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My husband and I formerly owned ABC Supermarket in Manitowoc, WI, and when we did, we set up a special little tree for crafters to make and donate hats, mittens and booties for the hospital in town. It worked so well, I wanted to share the idea with all of you, and include some of the patterns we used.
You need a tall block of wood-- 2" x 2"
x 4' tall --or use a thick
dowel. Then we drilled holes at a 45 degree angle, going up and
around the 'trunk'. Then wood-glued in 12"long, 1/4" dowels up
top for the branches (you will have to cut those). The holes drilled
for these 'branches' should be at a 45 degree angle.
We painted the tree white too, and added some pretty pastel words on the sides about babies. We used a plastic flower pot, ceramic or clay pot would work too, and cemented the 4' tall wood tree inside. I used to place free patterns under the tree for the shoppers and it worked so well. You may wish to talk to your local crafts stores about doing this same thing.
4 Knitting needles and baby weight or sport yarn
Cast on 34 sts.
work in garter st for 14 rows (7 ridges).
K2 tog twice at start of next 2 rows bind off 3 at start of next 2 rows
Now - K2,p2 ribbing for 14 rows
bind off fold in half and sew up seam.
Bev's Very Easy Booties - Copyright 1997-2013 Beverly A. Qualheim
Size G hook (newborn size measures approx, 3-3 1/2")
soft 4 ply worsted weight yarn (Simply Soft works great) (1 oz)
ROW 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 2, turn (25 hdc)
ROW 2: Hdc in each hdc across row (25 hdc). ch 2, turn.
ROW 3,4: Repeat row 2. (except in row 4- do NOT ch 3 at the end, just turn)
ROW 5: (This next part forms the cuff): sl st in the first 5 sts, ch 2 -in that 5th st- (counts as one hdc) hdc in the next 13 sts leaving the last 4 sts unworked. (14 hdcs) Chain 2, turn
ROWS 6,7 : Hdc in each hdc across (Leaving last 4 sts in the last row still unworked) , ch 3 and turn (16 hdcs)
ROW 8: Alternate making a FPDC and BPDC across row, working the stiches in the front or back of the hdcs in the row below.
Fold piece in half and whip-stitch up using yarn and big eyed needle, to form bootie.
FPDC and BPDC = Front Post Double Crochet, and Back Post Double Crochet
Minneapolis Mittens (newborns)
1997-2013 Beverly A. Qualheim
Size 4 knitting needles
1 oz Red Heart Baby soft yarn
Gauge: Mitten before seaming = 4.5" across and 3" tall 6.5 stitches = 1" approx. 11 rows = 1"
Newborn MITTEN - starting at cuff
Cast on 24 sts
Knit for 1/2" then make an eyelet row as follows: (K 2 tog, yo, K1), repeat across row ending in K1. (8 eyelets)
After eyelet row, return to knitting until piece reaches a total of 2.5" from cast on row.
Row 1 of decrease: K2 tog, k8, (k2 tog) twice, k8, k2 tog.
Row 2: k across.
Row 3: k2 tog, k6, (k2 tog) twice, k 6, k2 tog
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5: K2 tog, k4, (k2 tog) twice, k4, k2 tog.
Row 6: K across
Finishing: Cut 10" tail of yarn. Weave through remaining 14 sts. Pull tightly. Stitch seam shut. In another color make a crocheted chain of 56 using a size F hook. Weave evenly through the 4th row and tie in a bow.
You can also make a fancy top for the mittens: sc in any stitch at cuff, ch 4, sc into 3rd stitch from the ch, continue around the entire cuff and end with a sc in first sc.
(or use double pointed needles
for knitting in the round - you will
knit one row, purl one row except on decrease)
BEV'S Crocheted NEWBORN CAP - Copyright 1997-2007 Beverly A. Qualheim
7" tall by about 11" wide--BEFORE stitching! (the hats stretch!!) Since everyone crochets differently, you may need to crochet more or fewer rows to make the 11" width.
Materials needed: 2 oz soft 4 ply worsted yarn;
size G crochet hook.
Row 1: Ch 35, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across row. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Work in the back loops only. Sc in each st across row. Ch 1 and turn.
Rows 3- 44: Repeat row 2.
End off after the last st on Row 44 leaving a 12" tail to stitch up side and gather top.
Finishing Sew Back loops of first and last rows together; when you reach the top weave thread in and out to gather. Pull tightly.
for top of hat
Bev's very own 'CRISS-CROSS' TOPNOTCH:
The top can be either a pom pom, or you can add on a contrasting yarn and crochet several chs at least 8 -10 chs long. Add each one with a sl st to somewhere on the top of the hat. Make 10 - 15 of these chs. They can be very random, cross crossing each other, to make it pretty. Sl st the last chain and then thread the yarn through to the inside of the hat and tie it to the beginning thread.