Cotton Preemie Hats: Mindless Knitting

Pattern: Preemie Hats for Charity

Yarn: Sublime Organic Cotton DK

Needle: Size 5

 I know that I’m going to have an extra skein of this left over from my t-shirt (still working on it!) and I got two hats from one skein. Not too bad.

 These hats are part of a KAL that is happening in one of my Ravelry groups. We’re going to knit baby items for hospitals or charities. I’m not sure if I will be able to donate these two paticular hats because they can’t be machine dried, but it’s practice. Any recommendations about good yarn for preemie hats (non-wool, please, and machine washable-dryable if you know of some) would be greatly appreciated. If hospitals can’t use these, I’ll donate them to my church.

It’s the first time that I’ve knit for charity and I feel good about it. If I find a yarn that’s really good, maybe I can make a hat-sock-blanket set! One person in the group is going to get all the knitted items and then donate it to a local hospital. It’s going to rotate, though, so different hospitals all over the country are going to get donations!

 I started and finished one hat yesterday and one hat today. Being sick gives one time for such mindless knitting.


July 17, 2008. Tags: . Knittin' Porn, works-in-progress.


  1. Jen replied:

    I’ve done charity knitting for NICUs (my son was a NICU baby, though not a preemie), and the recommendation I’ve gotten for yarns is just regular inexpensive baby yarn, but it has to be SOFT. Acrylics are machine-washable and -dryable and the baby yarns are frequently soft enough. Here’s a great page with info and recommendations: The same website has lots of great preemie patterns, as well:

  2. Aunt Kathy replied:

    I love charity knitting, it just makes me feel good to know I can meet a need.

  3. Lulu replied:

    Yay for charity knitting! Feel better.

  4. Emily...yeah that Emily replied:

    I like the hat with the scalloped edge the best. Make me one like that.

  5. knittenkitten80 replied:

    Good way to use up any acrylic I have lying around. Be careful about wool though, some people are allergic to it and preemie’s are more likely to be extra sensitive.

  6. Sandra Singh replied:

    Your hats are wonderful and one way or another you’ll find a good home for them. What about Wendy Peter Pan’s 3 Ply, its acrylic and nylon, machine washable and dryer safe and a generous 344 yards for under $10. Please tell us about your charity knitting project in my Charity knitting topic in my Rav Group knitters are always searching for good causes and you deserve a little notoriety!

  7. Merenwen replied:

    My mom says that Patons Decor is good.

  8. Inbetween the Lace Knitting… « The Lumpy Sweater replied:

    […] have finished two baby hats, to compliment my pink hats. I don’t really buy into the pink-is-for-girls, blue-for-boys, but if I’m donating hats […]

  9. nicki replied:

    I absolutely love the Bernat Softee Baby ones for baby hats. Every year I make a bunch to donate to a local hospital and the best part is the yarn is super soft, super easy to care for and only costs like $3 for a skein that gets upwards of 12 preemie sized hats(in crochet, so probably 15 in knit, since us silly crocheters use on average 3 times the yarn)…. Happy crochet or knitting …

  10. nicki replied:

    ps Project Linus is a good cause for anyone who’s looking for charity things… lots of hospitals use this charity but they collect new and gently used baby items and LOVE handmade stuff, especially hats and blankets : ) There are also a few others, check the archives on certain magazine sites (for crochet it would be crochettoday, and a few others)…

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