Caps for Good Campaign

November 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

photo of hatsThe new Caps for Good grassroots initiative will build on the successful 2008 Knit One, Save One campaign (see story on home page), which engaged 12,000 knitters and crocheters from all 50 states. Caps for Good will run from November, 2010 through February, 2011 and will call on knitters and crocheters of all ages and ability levels to help protect infants in some of the word's poorest countries so they survive the critical first month of life.

photo-collection of hatsDownload a Caps for Good Action Kit today for more background information about the campaign, FAQs, basic crochet and knit patterns, where to ship the caps, and a colorful greeting tag which you can cut out and attach to your cap with well wishes for the new mother. And be sure the visit Save the Children's web site to learn more about this global charity's amazing health initiatives.

Below are additional cap patterns.

Helpful Technique Information

Frequently Asked Questions

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Cap Patterns

The following cap patterns are especially designed for low-birth-weight babies. The circumferences range from 9" to 11". Any infant pattern is fine so long as it is a suitable size and will keep the baby's head warm. Use any smooth, washable yarn. Here are suggested patterns for both knitters and crocheters, using either sport or worsted weight yarns. Scrap yarns are fine, and the patterns can be varied as desired with stripes or other color combinations.

Knit Caps

Abbreviation Key

knit hat examples
'' = inch(es)
CO = cast on
k or K = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
mm = millimeter(s)
oz = ounce(s)
p or P = purl
rem = remaining
rep = repeat
st(s) = stitch(es)

Knit Sport Weight Cap

Size:

10" circumference

Materials

Sport weight yarn, 3/4 oz
5mm/Size 8 knitting needles (or size required for gauge)
4mm/Size 6 knitting needles
Yarn needle to sew seam

Gauge

20sts = 4" with larger needles in Stockinette Stitch

Instructions

Cuff

With smaller needles, CO 48 sts. Work in K1,P1 ribbing for 1 1/2".

Crown

Change to larger needles.
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 5" from CO edge, ending with a wrong-side row.
Shape Top
Row 1: *K2tog,K2; rep from * across: 36 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *K2tog, K2; rep from * across: 27 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: *K2tog, K1; rep from * across: 18 sts.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K2tog across: 9 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end. Thread yarn into yarn needle and draw through rem sts on needle. Draw up tightly and fasten off securely. Sew seam. Turn up cuff.

Knit Medium-Weight (Worsted) Cap

Size:

10" circumference

Materials

Medium-weight yarn (worsted),3/4 oz
5mm/Size 10 knitting needles (or size required for gauge)
4mm/Size 8 knitting needles
Yarn needle to sew seam

Gauge

16 sts = 4" with larger needle in Stockinette Stitch

Instructions

Cuff

With smaller needles, CO 44 sts. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1 1/2".
Body Change to larger needles and knit until piece measures 5" from CO edge. Crown
Change to larger needle.
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 5" from CO edge, ending with a wrong-side row. Shape Top
Row 1: *K2tog, K2; rep from * around: 33 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *K2tog, K1; rep from * around: 22 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: K2tog, *K2, K2tog; rep from * around:16 sts.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K2tog around: 8 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end.

Thread yarn into yarn needle and draw through rem sts on needle. Draw up tightly and fasten off securely. Sew seam.
Turn up cuff.

Crochet Caps

Abbreviation Key
examples of crochet caps
" = inch(es)
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
lp = loop(s)
mm = millimeter(s)
oz = ounce(s) rem = remaining
rnd = round
rep = repeat
sl st = slip stitch

Crochet Sport Weight Cap

Size:

9 1/2" circumference

Materials

Sport weight yarn, 3/4 oz
Crochet hook 3.75mm/size F or size required for gauge
Yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge

10 dc = 2"

Instructions

Rnd 1: Ch 4; work 11 dc in 4th ch from hook; join with a sl st to top of beg ch: counts as 12 dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), dc in joining chain; 2 dc in each dc around, join: 24 dc.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc; *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * around, join: 36 dc.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in each of next dc, 2 dc in next dc; *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * around, join: 48 dc.
Rnds 5 through 9: Ch 3, dc in each dc; join.
Rnd 10 (turning rnd): Ch 1, sc in front lp only of each dc around; join, turn.
Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in both lps of each sc; join.
Rnds 12 through 14: Rep rnd 11.
Rnd 15: Ch 1, *sc in next sc, ch 3, skip 3 sc; rep from *around; join, finish off.
Weave in all ends. Turn up cuff.

Worsted Weight Cap

Size:

10" circumference

Materials

Medium-weight yarn (worsted),3/4 oz
Crochet hook size H (5mm) or size required for gauge
Yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge

7 dc = 2"

Instructions

Rnd 1: Ch 4, work 11 dc in 4th ch from hook; join with a sl st to top of beg ch: counts as 12 dc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), dc in joining ch; 2 dc in each dc around, join: 24 dc.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc; *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * around, join: 36 dc.
Rnds 4 through 8: Ch 3,dc in each dc; join.
Rnd 9 (turning rnd): Ch 1, sc in front lp only of each dc around; join, turn.
Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in both lps of each sc; join.

Rnds 11 through 13: Rep rnd 10.
Rnd 14: Ch 1, *sc in next sc; ch 3, skip 2 sc, rep from * around; join, finish off.
Weave in all ends. Turn cuff up.

Patterns for Knit Hats (4-Needle Version)

Abbreviations

" = inch(es)
CO = cast on
k or K = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
mm = millimeter(s)
oz = ounce(s)
p or P = purl
rem = remaining
rep = repeat
st(s) = stitch(es)

Sport Weight Hat

Size:

10" circumference

Materials

Sport weight yarn, 3/4 oz
Four, Size 8 (5mm) double-point knitting needles (or size required for gauge)
Four, Size 6 (4mm) double-point knitting needles
Yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge

20 sts = 4" with larger needles

Instructions

Cuff

With smaller needles, CO 48 sts. Divide sts onto three needles, being careful not to twist sts. Mark beg of round. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1 -1/2".

Crown

Change to larger needles and knit until piece measures 5" from CO edge.Shape Top
Rnd 1: *K2tog, K2; rep from * around: 36 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K2tog, K2; rep from * around: 27 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: *K2tog, K1; rep from * around: 18 sts.
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: K2tog around: 9 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end:
Thread yarn into yarn needle and draw through rem sts on needle. Draw up tightly and fasten off securely.
Turn up cuff.

Knit Worsted-Weight Hat (4-Needle Version)

Size:

10" circumference

Materials

Worsted weight yarn, 3/4 oz
Four, Size 10 (6mm) double point knitting needles (or size required for gauge)
Four, Size 8 (5mm) double point knitting needles
Yarn needle to weave in ends

GAUGE

16 sts = 4" with larger needles

Instructions

Cuff

With smaller needles, CO 44 sts. Divide sts onto three needles, being careful not to twist sts. Mark beg of round. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1-1/2".

Body

Change to larger needles and knit until piece measures 5" from CO edge.
Shape Top
Rnd 1: *K2tog, K2; rep from * around: 33 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K2tog, K1; rep from * around: 22 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: K2tog, *K2, K2tog; rep from * around: 16 sts.
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: K2tog around: 8 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end, Thread yarn into yarn needle and draw through rem sts on needle. Draw up tightly and fasten off securely.

Turn up cuff.

Simple Crocheted Baby Cap

If you are a fi rst-time crocheter, here’s a perfect beginner project: a baby cap. Simply crochet a rectangle approximately 10’ by 7’, then sew the side and top seams. And it’s for a terrific cause: Knitters & Crocheters for Newborns: Caps to the Capital. The Warm Up America Foundation is teaming up with Save the Children to crochet and knit caps for newborns in developing countries. There’s a complete packet of information available online at www.savethechildren.org with additional cap patterns, tags to affi x to your cap and an important letter to send to the President. Learn how you can do more to help this national campaign. For how to knit instructions visit: www.WarmUpAmerica.org.

Size:

To fit Baby’s head 10 ins [25.5 cm] around.

Materials:

Sport Weight Baby Yarn One 1.75 oz [50 g] ball
Size 4 mm/G or 6 crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge:

16 sc and 21 rows = 4 ins [10 cm]. diagram for construction

Stitch glossary

Ch = Chain.
Sc = Single crochet.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
Tog = Together.
WS = Wrong side.

Instructions

Ch 41.
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. 40 sc. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Rep last row, until work from beg measures 7 ins [18 cm]. Fasten off.

Finishing:

Fold piece in half lengthwise. Sew top and side seams, reversing last 2 ins [5 cm] for turnback. If desired, to decorate add small pompoms or tassels to corners of the cap.

Simple Knitted Baby Cap

If you are a first-time knitter, here’s a perfect beginner project: a baby cap. Simply knit a rectangle approximately 10’ by 7’, then sew the side and top seams. And it’s
for a terrific cause: Knitters & Crocheters for Newborns: Caps to the Capital. The Warm Up America Foundation is teaming up with Save the Children to crochet and knit caps for newborns in developing countries. There’s a complete packet of information available online at www.savethechildren.org with additional cap patterns, tags to affix to your cap and an important letter to send to the President. Learn how you can do more to help this national campaign. For how to knit instructions visit: www.WarmUpAmerica.org.

Size:

To fit Baby’s head 10 ins [25.5 cm] around.

Materials:

Sport Weight Baby Yarn One 1.75 oz [50 g] ball
Size 4 mm/6 knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge:

20 sts and 40 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in garter st.construction diagram

Stitch glossary

Beg = Beginning.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
Tog = Together.
WS = Wrong side.

Instructions

Cast on 50 sts.
Work in garter st (knit every row), noting that first row is WS, until work from beg measures 7 ins [18 cm], ending with WS facing for next row. Cast off.

Finishing:

Fold piece in half lengthwise.
Sew top and side seam, reversing last 2 ins [5 cm] for turnback. If desired, to decorate add small pompoms or tassels to corners of the cap.