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Its time to CLICK for Babies!

June 09, 2014

Are you looking for a good summer project?  Something small and quick, that won't take much time but will be greatly appreciated by the recipient?  I have the perfect solution - Purple Hats for Babies!

CLICK for Babies is an international project that brings awareness to the Period of PURPLE Crying, a normal period of increased crying that all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.  This inconsolable crying - which can be very hard on new parents - is considered the number one trigger for shaking a baby, often to a point of causing Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Knitters and Crocheters are invited to support this program by creating hats that will be given to babies in local hospitals throughout October and November.  Here are a few tips for creating a perfect purple baby hat:

  • Hats can be any shade of purple, and should be made with soft, washable yarns.  Feel free to add highlights of other colours, as long as the hats are at least 50% purple.  Purple hat = Purple crying reminder.
  • The baby hat patterns do not need to be complicated, so have fun with your designs.  A few basic pattern suggestions are available on the CLICKforBabies.org website, and you can find many more on Ravelry.com.  Last year I was able to make almost 4 hats out of one skein of Sirdar Snuggly DK - introduce a few scraps from your own stash, and voila - four beautiful hats for only $6!
  • Please avoid attaching pompoms, straps, ribbons, buttons, or bows to your hats - these decorations can be a safety hazard to babies.
  • The hats will be worn by newborns up to about 3 months of age - please aim for a circumference of 13"-15" (33-38cm), with a depth of 4-6" (10-15cm). 

Please bring your completed hats to Wet Coast Wools by Wednesday, October 1st so that we can deliver them to Children's Hospital on time.

For more information about the CLICK for Babies campaign please visit their website: www.ClickForBabies.org
(the above image is copyright of the Click for Babies campaign)