Monday, January 20, 2014

Preemie Hats and Two Free Patterns!

I have been making preemie hats for awhile now, and I am never completely satisfied with the array of free patterns.  The novelty ones are adorable, but you can capture the cuteness with great simplicity as well.  I have also noticed that with some preemie hats, the top has a cone shape, which I really don't like.  Those hats are typically started with single crochet in the magic ring.  I have a different way, however.  If you would like the pattern, please scroll down!  Also, there is one knitted hat in the pic that I will also write a pattern for below the crocheted one.  The crocheted hat could not be more simple.  Add a sweet button or flower to embellish, and that's that!

Simple Preemie Beanie:

Yarn:  Worsted--Caron Simply Soft
Hook:  H or 5.00mm

Magic circle:  Ch. 2, 10 dc in magic circle.  Join with sl st in top of 1st dc (NOT chain--you will ignore the chain stitch in every round.  This just creates a nice seamless appearance).  Ch. 2.

Round 1:  2 dc in same stitch as join/ch.2, 2 dc in each stitch around.  Join w/sl st in top of 1st dc.  ch. 2.  20 stitches

Round 2:  1dc in same stitch as join/ch.2, 2 dc in next stitch, *dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch* around.  Join w/sl st in top of 1st dc.  ch. 2.  30 stitches.

Round 3-7: 1 dc in same stitch as join/ch.2, and dc in each stitch around.  Join w/sl st in top of 1st dc. at end of each round.  ch. 2.  30 stitches

*At end of round 7, ch. 1 instead of ch. 2.

Round 8:  sc in same stitch as join/ch.1, LOOSELY* sc in each stitch around.  Join w/sl st in top of 1st sc at end of round.  Finish off and weave ends in.  (*Stretch your hat to make sure the brim doesn't get tighter.  It needs to remain loose so it doesn't squeeze baby's head.  If you can't get it loose, go up a hook size, or complete 2 more rows of dc to make a brim that folds up.)

You can make it a little more girly by adding a shell edging after round 7, which simply looks like this:

Optional Shell Round:  Ch. 2, 2 dc in same stitch.  *Skip one stitch, slip stitch in next stitch, skip one stitch, 3dc in next stitch* around to end.  sl st in dc one row below joining stitch.

Add a sweet flower or button for extra cuteness!  This is a super soft hat, doesn't have a lot of texture and no seams, which makes it a more comfortable fit for a preemie.

Knit Pattern:

Yarn:  Worsted Caron Simply Soft
Needles:  4 size 7 dp needles

CO 39 stitches
Divide onto 3 needles, 13 stitches each needle.
Join for round and place marker.

Round 1:  Knit all stitches.
Rounds 2-6:  Reverse stockinette (purl every round) for 5 rounds.
Round 7:  Knit every round for 2.5 inches
Next round:  Begin decrease rounds; K2tog around
Next round:  Knit each stitch
Next round:  k2tog decrease
Next round:  knit each stitch
*Repeat previous 2 rounds until you have 6 stitches remaining.  Place all 6 stitches on 1 single needle.  We will now work an I-cord decrease.  I-cord as you normally would, but k2tog for each stitch until you have 3 remaining stitches.  Continue making I-cord for 2 inches, or more. If you want a longer knot tail, I-cord longer! Bind off 3 stitches, pull yarn through top and finish off.  Knot the I-cord.  Weave in, and voila!  This hat equals approx. 5 inches from cast on to top of hat before knot. 

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