There’s no reason why a preemie can’t rock the sass while in the NICU! Knit up one of these baby hats for your little preemie donna or preemie donno (substitute LOVE’s Harold & Maude brown instead of pink for a more masculine look), to show that Life & Style, ain’t just a magazine.
Here’s to your little peanut growing out of this cap faster than you can knit it! xoxo, Vic
1 Ball Vickie Howell Collection’s LOVE (will make 3-4 hats) in color: Clarence & Alabama
Scraps Vickie Howell Collection’s VEGAS in colors: Blue Hawaiian & Martini
Size US 5 (3.5mm) dpns
Size US 6 (4.0mm) dpns
Large-eyed embroidery needle
Way Wee (Wee)
Stretches to fit up to 10″(12″) head
25-30 week delivery (31-36 week delivery)
With Smaller needles and LOVE, CO 40(48 sts). Join, taking care not to twist.
Knit 1 round.
Purl 1 round.
Repeat last 2 rows, 2 more times.
Switch to larger needles. Knit every round until piece measures 3″(3 1/2″).
Next round: *K3, k2tog. Repeat from * to end. 30(36)sts.
Knit 1(2) rounds.
Next round: *K2, k2tog. Repeat from * to end. 20(24)sts.
Knit 1 round.
Next round: K2tog. Repeat to end. 10(12) sts.
Repeat last row. 5 (6)sts.
Cut yarn leaving a 6″ in tail. Using embroidery needle, weave tail through live stitches on needles, set aside needles and cinch shut. Poke embroidery needle through top of hat, drawing the yarn inside. Weave in all ends.
Leaves (Make 12)
With crochet hook and one color of VEGAS, ch 6.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch. Tie off. Weave in one of the tails.
Pair 2 leaves together, alternating which direction they face around perimeter of hat. The Wee version will have a bit more space between each set than the Way Wee version. Pin in place first, to be safe. Use 2nd tail and embroidery needle to hand-sew each leaf into place.
Berries (Embroider 18)
Using 2nd color of VEGAS and embroidery needle, stitch 3 French knots per leaf pair.
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