Zane’s Beanie- a Crochet Preemie Hat
Free Pattern includes Newborn Sizing
15 years ago, I had my first born son, 11 weeks early. I am happy to say he is now very healthy and happy, but when he was born it was a very scary time. None of the hats I had purchased in preparation for his birth fit him. It was nearly impossible to find anything in a store.
I designed this crochet preemie hat for the NICU Crochet Challenge, hosted by Bonnie of Sunset Crochet. When Bonnie approached me about donating a crochet preemie hat, I immediately said yes.
This unisex crochet preemie hat is quick to make and very easy to work up. It is the perfect size for a premature infant. I have also included directions for full term newborns. Leave plain for a boy or add a pretty flower for a tiny baby girl.
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There are 15 other designers who have donated their time and designing talent to this worthy cause. Starting November 20, 2014 all of the other free crochet preemie hats will be released. One a day on the Sunset Family Living Blog.
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I Love This Cotton by Hobby Lobby
5.5mm (I) Hook or hook needed to obtain gauge
3rounds = 3”
mc/r – magic circle/ring, ch(s) – chain(s), sc – single crochet, dc – double crochet, st(s) – stitch(es), fpdc – front post double crochet, BLO – back loop only
CSDC– Chainless Starting Double Crochet- Turn work. Pull up a loop to the height of a normal dc. YO with the loop so that the hook is behind the loop. Insert the hook into the first st of row. Complete a normal dc (YO and draw through st (3 loops on hook). YO and draw through first two loops on hook. YO and draw through last two loops on hook). Here is a fantastic tutorial by Moogly
• Pattern is written in preemie size. Changes for newborn are in parenthesis
Round 1: Mc/r. Ch2 (does not count as first st). 10dc (12dc) in ring. Sl st into the first dc (skipping over the Ch2) to join round. <10 (12)>
Round 2: 1CSDC (or Ch3). 1fpdc in the post of the same dc. *1dc in the next dc. 1fpdc in the post of the same dc. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the CSDC (or Ch3) to join round. <20 (24)>
Round 3: 1CSDC (or Ch3). 1dc in the next st. 1fpdc in the post of the same dc. *1dc in the next dc. 1dc in the next dc. 1fpdc in the post of the same dc. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the CSDC (or Ch3) to join round. <30 (36)> (round measures 3” (3.5”) edge to edge)
Round 4: 1CSDC (or Ch3). 1fpdc in the next dc. 1fpdc in the next fpdc. *1dc in the next dc. 1fpdc in the next dc. 1fpdc in the next fpdc. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the CSDC (or Ch3) to join round. <30 (36)> .
Rounds 5-8 (9): 1CSDC (or Ch3). 1fpdc in each of the next 2fpdcs. *1dc in the next dc. 1fpdc in each of the next 2fpdcs. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the top of the CSDC (or Ch3) to join round. <30 (36)>
Round 9 (10): Ch1. 1sc in the blo of the same st and every st around. Sl st into the top of the first sc (skipping over the ch1). <30 (36)>
Fasten off and weave in ends.
For girl hats you can add one of these cute flowers.
Other great Premie/Newborn hats I have designed, perfect for the NICU Crochet Challenge
Check out this preemie/newborn hat that I designed for AllFreeCrochet to benefit the American Heart Association’s initiative, Little Hats, Big Hearts.
Lorene Eppolite is the designer behind Cre8tion Crochet and has been designing since October 2012. She loves to create fun and easy crochet accessories and garments and strives to make her designs to be achievable for any skill level. Just because it is easy, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Lorene was named one of the Top Ten Designers by The Yarn Box in 2012, and named a Top Blogger by AllFreeCrochet in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Lorene has many patterns published by Red Heart Yarns.