Monday, July 07, 2008

Patriotic Preemie Hats

The fireworks were flashing this weekend.


And the needles were flying. While visiting with my parents, I was able to knit up several patriotic preemie hats. A few of the patterns are worth sharing. I'll be posting them one at a time this week.


Today's free pattern:


Born in the USA


Yarn: Worsted weight in red, white and blue (I used Bernat Satin).
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) DPNs
Gauge: 5 sts/inch
Size: Preemie

Cast on 48 sts. Divide stitches on three needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
K1, p1 for 5 rnds (red)
K for 3 rnds (red)
K for 2 rnds (white)
K for 9 rnds (blue)
K for 2 rnds (white)
K for 3 rnds (red)

Decreases (red):
*K6, K2tog, repeat from *
*K5, K2tog, repeat from *
*K4, K2tog, repeat from *
*K3, K2tog, repeat from *
*K2, K2tog, repeat from *
*K1, K2tog, repeat from *
*K2tog, repeat from *
6 stitches remain.

Cut yarn, leaving tail, and pull through remaining stitches.
Pull tail to the inside and weave in all ends.

Using white yarn and duplicate stitch, embroider USA on the front of the hat, centered in the blue section. Letters should be 5 sts high and 3 sts wide, with one stitch separating each letter.

19 comments:

  1. How creative! This may be my go to project next July 4th.

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  2. So CUTE! We only heard fireworks...wish I had ventured out to see them but maybe we can on the 24th (State holiday).

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  3. Wow! You had a productive trip! Thanks for sharing the adorable pattern!

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  4. Tracy, these are all so sweet. I love the ones with the little white specks. You always come up with such adorable, impeccable preemie hats.

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  5. I love it, and can hardly wait to get started on it! It will be my first effort at duplicate stitch, too, something I've been meaning to try for some time now.

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  6. I just printed this out and I was thinking if you substitute green for the blue they will also make great Christmas hats.

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  7. Fantastic hat pattern! Your gift will really put a smile on a proud parents face. That's so special. You always inspire me. Thank you for that.

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  8. Gorgeous hats! Thanks for sharing your pattern

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  9. You are too good to be true. Love it.

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  10. Very cute! And I love the way you used the red white & blue in the other hats. Very creative!
    Thanks for the pattern - these will be great for the kids at the reservation.

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  11. How many stitches would I need to increase by to make for a newborn?

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  12. Jill,

    The decrease portion of the hat is written for a multiple of 8 stitches. To make a larger hat, increase the number of stitches cast on to any number that can be divided evenly by 8. You can try casting on 56 or 64 stitches for a newborn size. Just experiment until you get the size you need.

    Tracy

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  13. P.S.
    Jill,

    For a larger hat, not only will you need to add more stitches, but you will also need to add some length before working the decreases. I would probably add a few more rounds to the red sections.

    Tracy

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  14. I found a pattern for newborn with same sized needles & yarn & cast on 56 stitches. Any idea how many rows I should add in the red sections. I added a total of 2 rounds but not sure if it is enough. The baby isn't here yet to try it on.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern & for helping me out!

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  15. Jill,

    Check the pattern you found to see what the recommended length is and knit it accordingly. I would probably try to knit the hat to a total length of 5-6 inches. So that would probably mean knitting the hat to around 4.5 inches from the cast-on edge before beginning the decreases. You don't have to be exact. And remember, it's better to have a hat that's a little long than too short.

    Tracy

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  16. Thanks. I'm adding to the red like you suggested. It should be about 6" when done. If you want my notes on the changes, just let me know.

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  17. Anonymous6:21 PM

    How would i make this for a 1-3 yr old?

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  18. Sorry, I don't have time to write this pattern in a larger size. I suggest you find a basic hat pattern in the size you need, then change colors as you see fit to replicate the design. There is no right or wrong way to go.

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy