Each month, we feature a charity that is helping people through
knitting and crocheting. This month, we feature the Knit One, Save One
initiative, providing knit and crochet caps to mothers and babies in
developing nations around the world.
Four million babies die each year within the first month
of life in poor countries. Save the Children and the Warm Up America!
Foundation have joined forces to encourage people who knit and crochet
to make hats for newborns. This simple solution, which provides warmth
to newborn babies can help improve the survival rate.
"We are thrilled to partner with Save the Children on this
initiative," said Mary Colucci, executive director of Warm Up America!
Foundation. "We are encouraging knitters and crocheters of all ages to
host gatherings with friends and families, local community groups, or
classmates, and to help us spread the word through their social
The caps will be distributed to pregnant women and new mothers and
their babies in Save the Children's global programs. Early next year,
Save the Children will also take the notes to the President-elect in
Celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Debra Messing (of Will
Grace and The Starter Wife) and Lisa Edelstein (of House)
up needles and hooks to participate.
Knitters and crocheters can make hats using any pattern they wish,
but keep in mind that because the babies that Save the Children serves
are often low birth-weight, the caps should be on the smaller side. A
circumference of 9 to 11 inches is ideal. Any smooth, washable yarn can
For 11 free baby cap patterns, click
here. For more information or to download an action kit with directions on how to donate, click to
the Children's website.
Photos courtesy of Save the