Crafters knit hats for babies

Crafters at the Midway Senior's Centre are an active group investing their skills to help provide a warm hat for preemie babies.

Knitting needles have been clicking in the Boundary. A busy group of crafters sent about 50 hats to Vancouver Children’s Hospital in January. A hearty thank you was sent back with a request for preemie hats so the needles started clicking again and within two weeks this tableful of toques was produced.

The Midway Seniors’ Centre is the venue for a group of crafters, from throughout the Boundary, who meet once a week for coffee and crafting. We come together on Thursday mornings at 9:30.

Some knit others quilt, hook rugs, cross-stitch and lately weave pine needle baskets.

Jean Carpenter shared her knowledge of pine needle weaving and there has been some wonderful baskets created. Quilters often choose to work on the same patterns and share fabrics, some even bring their lunch and make a day of it.

When they first started last year bags of yarn, patterns and needles were offered around and many of the hats have been a community project.

The preemie hats are to be made of 100per cent acrylic yarn, and should be sized to fit an orange or grapefruit (according to information on the Internet).

The following pattern works up a tiny hat that fits an orange.

If anyone would like to make some of these preemie hats for the hospital, they are invited to do so.

Hats can be dropped off at the Midway Seniors’ Centre, or to Lynn Wickens in Midway or Lynne McKillican in Westbridge.

Everyone is invited to join the crafting group, drop in any Thursday and join us. A membership fee of $10 per year to the seniors covers our rental and use of the facilities.

 

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Recipe for a Preemie Hat

3mm needles, scraps of baby yarn

Cast on 56 stitches

Work one inch of K2P2 ribbing

Work 2-3 inches of stocking stitch

Dec as follows: row 1: K3, K2tog, repeat across row.

Purl even on next and alternate rows.

Row 3: k2, K2tog, repeat across

Row 5: K1, K2tog across

Row 7: K2tog across

Row 9: K2tog across. 6 stitches.

Break yarn leaving a tail. Thread a darning needle and pass through stitches on needle. Pull tight and sew up seam.

 

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