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Free Knitting Pattern: So-Soft Preemie Hat

Lion Brand® Babysoft®
Pattern #: NW09221006K
SKILL LEVEL: Easy

SIZE: Varies, Preemie, Preemie-to-Newborn
Sizes: Small Preemie, Medium Preemie, Large Preemie
Finished circumference: 6 (7, 8) in. [15, (18, 20.5) cm]. Since the hat is knit in the round, to measure lay hat flat to measure. This measurement will be half the circumference.
Finished Length: 3¾ (5, 5½) in. [9.5, (12.5, 14) cm]
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

MATERIALS

- 920-100 Babysoft Yarn: White ball



So-Soft Preemie Hat
Lion Brand® Babysoft®
GAUGE:

6 stitches to an inch [2.5 cm] over Pattern Stitch. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:

Rnds 1 and 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: Purl 1, k2.
Rep Rnds 1-3 for Pattern Stitch.

HAT
Cast on 36 (42, 48) sts. Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Place marker for beg of rnd.
Work in k1, p1 rib for 1 (1.5, 1.5) inch [2.5 (3.8, 3.8) cm], then work in Pattern Stitch until piece measures 3 (3.5, 4.5) inches [7.5 (9, 11.5) cm] from beg.
Shape crown
Next Rnd: *K4 (5) (6), k2tog, repeat from * around - 30 (36, 42) sts.
Rnd 2: *K3 (4) (5), k2tog, repeat from * around - 24 (30, 36) sts.
Rnd 3: *K2 (3) (5), k2tog, repeat from * around - 18 (24, 30) sts.
Continue to decrease in this manner until there are 6 sts left.
Next Rnd: (K2 tog) around - 3 sts.
Cord (for top knot): *Slide remaining 3 sts to other end of needle and knit them, pulling yarn tightly across the back of the work. (Do not turn work.) Repeat from * to make cord, working until cord measures 1.5 (1.75. 1.75) inches [3.8 (4.5, 4.5) cm]. Bind off.

FINISHING
Weave in ends. Knot cord. Turn up ribbed cuff.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES

beg = begin(s)(ning)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit
p = purl
rnd(s) = round(s)
WS = wrong side

Learn to Knit instructions: http://learnToKnit.LionBrand.com

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