On Oct. 31, 2013, the Knitting Ministry from Park United Methodist Church made its first delivery of 147 hand-knitted and crocheted baby bonnets to the Women’s Hospital NICU in Erie.
Since that first delivery six years ago, the ladies have made and delivered 2,559 hats, 57 blankets, nine headbands and one pair of booties.
The ministry makes two deliveries each year, in the spring and the fall.
On Nov. 7, Cindy Bryan, Sue Pennington, Susie Schultz and Lynda Semelka met at Magee’s Women’s Hospital to deliver 297 bonnets, five soft and cuddly blankets and two delicate headbands.
The women were greeted by Liz and Katelyn, nurses in the NICU. The nurses were most appreciative of the donations and reported that there were 18 tiny bundles in the NICU and that the donations would be put to good use.
The Knitting Ministry would like to send a special thank-you to Nancy Gelsie for generously supplying more hats.
The ministry gathers every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Parkside in North East on the fourth-floor in the meeting room and is always looking for new and interested crafters.
Novice knitters are welcome as well. There are members who are more than willing to teach someone how to knit.
If someone prefers to knit on their own, their creations are always welcome.
One hat pattern is as follows:
• Cast on 54 stitches with the needle size of your choice (Size 4 makes a newborn size hat).
• Work in Knit-1 Purl-1 ribbing for eight rows.
• Change to the stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for 24 rows.
• Decrease as follows: Row 1 – knit three, knit two together, repeat across. Row 2- Purl two, purl two together, repeat across. Row 3 – Knit one, knit two together, repeat across. Row 4 – Knit two together across.
• Gather remaining stitches and sew securely!
• Add pompom, i-cord or bow if desired.
If you wish to use a circular needle, the directions are a little different:
• Cast on 54 stitches and place a marker on your needle.
• Work eight rows of ribbing (knit one, purl one).
• Complete 24 rows of knitting, moving the marker as you go.
• Decrease rows: Row 1- Knit three, knit two together, repeat to the marker. Row 2 – knit two, knit two together, repeat to the marker. Row 3 – knit one, knit two together, repeat to marker. Row 4- knit two together, repeat to marker.
• Gather stitches and secure tightly.
• Decorate as desired.
Knitters can use their own patterns if they wish. Each creation is special and unique!