Pattern: Newborn (Preemie) Hat
7/15/08 update: Pattern details on Ravelry
10/27/2007 update: Added 13" hat instructions.
12/09/2007 update: Decrease description changed to "spiral".
The hat is worked in stockinette st with a spiral decrease and a turned up ribbed cuff.
The 10" size is small enough to fit newborns in developing countries--consider it a preemie hat.
If you are knitting for Caps to the Capital, make the 10" hat and follow the guidelines in their Action Kit (PDF download) and use a smooth, washable yarn.
Approx 17 (23) gms sock weight yarn
Set of five 3.0mm DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge
Waste yarn for tubular cast on (optional)
Size: 10" (13") circumference
Gauge: 8sts/inch in stockinette
I like a Tubular Cast On for a stretchy edge and have included instructions below.
If you'd rather use a different cast on method:
CO 80 (104) sts, join in the round and proceed to the instructions for the Cuff.
Tubular Cast On
Using waste yarn, cast on 41 (53) sts onto one needle.
Row 1: Using the project yarn, *k1, yo* repeat between *'s until 1 st remains, k1. Turn. 81 (105) sts
Row 2: p1, k1, *sl1wyif, k1*, repeat between *'s until 1 st remains, p1. Turn. 81 (105) sts
The cuff will now be divided onto 4 DPNs and joined in the round.
Round 1: *k1, sl1wyif* 10 (13) times. 20 (26) sts on Needle 1.
Onto an empty needle, *k1, sl1wyif* 10 (13) times. 20 (26) sts on Needle 2. Repeat for Needles 3 & 4.
Transfer the one remaining st from the last needle in the round onto the Needle 1, making it the first stitch of the round. 21 (27) sts on Needle 1; 20 (26) sts on Needles 2, 3, & 4.
Round 2: Make sure the round is not twisted. K2tog to join in the round, p1, *sl1wyib, p1* repeat between *'s around; 80 (104) sts total.
Round 3: *K1, sl1wyif* repeat between *'s around.
Round 4: K1, p1, *sl1wyib, p1* repeat between *'s around.
Remove the waste yarn.
80 (104) sts total.
*K1, p1* repeat between the *'s until the cuff measures 1-1/2" from the cast on edge.
Note: I like the cuff in a k2, p2 rib for the larger size.
Knit all rounds until the hat measures 5" (5-1/4") from the cast on edge.
Round 1: *K8 (11), k2tog* around, 72 (96) sts.
Round 2: Knit all sts.
Round 3: *K7 (10), k2tog* around, 64 (88) sts.
Round 4: Knit all sts.
Round 5: *K6 (9), k2tog* around, 56 (80) sts.
Round 6: Knit all sts.
Continue decreasing every other round in this manner until there are 48 sts total.
Decrease every round until 8 sts remain. Cut yarn and pass the end through all 8 sts. Weave in the ends and turn up the cuff.
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
sl1wyif: slip 1 st purlwise with yarn in front
sl1wyib: slip 1 st purlwise with yarn in back