Remember the Strong Man Quilt I made for my niece? Well, I was right. Her baby is a strong little man!
This strong little baby decided to make his grand entrance into the world six weeks early! And my niece's labor was only like 2 and a half hours long or something like that! WOW! I couldn't believe it.
The baby arrived at a wopping 3lb 8 ounces and 17 inches long. Tiny but healthy! The little booger is strong as an ox! He only needed oxygen and a feeding tube for a few days. He also got sent home from the hospital when he was only 4lb 1 ounce. The hospital said they usually keep babies until they are 5 pounds, but this little baby needed nothing from them so they sent him home.
The only thing this little guy really needed at home was that he had to wear hats to keep his body warm. My niece commented one day that she only had one hat and that she needed to wash it. I told her "You needed only to tell me that! Aunt Gigi and her crochet hook to the rescue!"
Overnight I was able to crochet for him four little hats of various patterns.
I made one like a football (Just a simple double crochet beanie changing colors for the white stripes at the top and bottom of the beanie like the, similar to the one I made for my other great nephew when he was a baby. It's here:
I also made the new baby a simple, soft mint green one and a solid gray one. I think the BEST one I made was the pumpkin hat! And they all fit his tiny head perfectly.
I didn't have a pattern on hand for a pumpkin hat, but Pinterest to the rescue as usual! I made this hat over my lunch hour and on the ride home from work, with yarn that I already had on hand. It was so easy and quick to make. So easy, in fact, that I made another one for another great nephew a few days later (just increasing my stitches to make a bigger hat).
Anyway, here is the pattern for the pumpkin hat. It's on Ravelry. And the author of the pattern encourages you to make these and donate them - like to a hospital charity. I'm sure she does not authorize sale of these hats using her pattern as she stresses donation in her message. I love crocheting baby hats so much that I'm definitely going to check out donating them to the NICU units of our local hospitals!
Here's the link to the pattern! So easy even though I only have a limited knowledge of crochet - I regularly use google and You Tube for help with my work. If I can do it, you can do it!
(You have to register with Ravelry but registering is free and you will find so many wonderful patterns there.)