Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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PREEMIE SPIRAL HAT


Yarn: DK weight or Sport weight baby yarn
Needles: US 5 dpns
Size: 1-3 lbs (3-5 lbs, 6-8 lbs)

Cast on 48 (56, 64) sts.
Divide stitches on three needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work 1x1 ribbing for 1".
Increase one stitch at the end of the last round of ribbing. 49 (57, 65) sts.

Spiral Pattern:
This pattern is formed by working K2, P2 continually from round to round until hat measures 3 1/2" (4", 4 1/2") from cast on edge. Just in case you need to see it written out, here are the details...

Rnd 1 - *K2, p2, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Rnd 2 - K1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 3 - *P2, k2, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.
Rnd 4 - P1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.
Work these rounds until hat measures 3 1/2" (4", 4 1/2") from cast on edge.

Decreases:
Rnd 1 - K2tog around until last stitch, k1.
Rnd 2 - K around
Repeat these 2 rounds twice more (6 rounds total).

Finishing:
Cut yarn 6" long and pull through remaining stitches.
Pull tail to the inside and weave in all ends.
If desired, add pom-pom or other topper.

Additional Notes:

The yarn used for the hat pictured is DK weight Little Lehigh by Kraemer Yarns (45% cotton, 55% acrylic). It is made from the 3-5 lb size instructions. I have not tested the other two sizes yet.

I did not try to figure out how to continue the spiral pattern through the decreases, but it would give the hat a nicer look and shape. Feel free to experiment with this.

This pattern is for charity and personal use only. My hat will be donated to The Preemie Project.

17 comments:

  1. Cute hat!! I think I'll try it out myself =)

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  2. So it was a new pattern afterall! Very cute and I love the new yarn. Do you get it from an online store? I would love to pick up some for myself.

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  3. Very cute, Tracy! Great Job

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  4. Laura1:48 PM

    I love this pattern. I just ordered Little Lehigh from Kraemer Yarns, which now has its own online shop.
    Thank you for sharing the pattern.

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  5. great pattern - looks simple and quick, and I can't wait to do some knitting that doesn't involve blue squares.......;)

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  6. Sandy5:13 PM

    Love the hat pattern gal! And on #5 dpn's!!! I can handle that size! (O:

    Oh, BTW..the bluebonnet pics sure made me home sick!

    Sandy

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  7. I love this hat, is there a chance you could help me make it adult sized, it being, I don't have any babies to knit for and my youngest sister would look uber cute in this hat.

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  8. Very nice hat, Tracy. Thanks for sharing it!

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  9. do you have a crochet version of the spiral rib hat? IF so could you email the pattern to me?
    Tonya
    tonya underscore stewart at hotmail dot com

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  10. Tonya,

    I found a crochet version that's very similar:

    Baby Swirls
    http://www.geocities.com/crochethut/babyswirls.html

    Tracy

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  11. That is so cute! Thanks for a great pattern. :)

    Giulia
    KnitFree
    Pebbledashed

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  12. Casting this one right now, and will post pics on Ravelry when it's done (which won't take long at all).

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  13. Anonymous11:57 AM

    Just the pattern l was looking for to make Charity hats !!. l have made several already, some with brim veriations, two toned hats too.
    Thank you for posting this pattern.

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  14. It makes me happy to hear you are using this pattern to help others.
    ~Tracy

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  15. Anonymous9:12 PM

    Tracy:
    What is the gauge?

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  16. I did not include the gauge in this pattern. If it helps, I tend to knit at an average tension. I rarely have to change needle sizes to get gauge on other patterns.
    ~Tracy

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  17. Thank you so much, Tracy. This is a very sweet preemie hat. I've added it to my preemie charity knitting list.

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy