Little Hats, Big Hearts Self-Challenge
February is Heart Month and a time to raise awareness for heart health and congenital heart defects. The Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign aims to give a red hat to all the babies born in February to support this. I’ve made hats for LHBH for 3 years now. This year, I decided to challenge myself and make one hat each day in February. I did it!
All total, I made 30 hats! 2 are knit, the rest are crochet, and due to differences in gauge (intentionally or not), I have an assortment of preemie and newborn hats.
The patterns I used (in no particular order):
- Preemie / Newborn Bow Hat – I made two of these in Blue Sky Skinny cotton, no bows.
- Delaney Spiral Beanie – two of these, I liked it much better in Juniper Moon Neve than in Berroco Comfort
- Itty Bitty Bow Beanie – no bow, in Blue Sky Skinny Cotton
- Teresa’s 10 Minute Crochet Preemie Hat – I made this one 3 times in Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK, Juniper Moon Neve, and Berroco Comfort. Still can’t crack that 10-minute mark. It takes me 12-15 minutes.
- Baby Flapper Girl Hat – no ribbon, super cute. This red yarn didn’t have a label but I think it’s cotton-ease.
- Michael Beanie – this one was fun, made it 3X with Cotton-Ease, Juniper Moon Neve. That stripe is great for using up scraps!
- Crown Preemie and Newborn Hat – made twice in Cotton Ease. Super cute.
- Leafy Newborn Hat – Knitting felt so slow! Cotton-Ease on this one.
- Calming Baby Hat – ditto: Knitting felt so slow! Cotton-Ease on this one.
- Super Speedy Preemie Hat in Cotton-Ease
- A Very Good Hat – came out huge for me, in Cotton Ease
- Quick Cozy Preemie Hat – this one with the heart on the front I adore and look forward to making again. The post stitches and color changes all clicked! Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK was perfect here.
- Baby Turban – made this one 2X, super fun. I used Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK for one and Sirdar Snuggly DK for the other.
- Roll Brim – can’t find my link for this one, quick enough in Sirdar Snuggly DK
- Half Double Crochet Hat – made this one four times, it just worked well for me in Sirdar Snuggly DK, Berroco Comfort DK.
- Preemie Crochet Beret – I’m not going to link this one because I’m not happy with how it came out. I’m still building my skills to crochet, but something wasn’t working out with the pattern, it’s a very pancake-y hat. The pattern (free, so you get what you pay for) was lacking stitch counts and was just ok.
- Granny Square Beanie – very cute in Berroco Comfort DK
- Easy Granny Baby Hat – very cute, also in Berroco Comfort DK.
I feel a lot more confident in my crochet skills now. I will continue to work on these hats on and off throughout the year – it would be great to have 50 or even 100 to send off in December. It’s a great cause and deserves a lot of attention. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have ends to weave in!