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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Neo Natal Knitted Preemie Hat Pattern & Tutorial

 After years of knitting Preemie Hats for the local
Neo Natal Unit and several requests for my pattern,
I've chosen to put it in the blog and label it so it can be easily retrieved.
Feel free to pass this simply quick and fun pattern along
Knitted Preemie Hat

Supplies: 

2 pair of US Size #7  - 18 inch circular needles 
( double pointed needles can be substituted) 
Soft cotton or acrylic 4 ply yarn
5 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Directions:

Cast on 48 stitches.  
Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. 
Knit in the round until Preemie  hat is 4 inches long. 
Decrease for crown of hat:
Row 1 -Add stitch markers every 8 stitches.
Row 2 - K6 K2Tog Slip Stitch marker. Repeat all the way around.
Row 3 - K5 K2tog. Slip Stitch marker. Repeat all the way around.
 Row 4 - K4 K2tog. Slip Stitch marker. Repeat all the way around. 
Row 5 - K3 K2tog. Slip Stitch marker. Repeat all the way around.
 Row 6 - K2 K2tog. Slip Stitch marker. Repeat all the way around.
 Row 7 - K1 K2tog. Slip Stitch marker. Repeat all the way around.
 Row 8 - K2tog. Remove  Stitch marker. Repeat all the way around.
Cut yarn leaving a 4 inch tail. 
Using tapestry needle thread yarn tail though remaining 6 stitches and cinch together.
Knot yarn  to Preemie Hat Crown and weave  thread tail on the  inside of Preemie Hat.

Options:  Add stripes after 1 inch from beginning.

Variegated yarn creates natural "stripes".

Pom Pom created from remaining yarns and attached to crown of Preemie hat.

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3 comments:

Vanessa Crouch said...

Headed out on a road trip soon - I think I'll get the supplies together and give this a shot on the ride!

Julie Bagamary said...

How exciting Vanessa. I like to go slow when doing a new activity with my hands until the muscles adjust.

Jas said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!