2018 Charity Hats

Filed Under (2018 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, Patterns, The Knit Out) by Sandi on 30-10-2017

As we do each year at the Pottstown Knit Out, this year we will be collecting knitted and crocheted items. Chemo caps, Knitted Knockers, and newborn baby hats we collect are donated to the Pottstown Hospital.  Hospital personnel are always pleased to receive these donations. You can find patterns on our website. However, you can choose any pattern you like that suits the category.  Chemo caps should use soft yarns like the Caron yarns in the patterns, much the same as you would use to make baby hats. When the 2018 Knit Out registration forms come out, you’ll find links to instructions for Knitted Knockers. Baby hats should be sized for newborns (10″ – 12″ round) and should be washable. Cottons and soft acrylics are best. Pom poms, buttons and other attachments are not allowed by the hospital.

Charity Baby Hat with duplicate numbers (2018)

2018 Charity Baby Hat

Some people are curious about the hats we post each year with the year date on them. So here is how this year’s 2018 hat was made. The “lettering” was the first step. Charts are available on Ravelry to show you how to create numbers or letters. What you want to stitch on the hat should be planned out first on paper, being sure the width of the numbers does not exceed the width of the hat.

Lettering Chart on graph paper with numbers 2-0-1-8 planned on paper

Lettering Chart

The hat was knit  from the base until just before the decreases, about 4.5 in. The stitches, still live, were left on the needles and the needles were capped to keep the stitches from slipping off.  Here you can see a basted line used as a guide for placing the numbers. It’s all about stitching the numbers on straight the first time!

2018 baby hat knitted the length of the body, still on the needles, with basted guidelines to aid in placement of duplicate stitching

Ready for Duplicate Stitching

The numbers 2-0-1-8 were added using duplicate stitching. If you are right-handed, you may want to start with the 8 so your stitching hand does not block your work. There are several videos on YouTube that teach duplicate stitch. After the stitching is complete, decrease, weave in your ends, and block your work.

2018 Knit Out Registration Now Open

Filed Under (2018 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, Chemo Caps, Classes, Events, Knitted Knockers, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Relay for Life, The Knit Out) by admin on 29-10-2017

It’s that special time of the year again!

Knit Out Save-The-Date

We are now accepting registration for the 14th Annual Knit Out to be held at Brookside Country Club on January 20, 2018.

We always have overwhelming response for tickets, therefore we recommend that you do NOT wait. Send in your forms as soon as possible.

Registration and class selection is on a first come, first served basis.

CLICK HERE: Registration Form

Mail completed form with check as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE: Class List

Select your top pick for a class and two alternatives. (One class per person so we can give every knitter personal attention.)

Note that registration fee is non-refundable, as all proceeds go to charity.

Please do not contact Brookside Country Club in regards to the Knit Out. Refer all Knit Out questions to: info@pottstownknitout.com

We are always accepting donations of Baby Hats, Chemo Caps and other comforting charity items. (See our site for easy patterns.) This year our featured item is Knitted Knockers. See registration form for more information and list of approved yarns. Thank you!

 

Wrapping Up the 2017 Knit Out: Charity Knitting

Filed Under (2017 Knit Out, Charity, Events, The Knit Out) by admin on 02-02-2017

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Our 13th annual Pottstown Knit Out to benefit the American Cancer Society was held at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown on Saturday, January 21, 2017. It was a lively day of camaraderie and fundraising around our common hobby of knitting and our desire to contribute to the ACS efforts to battle cancer. The day dawned grey and warmer than usual, to the great relief of everyone after winter storm Jonas shut us down last year. Doors to the event opened at 9:30 am, but women were lined up ahead of that time, eager to start the day.

Happy Knitters at the 13th Annual Knit Out

Happy Knitters at the 13th Annual Knit Out

About half of the attendees won a door prize, which were picked up soon after entering the building. Seats at the tables were staked out and the ballroom hummed with activity as women milled about, talking, looking and touching. Long time knitting friends reconnected and new friendships were formed during the course of the day. This year there were 18 basket raffle prizes which all were vying for; it was hard to wait until the end of the day to find out who won! The swap table was overloaded with lots of yarns coming and going.

Alyssa’s massage schedule filled right up. She must have been exhausted by the end of the day! We thank Alyssa for donating her time. We had a couple of new vendors this year, which added to the excitement of the day as we all checked out their hand-dyed local yarns. Most of our vendors have supported us for many years, and we appreciate their contributions to the day, as well as their varied products to choose from.

Donated Chemo Caps 2017

Donated Chemo Caps 2017

We had fewer classes than usual this year, but everyone who wanted a class was able to take one. We are always looking for new teachers, so please spread the word! It is enjoyable to learn a new technique to add to your knitting knowledge. After the classes were finished, we headed back to the ballroom to show and share our knitted creations. How inspiring to see what others have made, hear the stories about the projects and learn what patterns & yarns were used.

Brookside Knits are able to maximize our contribution to the ACS because this event is entirely volunteer run. The teachers donate their time, the country club donates the space, and the vendors donate gift certificates for door prizes. Our only major expense is the food. Thank you to everyone who attended or otherwise supported our event!

2017 Charity Baby Hat

2017 Charity Baby Hat

You were extremely generous in your charity knitting this year. Here is what you knitted or crocheted.

  • 180 newborn baby hats
  • 112 chemo caps
  • 21 toddler-sized hats
  • 4 baby blankets
  • 1 prayer shawl
  • 2 big bags of Knitted Knockers

The baby hats will be washed, dried, and packed up to be contributed (monthly) to the Pottstown Hospital labor and delivery unit along with others knitted by our own Brookside Knitters. The toddler-sized hats and baby blankets will be passed along to the new baby clinic. The chemo caps and Knitted Knockers will be contributed to the cancer center, as will the prayer shawl.

If you knitted pink or red hats they may be in the February bag ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The green hats are filling up the March bag already, and baby pastels will be divided among the bags.

Charity Hats 2017

Charity Hats 2017

Sorting Out the Hats 2017

Sorting Out the Hats 2017

2010 Pottstown Knit Out

2010 Pottstown Knit Out

Baby Hat Donations 2010

Baby Hat Donations 2010

Tips For Future Attendance:

  • To make sure you’re on our mailing list, email info@pottstownknitout.com.
  • Please do NOT contact Brookside Country Club with Knit Out-related questions.
  • Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis; we have limited space.
  • When you receive the email notice, send your completed form and check immediately.

New Charity Knitting Project for 2017 Knit Out and Beyond:

In addition to our ongoing Baby Hats project, Brookside Knits has added Knitted Breasts “Boobies” to our charity knitting. These light, comfortable, knitted prosthetics are made with soft, washable yarn and are an excellent substitute for their silicon counterparts. Consider donating your work to this worthy cause. We’ll be accepting them at the Knit Out and beyond. Patterns available:

2017 Charity Baby Hats

Filed Under (2017 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, Patterns, The Knit Out, What We're Knitting) by admin on 06-11-2016

Once again, we will be collecting baby hats to contribute to the Pottstown Hospital’s Labor and Delivery section. The hospital gives us a few guidelines:

  • Newborn sizes only (about 10 inches in circumference)
  • No buttons. No pompoms, or other dangling bits.
  • Use only washable, hypoallergenic yarn, like acrylic.
Striped Baby Hats with jogless stripes

Striped Baby Hats with jogless stripes. Seasonal themes.

Here is a simple striped pattern that you can use if you like. You can see we use it for some holiday hats, multi-striped hats, and even school colors.

Striped Newborn Hat

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice (worsted), main color (MC) and contrasting color (CC) of your choice.

Needle: Size 8 double-pointed needles or a Magic Loop to knit in the round.

Gauge: About 18 st = 4 in

Finished measurements: width = 4-1/2 in across (9 in around); height = 5 in.

  • CO 40 sts in main color (MC).
  • Set a marker (if needed) as you join to form the first round.
  • Rib (K1, p1) for 5 rows in MC.
  • Continue in stockinette stitch in MC for another 5 rows.
  • To make the stripe, join the contrasting color (CC) and knit 1 row. To make a jogless stripe, pull up the first (MC) stitch in the previous row and loop it over the left-hand needle. Knit to two stitches together. Continue in CC for a total of 5 rows.
  • Return to MC and knit for 1 row. Use the jogless technique (see video) on the second row and knit for a total of 10 rows. Your hat should now measure about 4 in.
  • Decrease in alternate rounds: (1) Knit 3, K2tog around. (2) Knit. (3) Knit 2, K2tog around. (4) Knit. (5) Knit 1, K2tog around. (6) Knit. (7) K2tog around. You should have 8 st left on the needles. Cut an 8 in tail and pull it through the 8 st twice. Thread the tail through the top hole and weave it in.

Two different technique for making jogless strips in the round:

Here are some of the charity Baby Hats the Brookside Knitters have been creating. You can take inspiration from the season! Pumpkins. Little Pilgrims. Elves!

If you would like to participate in this project, knit or crochet a baby hat (or many!) and bring them to the Knit Out.

October Baby Hats

October Baby Hats

Bag of October Baby Hats

Bag of October Baby Hats

Baby Hats Donated at 2015 Knit Out

Filed Under (2015 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, The Knit Out) by admin on 17-02-2015

2015 Knit Out participants donated over 150 hats for newborns for Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

2015 Knit Out participants donated over 150 hats for newborns for Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

We would like to thank everyone who donated nearly 150 baby hats at the 2015 Knit Out. The Pottstown Memorial Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery section also appreciates all the hats. We find that the nurses especially like the hats we make for holidays.

What do we do with the hats you donate? All hats are machine washed and dried, of course. We then divide the hats up into twelve bags, one for each month. Having about 11 or 12 starter hats each month—the ones you knit– gives us a head start on the 40 or so hats we donate monthly.

How does that work? We take the blues, pinks, and multicolored pastels and divide them evenly among the bags. February hats—delivered just this week–included red and pink hats for Valentine’s Day. Then we take greens and put them toward St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas. The purples and yellows may go for Easter or springtime generally. The oranges, of course, go into the pumpkin months and darker hats are kept for the later in the fall. Stripes go out in September for back-to-school and sports seasons. The nurses are especially fond of Eagle’s or Phillies’ hats.

2015 Knit Out Participant Donated Chemo Caps

Filed Under (2015 Knit Out, Charity, Chemo Caps, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, The Knit Out, What We're Knitting) by admin on 17-02-2015

2015 Donated Chemo Hats

2015 Knit Out participants generously donated their time and talents to help others.

Many thanks to all the 2015 Knit Out attendees who donated chemo caps at this year’s event. We collected 92 hats, just a small sampling of which is shown in the photo. These hats will be given to the Cancer Center at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Free Chemo Cap Patterns

2015 Charity Chemo Hat

2015 Suzanna Beanie

In 2014, we donated about 50 caps to the cancer center. You may download last year’s free chemo cap pattern. In 2015, Joy has created a new pattern in PDF form to honor Suzanna Rauscher.

The hospital and patients are always grateful for your donations.

Knitting a hat is not a requirement of the Knit Out. Donate if you can. We appreciate it.

2015 Knit Out

Filed Under (2015 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, Chemo Caps, Events) by admin on 31-01-2015

Pottstown Knit Out 2015The 11th Annual Pottstown Knit Out was held at the Brookside Country Club, January 17, 2015. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s event. As always, a great time was had by all. All proceeds go to Pottstown Relay for Life, while knitting donations go to Pottstown Memorial Hospital.

Hope to see you back next year.

If you would like to attend next year, please email: info@pottstownknitout.com to be included on our mailing list. We cannot emphasize enough that our space is limited.

Tips:

  • Make sure you’re on our mailing list. Email info@pottstownknitout.com.
  • Please do not contact the club.
  • Admission is on a first come, first serve basis; we have limited space. When you receive the notice, send your application immediately.

2015 Knit Out—Charity Baby Hats

Filed Under (2015 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, Patterns, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, The Knit Out, What We're Knitting) by admin on 18-10-2014

Brookside Knits donates handmade hats to the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. We welcome all knitters to offer a helping hand.

Baby Hats

2014 Charity Baby Hat

2014 Charity Baby Hat

About forty baby hats go to Labor and Delivery each month. Last year, Knit Out attendees dropped over 100 baby hats—about one quarter of all those donated to the hospital—into the collection basket.

Free patterns for baby hats of all kinds are available on Ravelry and other sites on the Internet. Check here for links to A Few of Our Favorite Things.
The hospital, the parents, and the babies are always grateful for your donations.

Knitting a hat is not a requirement of the Knit Out. Donate if you can. We appreciate it.

Baby and Chemo Charity Hats

Filed Under (2014 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, Events, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, The Knit Out, What We're Knitting) by admin on 06-02-2014

We are proud to say that we received many charity hats both for chemo patients and for newborns.

Knit Out attendees donated over 100 hand-knit and crocheted baby hats that will be donated to them Pottstown Memorial Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery unit. Each month Brookside Knits donates about 50 preemie and newborn hats.

We received 33 chemo hats.

Thanks so much and please feel free to donate more.

A few of the 33 Chemo Caps we received.

A few of the 33 Chemo Caps we received.

Dark colors are favorites for baby boys.

Dark colors are favorites for baby boys.

Hats with toppers that are securely fastened.

Hats with toppers that are securely fastened.

Classic pastels are both knit and crocheted.

Classic pastels are both knit and crocheted.

Colorful hats catch the nurses eyes.

Colorful hats catch the nurses eyes.

The tiniest hats are for preemies.

The tiniest hats are for preemies.

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Filed Under (2014 Knit Out, Baby Hats, Charity, What We're Knitting) by admin on 07-12-2013

Baby Hats for Charity

Baby Hats for Charity

Each year at the Knit-Out, someone asks where we donate the baby hats we collect and what kinds of hats the hospital asks for.

For years now, we have donated baby hats to the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center—about 50 a month. They ask that hats be knitted for newborns (10” round) or preemies (8” round), that they be made of washable yarn, and that they have no buttons, pom-poms or other detachable items that may endanger the babies.  We decide on styles and colors for the hats.

In past years, we have offered patterns for basic newborn hats—ribbed cuffs and rolled bands. This year, we thought you might enjoy sharing our favorite online patterns.

Here are websites for just a few:

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