Pumpkin hats. Orange, of course. Two green leaves around
a brown I-cord stem. Knit in red, it’s an apple. Stitched with a
scattering of black seeds, a strawberry.
A few summers ago, after the Preemie Project put out a call for
pumpkin hats, I wrote a
pattern for one with matching booties. Fast and fun, I knit a
bundle of them. Most went to the Project's drive. One set was put
aside. Next door, in late September, a grandchild was due.
"I can't wait for Halloween," Amanda told me when she unwrapped the
gift. "I can't wait for Will to wear his pumpkin hat." That Halloween,
baby Will in his orange hat and booties was my treat.
This July, Will got a new cousin, Ruby. I had forgotten about the
pumpkin hat and right before her baby shower, wondering what to knit
her, I asked my neighbor, the grandmother, if Ruby’s mom Emily might
like a sweater, or a blanket. No, I was told. All Emily wanted was a
pumpkin hat just like Wills.
Pumpkin hats and matching booties. Knit at 4 stitches to an inch.
Size 8 needles. A welcomed gift. Make extras in different sizes to
donate to The Preemie
Project, Care Wear, or your
local neonatal center or use the Lion Brand Charity
Connection to find another local charity.
Pumpkin hats are great in Vanna's Choice
as called for in the original pattern. For summer and fall babies, I
knit mine in 0-6 months. Below are other medium weight yarns that you
might like to try; be sure to check your gauge:
Helpful hints from Pumpkin Hat
knitters' reviews on LionBrand.com:
"Slight addition to pattern directions:
make 6 leaves, not just 2. Thereby you have 2 leaves for hat, and 2
leaves each for the booties. Used my imagination to attach leaves to
booties with help from brown yarn!" - Judy Y.
"Just love this pattern. Made many hats
and the local hospital is getting them for the babies. I just love
babies. I also took the pattern and change it a little. The bottom
ribbed section I made white, the center section all knit rows, I made
red. Did not put on a stem but added a white pom-pom. JUST LIKE SANTA.
how good is that!!" - Marilyn K.
"I just made two pumpkin hats. One size
0-6 mos. and the other size 12-18 mos. They turned out great and looked
like the photo. Cast on a single knitting needle and then transferred
stitches to a circular needle. Used the Clover bamboo circular needles.
On the 11th round, transferred all my stitches onto double pointed
needles to finish the hat." - Carol K.