Cute, soft and quick, you can crochet up these tiny hats to donate or for the preemie or newborn in your life.
Back in the dawn of time, before you could find size charts for crochet patterns all over the internet, I was commissioned by a yarn company to design some preemie hats. I could not wrap my brain around how small they looked and was told “the way to check is – a preemie hat fits on an orange, a newborn hat fits on a grapefruit.” Thus my models for this pattern!
Preemie 1 is on a regular orange, Preemie 2 is on a navel orange, and Newborn is on a Ruby Red grapefruit. Interestingly when I compared the finished hats to a popular crochet hat size chart they were right on the money. The things we did in the olden days often work!
This pattern is part of the Preemie Crochet Challenge. Everyday in August, 2021, a preemie crochet pattern will be available for free as a PDF download in exchange for your pledge to make that project to donate to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or another organization helping preemies. For more information, please check out the organizer, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.
The PDF was available for free on Ravelry, through 8/22/2021 as part of the Challenge. Now you can get the Preemie 1 size here free on the blog (now and forever) and the ad-free sized version can be purchased at Ravelry.
Note: Sizes are noted unstretched. As I used a cotton yarn they did stretch out a bit in use.
Preemie 1 – 9 ½ ” in circumference, 3 ¾” crown height
Preemie 2 – 10 ¾ ” in circumference, 4 ½” crown height
Newborn is 12” in circumference, 5” crown height
Small amounts 100% cotton Sport weight (CYCA 2, Fine) yarn. Models shown in Patons Grace (100% cotton; 50g; 136 yds), I got 3 sample hats (1 in each size) out of one skein of Ginger
Hook size E/4/3.50mm or size needed to obtain gauge
9 sts x 7 rows (3 dc rows + 4 sc rows) = 2” in alternating dc row/sc row pattern
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Rep – repeat
Rnd – round
Sc – single crochet
Sk – skip
Sl st – slip stitch
Start with a magic ring (or if you don’t want to, ch 3, join into a ring with sl st in first ch).
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring. Join rnd with sl st in first sc. 6 sc
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around. Join rnd with sl st in first sc. 12 sc
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in next sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join rnd with sl st in first sc. 18 sc
Rnd 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around, join rnd with sl st in first sc. 24 sc
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st as rnd join, dc in next sc, *2 dc in next sc, dc in next sc. Rep From * around. Join rnd with sl st in top of beg-ch-3. 36 dc
Rnd 6: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 5 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 5 sc. Rep from * around. Join rnd with sl st in first sc. 42 sc
Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in each sc around. Join rnd with sl st in top of beg-ch-3.
Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in each dc around. Join rnd with sl st in first sc.
Rnds 9 – 12: Rep Rnds 7 – 8 twice.
Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sk 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, *sc 2 sc, sc in next sc, *sk 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc. Rep from * around, sk 2 sc, join rnd with sl st in first sc. End off.
Weave in all ends.
Thanks for participating!