For my daughter's bat mitzvah we are knitting and crocheting beanies for the premature infants born at Northside Hospital. We toured the hospital and learned that about 1,800 preemies spend an average of 3-4 months at the hospital gaining weight, lung and kidney functions. Because the babies are so small, there aren't a lot of clothes available and cute hats are a necessity to keeping the babies warm.
Marietta, GA 30007
I worked up a simple knit beanie pattern (use size 6 needles) and a simple crochet pattern (use a size G hook) (because my sister prefers crocheting). This knitting pattern is perfect for a beginner. You knit many rows until you get the hang of it and then add purling. I eliminated the binding off at the end. You just pull your yarn through and tighten instead of binding off.
We also took these samples to the hospital to check the size. The hats should fit an orange for a preemie. Click the Knitting for Peace logo on the left side of my blog to learn more about other possible projects.
Footnote: We visited the hospital and have turned in the beanies, but can drop off more, so if you find the urge to knit for a cause, please send us/me your beannies and we will take to Northside Hospital in Atlanta.