I designed this simple, cabled hat when I decided to contribute to the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, which raises awareness for congenital heart defects. I’ve included both a preemie and newborn size for this simple cabled hat. I hope you can use this pattern to contribute to the cause!
Note from the Designer: The purpose of publishing this pattern is to inspire you to make these teeny hats for a worthy cause! Specifically, I will be sending my hats to the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, but I encourage you to explore some other giving opportunities, too.
Ideally, the hats I make will make it to the heads of newborn preemies and babies in an effort to raise awareness for congenital heart defects. If you know me at all, you know that my MOST important and fulfilling job is that of being a mom to two precious littles.
I’ll never ever forget the feelings, early in motherhood that I was lucky to have: to look down at my child and feel the rest of the world’s worries just melt away. I still feel like that was a gift given to me by my kids. As an anxious person by nature, that sense of calm and bonding and just LOVE meant the world to me then and now.
Every time I know someone is welcoming a new baby, I think of THOSE moments and I just look forward to it for them. Even if that moment is fleeting, I always hope that they get it. It’s a miracle moment. I think that feeling is captured so well in some excerpts of the song “Easy Silence” by the Dixie Chicks–hence the name.
I imagine that these little hats will go to some families who will be lucky enough to feel the world melt away as they bond with their new babies. Enjoy this hat, and I hope you are able to feel some Easy Silence while making it.
26 (45) yds Bulky (5 weight) yarn in a Red Shade
(Pictured is Deborah Norville Serenity Bulky Yarn in Berry Burst )
US 10 Circular knitting needles (11” circular)
DPN or Cable Needle
CO: Cast On — Long Tail Cast on is Recommended
CF: Cable stitch holding stitches in the front
CB:Cable stitch holding stitches in the back
K2tog: Knit two stitches together
BL: Back Loop
Cables are made over 6 stitches.
How to cable: Place first three stitches on a cable needle or DPN and hold in front or back based on what the pattern calls for, K3, K3 from Cable needle
Pattern directions appear with stitch counts in this format: Preemie Size (Newborn Size)
CO 32 (42) and join in the round
Round 1-5: K1, P1 around.
Rounds 6-11: K8 (13), P2, K6, P2, K14 (19).
Round 12: K8 (13), P2, CF, P2, K14 (19).
Rounds 13- 20: Repeat Round 6.
Round 21: K8 (13), P2, CB, P2, K14 (19).
Round 22-24: K8 (13), P2, K6, P2, K14 (19).
Round 25: K6, K2tog BL, P2, K2, K2tog BL, K2, P2, K2, K2tog BL, *K6, K2tog BL, Repeat from *to end of Round.
Round 26 – 27: *K6, K2tog BL* Repeat around.
Round 25:K11, K2tog BL, P2, K2, K2tog BL, K2, P2, K2, K2tog BL, *K6, K2tog BL, Repeat from *to end of Round.
Round 26 – 29: *K6, K2tog BL* Repeat around.
Weave in all ends and wet or steam block.