This pattern, sized Small-Medium-Large Preemie 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.
Pretty Pink Princess Hat
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Sizes: (Small, Medium, Large) Preemie
Small = up to approx 2.5 lbs, Medum = 2.5-4lbs, Large = 4-5lbs
Approx 1/2 skein Bernat Baby's Breath #57200 Baby Pink (or similar #6 bulky weight yarn)
12-18" of 1/4" wide fabric ribbon
One 2" wide silk flower decorated hair children's hair barrette
Set of size #8 double pointed knitting needles
Gauge: 12 sts x 22 rows = 4"
Over double pointed needles, CO (36, 40, 44) stitches loosely. Join together and place marker between last stitch of first row and first stitch of second row.
Row 1: Knit around.
Row 2: Purl around.
Knit knit all rows until length of piece measures (2.5", 3", 3.5")
Row 1: K(7, 8, 9), K2tog....repeat around row. (32, 36, 40 stitches remain)
Row 2: K(6, 7, 8), K2tog...repeat around row. (28, 32, 36 sts)
Row 3: K(5,6,7), K2tog...repeat around row. (24, 28, 32 sts)
Row 4: K(4,5,6), K2tog...repeat around row. (20, 24, 28 sts)
Row 5: K(3,4,5), K2tog...repeat around row. (16, 20, 24 sts)
Row 6: K2tog around row. (8, 10, 12 sts)
Cut long tail. Thread onto yarn needle. Draw tail through remaining stitches. Pull tight and secure on underneath side of hat. Weave all ends in.
To make Pom-Pom, wrap yarn around all four of your fingers 40-48 times. Gently pull off hand wihtout losing rounds. Lay gently on flat surface. Tie ribbon around middle of all loops, tying into a double knot as tightly as possible to hold pom-pom together.
Cut loops and trim any yarn edges sticking out more than others.
To finish, thread ribbon ends onto yarn needle one at a time and pull through top of hat, approx 1/2" apart. Double not on underneath side, pulling tightly, and making sure no pom-pom yarn ends are trapped between pom-pom and hat. Trim ribbon ends.
For more step-by-step photos of pom-pom making, click: Pom-Pom