Knitters make hundreds of hats for newborns at Harrogate hospital 
Last updated Feb 9, 2024
Knitted hats for newborn babies being delivered to Harrogate District Hospital

Over 200 hats have been handmade for newborn babies at Harrogate District Hospital

The knitting project stemmed from a Facebook post by a Harrogate midwife requesting hats for newborn babies.

Sian Cox teamed up with knitting group and Knaresborough shop Knitting Pretty to encourage people to pick up their needles for the cause.

The knitting group meets in Knaresborough every Wednesday and the shop has been used as a drop-off point for the knits.

Ms Cox said the response to the social media plea has been “insane”.

Diane Watson, owner of Knitting Pretty, said:

“We told our knit and natter group at Lavender tearooms about (the social media post) and they all got on board with such enthusiasm. When I told Knitting Pretty Facebook followers about it we had received 238 hats within 10 days. Our biggest donation came from a lady of 95. More hats are arriving daily, the response has been overwhelming.”

The hats are mostly used for newborn babies as they typically lose heat through their heads and can face difficulties regulating their temperature due to the changing environment.

Knitted hats ready to be donated

Through being knitted or crocheted, the hats tend to fit the babies heads better than the fabric or store-bought ones which tend to run larger. 

Leanne Spencer and her colleagues at the hospital have so far received 356 hats. She said:

“We need over 2,000 hats a year for the births at Harrogate District Hospital so we are really grateful to the friends of Knitting Pretty for their support.”

It is hoped the hats will stock up the hospital, which delivers approximately 2,000 births annually from women from Harrogate and the surrounding areas. 

The initial post received over 100 shares and has attracted many volunteers with offers already made to make accompanying blankets for the maternity unit.

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