When I filmed my video on how to gather the crowns of hats, I needed a hat to demonstrate with. So I quickly whipped up a tiny hat. And then I got requests for the hat pattern itself! So here it is – the Super Speedy Preemie Hat!
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Super Speedy Preemie Hat
- US – I, 5.5mm hook (Furls Odyssey used)
- 30 yds Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (yarn symbol “4”/Aran; 145 yds; 3oz)
- Size: Fits head circumference 8-10″ or preemies weighing 2-5 lbs
- Measurements: 4.5″ at brim, 4″ brim to crown (laid flat)
- Gauge: 6 sts x 3 rows = 2″/5cm in exdc
- Helpful video tutorials: FDC (foundation double crochet); fpdc/bpdc (front post double crochet/back post double crochet); (exdc) extended double crochet; exdc2tog (extended double crochet decrease); seamless join; gathering hat crowns
Special Stitches (see video tutorials linked above):
exdc (extended double crochet): yo and insert hook in indicated st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through first loop on hook, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through last 2 loops on hook.
exdc2tog (extended double crochet decrease): yo and insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through first loop on hook, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops left on hook), yo and insert hook in next st, yo and pull through first loop on hook, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 3 loops left on hook.
Round 1: FDC 32; join with a sl st in 1st fdc. (32 sts)
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), fpdc in 1st st, bpdc in next st, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st; repeat from * around, join. (32 sts)
Round 3 and 4: Ch 2, exdc in each st around; join. (32 sts)
Round 5: Ch 2, exdc in 1st 2 sts, exdc2tog, *exdc in next 2 sts, exdc2tog; repeat from * around, join. (24 sts)
Round 6: Ch 2, exdc in 1st st, exdc2tog, *exdc in next st, exdc2tog; repeat from * around, join. (16 sts)
Round 7: Ch 2, exdc2tog around; break yarn leaving a 12″ tail. (8 sts) Use the yarn tail to seamless join 1st and last sts of last round, and gather the crown closed. Weave in ends.
And that’s it! Quick, easy, and ready to donate in just a few minutes. This pattern is a great stashbuster, so you can turn your leftover ends and a few minutes of your time into a gift to your local NICU or similar charity. I hope you enjoy it!
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