12/5/14

Wilson NICU Donation


Our local NICU at Wilson Hospital in Johnson city takes babies 28 weeks and over. They have a ability to house 24 babies at once. Each year I've tried to get a special donation of hats to them along with a small gift for the parents during this holiday season. This is what I did this year :) 

30 kits
10 for 28ish weeks
10 for 32ish weeks
10 for 36ish weeks

The hats all stretch so they are fit a range in size. 

Here are some photos from this year :) I dropped them off today to a very grateful staff and we chatted about doing a halloween donation next year :) eek!

This year I went with a flatter not as breakable ornament :) Each is handmade by me (I had a little help from Danita for a few). 


They came with a hat and a matching mini hat. So the parents had something that could "connect" them with their baby in the NICU when they couldn't be there.



 I then packaged each one in a decorative ziploc with a card :)


11/21/14

Holiday Hats and Matching Mini Hat


Enjoy this special pattern I whipped for the local NICU. It's similar to my Faux Knit Hats, but it uses a thicker yarn. You don't NEED to use these for just holiday affairs either :) They can be done for at anytime! 



NICU Holiday Stretchy Hats

Supplies:
Yarn (weight 4)
J hook
Yarn needle
1 3/8 inch pom pom maker (optional)

Abbreviations
ch = chain
sc = single crochet

*Each pattern is labeled in weeks of gestation, but hats will stretch for larger sized babies*

28 weeks

Leaving a long tail (4-5 inches)
Chain 19

Row 1: 3rd chain from hook, sc. Sc across in each chain. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in back loops only across, ch 2, turn
Row 3: sc in back loops only across, ch 1, turn
Rows 4-24: alternate between row 2 and row 3. On Row 24 do not chain at end. End piece leaving a long tail.

(hint: the long tail you started with will always be at the ch 1 side of your piece)

Fold piece in half (last row meets starting chain).
Whip or Mattress stitch the two edges together using the tail you just created on the chain 2 side of your rectangle.
Work the rest of the end in coming back down the seam some and cut.
(Mattress: http://crocheteverafter.com/2013/04/24/mattress-stitch-join-tutorial/
Whip:http://crocheteverafter.com/2013/04/30/how-to-whipstitch-join/ )

2nd tail (on chain one side of rectangle)
weave in and out around top edge, catching as little of each stitch as you need to. Pull tight and weave in end (this closes the top of the hat).

Add pompom if you wish! Fold up brim and your done :)

32 weeks

Leaving a long tail (4-5 inches)
Chain 21

Row 1: 3rd chain from hook, sc. Sc across in each chain. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in back loops only across, ch 2, turn
Row 3: sc in back loops only across, ch 1, turn
Rows 4-28: alternate between row 2 and row 3. On Row 24 do not chain at end. End piece leaving a long tail.

Finish the same as 28 weeks.

36 weeks

-Leaving a long tail (5-6 inches)
Chain 26

Row 1: 3rd chain from hook, sc. Sc across in each chain. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in back loops only across, ch 2, turn
Row 3: sc in back loops only across, ch 1, turn
Rows 4-32: alternate between row 2 and row 3. On Row 24 do not chain at end. End piece leaving a long tail.

Finish the same as 28 weeks.

9/26/14

30 kits -- Niagra





30 kits you see there. In the new homemade draw string bags :) 
5 -- 15-18 week bunting kits (love me forever bunting)
5 -- 15-18 week outfit kits (lay me down wrap)
5 -- 18-23 week kits
4 -- 22-24 week kits
3 -- 24-30 week kits
3 -- 28-32 week kits
3 -- 30-36 week kits
2 -- 36+ week kits

This box was made possible by some wonderful monetary donations!

Thank you so much:
 Tobias
Liam, Riley, Ben and Archer Jackson
Logan's Love Bags
Zonalynn Conners
Gary and Sindy Dineen
Tracy Adams
Bethaney Cotten
Gabrielle Wayman

Your generosity has helped 30 kits to find their way to Niagara Falls :)


And as always here are some examples of what went in these kits:

I had alot of crochet outfits I made or others, which worked out to really provide a variety.



Love You Forever Bunting

Extra Small Lay me Down Wrap