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Geek Craft: Charity Preemie Hats

We're going to make preemie hats for charity! They're quick, adorable and for a good cause! I'll bring patterns for both crochet and knit caps, a couple of pre-made samples as well as extra yarn if anyone needs it. (not much yarn required, they're super tiny, think of it fitting a kiwi!) Make one or make many, we'll collect them that afternoon, but also until the end of the month so you can go home and make even more to donate if you want. :) 

After Geek Craft: Nerd HQ will be having it's weekly Dinner & Death event.  If you plan on staying for at least the dinner portion of that event, please RSVP separately (CLICK HERE for link to event)

Hope to see you at Geek Craft!

Some yarn info I found at

Soft, washable yarn I found this great info on (Note from BEVQ - Yellows are not a good color for preemies as most preemies are jaundiced and since their skin color is already yellowish, wearing a yellow hat makes the baby look worse to the parents and nicu nurses.  You can use a bit of yellow in combination with other colors and that's fine.)


I can also say that the  best yarn for these little hats is that  baby yarn that everyone hates with the little silver thread going through it... It does not release fiber/fuzzies very readily, and therefore is permitted for use on a baby with a trach, or on a vent with CPAP. No wool yarn is permitted to be used (even a wool blend) in the presence of oxygen since there is a potential for static, and even a small "shock" can be dangerous in the presence of increased ambient oxygen. Plus, the younger the gestational age of the baby, the more likely skin reactions are to "foreign" materials... some babies look like  a rash head to toe just from contact with the " used a thousand times and really soft" receiving blankets that we used instead of sheets. Soft really is important to them.

(Bev Qualheim who had 3 premature babies ~ soft baby or soft sport weight yarn is good.  Make sure the items you make have a lot of stretch to them as preemies have really delicate skin.)

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  • Bo B.

    Thanks Sandra for all your awesomeness in pulling this together! So. Many. Cute. Hats!!! And for such a good reason. Thanks also to Margaret for the pattern printouts! Looking forward to Part Deux, to drop off all the hats made at home, and make a few more. (Psst thanks for the extra yarn! It will keep my fingers busy until I can get to the store later this week.)

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • GippyDWndrSqrl

    I'm so sorry. I ended up working 3 hours overtime on an over night shift and after almost crashing twice I've decided I am just too sleepy to be driving out there. I'll drop off some caps next week!

    February 2, 2014

  • Frederica P.

    I will be at a family triple-birthday get-together.

    February 1, 2014

  • Sandra W.

    Hi again! I'm so happy to see such a big group coming out, but now I'm not sure I have enough yarn! So if you have some, if you have extra, please bring it! As long as it's soft, we're good. :)

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Margaret

      Is it supposed to be non-wool in case of wee allergies?

      1 · January 31, 2014

    • Sandra W.

      Yes, sorry, no wool.

      2 · January 31, 2014

  • Samantha

    Hi everyone, I have posted the Dinner & Death event for this evening, if you plan on staying for at least the dinner portion of that event, please RSVP separately into that event itself. Here's the link:

    January 29, 2014

  • Sandra W.

    Hi, everyone! Just wondering how many people would like patterns? Knit or crochet? Who would like yarn provided? Checking to see how many copies of patterns I should bring and how much yarn. :)

    January 26, 2014

    • Sandra W.

      Mystery yarn, also good.

      January 27, 2014

    • Michelle M.

      I will try to find yarn but may need yarn. I would like a pattern please.

      1 · January 27, 2014

  • Eriflor

    Unfamiliar with this yarn with silver thread in it. Does it have a name? is it nylon? acrylic?

    January 25, 2014

  • Eriflor

    Already said Yes to Knitting Bridges meetup for 2nd Feb but will try a later Sunday in Feb.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Michelle M.

    Thanks so much. I will bring needles and enthusiasm.

    2 · January 9, 2014

  • Michelle M.

    I would love to come and learn. Would anyone have time to teach me?

    1 · January 9, 2014

    • Sandra W.

      Yes! We have lots of talented crocheters and knitters! I can teach you to crochet, I'm sure someone could teach you to knit. :)

      1 · January 9, 2014

  • Bo B.

    And requires small "utensils" for the most part (in case anyone like me, was not sure):
    •Knitting Needles: 3.5 and 4mm [US 4 and 6] (4 and 5mm [US 6 and 8])
    •Crochet Hook: 4mm [US G-6] (5mm [US H-8]).

    2 · January 8, 2014

  • GippyDWndrSqrl

    I can bring some wool too. What wool is suggested.

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Sandra W.

      Sort, washable yarn. I found some great yarn info on, I'll add it to the event info. :)

      January 8, 2014

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