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.
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.