Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Preemie Baby Santa Hat Knitting Pattern


Preemie Baby Santa Hat with Roll Brim
Designed by Sandy Davis
SIZE: Medium Preemie (You can make your hat larger by changing to larger needles, or smaller by changing to fingering yarn)

MATERIALS:
Sport Weight Yarn – 1 skein Red, 1 skein White
Size 4 Double Pointed Needles
1 size 5 straight knitting needle
Tapestry Needle for sewing in yarn ends.

Gauge is not important, since hospitals need hats in various sizes. You can make several of these hats with different size needles and different weights of yarn, so that the hospital will have several sizes to choose from.

Using White yarn, and the size 5 straight needle, Cast on 61 stitches. Slip stitches (purl-wise) onto 3 of the double point needles (21 on 1st needle, 20 on 2nd needle and 20 on 3rd needle).

Join: Being careful not to twist the stitches, slip the first stitch from the 1st needle to the 3rd needle, and tighten the two strands of yarn that are hanging from the stitch. Using both of these strands of yarn, knit the first two stitches together. (This secures the beginning strand, as well as joining the circle)

Knit every stitch, until you come to the two strands again. This is one round.
Knit every round, using the two strands as your “marker”. Knit a total of 11 rounds with the white yarn.

Cut the yarn about 4 inches from the knitting, and tie on the red yarn, close to the last stitch.

Knit every round with the red yarn for 11 more rounds. You have a total of 22 rounds completed now. Continue using the red yarn.

Round 23: *Knit 8, Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.
Knit 2 rounds
Round 26: *Knit 7, Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.
Knit 4 rounds
Round 31: *Knit 6, Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.
Knit 2 rounds
Round 34: *Knit 5, Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.
Knit 3 rounds
Round 38: *Knit 4, Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.
Knit 2 rounds
Round 41: *Knit 3, Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.
Knit 4 rounds
Round 46: *Knit 2, Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.
Knit 2 rounds
Round 49: *Knit 1, Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.
Knit 2 rounds
Round *Knit 2 together – repeat from * around.

Cut yarn about 8 inches from knitting. Using tapestry needle, run this yarn end through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Push needle through to the top point to the inside of hat. Turn hat inside out and secure yarn with a few stitches at the point. Weave in ends and clip. Turn hat right side out.

Make a pom pom with white yarn and sew securely to the top of the hat.

You’re done!

4 comments:

Matt said...

Thank you SO much for this pattern. A friend of mine just had a 2 1/2 lb. preemie and I wanted to make her a Santa Hat for Christmas. This is the perfect pattern!

Shandeh said...

I'm so glad you like the pattern!

Quivira said...

Sandy,
We are also making Santa hats for preemies at our hospital and was wondering if you had found a good inexpensive source for red yarn?
Your hats are darling! Thank you.

Shandeh said...

Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" sportweight is a good price!

Lion Brand "Microspun" in "Cherry Red" works well also, or Bernat "Satin Sport" in "Rouge".

Good luck!