If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in knitting and crocheting for charity, beloved blogger Stephanie Lau of All About Ami will inspire you. She received a request from the charitable organization, Beanies for Babies through Facebook to supply hats for a local hospital. While she had been crafting with her group of local knitters and crocheters for years, this request was special. She decided to organize a Sip and Stitch. Stephanie asked Lion Brand to supply the yarn and the results were heart (and head!) warming.
The crafter who reached out to Stephanie of All About Ami explained just how important these little hats can be. Little caps can help babies maintain a healthy temperature while laying with their mothers just after delivery. Operating Rooms can be chilly, and it’s important to make sure newborns warm up as quickly as possible. She asked if anyone had extras they wanted to donate, but Stephanie wanted to do more. Remembering the hats her own babies had received, she wanted to give that same handmade gift to other new mothers. Not only would these babies have hats to keep them warm, but they would be made with love by hand.
Lion Brand loved her idea, so we packed up a box of soft colors in acrylic yarns that included Vanna’s Choice and Pound of Love. These yarns are perfect for babies because they are washable and avoid fibers that might cause allergies.
Stephanie has great advice for those interested in making their own hats! She suggests first that you contact your local hospitals, to confirm that they’re in need. Then, you’ll want to double-check any restrictions they might have (type of yarn, for instance). Make sure to adhere to these guidelines, since otherwise your hats may not be able to be used!
These are two stellar crochet patterns for itty bitty beanies: the Teeny Beanie Pattern (Crochet) and the Crochet Preemie Hat. Not all babies in need of beanies will be preemies, so it’s good to make larger sizes for full term babies, too!
Our favorite suggestion Stephanie offered was to plan your own event & craft with friends! There’s nothing like the joy you get from doing good for others, so this joy will be amplified by working together. Because baby hats work up so quickly, you’ll have the added pleasure of doing a lot of good in a small amount of time! Grab a few of your crafting friends, or organize a larger party through your workplace, neighbors, or religious institution. You can definitely sip as well, whether you want to go with wine (or bubble tea, as Stephanie did!), it’s a great idea to have refreshments.