I quite enjoy making ventilator bonnets as small projects in between bigger things. I usually use 4 ply and knit them in pastel colours or white. Then yesterday I saw a Facebook post from a NICU nurse asking whether it was possible to make animal or superhero ones. I've made quite a few animal hats, but I'd never thought about embellishing vent bonnets. I can see that some parents would be happy to see their baby in a cheery, fun hat. So last night I played around and came up with a first attempt at a ladybird hat for babies in ICUs.
I took inspiration from Repeat Crafter Me's crochet ladybug hat pattern, and made this:
And modelled by my very own childhood doll, Susan, who will turn 60 at Christmas!
I haven't got the eyes quite right, and on future versions I think I will make the spots larger. But I am so pleased that I saw that Facebook post!