Crochet Pattern: Bambina Beanie

Free crochet pattern: Bambina Beanie in Lion Brand Heartland by Underground Crafter | A small shell stitch adds a delicate touch to this newborn beanie. This pattern meets donation requirements for CLICK for Babies, a campaign against infant abuse. This easy beanie pattern uses a small shell stitch to add a delicate touch because it is sized just for newborns! I designed the Bambina Beanie to meet the donation requirements for CLICK for Babies, a campaign against infant abuse. If you’d like to get involved by sending a newborn hat to a participating organization in the U.S. and Canada by September 30, read on for details! This post is part of my charity spotlight series, where I spotlight a charity that distributes crochet projects and share a free pattern suitable for donation to that organization.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Yarn for the project was generously provided by Lion Brand.

July’s Featured Charity: CLICK for Babies

CLICK for Babies is a North American campaign to raise awareness of shaking babies in a unique and interesting way. Shaken baby syndrome is a term used to describe the devastating effects of shaking a baby. It is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States, and if the child survives, there may be extensive head trauma that leads to poor health outcomes later in life.

One reason that parents shake babies is due to unsoothable crying during “the Period of PURPLE Crying” (when the baby is from two weeks to four months of age). The PURPLE acronym highlights the main features of crying during this period of life.

  • Peak of Crying
  • Unexpected
  • Resists Soothing
  • Pain-Like Face
  • Long Lasting
  • Evening

CLICK for Babies aims to use cute purple hats to remind parents of education they have received at the hospital about the normalcy of this period of life, methods of dealing with the stress it causes to parents, and the dangers of shaking a baby. Purple hats are collected at sites in the U.S. and Canada through September 30 each year for distribution in November and December. You can find a distribution location near you using the buttons and interactive map here.

How To Make a Great Newborn Hat

Newborn hats should be made with a soft yarn that feels gentle to the touch. Yarns should be easy care, meaning they should be washable and dryable in a machine. I chose Lion Brand Heartland for this project because it’s soft, washes well, comes in a large skein, and is available in many colors. (With one skein, you could make four or five hats in this pattern.)

CLICK for Babies hats should fit one to two day old babies. Hats should fit 13″ (33 cm) to 15″ (38 cm) circumference and 4″ (10 cm) to 6″ (15 cm) tall. Since hundreds of collected hats each year are not donated because they are too small or too large, CLICK for Babies recommends you check the fit. More information is available in their sizing guidelines.

For safety reasons, hats should not include decorative features which could present a choking or strangulation hazard, such as pom poms, tassels, buttons, or bows.

For the CLICK for Babies campaign, hats should also be at least 50% purple to remind parents of the period of purple crying. You can find more tips in the Click for Babies crafting guidelines.

More Newborn Hat Inspiration

If the Bambina Beanie gets you excited about making hats for CLICK for Babies, here are some other free patterns you may enjoy.

Crochet

  • Simple Textures Newborn Hat,
  • In the Neighborhood Slouchy Hat (in newborn size),
  • Cupcake Hat (in newborn size),
  • Triangles Beanie (use 3-6 months size).
  • You can also use the C2C Pom Pom Hat in the 0-3 month size with the brim rolled up 1.5″ (3.5 cm) and without pom poms.
  • You can find a roundup of 25 free crochet newborn hats here. Be sure to check the sizing to meet the CLICK for Babies requirements before starting a project for donation.

Knitting

If you make your own Bambina Beanie, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Bambina Beanie

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Bambina Beanie in Lion Brand Heartland by Underground Crafter | A small shell stitch adds a delicate touch to this newborn beanie. This pattern meets donation requirements for CLICK for Babies, a campaign against infant abuse. A small shell stitch adds a delicate touch to this newborn beanie. This pattern meets donation requirements for CLICK for Babies, a campaign against infant abuse.

 

Finished Size

  • Newborn: 15” (38 cm) circumference x 5.25” (13.5 cm) height.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland yarn (100% acrylic, 5 oz/142 g/251 yd/230 m) – 1 skein in 147 Hot Springs, or approximately 60 yd (55 m) in any medium weight yarn.


  • US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 3 = 3.75” (9.5 cm) diameter in pattern. For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat the instructions following the asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Charity Guide

Pattern Instructions

Hat

  • Ch 4, sk 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st to first dc. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, starting in same st, [2 dc in next st] around, join with sl st to first dc. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, starting in same st, [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] around, join with sl st to first dc. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, starting in same st, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] around, join with sl st to first dc. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, starting in same st, [3 dc in next st, sk 1 st, sc in next st, sk 1 st] around, join with sl st to first dc.
  • Rnd 6: Sl st to next st, ch 1, starting in same st, {sc in next st, sk 1 st, 3 dc in next st, sk 1] around, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Rep Rnds 5 & 6 until hat measures approximately 5” (13 cm), or about 0.25” (0.5 cm) shorter than desired finished length, from crown, ending after Rnd 6.
  • Final Rnd: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 1, *sc in next st, ch 1,** sk 1 st; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sl st to join to first sc. Fasten off. (50 sts)

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/08/31/crochet-pattern-bambina-beanie/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Bambina Beanie, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

Add the Bambina Beanie to your Ravelry favorites or queue.

Underground Crafter on RavelryIf you want an easy print format, you can buy an ad-free PDF version on Craftsy.

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Free crochet pattern: Bambina Beanie in Lion Brand Heartland by Underground Crafter | A small shell stitch adds a delicate touch to this newborn beanie. This pattern meets donation requirements for CLICK for Babies, a campaign against infant abuse.

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