Crochet for Charity: Bridget’s Cradles

Losing a baby before birth or shortly thereafter is heartbreaking. But mothers who have lost children say that the simplest things can mean so much to them when they are grieving.

BridgetsCradlesAbout a year ago I volunteered to make a few tiny hats for a project started by a mother named Amanda in memory of her extremely premature son, Robby. She wanted to collect hundreds of caps for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that took care of her and her baby. She said the handmade cap she was given in the hospital was the only thing she had left to hold onto after he died, and it meant so much to her.

The August 2016 issue of Crochet World features a story about another project that helps parents facing infant loss: Bridget’s Cradles. Bridget’s Cradles is a nonprofit started by a woman named Ashley whose mother knitted a tiny “cradle” for Ashley to hold her baby in.

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Pattern: Little Crown Easy Newborn Cap

Want to make your own gift for a new mother but don’t have a lot of time? This “Little Crown” newborn cap takes me about an hour and a half to make.


The pattern is simple, but the brim edging gives the cap a distinctive look. It’s a perfect project for the last-minute baby shower or for those times when you’d just like to tell a mother-to-be, “I’m thinking of you and wishing you well.” It should fit a newborn or preemie.

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Welcome to St. Clement’s Daughter!

Thank you for visiting! My name is Kathryn. I have been crocheting since I was a child and especially enjoy making blankets and clothing for babies and children. I look for unusual, eye-catching patterns that would make stunning gifts.

My Etsy shop, St. Clement’s Island, features colorful handmade gifts for babies and children, specialty layettes, and creative patterns. Every item is made with love and attention to detail. I am always adding items, so please mark St. Clement’s Island on Etsy as a “favorite” to see the new arrivals. You also can find me on Pinterest and Ravelry.