Baby Crafts

Baby Hats

You may use baby colors or UK blue and white. If you have a baby hat pattern you like better, feel free to use it. All hats should meet the following specifications:

  • When the hat is laid flat, the bottom should measure 5" to 6 ½" without being stretched, or 34cm in circumference
  • The depth from the band to the crown should be about 6"
  • For the safety of the baby, please, no pom-poms or fold-up band at bottom of the hat. If the fold-up band comes down, the baby could suffocate.
  • Please be sure to wash your hats before turning them in. We recommend washing with Dreft

If some of the hats are smaller/larger, they can still be used. We can use as few or as many hats as you are willing to make.

If you would prefer to have these patterns mailed to you, please contact Volunteer Services at 859.313.1290. You can deliver or mail the hats to your local hospital. For Lexington, mail or deliver to Volunteer Services, Saint Joseph Hospital, One Saint Joseph Drive, Lexington KY, 40504.

Please be sure to click on this Donation Form link to provide information about your donation. Please print out the form and fill it out. This form must be included with your donated items.

We can not accept crocheted or loomed baby hats. We can only accept knitted hats.

Knit Baby Hat Pattern #1

Created by Betty Rose, Volunteer

Materials: Sport weight (light or DK) or baby yarn, size 8 needles (Repeat between “ ” in each indicated row.)

K2, P2 to end of row. (Continue for 6 rows.)
K 1 row — P 1 row, for the next 14 rows.
“K 9 stitches, K 2 together” across row, P back across row.
“K 8 stitches, K 2 together” across row, P back across row.
“K 7 stitches, K 2 together” across row, P back across row.
“K 6 stitches, K 2 together” across row, P back across row.
“K 5 stitches, K 2 together” across row, P back across row.
“K 4 stitches, K 2 together” across row, P back across row.
“K 2 together all across this row (15 sts remaining) P back across these 15.

Cut yarn, leaving a long enough thread to put on a darning needle, draw up snug and sew down the side seam. The hat band, when folded and laid flat, should measure between 5” to 6 1/2”.

This same hat can be done on size 8 (4) double pointed needles. The only difference is that you do not have a purl row—it is knitted all the way, and you don’t have to sew it up. Also, cast 24 stitches on each of three of the double pointed needles. Leave a long thread to gather the last stitches and draw up snug.

Knit Baby Hat Pattern #2

Created by Linda Lane, Volunteer

Materials: #6 knitting worsted, washable yarn, circular #6 needles, 16” length, set of double pointed needles

Cast on 64 stitches and knit in the round until your hat measures 4 ½”. The finished hat will have a rolled edge. Switch to double points and put a marker at beginning of round.

K2 together, K 6 for round 1
K2 tog, K 5 for round 2 
K2 tog, K 4 for round 3
K2 tog, K 3 for round 4
K2 tog, K 2 for round 5
K2 tog, K1 for round 6
K2 tog for round 7

You should have 8 st. remaining

End #1: Cut yarn, thread through darning needle and go through final loops two times, and then draw close. Turn hat inside out and run yarn through 5 or 6 stitches as in duplicate stitch to secure loose ends. Cut. Secure beginning yarn in the same manner.

End #2: Put stitches on two double pointed needles, and continue by purling in the round for 4 more rows, and then end by drawing yarn through remaining stitches, pulling snuggly, and weaving in the end for a few stitches. This creates a faux pom-pom.

End #3: Reduce stitches to 6, and make I-cord. Put all stitches onto one double point and knit from r. to l. until piece is long enough to tie into a little pigtail. Cut yarn and go through remaining loops and pull snug. End as above.

Alternate beginning: Cast on 64 st. and work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1 inch, and then K every row for another 2 ½”, and then decrease for the crown.

Note: The 2 ½” portion of the hat is an ideal place to have fun with stripes, patterns, or decorative stitches. Use up your bits and pieces of novelty, or colored yarns. Weave the ends in on the inside of the hat.

The finished hat will be approx. 6” wide and 5 ¼”tall.

Smaller hat

Cast on 56 st. and K1, P1 ribbing for 1 ins.
K in stockinette for an addl. 2 ins.
Then decrease for crown until you have 7 stitches remaining.
Cut yarn and weave or sew in loose ends.

Knit Baby Hat Pattern #3

Created by Linda Lane, Volunteer

Materials: Straight needles #6, knitting worsted washable yarn

Cast on 64 stitches and knit in ribbing – K1 st., P1 st. for 1”
Knit in stockinette (K 1 row, P 1 row) until piece measures 3 ½” from the beginning.

Decrease for crown:

K2 tog, K6 – repeat until end of the row.
Purl one row
K2 tog, K5 – repeat
Purl one row
K2 tog, K4 – repeat
Purl one row
K2 tog, K3 – repeat
Purl one row
K2 tog, K2 – repeat
Purl one row
K2 tog, K1 – repeat
Purl one row
K2 tog across row

You should end with 8 st. on needles.

End #1: Cut yarn, draw loops together. And weave or sew the side of the hat together.

End #2: Create stub by knitting remaining few stitches for another 4-6 rows, and then drawing loops tog. Weave or sew the hat sides together, and bury the ends on inside of hat.

End #3: Continue knitting on remaining six stitches until you have a pigtail long enough to tie into a loose knot. Then cut yarn and weave in on inside of hat.

Note: The 2 ½” portion of the hat is an ideal place to have fun with stripes, patterns, or decorative stitches. Use up your bits and pieces of novelty or colored yarns. Weave the ends in on the inside of the hat, or knot your joinings and leave 1” lengths on the outside of the hat as the festive decorations.

The finished hat will be approx. 6” wide and 5 ¼” high.

Smaller hat

Cast on 56 stitches, knit in ribbing for 1”.
Continue in stockinette for 2 inches.
Hat measures 3“ total.
Decrease for crown until 7 stitches remain.
Weave or sew in loose ends.

Crib or Lap Blanket

These 2 patterns are the easiest to knit and crochet squares. You are welcome to use any pattern that you know. The finished blanket size should be 30" x 36" (30 squares). 6 inches is the length of any paper money.

Knitting:

Cast on 20 stitches, then straight knit until you square is 6 inches long. Use 10 1/2 size needles.

Crochet:

Chain 20 stitches, then single crochet until your square is 6 inches long.

Note: Colors for crib blankets should be in baby pastels, white, or cream only.

You can deliver or mail the blankets to your local hospital. For Lexington, mail or deliver to Volunteer Services, Saint Joseph Hospital, One Saint Joseph Drive, Lexington KY, 40504. Please be sure to click on this Donation Form link to provide information about your donation. Please print out the form and fill it out. This form must be included with your donated items.

Crib Sheet

Materials: flat cotton material, please nothing fuzzy like flannel

  • The main Nursery needs them to be 32 x 22.
  • The NICU needs them to measure 32 x 26.

Use freshly laundered, even if it’s new, cotton material in a baby pattern with a zigzag stitched border. No need to be fancy, just something in a baby pattern.

You can deliver or mail the crib sheets to your local hospital. For Lexington, mail or deliver to Volunteer Services, Saint Joseph Hospital, One Saint Joseph Drive, Lexington KY, 40504. Please be sure to click on this Donation Form link to provide information about your donation. Please print out the form and fill it out. This form must be included with your donated items.

Fleece Blankets with Crocheted Edges

Cut the fleece to 30" x 36" inches, then click on the link below for further instructions.

http://www.thefriendlyredfox.com/2015/02/crochet-edge-on-fleece-blanket-tutorial.html

http://www.lotsofknots.org/crochet-borders

You can deliver or mail the blankets to your local hospital. For Lexington, mail or deliver to Volunteer Services, Saint Joseph Hospital, One Saint Joseph Drive, Lexington KY, 40504. Please be sure to click on this Donation Form link to provide information about your donation. Please print out the form and fill it out. This form must be included with your donated items.