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While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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hats for chairty

My husband and I travel a lot with our work and while we're driving I love to knit easy projects that I can do while also looking at the landscape and chatting or listening to audios.

I've made hundreds of baby hats, mostly for premies because clothing for them is so hard to find, and when I have a bagful I just bring them to whatever hospital I am near at the time.

When my granddaughter was born in Miami, she had a little fever and wasn't allowed to leave the hospital for a week--the wonderful staff people were all so good to her and my daughter-in-law and son -- and while we were waiting for Jacqueline to get better I made lots of little hats for that hospital wing and they were much appreciated, as they kept hats on all the babies almost all of the time.

I use only soft Lion Brand cotton for these little hats as new babies are so sensitive to whatever touches their skin. I've found that hospitals like neutral or varigated colors rather than pink or blue so they can grab whatever hat is available and not have to worry about putting pink on a little boy, which parents don't like!

The pattern is so easy and I love knitting in the round with circular and double point needles (you can find tiny circular ones now): start with any number of stitches in multiples of nine (36 is a good number), place a marker at the beginning, and knit 3 or 4 rows of ribbing (rolled edges are cute, but babies need a flat surface between them and the bed) and then just knit rounds until it's the length you want; to decrease, change to dp needles if you aren't already on them, knit every 8th and 9th stitches together around the work; knit a round, knit every 7th and 8th stitches together around, and continue in this way till you have a few stitches left. You can cut your thread and draw the tail thru the remaining stitches to close it up, leave it plain or put a pompom or button on top. You can continue to knit a little cord with the few remaining stitches and tie it in a knot. weave in the beginning yarn tail. So easy!

Preemies can have heads as small as a small orange--use one for fit!

When my sister in law. Darlene, was going thru chemo, I made big hats for her and her new friends in the cancer units. I used cotten or chenille, using the same pattern only bigger. I was told that, besides covering their newly bald heads and making them feel prettier, the hats also kept their heads warm where normally our hair does that job.

Of course children lose their hair to chemo also and so hats of various sizes are great gifts for any hospital. I often make the larger hats to send to Darlene because she now volunteers her services as mentor with new cancer patients facing the loss of their hair and all the fears that go along with their battle ahead--a little something from someone they don't even know seems to give these folks a little lift.

Hats are the easiest of projects using a small amount of inexpensive yarn and are so much appreciated!

This isn't a unique story--you've run stories like it before -- but maybe someone else will be inspired to spend a little time helping in this way.

Keep up the good work, Lion Brand, you have wonderful products which are carried most everywhere and easy to find!


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