Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nater Tater Charity Donation

My newest pattern to be released is called the Nater Tater Criss Cross Beanie!

I wrote this pattern in honor of my son Nate as he was going in for his 3rd cranial surgery. I wanted to write a pattern and donate the proceeds for the first full month to a charity called Cranio Care Bears. They send care packages to children that are having surgery for craniosynostosis, the condition my son was born with.

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that occurs in about 1 in 2000 births. It is when the plates of the skull, which should remain open to allow for growth of the brain, fuses early and causes cranial pressure, which could lead to learning difficulties, brain damage, and other problems. Surgery is the only answer. It requires both a Neurosurgeon and a Plastic Surgeon. It requires the doctors to make an incision in the scalp from one ear to the other, cutting and removing his skull bones and repositioning them with room to grow. They use screws that dissolve over time to secure everything in its place. Then they stitch it back together.

On January 22nd, Nate is going back in for his 3rd cranio surgery.

From January 21-February 21, I will be donating all proceeds from this hat pattern to Cranio Care Bears.
This pattern is named after him and is designed to resemble the stitches used to stitch up the ear to ear incision. This pattern means more to me than any other that I have written to date.

The pattern is written in size newborn to adult. It also includes instructions for making an ear warmer! The possibilities are endless with this pattern! There are so many color combinations! I include a few ideas at the end.
Get your copy of the Nater Tater Criss Cross Beanie on Ravelry and Craftsy.

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