Purple Hats For Newborns


In this post, you will learn all about purple hats for newborns and why they are needed.

I recently read an article about how many makers are knitting and crocheting purple hats for newborns to raise awareness about the ‘Period of PURPLE crying’.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has been asking for donations of purple knit caps to be sent to various destinations.

PURPLE is an acronym that stands for:

  • P – Peak of crying
  • U – Unexpected
  • R – Resists Soothing
  • P – Pain-like face
  • L – Long-lasting
  • E – Evening

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The Period of Purple Crying

It has been reported (from Doctors/experts) that from the age of 2 weeks to about 3 or 4 months, some babies will cry and cannot be soothed.

Babies can cry for hours, but they are neither sick or in pain, they are just crying.

It is usually called colic, but some doctors are trying to move away from that diagnosis, saying it could mean there is something wrong with the baby.

But they also say it could be a part of their normal development.

That’s why they’re trying to change it from colic to “The Period of PURPLE Crying.

purple hat for baby

Purple Knit Caps Are Needed

At the same time, the department of health has found that this is the time that babies are at risk for Shaken Baby Syndrome.

“This period is also a critical time when infants are particularly at risk for Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), which is the leading cause of death in abusive head trauma cases. An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 babies are injured or killed by shaking each year in the U.S.”

— Oklahoma State Department of Health

To spread awareness, the Oklahoma State Department of Health will distribute thousands of purple knit caps to every baby born in 41 hospitals in Oklahoma in November and December.

They really need your help to make that happen!

purple baby hatThe Hat Guidelines

There are guidelines you should follow when making the purple hats;


  • Please make your hats with new, clean, soft to the touch and washable yarn. Some ‘value’ yarns are made with scratchy fibres, so please double-check that the yarn you are using is super soft and perfect for a newborns head!


  • The hats are intended to be worn by 1-2 day old infants, the average newborn head circumference is 14″ (13-15″) and hats should be approx 4-6″ high.


  • Hats need to be 50% or more of any shade of purple.


  • Please use either – gender-neutral (Unisex) styles or an equal number of girl/boy-friendly styles.


  • In order to keep the babies safe from choking hazards or strangulation risks, please do not add straps, ties, pom poms, tassels, bows, ribbons, buttons or any other additional decorations.


  • The hats are meant to keep babies heads warm in colder conditions, a smaller stitch results in a warmer hat. if the stitches are larger and looser (for example if it has been created on a loom) they will not provide enough warmth.


  • This type of knitting is allowed but should be used with caution. Please make sure that the hat is not too loose or too tight for a comfortable fit around the baby’s head.

Free Knitting Pattern – Gender Neutral Ribbed Beanie

Here is a free knitting pattern for a unisex purple hat designed by Olha from Halifax Charity Knitters.

Free Knitting Pattern – Simple Baby Hat

This simple baby hat can be knit with ease, fairly quickly on circular needles >>

Where To Send

Take a look at this list to see where you can drop off or mail your hats to by the 1st October 2017.

Mail purple hats to:

Oklahoma State Department of Health

ATTN: Maternal and Child Health

1000 NE 10 St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299.

Volunteers can obtain patterns for caps and campaign guidelines at clickcampaign.health.ok.gov

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