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Home : Patterns : So-Soft Preemie Hat

Free Crochet Pattern: So-Soft Preemie Hat

Lion Brand® Babysoft®
Pattern #: NW09221006C
Rating: *****4.6 (based on 9 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Varies, Preemie, Preemie-to-Newborn
Small Preemie (Medium Preemie, Large Preemie)
Finished Circumference
6 (7, 8) in. [15 (18, 20.5) cm]
Finished Length 3¾ (5, 5½) in. [9.5 (12.5, 14) cm]

Hat is stretchy and will fit a range of sizes.

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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*Babysoft (Article #920). Solids and Prints: 60% Acrylic, 40% Polyamid;  
Pomps: 62% Acrylic, 27% Nylon, 11% Rayon; package size: Solids: 5 oz/141g; 459 yd/420m balls,
Prints and Pomps: 4 oz/113g; 367 yd/335m balls.

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Note: Makes 8 - 9 hats
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So-Soft Preemie Hat

Lion Brand® Babysoft®


4 sc = 1 in. [2.5 cm] When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Crown is worked in rnds, do not join. Place marker to indicate beg of rnd. Move marker up each rnd

Ch 2.
Rnd 1 (right side): Work 6 (7, 8) sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around - 12 (14, 16) sc.
Rnd 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 18 (21, 24) sc.
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 24 (28, 32) sc.

Sides are worked in a spiral, do not use marker.
Pattern: *Sc in back loop only of next sc, sc in front loop only of next 2 sc; repeat from * until piece measures 3½ (4¾, 5¼) in. [9 (12, 13.5) cm] from beg.
Last Rnd: Sc in next 24 (28, 32) sc, slip stitch in next sc. Fasten off.

CORD (for top knot)
Join yarn in top of Hat, ch 11.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, join to Hat with slip stitch – 10 sc. Fasten off.

Weave in ends. Knot cord. Turn up lower edge of Hat to form cuff.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
rnd(s) = round(s) sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.6 (based on 9 reviews)
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So-Soft Preemie Hat Reviewed by Patty Silvey on 2013-03-29 *****
I have made this about 15 times now in all the different sizes. If you want to have the cable effect in all sizes, be sure to end the last round on the crown of the hat with a multiple of "3". It is only the smallest size when following the pattern that gives you the cable. If you don't care about the overall look and simply follow the patters at the larger sizes you will achieve a different, but still lovely pattern and hat. Going back now to make more as they whip up fast!

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