The second half of January was a bit rougher than usual. Parenting got intense with sleep strikes, numerous viruses, and a busy time for my husband’s work. My response was to stress knit a bunch of preemie hats.
Below, I’ll share two basic patterns, which can be made in any size.
Six months ago, I was wary of double pointed needles. I could use them if I had to, but they were so awkward. My project in October cured me of that. I just wish someone had warned me how addictive knitting little hats can be! I took the picture above yesterday morning, and in the afternoon made another 5 hats.
It is fun, relaxing, and I am sure they will be appreciated by the recipients. I am so glad I recently reconnected with a high school friend who now works as an NICU nurse!
The monkeys are having a blast choosing colors for me. I have been knitting with a strand of worsted weight yarn, or two strand of DK/light yarn, on 5.5-6.5 mm needles. A few of the smaller hats in the front were done with a single strand of DK yarn on 4.5 mm needles. I have been having fun using two different self-striping yarns so I have no idea what to expect.
The basic pattern is as follows
- Cast on sts in a multiple of six. When working with 2 strands of DK/light yarn and 6 mm needles I find I need 30 sts for small preemie, 36 sts for medium preemie, or 42 sts for newborn size
- Split the sts evenly between 3 DPNs (10, 12, 14 on each)
- 3-4 rounds of k1,p1 around
- knit all until height is about 3/5 the width when flattened
- begin decrease rounds. I decrease six sts by knitting 2 sts together evenly around. If there are 14 sts on each needle I k5, 52tog, k5, k2tog on each needle. The next round I k4, k2tog, twice per needle, and so on until I have 6 sts left.
I still have to sew all the tails in.
Yesterday afternoon I saw this cute hat and decided to try somthing similar. I made a newborn size hat and at the decrease rounds decreased three, instead of six, sts per round by knitting together the last two sts on each needle each round, continuing until I had only 3 sts left, one per needle. I topped it with a little tassel like in the picture. This will definitely be a repeat! It is so adorable.
For the tassel, I left a long tail at the end and pulled it through the 3 remaining sts. Then I followed the directions for making a little tassel here. If you want a longer point, do the decreases every other round and knit all sts on the other rounds. Personally, I prefer the cute, little point.
And no, I still haven’t finished Miss C’s book. The few times I have gotten both little monkeys to nap at the same time I have napped, too, or taken care of a sick kid. It will happen.