My continuing adventures in knitting for our local NICU, creating special holiday hats (and more!) for our little Littles in celebration of the major holidays and for their parents to take home as souvenirs.
As Thanksgiving comes tomorrow and we all enjoy the company of our family and friends while celebrating with thankfulness all the blessings in our lives, please remember to say a little prayer for the families with babies in the NICU.
Our little Littles have several choices for wardrobe this Thanksgiving, sort of like the cast of a Grammar School Thanksgiving play. The players:
From the table:
This turkey pattern with its multi-colored feathers is from my book:
Little Maddox, who is almost a year old now, modeling his first punkin' hat I knitted him.
It's my favorite time of year--fall! I love the days as they get cooler (we have our front door open), and the sent of leaves and smoke in the air that is all so uniquely this season. This also begins the knitting frenzy of fall through Superbowl in the NICU. This year I hope I get to participate. I'm having gall bladder surgery next week so I haven't been feeling like knitting much. Well, actually, the spirit is willing but the body is weak right now.
I'm trying to pump myself up by going through pictures of pumpkin hats past. Using different yarns and slightly different colors, each of these are made from the same pattern, the one found in my book Warm Hats for Wee Noggins. I love this pattern, so easy to dress up or down and the perfect fit for now through Thanksgiving.
We drove 12 hours to help a good friend celebrate her birthday at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado but our NICU is never far from my thoughts. Gene drove, I knitted. So even on Thanksgiving holiday I was thinking of my little Littles. Completed one Santa hat on the way and have another one almost finished still on the needles....
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Size 8 needles
Approx 1 oz worsted weight soft yarn in orange (Caron Simply Soft Persimmon)
Approx ½ oz worsted weight soft yarn in green
(SP, MP, LP) (NB, 3-6mos, 12 mos)
Knit steady until reaches (2.5,3,3.5)(4.5,5,5.5)inches
K2tog, k3...rpt (3o,35,40)(45,50,55)sts
Change to green
K2tog, k2....rpt (25,30,35)(40,45,50)
K2tog k1...rpt (20,25,30)(35,40,45)
K2tog ...rpt (10,13,15)(18, 20,23) MP NB 12 will have a single st at end to work alone
K2tog rpt (5,7, 8))(9,10,12) MP LP 12 will have a single st at end to work alone
Knit continuously until stem measures 2-2 ½ inches. BO
(Make sure you don't short the stem or, learn from my personal experience, a shortie stem makes the hat finish looking like a big orange boob with a green nipple. Funny, but not the look we're going for!)
With yarn needle and tail, curl stem and secure to top of hat. Weave loose ends in.
Knit 12 rows or until square.
Fold over one corner and sew onto hat near stem. Weave in all ends.
Gene aka The Hubby Who makes suggestions, appreciates my efforts, and who said when seeing the turkey butt hat for the first time "You are so perverse. Those poor babies don't know what they've gotten in to." But he laughed while he said it so I think it was a compliment.