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Knit Preemie Hat Pattern

Preemie knit hat pattern

preemie knit hat made with light blue yarn

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> 5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles or 16” Circular Knitting Needles 3.5 mm (US 4)

<> Red Heart: Soft Touch (4) – 100% Acrylic. For preemie hats it is better to use a wool yarn!!!

Knit preemie hat size:

 Head circumference: 26-28 cm

Gauge: 19-20 sts – 10 cm (4 inches) in stockinette

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

st(s) – stitch(es)

k2tog – knit two together.

knit hat for a newborn / preemie baby

Preemie hat knitting pattern:

Ribbing part of the preemie hat:

Cast on 48 stitches or any other number that is divisible by 6.  Place marker and join yarn, then k1, p1 across all stitches. Repeat ribbing until piece reaches 2.5-3 cm. I knitted 6 rounds

If you want to learn how to joint and knit in rounds cast on one extra stitch (in this case 49 sts) and check this short video tutorial.

Body of the preemie hat:

Round 7: knit all stitches around.

Repeat Round 7 until hat reaches 9 cm from the edge. I knitted 14 rounds in stockinette stitch.

Shaping crown of the preemie hat:

Round 1: [ k6, k2tog] – repeat till the end of round.

Round 2: knit all stitches around.

Round 3: [ k5, k2tog] – repeat till the end of round.

Round 4: knit all stitches around.

Round 5: [k4, k2tog] – repeat till the end of round.

Round 6: knit all stitches around.

Round 7: [k3, k2tog] – repeat till the end of round.

Round 8: [k2, k2tog] – repeat till the end of round.

Round 9: [k1, k2tog] – repeat till the end of round.

Cut the yarn leaving 10-15 cm tail. Draw the tail through the remaining stitches. Weave in ends.

If you want to knit a matching preemie socks for the full set, please check this post.

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6 comments

Paula 4th July 2023 at 15:06

I have just finished the hat it was easy to do and turned out great.

thank you

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Ann 4th July 2023 at 21:23

Thank you Paula for your feedback!

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Em 18th December 2023 at 21:13

I added 12 more stitches when casting on. Do I add more rows or just carry on with your pattern? I’m a beginner. Thanks.

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Ann 19th December 2023 at 09:36

Follow the pattern. Repeat Round 7 until hat reaches 9 cm

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Em 21st January 2024 at 13:57

Hi Ann I followed the pattern with my 60 stitches. However, when I got to “Shaping The Crown” on Round 1 [k6, k2tog] I end up with 4 stitches left at the end of round 1. 56 stitches worked for the pattern but I’m not sure what to do with the next 4 stitches and future rounds. Help please.

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Ann 22nd January 2024 at 09:32

no worries. Start with [k8 k2tog] after that in Round 7 [k7,k2tog] and so on.

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