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
Cast on 54 sts.
Work in Kl-Pl ribbing for 16 rows. (for approximately 2 inches.)
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.