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Ujima Hat

Wild Bird Song Designs
Inside Crochet, Issue 16, April 2011
Crochet
March 2011
More yarn recommendations below
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 9.5 rows = 4 inches in shell stitch
5.5 mm (I)
4.5 mm
98 yards (90 m)
XXS = premie, XS = 0-6 months, S = 6 months -3 years
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download
Errata available: insidecrochet.wordpress.com

This little hat was inspired by a Partners in Health hospital in Rwanda, where doctors requested hat donations to help keep newborns warm and healthy, improving their chances for survival. This need has been identified by many hospitals worldwide. To donate your own hat, please visit hotheadknitters.blogspot.com, www.pih.org, www.goodgoes.org/caps, Africa Babies Knitting Project, or www.Wool-Aid.org. (Please check the websites before mailing - many organizations are only able to accept and distribute donations at certain times. Also, Wool-Aid only accepts donations made from yarn that has at least 80% wool content, as they ship to the coldest regions of the world. The other organizations accept other fibers. Yarn washability is not an issue, as water is often scarce in these regions.)

Sized from premies to toddlers, this adorable hat is crocheted sideways in a shell-stitch pattern, shaped with short rows, and invisibly seamed up the back. The stretchy tension and stitch pattern allows the hat to fit a range of sizes, and the folded-up brim can be gradually let down to accommodate a growing little head. The sassy pom-pom top is sure to make proud parents smile. Ujima is one of seven Wild Bird Song baby hat designs inspired by Partners in Health, each named for one of the Seven Principles celebrated by many descendants of the African diaspora. The word “ujima” means “community responsibility” in Swahili.

Join a CAL (crochet-along) for this pattern at this link, in the designer’s Ravelry group, where she’s happy to answer questions and cheer your projects along!

Be sure to choose your preferred format when downloading: this pattern is available in your choice of US or UK crochet terminology. International stitch diagrams are also included for the first 9 rows, which are repeated in the rest of the hat.

ERRATA: In the April 2011 magazine pattern, a few errors slipped in during editing that alter the shape of the hat. The correct version of this pattern is now available as a free Ravelry download! This version has been tested by a group of crocheters to ensure its accuracy and clarity.

Additional yarn ideas:
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton
Manos del Uruguay Maxima
Malabrigo Rios
Malabrigo Merino Worsted
Karabella Aurora 8
Spud & Chloe Sweater
Madelinetosh Vintage
Rowan Cashsoft Aran
Crystal Palace Mochi Plus
Berroco Pure Merino
Artyarns Supermerino
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Solid
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi
Be Sweet Bambino
Be Sweet Bambino Taffy
Bouton d’Or Ksar
Mission Falls 1824 Wool
Mission Falls 1824 Cotton
Rowan Pure Wool Aran
Debbie Bliss Eco Cotton
Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton
Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran
Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran
Fyberspates Cashmere Aran
Rico Design Essentials Soft Merino Aran
Sirdar Soft Cotton Aran
Filatura de Crosa Zara Plus