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Free Knitting Pattern: Preemie Stocking Cap

Lion Brand® Jamie® Baby
Pattern #: kja-preemie
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 4 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: Preemie
Preemie caps should fit over an orange to be the correct size. For full-term newborns, the cap should fit over a grapefruit.


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 870-198: Jamie Baby Yarn: Floral Print
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Jamie® Baby
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*Jamie® Baby (Article #870). 100% Wintuk Acrylic; package size: Solid colors: 1.75 oz/50g (196yd/176m) pull skeins
Prints: 1.5oz/50g (170 yd/153m) pull skeins

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Preemie Stocking Cap

Lion Brand® Jamie® Baby


30 St sts = 4 inches [10 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.

Making a Gauge Swatch

Cast on 72 stitches. Work 2 inches of K2, P2 ribbing, then work 2 ˝ inches of stockinette stitch (or stitch of your choice-see below). Begin decreases: Row 1: K4, k2tog, across row. Rows 2,4,6 and 8: Purl. Row 3: K3, k2tog, across row.

Row 5: K2, k2tog, across row. Row 7: K2tog, across row.

Cut yarn long enough to sew back seam and run through stitches on needle, pull up tight and sew seam. Add pom-pom if desired.

Here are some variations for the plain part of the cap. For each one, adjust the number of stitches after the ribbing to the amount given for each particular pattern.

Garter Block - 75 stitches
Rows 1,3,5,7,9&11 (RS): Knit
Rows 2,4, & 6: K5 *p5, k5
Rows 8, 10,&12: P5, *k5, p5

Organ Pipes - 70 sts.
Rows 1 & 3 (RS): K4, *p2, k4
Rows 2 & 4: P4, *k2, p4
Rows 5 & 7: P1, k2, *p4, k2, rep from *end p1
Rows 6 & 8: K1, p2, *k4, p2, rep from *end k1
Row 9:Purl
Row 10:

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k = knit p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
tog = together WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 4 reviews)
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Preemie Stocking Cap Reviewed by Marion Semmerling on 2011-04-28 *****
The preemie nurses love this cap. I make them by the dozens for local hospitals...I have been using this pattern for at least 5 years without the tassel. It streths to fit all sizes.

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