Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Feel Good Knitting

There it is - a preemie cap for Project Sunshine. My knitting group is having an event to knit preemie caps for this non-profit, so I whipped up a little head doily to check out the yarn. (Nice! And machine washable, very important) There are many variations of these hats out there in the internet free pattern world, but here is what I came up with:

Simple Preemie Cap

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine (60% cotton, 40% modal), 110yards in "Butter"
Needles: us4 and us5 dpn's or 2 circ's
Gauge: 6 stitches = 1 inch using size us5 in stockinette
Finished size: 9" circ, 5" high


Using smaller size needles, cast on 56 stitches.
Being careful not to twist stitches, place marker and join in the round.
Knit 5 rows.
Change to larger needles and continue until hat (unrolled) measures 4 inches.

Begin decrease:

Row 1 - *Knit 6 stitches, knit 2 tog. Repeat from * 6 more times. 49 stitches remain.
Row 2 - (And all even rows) Knit.
Row 3 - *Knit 5 stitches, knit 2 tog. Repeat from * 6 more times. 42 stitches remain.
Row 5 - *Knit 4 stitches, knit 2 tog. Repeat from * 6 more times. 35 stitches remain.
Row 7 - *Knit 3 stitches, knit 2 tog. Repeat from * 6 more times. 28 stitches remain.
Row 9 - *Knit 2 stitches, knit 2 tog. Repeat from * 6 more times. 21 stitches remain.
Row 11 - *Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 tog. Repeat from * 6 more times. 14 stitches remain.
Row 13 - *Knit 2 tog. Repeat * 6 more times. 7 stitches remain.

Begin i-cord:

Row 14 - Knit 3 stitches, knit 2 together twice. 5 stitches remain.

Place all stitches on one needle and knit 5 rows. Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Pull to close i-cord and secure on wrong side of work. Weave in ends. Done!


Gauge is not so important, as preemie heads come in many sizes. I like the roll brim because it is adjustable. If you are worried about the roll moving too much (or not rolling at all), tack it into place in the back with a simple whip stitch when weaving in your cast-on end.

And yet another charity project. My group has also taken on a group blanket project. We are making a block blanket for Project Linus. 96 squares will make one 40 x 60 blanket. We have 173 squares! If all are usable and the colors work, we should be able to make one 40 x 60 blanket and another at 35 x 35. I will be documenting the piecing togther progress here...*gulp*. It's just a big, fun's just a big, fun puzzle...

Tomorrow I head out of town for a couple of days. Will hopefully have much knitting progress to report. Won't have much access to yarn stores, but I made up for that yesterday. I had an hour to kill so I popped into a LYS and walked out with 2 skeins of Koigu in a lovely celery color. Yum.


Anonymous Necia said...

I love it. I feel so warm and fuzzy inside when I see/hear about our charity projects. Who would've thought I would have such a soft spot.


12:07 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Wow! That's a lot of squares! Good for you and your group to do that! Nice job!

Oh on the hat too! Very cute! Now I know what to do with any leftover shine! Thanks

1:28 PM  
Blogger Knitting Fiend said...

I'm going to learn to knit with DPNs! Very cool!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Areli said...

What a sweet baby hat, thanks for sharing the pattern.

10:05 PM  
Blogger HPNY Knits said...

its fun to knit when away, espeically if you don't do the driving, (or flying...)

10:48 PM  
Anonymous HildeC-in-Norway said...

What a production! "Not Quite Table Runner, Not Quite Placemat Thing", socks, lace, cap, blanket - I'm impressed! It all look great! AND you've started to speak norwegian - the "uffda"-word is the most norwegian word I know :-)
Where will this end...;-)

5:43 AM  
Blogger Sharon in Ireland said...

Well done on all the charity knits, very worthwhile cause. The squares are very impressive, it's great that a group have got together to give a little back.

6:26 AM  
Blogger allisonmariecat said...

The hat is adorable! And the blankets will be lovely. I have a stash of "charity project yarn" that has languished too long. Thank you for inspiring me!

11:49 AM  

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