Baby, it’s cold outside!!! (Relief Share needs baby hats and cocoons donated for the hospital, please!)By
When the winter winds swirl around and chill us to our bones, you can imagine how the little ones feel….baby, it’s cold outside! Baby blankets, quilts, clothing and knitted or crocheted cocoons are very much needed for the babies in hospital and those in homeless shelters or crisis situations.
The pattern in very simple – cast on 80 stitches with circular needles or flat needles and knit for 18″. Decrease:
- knit every 8th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,
- knit every 7thstitch together for one row, knit the next row,
- knit every 6th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,
- knit every 5th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,
- knit every 4th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,
- knit every 3th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,
- knit every 2th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,
- cut the yarn long enough to seam the cocoon and gather the stitches on the needle into a circle and seam the cocoon. If you are knitting with circular needles, just gather the last stitches in the row and tie off.
This pattern works for the Ultimate Sweater Machine as well – you will need a garter bar for the decreases or knit for 21″ instead and simply gather the final row.
The hat pattern is the same for the cocoon but knit for 6 1/2″ before decreasing – this makes an adult hat. The baby hat is the same pattern but only cast on 40 stitches for a preemie baby or 80 stitches for a newborn baby and knit for 5 1/2″ before decreasing.
If you want to do chemo hats, it is nice if you add a crocheted flower to the side of the hat to cheer up the patient or if the hat is for a male, stripes can be added.
Donations are sent to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. We are a 501 (c) 3 IRS approved charity – donations are tax deductible.
Make this season a bit warmer and more comfortable for the sick and needy by putting your sewing, knitting, crochet or crafting skills to work.
People who are not familiar with Relief Share charity work sometimes ask us what we do and what kind of donations we accept. The answer is simple. If there is a need and we are capable of addressing it, we do. Donations of all kinds are gratefully accepted – clothing for all ages, toys, books, household goods, animal supplies, cancer patient needs, help for those in hospital, homeless shelters, crisis centers and families who have emergent needs.
Relief Share mainly handles crisis situations to help in emergencies. We provide food (if available) clothing and items to help folks get through the crisis. Babies are always first and foremost in our humanitarian work. We specialize in newborn and preemie quilts, receiving blankets, cocoons, diapers, clothing, toys and more.
Currently our main project is keeping the hospital stocked with baby items so new babies in need can go home with the basics for a good start in life and we are also making 240 twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital. Supplies such as fabric, yarn, batting, etc are needed.