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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Preemie Gift Set

We've had a very special, extra small addition to our family recently. One of our cousins had her baby very, very early. In fact, she was born at just 27 weeks. Things were precarious at first, but now I'm happy to say she is growing faster than we could hope for!

Immediately, I knew I needed to make preemie hats. I waited patiently until she was allowed to wear her own clothes. I made my best guess at her head circumference, based on photos of her and a helpful chart I found on the internet.

I made her a basic beanie and added adorable kitty ears, as well as a cinched bow headband. Everything took mere minutes to make, and came out so teeny tiny! It's simply adorable. You can customize the look and add stripes, or just make one in every color. Once you start, you won't want to stop! Just look how precious!!!

World's youngest fashion model!

These could make excellent gifts for friends or relatives, or make a bunch and donate them to your local hospital. It's a great project for your women's group too. In fact, I give exclusive permission for any women's group or crochet charity to use and distribute this pattern for purposes of donating hats and headbands to babies in hospitals in your local area!

Yarns featured: Red Heart With Love in Mint, and Studio Classic by Nicole in Cream Speck

I made my favorite Preemie a gift selection of hats and headbands in different sizes so she could grow into them during her stay in the NICU. Work these adorable little do's in any worsted weight yarn, refer to gauge for sizing and resizing. Remember, some thicker yarns will yield bigger stitches and thinner yarns will yield smaller stitches, adjust gauge accordingly to imitate my results. This can be achieved by either adjusting working tension or hook size. 

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Preemie Gift Set

Hook: H/8 5mm
Yarn: medium/worsted 4 weight
Gauge: 6 sts = 2” in HDC
Difficulty: Easy
Materials: Tapestry Needle
Finished Sizes: 10”, 11” & 12” head circumference, apx gestational ages 30, 32 & 34 weeks respectively.

Special Stitches:

hdc inc- half double crochet increase. Make two hdc in same st.
Fhdc- foundation half double crochet. A technique for making a chainless, starting foundation in lieu of chaining. There are many helpful tutorials and videos on the internet to help you master this skill.

Notes: Pattern is for a hat, with or without kitty ears or pom pom, and a bow style headband. Instructions for different sizes are listed separately for hat, and successively for headband (e.g. “10 (12, 14)”). Simply follow instructions for desired item and size, make number of stitches indicated for size.

All Sizes:
Form Magic Ring.
Round 1: hdc 10 into magic ring, join with a sl st, ch 1. (10 sts)
Round 2: make 2 hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (20 sts)
Round 3: *hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (30 sts)

10”/30 weeks:
Round 4-8: hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (30 sts)
Round 9: hdc in each st around, fasten off, weave in ends.

11”/32 weeks:
Round 4: *hdc 9, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (33 sts)
Rounds 5-9: hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (33 sts)
Round 10: hdc in each st around, fasten off, weave in ends.

12” 34 weeks:
Round 4: *hdc 4, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (36 sts)
Rounds 5-11: hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (36 sts)
Round 11: hdc in each st around, fasten off, weave in ends.

Kitty Ears:
Make two.
Ch 3.
Row 1: Make 3 hdc into third ch from hook, ch 2, turn. (3 sts)
Row 2: Make 2 hdc into first st, hdc, 2 hdc into last st, ch 1, turn. (5 sts)
Row 3: Make 2 hdc into first st, hdc, hdc, hdc, 2 hdc into last st, (7 sts), pivot work, sl st evenly along side of ear to point, ch 2, pivot work, sl st evenly along other side of ear to bottom, ch 1, sl st along bottom of ear, join at corner, fasten off.

Hat Finishing:
  1. Sew ears where desired onto top of hat.
  2. If desired make or buy a pom pom and sew to top of hat.
  3. Weave in all ends.

Round 1: Fhdc 30 (33, 36), join with a sl st, ch 1. (30, 33, 36 sts)
Round 2: hdc in each st around, join, ch 1.
Round 3: hdc in each st around, join, fasten off.

Headband Finishing:

  1. Using starting tail, join bottom of foundation row to close gap.
  2. Take both yarn tails and tie them together securely over top of the right side of the headband to cinch it in the middle. Trim tails.
  3. Using a length of yarn, wrap chiched middle of headband to form a “bow knot” less than 1” wide.
  4. Turn headband inside out, and sew wrapping tail back and forth through the underside of the “knot” several times to permanently secure it.
  5. Weave in ends.

© Haute Kippy 2018

You may sell items made from this pattern, but please be courteous, always credit Haute Kippy with the original design and link to my blog when possible. Do not use my photographs to sell items. Do not copy, repost or distribute this pattern in part or in whole. Sharing paid patterns is a form of copyright infringement.

Original pattern “Preemie Gift Set” copyright Haute Kippy by Bethany Sypolt Crochet Designs 2018


  1. Never mind last comment/question. I was able to figure it out.

  2. This is such a cute combo! Thanks for the pattern. I know a NICU baby is going to love these!