Beanies for Newborn Babies



All over South Africa, babies being born to impoverished families ~ some of these precious little ones are going home wrapped in newspaper as the families can’t afford a snugly blanket for their newborn child.

The Beanies 4 Teenies project sadly doesn’t exist any more, but Natural Yarns remains a drop-off point for preemie and newborn hats – when we have collected a number of beanies, we will distribute the little hats to hospitals in need. These will be either to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Mowbray Maternity Hospital or the Tygerberg Hospital. 

7 in stock


Yarn to use:
Any soft, natural fibre yarn can be used for this project, so please feel free to knit or crochet from your stash yarn for this project

  • Recommended: Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton / Eco-Fusion / Vinni’s Nikkim / Bambi~ You can use your stash or purchase these on our website.
  • 1 ball will knit approx. 1.5 beanies in a newborn baby size. (2 balls = 3 hats) For crochet, budget for a little more yarn.

Your beanies may be knitted or crocheted.

Download the knitting pattern here
You can find a crochet pattern here
Or use your own!

The approximate sizes to make the beanies to are as follows:

To Fit  Preemie Newborn
inches 12 14
cm’s 30.5 35.5
Length (crown to base of ear)
inches 4.25 5
cm’s 11 12.5

If you want to share your hat pattern or recipe with us, please do!

Getting your beanies to us:
You can send or drop off hats at Natural Yarns – Shop 12 Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, Cape Town, 7975
If you are participating and happy to also be a collection point for people in your area, then please let me know.

This is an on-going project.