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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!
Super Speedy Preemie Hat
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- 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!
The Fine Print
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2016, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. You are welcome to make this pattern and donate the finished item to charity, as many times as you like. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, or translate it to another language, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern!
So beautiful your work?
😀 Thank you!
Thank you so much for this pattern. This pattern comes at a perfect time. My niece recently came into this world 10 weeks early. I thought about asking for the pattern but you are already so generous to the crochet community, I didn’t. Thank you for sharing this “little” treasure with us!
🙂 Congratulations on the new niece Brittany! I hope she is doing well!!
Hi csn you send me this pattern email and graph sizes for premmie beanies .my husbandcisx70 yrs old and has crochet all his life .he wants to do some premmie beanies .ive been doing premmie knitting for last 10 yrs
Please can you help he can also tatt
Hi Maxine! I can’t email it, but I have a tutorial on how to print patterns here: https://www.mooglyblog.com/print-pattern-use-print-friendly-button-moogly/
I’m afraid I don’t know how to tatt – I’d like to learn someday, but I don’t know if I have the eyesight for it!
Thank you so much for the pattern,preemie patterns are dear to my heart because i make them for a group i am in that sends them to hospitals, you are wonderful and so is your work xxx
I’ve never seen a preemie hat made like this.. pretty cool. I always start at the top and get bigger LOL.
🙂 Thank you!
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Hi Kelly! I have a very simple crochet blanket with a video stitch tutorial here: https://www.mooglyblog.com/soft-granite-blanket/
Hello, lovely pattern just wondered if these could be made into larger child’s hats and if you will be doing a pattern as love they way they make up so fast. Thank you
I will add it to the list, thank you!
How do I close the hat at the beginning. And also do I always join in the first stitch. When I join in the first stitch the seam goes sideways.
Hi Barbara! It’s normal for a seam to slant when working in the round. You can use the tail end to stitch the bottom of the FDC closed at the end. 🙂