Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Calvin's Hats

I saw a story on the news the other day about Calvin's Hats.  It tugged at my heart and I had to find out more about the project and how I can help.   Here is the story behind Calvin's Hats (from the Calvin's Hats website)....

From Calvin's Mom & Dad:

"When we lost our son, Calvin, we discovered there is little clothing tiny enough for babies that are born too early. Although the hospital offered us preemie-sized hats for our son's small head, they were still too big. We felt as though this was one more thing we would not be able to do right or give to our son.

Through the experience of losing our son, we learned that very small things, which seem unimportant to others, mean a great deal to those who lose a child.

Calvin's Hats is offering to grieving parents a gift which can bring a small amount of comfort and peace... a hat tiny enough to fit right on their precious child's head and something to hold on to when their child is no longer here.

Our wish is for these hats to bring a small amount of healing."

                                                            ~John and Jenna

 After reading Calvin's story I had to make some of those hats!!  I decided to follow the crochet pattern listed on the site but had to change it up bit.  I thought I would share my pattern here for those who are interested.  I think this project would be a wonderful option for a service project for the Young Women.  I'm working on getting something together on the stake YW level.  Cross your fingers it works out for me!

Item Needed:
Baby Yarn

Size G hook

Rnd 1: Ch 3, join with sl st to form a ring. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) Make 15 more dc inside ring.

Join with a sl st in top of 1st ch 3. Ch 3

Row 1: Dc in same stitch as ch 3, *1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from * to end.  Join with a sl st in top of 1st ch 3.  Ch 3.

ROW 2: DC on each DC.  Join with a sl st in top of 1st ch3. ch 3.

ROW 3: Repeat Row 2.

ROW 4:  DC on each DC.  Join with a sl st in top of 1st ch3.  Ch 2.

ROW 5   HDC on each DC.  Join with a sl in top of 1st ch 3.  Ch. 3

Optional edge: skip 1 dc, then sl st the ch 3 into the next dc, * ch 3 and sl st into next dc. Repeat from * across.

If you would like to weave ribbon in and out you can do so.  Feel free to email me with any questions :)


  1. You have a beautiful idea and I wish you all the luck. Pictures are absolutely wonderful. I always enjoy the visit.
    Lee Anne

  2. I'm pitching this idea to the young women as well, thanks for sharing. I love the pic w/ Ollie the elephant as well!

  3. I was doing a Google search to see where our hats were being mentioned and I came upon your blog. Very cute hats!

    Annie Willems
    Calvin's Hats

  4. Just what I was looking for...we are in need of a service project for our RS.


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