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Hand Knit Ventilation Hat
Submitted by Ruth
Ventilator hats Ventilator hats

We are pleased to have received this pattern specially designed by Ruth’s Mum for Glan Clwyd Special Care Babies. The pattern produces a bonnet with a front, which can be "opened". This enables baby to be attended to without the bonnet being removed.

Thank you Ruth’s Mum for letting us use it on our site.

Yarn Double Knitting Needles Size 4mm (old size 8)


Work on the figures in brackets for the larger sizes
Cast on 34 (42,50,58,66,78,90)

1st row Knit 3, *Purl 2, Knit 2, Repeat from * to last 3 sts., Purl 3
2nd row As row 1
3rd row Knit 1, *Knit 2 together, Purl 2, repeat from* to last stitch. Purl 1
4th row K 2, inc in the next stitch, P 1*knit 1, inc in the next stitch, P 1 Repeat from*to last st, P1
5th row K 17, (21,25,29,33,39,45) turn and cast on 3 (4,5,6,7,6,5,) stitches

Work on these stitches. The remaining stitches may be put on a knitting pin, or a length of yarn.


6th row
Purl 2, Knit 2, Purl to end
7th row Knit to last 4 stitches, Purl 2, Knit 2.

Repeat rows 6 and 7, four (five, seven, eight nine, ten, eleven) times then row 6 once more.

Next row (knit 2 tog, knit 3) to last 5 stitches. Knit 1, Purl 2, Knit 2
Next row Purl 2, Knit 2, Purl to end
Next row (Knit 2 tog.Knit 2) to last 5 stitches, Knit 1, Purl 2, Knit 2
Next row Purl 2 Knit 2 Purl to end
Next row (Knit 2 tog.Knit 1) to last 5 stitches, Knit 1, Purl 2, Knit 2.
Next row Purl 2, Knit 2, Purl to end

First four sizes only:
Next row: Knit 2 tog all along row to the last stitch, Knit 1
*Break off yarn, leaving about 8" and thread this through the remaining stitches.
*Secure but do not break off thread.

Fifth size only:
Next row: Knit 2 together, all along the row to the last stitch Knit 1.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Knit 2 together, all along the row.
Repeat from * to *

Sixth size only:
Next row: Knit 2 together along the row to last stitch. Knit 1.
Next row: Purl
Next row: Knit 2 together, all along the row to the last stitch, Knit 1.
Repeat from * to *

Seventh size only:
Next row: Knit 2 tog all along the row
Next row: Purl
Next row: Knit 2 together all along the row.
Repeat from * to *

ALL SIZES: Join Yarn to the other side and cast on 3 (4,5,6,7,6,5) stitches

Row 5: Knit 2 Purl 2, Knit to end
Row 6 : Purl to the last 4 stitches, Knit 2, Purl 2.

Hand Knit Vent Hat for Glan Clwyd Special Care Babies (Continued)

Repeat rows 5 and 6. 4 ( 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,) times

Next row: Knit 2, Purl 2, Knit 1, (knit 2 together Knit 3 ) to end of the row
Next row: Purl to the last 4 stitches, Knit 2, Purl 2
Next row: Knit 2,Purl 2, Knit 1, (Knit 2 tog Knit2) to end of the row.
Next row: Purl to the last 4 stitches, Knit 2, Purl 2.
Next row: Knit 2 , Purl 2, Knit 1, ( Knit 2 together. Knit 1) to end of the row
Next row: Purl to the last 4 stitches, Knit 2, Purl 2
Next row: Knit 1, then Knit 2 together all along the row
Next row: Purl First

Four Sizes only:
*Break off Yarn, leaving about 8" and thread this through remaining stitches. Secure but do not break off thread.*

Fifth Size only:
Next row: Knit 2 Together all along the row
Repeat from * to *

Sixth Size only:
Next row : Knit 1, then Knit 2 together all along the row

Seventh Size only:
Next row: Knit 2 together all along the row
Next row: Purl
Repeat from * to *

All Sizes With right sides facing, sew up back of the bonnet.

With right side facing, fold right "flap" over left " flap" and sew each flap down with a couple of stitches. The "flaps" should be in line with the last row of welt.

Using the top remaining thread, sew two or three stitches to set the top of the bonnet where the "crossover" starts.

The bonnet may be finished with ribbons or crochet ties. Before you send to your local Hospital please check if they use this type of bonnet


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