Ripple Brim Preemie Hat

Thursday, November 10, 2011
This little hat is distinguished by its simple ruffled brim (with a bit of slip stitch detail at the turn to the body for strength) and subtle crown shaping. Otherwise it is a basic stockinette hat - very quick and simple.

This pattern is an appropriate hat for a preemie.  If you are looking for instructions for this hat for several adult sizes, please see my Ripple Brim Chemo Cap, which is for sale as a charity pattern for the NC Cancer Hospital.

Size: 10in circumference by 3.5in height (25cm by 9cm) (preemie)
Gauge: 24 stitches and 36 rows to 4in (10cm) in stockinette stitch in the round

Materials:
1 (partial) skein Plymouth Dreambaby DK (50% Microfiber Acrylic, 50% Nylon) [50g/1.76oz to 183yd/167m]
US4 (3.5mm) needles - whatever you use for knitting in the round (I used double-points)
Stitch markers: 1 main color; 5 of secondary color(s)
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
K: knit
K2tog: knit two stitches together
Ssk: Slip two stitches, then knit them together through the back loops.

Instructions:
Cast on 90 stitches.
Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist, and place 1st marker to note beginning of round.
Knit all stitches for 4 rounds.
Decrease round: (K1, k2tog) to end of round (60 stitches remain).

Slip stitch band:
(to add strength to the hat; you may skip these if desired by knitting all stitches)
Round 1: (K1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back) to end of round.
Round 2: (Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back, k1) to end of round.

Body:
Work in stockinette stitch (knit all stitches, all rounds) for 3in (7.5cm)

Crown:
Round 1: (K10, place marker) six times.
Round 2: (K2tog, knit to 2 before marker, ssk) six times (48 stitches remain).
Round 3: Knit all sts.
Repeat rounds 2 & 3 until 12 stitches remain.
Final round: K2tog six times (6 stitches remain).

Cut yarn, leaving long tail, and thread through remaining stitches.
Slip stitches from needles and pull tail tight to cinch hole shut.
Sew ends to inside.



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