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So-Soft Preemie Hat
Lion Brand® Babysoft®
Pattern Number: NW09221006K Read the essay that accompanies this pattern by Michelle Edwards.

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)
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: 3 3/4 (5, 5 1/4) 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.

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

920-100 Babysoft Yarn: White

Crisp white


Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 6.49
Note: Makes 8 - 9 hats

Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 5
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Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers
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Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
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GAUGE:
6 stitches to an inch [2.5 cm] over Pattern Stitch. 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. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

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


INSTRUCTIONS



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)
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
st(s) = stitch(es)
beg = begin(s)(ning)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit
p = purl
rnd(s) = round(s)
WS = wrong side


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