Friday, March 14, 2008

Easy Preemie Hat Pattern

Knitted Preemie Hat

All sizes follow the same instructions.

Newborn uses size 8 needles and a 4 ply SOFT yarn (such as Caron Simply Soft)

Medium preemie size uses size 6 needles and uses a baby sport weight 3 ply yarn (Such as Red Heart baby sport)

Small preemie size uses a size 4 needle and baby yarn

General Directions:
Cast on 54 sts.
Work in Kl-Pl ribbing for 16 rows. (for approximately 2 inches.)
Change to Stockinette stitch. (alternate knit one row and purl one row -- knit for 24 rows)
Decrease Rows:
Row1-- Knit 3 knit 2 together across
Row2--Purl 2 Purl 2 together across
Row 3 -Knit 1 Knit 2 together across
Row 4--Knit 2 together across.

Cut a long length of yarn for sewing. Gather remaining sts and sew securely.

[Alternate stem top (as in picture): Continue final stitches for 3 rows and bind off.]

Sew back seam.
Add pompom or bow if desired.

Easy Chemo Cap Pattern

Amy’s Flat Knitting Hat Pattern

Supplies Needed:
Worsted Weight Yarn
Size 8 straight knitting needles
Tapestry Needle

There are a couple of ways to begin this hat:

Curl up edge: Begin in stockinette (alternate one row of knit and one row of purl) and let the hat curl up to the first row of purl bumps possibly further depending on your yarn.

Rib edge: Begin with an inch or so of ribbing (k1, p1) to form a hat that hugs the face.To begin in stockinette stitch and once the hat is finished do a crochet border to keep the hat from curling up. (This looks very nice)

To make the hat:
Cast on 80 stitches. Use the ribbing edge or curl up edge. Do this for about an inch, then start the pattern:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit
Repeat rows 1-4 until hat is desired length (about 6”).
Now start your decreases.
Row 1: *K8, K2tog* repeat from * to *
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *K7, K2tog* repeat from * to *
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: *K6, K2tog* repeat from * to *
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: *K5, K2tog* repeat from * to *
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: *K4, K2tog* repeat from * to *
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: *K3, K2tog* repeat from * to *
Row 12: Knit
Row 13: *K2, K2tog* repeat from * to *
Row 14: Purl
Row 15: *K1, K2tog* repeat from * to *
Row 16: Knit
Row 17: K2 tog across.

Slip all stitches to the opposite needle. Break yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. Thread yarn onto tapestry needle and slip each stitch one at a time onto the yarn and off of the needle, then draw up tight. Secure top then finish seam. Weave in ends.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

We're making progress!

We got a real boost to our preemie hat collection this week (Margaret and I are holding them in the picture above). John Batchelder's wife, Tracy, made 10 preemie hats for our cause! She even donated some extra baby yarn to our stash. Thanks, Tracy for your help and generosity! We really appreciate it.
We also made progress on our blocks. As you can see from our progress bars (to the right on this page), we are up to 58 blocks! We're over half way to our goal of 100!
Oh, and don't worrry if you are still working on your first block -- this is not a race, it's a journey. We are all thrilled that you are learning and look forward to helping you complete your projects.
Until my next post,