Crochet, Free Crochet Patterns

Lemon Peel Preemie Hat

The perfect crochet preemie hats for charity, the Lemon Peel hat is quick to stitch up in a DK weight cotton. It’s soft and comfy, with a little bit of texture, and will fit the preemie 1 size.

Crochet preemie hat for charity - Lemon Peel Hat in DK weight yarn

This pattern is part of the 2024 Preemie Crochet Challenge. For more information click the link below!

After you have checked out the roundup post to get the code, you can get a free PDF copy of the Lemon Peel Preemie Hat via Ravelry by clicking on the link below.

Finished Size: Preemie 1

Circumference: 8 1/2”

Crown Height: 3 3/4”


Small amount DK weight cotton yarn (CYCA 3, Light) Model shown in Bernat Softee Cotton

Crochet hook size 4.5mm or size needed to obtain gauge

Locking stitch marker

Gauge: 16 sts x 17 rows = 4” in lemon peel st


ch – chain

dc – double crochet

rnd – round

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

st – stitch

Preemie Hat

Begin with a Magic Ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring. Place marker in last st and move it up for each subsequent rnd. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (Sc, dc) in each of first 11 sc, sc in last sc. (23 sts)

Rnd 4: *Dc in next sc, sc in next dc. Rep from * around to last st, dc in last sc.

Rnd 5: [(Sc, dc) in each of next 2 sts, sc in next dc, dc in next sc] 6 times, noting last rep will not have the final st. (35 sts)

Rnd 6: *Dc in next sc, sc in next dc. Rep from * around to last sc, dc in last sc.

Rnd 7: *Sc in next dc, dc in next sc. Rep from * around to last dc, sc in last dc.

Rnds 8 – 13: Rep Rnds 6 – 7 three times

Border: Work 3 rnds sc in each st around. Join final rnd with sl st in first st. End off.

Weave in ends.

The perfect crochet preemie hat for charity, the Lemon Peel hat.

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