Angled Rib Preemie Hat

Thursday, November 10, 2011
This baby hat has all the elements I love in a preemie cap: extra soft yarn, ribbing to allow for multiple sizing, interesting stitch pattern (but not so much so that you mess it up while watching baseball), and a cute
topper.

Finished Size: 10-12in (25-30cm) diameter, slightly stretched, by 4in (10cm), cuffed

Gauge: 26sts by 38rows to 4in (10cm), slightly stretched
Dimensions:

Materials:
1 skein (partial) Plymouth Dreambaby DK Prints (50% Microfiber Acrylic, 50% Nylon) Color 203 [183yd to 50g]
US 5 (3.75mm) double-pointed needles
Stitch marker
Darning needle

Abbreviations:
K: Knit
K2tog: Knit two stitches together
P: Purl
P2tog: Purl two stitches together

4 stitch I-cord: Knit 4 stitches. Without turning work, slip them back to the left needle, most recently knit stitch first.  Wrap yarn around back from leftmost stitch, knit 4.  Repeat for length desired.

Instructions:
Cast on 80 stitches.
Join, being careful not to twist, and place marker to indicate beginning of round.
Work in K2, p2 ribbing for 20 rounds. (this is the cuff)

Angle pattern (body):
Rounds 1-3: (P1, k2, p1) repeat to end of round.
Rounds 4-6: (P2, k2) repeat to end of round.
Rounds 7-9: (K1, p2, k1) repeat to end of round.
Rounds 10-12: (K2, p2) repeat to end of round.
Rounds 13-15: (K1, p2, k1) repeat to end of round.
Rounds 16-18: (P2, k2) repeat to end of round.
Rounds 19-21: (P1, k2, p1) repeat to end of round.
Rounds 22-24: (K2, p2) repeat to end of round.

Crown shaping:
Round 1: (K2tog, p2, k2, p2) ten times (70 stitches remain).
Round 2: (K1, p2, k2, p2) repeat to end of round.
Round 3: (K1, p2, k2tog, p2) ten times (60 stitches remain).
Round 4: (K1, p2, k1, p2) repeat to end of round.
Round 5: (K1p2tog, k1, p2) ten times (50 stitches remain).
Round 6: (K1, p1, k1, p2) repeat to end of round.
Round 7: (K1, p1, k1, p2tog) ten times (40 stitches remain).
Round 8: (K1, p1) repeat to end of round.
Round 9: (K3, k2tog) eight times (32 stitches remain).
Round 10 and all following even rounds: Knit all stitches.
Round 11: (K2, k2tog) eight times (24 stitches remain).
Round 13: (K1, k2tog) eight times (16 stitches remain).
Round 15: K2tog eight times (8 stitches remain).
Round 17: K2tog four times (4 stitches remain).

I-cord topper:
Using remaining 4 stitches, work I-cording for 2.5in (5.25cm).
Bind off stitches.
Sew in ends.

Tie I-cord into a simple knot, with base of knot close to top of hat. This gives a topper somewhat reminiscent of the tied off umbilical cord, I think.

2 comments:

  • There is an error in this pattern. Rounds 13-15 should read (P1, K2, P1) repeat to end of round and Rounds 19-21 should read (K1, P2, K1) repeat to end of round.

  • KT

    Actually, it's not an error. The ribbing goes one way, and then at the place where the cuff folds up, switches direction. You can see this in the photo. This helps identify where the cuff folds to - and if you fold the cuff less then you get a niftly little pattern! If you prefer to continue the ribs all in one direction, feel free to do so.

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