This pattern, sized Small-Medium-Large Preemie and Newborn baby is a basic beanie in #6 bulky baby yarn from Baby's Breath by Bernat , sporting and oversized easy-to-make pom-pom, and a commercially made 2" wide floral hair barrette available from stores like Claire's Accessories. Being able to take the barrette out is perfect for frequent washings.
This pattern is also available as a free Ravelry download: Pretty in Pink Princess Baby Hat
Pretty in Pink Princess Baby Hat
Copyright 2013 by Glenna Anderson Muse
(Micro Preemie, Medium Preemie, Large Preemie, Newborn)
(8", 10", 11", 12")
CO = cast on
K = knit
K2tog = knit two stitches together as if one, to decrease
P = purl
Less than 1 skein Bernat Baby's Breath #57200 Baby Pink yarn (or similar #6 bulky weight such as Bernat Softee Chunky #11981412 "Baby Pink")
Size #8 double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to accomplish gauge
Optional size #10 double pointed knitting needles or 2 sizes larger than needles needed to accomplish gauge
One 2" wide silk flower decorated children's' hair barrette
Gauge: 12 stitches x 22 rows = 4 inches
Casting on using needles two sizes larger than the needles used to work the hat will create a stretchier, more comfortable, hat opening for the babies.
Using larger needles and spaced evenly over three to four needles, CO (24, 30, 34, 38). Join together to knit in the round, placing marker between last stitch of first row and first stitch of second row.
Row 1: Knit around.
Row 2: Purl around.
Row 3: Knit around.
Continue knitting all rows until total length measures (2.5", 3.5", 4", 4.5")
Row A: K2tog around (12, 15, 17, 19) stitches remaining.
Row B: K2tog around to last stitch, K1. (On Micro Preemie there won't be an extra stitch to knit singly. (6, 8, 9, 10) stitches remaining.
Cut long tail, thread onto yarn needle, draw tail through remaining stitches. Pull tight and secure. Weave all loose ends in on underneath side of hat.
To make large pom-poms without commercial pom-pom maker: Wrap yarn around 3 (Micro Preemie) or 4 (rest of the sizes) fingers 50-60 times. Carefully remove from hand and tie a double strand of yarn around middle of loops. (I also use a small finger diameter rubber band to secure prior to tying with the strands of yarn.) Tie as tightly as possible and triple knot.
Cut through all of the loops.
To trim, gather all of the loose ends up in your hand and trim the ones that stand up significantly higher than the rest of the ends. It doesn't have to be perfect.
To make the pom-pom fuller and fuzzier, place a fork through the center of pom-pom and steam over boiling water, a couple of inches above water, for approximately 45 seconds on each side. You'll be able to see yarn ends starting to separate and appear fuller.
To finish hat, using yarn needle, draw long yarn ends through to underneath side, approximately 1/3 of the way down from the center top. Secure underneath by securely weaving ends into hat underside.
If you have any questions, please contact me at Marie9949@sbcglobal.net. If you would like to be featured on my blog, Knitting for the NICU, please send pics of your little person wearing her Pretty in Pink Princess Hat!