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!

 

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

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:

Fall 2011 Charity Baby Hats

Filed Under (Baby Hats, Charity, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center) by Sandi on 04-10-2011

October 2011 Baby Hats Pumpkin Patch

October 2011 Baby Hats Pumpkin Patch

October 2011 Baby Hats in Fall Colors

October 2011 Baby Hats in Fall Colors

 

It’s Fall and Brookside Knitters have been busy all summer knitting and crocheting newborn hats for delivery to–Where else?–the Labor & Delivery section of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Each month we’ve contributed 25 hats suitable for baby boys and 25 for baby girls.  We enjoy adding special hats for patriotic holidays and moving toward fall colors for September & October.

I’ll include photos of the October “Pumpkin Patch” and “Fall Colors” selections and say that we are looking forward to the challenge of “Pilgrim Hats & Bonnets” for Thanksgiving.  All local members contribute, and the Fall hat group includes hats by Joy, Karen, Lenore, LuAnn, and Sandi.

When hats turn out to be too large for newborns we donate them to other charity organizations.  (Newborns  need hats 10-12″ around with no do-dads. They need to be washable, acrylics or cottons rather than wool to be especially kind to tiny heads.)

2012 Knit Out Baby Hat Pattern

Filed Under (Baby Hats, Charity, Patterns, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, The Knit Out) by admin on 16-08-2011

Baby Hats

Baby Hats

Countdown CapHere is the pattern we are using this year (2012) for the Knit-Out baby hat kits.  If you are bringing hats along, you may use any newborn hat pattern.  Pottstown Memorial Medical Center has asked that donated hats have no pompoms, buttons, flowers or other items that may be grabbed by infants. All donated hats will be washed so yarn should be washable (acrylic, cotton, etc., rather than wool). Larger hats, hats with pompoms, or wool hats will be donated to other projects. Thank you for contributing to the project.

CO 40 stitches loosely.
K1, P1 rib for  1 – 1.5 inches

Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 4 – 4.5 inches from the cast-on edge.

Decrease as follows:
Row 1: *K2tog, K2* across (30)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *K2tog, K1* across (20)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2 together across (10)
[Row 6 Optional: Purl]

With cap still on needle, cut yarn about 24 inches long. Using a tapestry needle, thread yarn through the 10 sts on the needle [twice through is more secure]. Pull snuggly. With right sides together, sew up back seam. Weave in ends.

Pattern Abbreviations
CO Cast on
K Knit
P Purl
K2tog Knit two stitches together (equals one stitch decrease)
(–) Number of stitches after decreasing
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