc in each st around, join.
Round 3: For the smallest size, just ch1 and work 1 hdc in each st around for rounds 3-6.
To make a bigger size, ch 1, *hdc, hdc, 2hdc* around.
Round 4: You can ch 1, work 1 hdc in each st around for rounds 4-6/7.
Or, to keep going bigger, you can ch 1, *hdc, hdc, hdc, 2hdc* around.
Then for rounds 5-7/8, ch 1, hdc in each st around. That is the biggest I'd go.

Here's a link to the event on Facebook if you'd like to join there!: Preemie Hat Challenge
Thank you!!




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