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"There are so many babies that need these to regulate their body temperatures right after birth. Our 2nd child was not a preemie, but she had a difficult time regulating her body temperature after she was born and a hat was essential for her first couple of days.
This pattern is FREE, but it is for charity. It is my hope that people will crochet these hats for their local NICU’s, shelters, hospitals, etc. The easiest way to contact the hospital is to ask for the Preemie or NICU donation coordinator."
These are for average preemies 11-13 inch head circumferences (4-7 pound babies). For micro preemies go down a hook size and use Sport Weight yarn (1-3 pound preemies).
I've looked for a really pretty pattern like this to crochet for preemies. I live in a city with the largest group of Medical Centers in the world, and one of the world's best Children's Hospitals. The two patterns I have downloaded today from your website are the most beautiful I've seen for use by preemies. I will send others to your site to download the pattern for themselves. Thank you so much for your artistry and your gift.
My friend Heidi and I made 43 of these in maroon red with white flowers for valentines day. We made skull hats with embroidered I love Mom on felt that we sewn on for the boys. The mom's were thrilled and we had a blast making them. We work in a NICU here in Salt Lake as RN's. It means so much for the needs of our premies to stay warm. I am still remembered as the nurse that crochets. Thanks for the free pattern.
I wanted to say thank you for this pattern. A good friend delivered her son early and he spent several months in the NICU. I wanted to do something special to mark his first birthday so I decided to make one hat for each day he was in the hospital. I was able to reach my goal (with a little help) using your pattern. The hospital received 70 hats in all different colors (and sizes depending on the hook used).
My grandson was not a preemie, but he was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and had open heart surgery when he was only 4 days old. He needed hats like this and I made him small crocheted blankets for him. I'm very happy to get this pattern so I can give back to the hospitals that gave to us. Thank you.
Thanks so much for this darling pattern! My Mother in law and I have made 30 of them to send to the NICU that my daughter were at. This is such a nice idea. Thank you for sharing it.
I am thrilled to be able to donate hats to premies, and they are so cute. Thank you. I had 2 premature sons and 2 premature grandsons. It is wonderful to be giving back.
My Granddaughter was born at MUSC Hospital in Charleston, SC and was tiny.. had trouble holding her body temperature. Someone graciously had crocheted a little hat which was given to her and it helped her very much. I decided this kindness needed to be extended. There have been several babies leaving MUSC with your purple hat with the flower on it (among over a dozen I have done so far). I call it "Hat with an Attitude" and hope they put smiles on the Mom's faces during what can be a very stressful time. Thank you for sharing these patterns with us.
Our daughter has one made for her when she was born they ran ribbon the the small openins that allowwn us to make it smaller. In the NICU each child had a hat and a blanket. This help us to find our baby, in a glance in a sea of babies.
THANK YOU for posting this. My daughter was born 15 weeks premature. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant and HOPE to start a NICU support group at the hospital my daughter spent 3.5 months at. This pattern will go to GREAT use!! THANK YOU!!!
I am a mom of three NICU babies and the thing I love about these hats is how cute they are. When my babies were in the NICU I felt like everything was so plain, colorless, and boring. Everything was white and everything looked the same. I love that these little hats can bring a punch of color and personality and fun to an otherwise scary, sad, and depressing place. I also love the idea that a hat that I make and donate can be something that a mother and father can take home as a memento, a happy memory of a time that has few happy things to remember. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this pattern with us.
Thanks so much for this free pattern.. I will be more than happy to make these for my charity Teeny Tiny Treasures. To date my mom and I have made over 700 hats to donate this year.. We hope to hit 1,000. Thanks again. Renee
When your blessed, give! Thank you for the sweet pattern. My sisters and I have knitted and crocheted tiny sweaters, hats and blankets for the preemies. Thanks to you , we can extend our gifts with your adorable pattern.
I wanted to comment as a recipient of these kinds of crocheted hats for preemies. My daughter was born 8 weeks early and was in the NICU for 7 weeks - Recently, we just lost her in September 2010. I wanted to say how greatful and how touched we were to experience the very talented crafters that had the heart to donate gifts like these to hospitals - the hospitals always made sure my little girl was dressed in a beautiful handmade hat to keep her temperature up as well as making her look so pretty! My daughter was in the hospital for 14 months of her 17 months of life so I just wanted to say these women that take the time to make hats and blankets for hospitals are a true blessing! In turn, after losing my daughter and having long hospital stays, I wanted to get back as well but in a different kind of way... you can see what I am doing at my blog - www.leahshope.us. Thank you again for everyone that makes this kind of gifts for our little ones!
very pretty and looks easy to crochet
Copyright 2007 by Rebecca Craig (aka LullabyLamb) all rights reserved. Pattern holder is granted license to knit this hat and its accouterments, for personal use or for gifts and donations to charity. Pattern holder is to receive no monetary gain from this pattern or from completed items from this pattern. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the author.