Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Perfect Premature and Newborn Unisex Baby Hat

 
 

Almost as soon as I posted the instructions for my 'Perfect Unisex Baby Hat' on my blog and on Ravelry, I was inundated with requests for other sizes! Several people suggested that the hat would be perfect for charity knitting.

The pattern is really easy to do - it's only a repeat of two rows and one of them is knit! So it's great for knitters of all abilities.
And it's a great way to use up small amounts of yarn left over from other projects.

So, as requested, here are the instructions for other sizes ~
  • Small Premature Baby             7″ circumference, 3½“ high
  • Medium Premature Baby          9″ circumference, 4½“ high
  • Large Premature Baby             11″ circumference, 5½“ high
  • Newborn Baby                        12″ circumference, 6“ high

 








Perfect Premature Unisex Baby Beanie Hat

 
Guage    22sts = 4” (10cm)

 

Small Premature Baby   7″ circumference, 3 ½“ high
 

Using 4mm needles & DK yarn, cast on 36sts

Border ~

1st Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Repeat this row once more

Pattern ~

3rd  Row:  S1, knit to end of row

4th Row:  S1, k1, p3, *k2, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1

Repeat the last two rows until work measures 2“, ending after a knit row

Shape Top ~

Next Row:  S1, k1, p3, * k2tog, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1                     (30sts)

Next Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Next Row:  S1, k1, p3, * k1, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1           

Next Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Next Row:  S1, k1, * p2tog, p1, k1, repeat from * to end                                (23sts)

Next Row:  S1, * s1, k1, psso, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1                        (16sts)

Next Row:  S1, k1, * p1, k1, repeat from * to end

Next Row:  K2tog, all across row                                                                               

Next Row:  P2tog, all across row                                                               

Cut the yarn leaving a ‘tail’.

With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops and secure

Sew up side seam and weave in ends.

 

 
Medium Premature Baby   9″ circumference, 4 ½“ high

 

Using 4mm needles & DK yarn, cast on 46sts

Border ~

1st Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Repeat this row 3 times more

Pattern ~

5th Row:  S1, knit to end of row

6th Row:  S1, k1, p3, *k2, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1

Repeat the last two rows until work measures 3“, ending after a knit row

Shape Top ~

Next Row:  S1, k1, p3, * k2tog, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1                     (38sts)

Next Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Next Row:  S1, k1, p3, * k1, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1           

Next Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Next Row:  S1, k1, * p2tog, p1, k1, repeat from * to end                               (29sts)

Next Row:  S1, * s1, k1, psso, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1                        (20sts)

Next Row:  S1, k1, * p1, k1, repeat from * to end

Next Row:  K2tog, all across row                                                                                                (10sts)                                                 

Next Row:  P2tog, all across row                                                               

Cut the yarn leaving a ‘tail’.

With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops and secure

Sew up side seam and weave in ends.

 

 

Large Premature / Small Newborn   11″ circumference, 5½ “ high

 

Using 4mm needles & DK yarn, cast on 56sts

Border ~

1st Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Repeat this row 3 times more

Pattern ~

5th Row:  S1, knit to end of row

6th Row:  S1, k1, p3, *k2, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1

Repeat the last two rows until work measures 4“, ending after a knit row

Shape Top ~

Next Row:  S1, k1, p3, * k2tog, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1                     (46sts)

Next Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Next Row:  S1, k1, p3, * k1, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1           

Next Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Next Row:  S1, k1, * p2tog, p1, k1, repeat from * to end                               (35sts)

Next Row:  S1, * s1, k1, psso, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1                        (24sts) 

Next Row:  S1, k1, * p1, k1, repeat from * to end

Next Row:  K2tog, all across row                                                                               

Next Row:  P2tog, all across row                                                               

Cut the yarn leaving a ‘tail’.

With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops and secure

Sew up side seam and weave in ends.



Newborn   12″ circumference, 6“ high

 

Using 4mm needles & DK yarn, cast on 61sts

Border ~

1st Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Repeat this row 3 times more

Pattern ~

5th Row:  S1, knit to end of row

6th Row:  S1, k1, p3, *k2, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1

Repeat the last two rows until work measures 4½ “, ending after a knit row

Shape Top ~

Next Row:  S1, k1, p3, * k2tog, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1                    

Next Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Next Row:  S1, k1, p3, * k1, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1           

Next Row:  S1, knit to end of row

Next Row:  S1, k1, * p2tog, p1, k1, repeat from * to end                               

Next Row:  S1, * s1, k1, psso, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1                       

Next Row:  S1, k1, * p1, k1, repeat from * to end

Next Row:  K2tog, all across row                                                                               

Next Row:  P2tog, all across row                                                               

Cut the yarn leaving a ‘tail’.

With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops and secure

Sew up side seam and weave in ends.
 
 
 
 
 

21 comments:

  1. That's great Marianna, I'm making crochet preemie hats just now and will be posting the pattern soon, I'm working on the new born size at the minute, these are great as I like to alternate crochet with knit and I was going to try them in smaller sizes you must have read my mind, thank you for the patterns. You could publish your own book of patterns by now you clever thing you. :)

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  2. These are lovely Marianna and it's nice to be able to knit something unisex. I will have to give them a go. I love your work and agree with Linda, you are one very clever lady x

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  3. Thanks for these patterns Marianna. They will be very handy for charity knitting. xox

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  4. Marianna, I love all of your designs !!! I a computer newbie so I am wonfering if there would be a PDF instead of copy and paste ? Thank you so much for making your designs available !!!
    Second question, could I not this in the round ? If yes, I have no clue how many to cast on and continue, if its even possible ??? Thank you so much for your help !!!!

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  5. This looks like a wonderful baby hat pattern! I am a lifelong crocheter and a 1-month new knitter and I think I can make this one! I love the look of the ribbing and how it goes from the brim to the crown of the hat! :)
    Thank you very much!

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  6. I'm stuck before I began and u really need to expand NY knitting knowledge beyond knit and purl stitches. In yhe directions for the newborn size, what does "S1" mean? Thank you. :)

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    1. Hi Lee Ann
      S1 = slip 1 stitch knitways

      Happy knitting. M

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    2. Thanks, Marianna! Gosh, I just reread my original post and I saw all the auto corrections my phone did without me knowing. What I was trying to say was that I need to expand my knitting knowledge. Thanks again! :)

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    3. Thankyou Marianna I am going to knit more preemie baby hats and send them all of in a parcel as they are so quick to knit up. Your patterns are incredibly beautiful xx

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  7. If you are knitting in the round would you do it the same way

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  8. I must be doing something wrong...the rib doesn't work out for me. At thw end of the row is P3, K1, then on next row the first stitches are S1, K1, P3...it makes a messy moss stitch, not a rib :/. I'll work on it because I love the hats :)

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  9. Oops, my bad. I must be getting old or something. lol. All good now I re-read it.

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  10. This is BRILLIANT! I can't wait to knit these in a bigger size for my daughter! :) She will love matching with her cousins

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  11. Thank you for the free pattern, going to knit a few of these for my friend granddaughter who just had a premature baby!

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  12. please can you come up with these patterns in the round. the hospitals are requesting that they be knit in the round so that they don't have that bulky seam to deal with on the little ones heads.

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    2. Quicky edit for in the round, small preemie:

      Using 4mm needles & DK yarn, cast on 35sts and join in the round

      Border ~

      1st Round: k all sts
      2nd Round: p all sts
      Pattern ~

      3rd Round: k all sts

      4th Round: *p2, k3 repeat from * to eor

      Repeat the last two rows until work measures 2“, ending after a knit row

      Shape Top ~

      Next Round: * p2tog, k3, repeat from * to eor (28sts)

      Next Round: k to eor

      Next Round: *p1, k3, repeat from * to eor

      Next Round: knit to eor

      Next Round: *p1, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to eor (21sts)

      Next Round: *p1, k2 tog, repeat from * to eor (14sts)

      Next Round: * p1, k1, repeat from * to eor

      Next Round: K2tog, all across

      Next Round: k2tog, all across

      Cut the yarn leaving a ‘tail’.

      With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops and secure

      Sew up side seam and weave in ends.

      Please note:
      I haven't tested these changes.
      eor - end of round

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  13. Hi! I'm probably being silly but the instruction to:

    'Repeat the last two rows until work measures 2“, ending after a knit row'

    Is confusing me as row 4 has decreases so would lead to decreasing too early. How should I read this bit? Any advice appreciated :)

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  14. 4th Row: S1, k1, p3, *k2, p3, repeat from * to last st, k1
    Verbose: slip 1, knit 1, purl 3, (knit 2, purl 3) repeat the bracketed instructions until you have 1 stitch left, knit 1

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  15. what ply does the wool have to be

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