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Basic Preemie Hat

Preemie hat patterns are so fun to knit up; this one is versatile and great for beginners!

Basic Preemie Hat
Basic Preemie Hat
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Specially sized for babies who need a little extra care, the Basic Preemie Hat is a great pattern to have on hand for charitable knitting. This sweet baby hat pattern features a simple stockinette stitch base with a rolled brim. This basic pattern offers tons of room for creativity, so have fun choosing colors, designs, and appliques for all the tiny heads out there. This beginner knitting pattern can be worked up quickly and you'll love the feeling that comes with helping preemie babies stay warm.

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge22 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st

Finished SizeTo fit preemie baby's head

Materials List

  • Bernat Softee Baby (Solids 140 g/5 oz OR Ombres 120 g/4.42 oz) - 1 ball
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Pattern

Starting + Body of Hat:

CO 58 sts.
1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows of stocking st for 8 ins [19 cm], ending with a purl row.

Finishing:

Bind off.
Sew back seam, reversing bottom 1.5 ins [4 cm] for roll back.
Sew top seam. Fold 2 top corners tog and sew at center of top seam.
Roll bottom edge to desired depth of Hat.

Abbreviations

rep
repeat
RS
right side
st(s)
stitch(es)
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I knit this in the round on size US-3 dpns with #3 weight soft baby yarn, knitting all rows, sewing only the top seam, and then folding and sewing the top corners as instructed.

Seems strange that this isn't done in the round...a seam would be uncomfortable for the sensitive, fragile preemies. I would definitely do this in the round.

Agreed!

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