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Soft Little Ribbed Hat

I made a new baby hat. I started it about a week ago, and I finally finished it today. I'm so happy with it I wanted to post how I did it. I usually have problems with getting a ribbed hat to look good all the way up to the decreases. This one looks good though.





Here is the hat from the front:





As you can see, it is preemie sized, probably 9" around stretched, though the ribbing allows it to shrink or grow as needed. I started it for the Precious Preemie Project. It's about 4" tall with a bit over a 1" folded up brim. I'm sorry my measurements aren't exact, I don't know where my tape measure went right now. However, preemies come in many sizes and Precious Preemie Project and many other charities work askfr preemie hats in many sizes.

The gauge is fairly lose to be soft and stretchy. It's 3 stitches to the inch in k2p2 ribbing.

Abbreviations: SSK: slip slip knit. Slip stitches as if to knit, then knit through both stitches at once.

On to the pattern:

Materials:

SOFT worsted weight yarn. Unfortunately, most types of Red Heart Super Saver won't work for preemie hats. Some worsted weight yarns that are soft are Bernat Premium (which is what I used), Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn!, Caron One Pounds Baby, and Red Heart with Love.

US #8 (5mm) double pointed knitting needles

Yarn needle and scissors

Instructions:

Using a stretchy cast on method, cast on 36 stitches (I used Norwegian Twisted Cast-On, easily learned if you are at all familiar with long-tail cast on). Divide on your DPNs (I was using 4 needles, so I put 12 on each of three and used the 4th as my working needle) and join to work in the round.

Knit 2, purl 2 for a total of 5 inches.

Begin decreasing:

Round 1: Knit 2 together, purl 2 together around.

Round 2: Knit 1, purl 1 around.

Round 3: SSK around.

Round 4: Knit all stitches. Break yarn, pull through remaining stitches.

Doing the SSKs made a smooth top, which can be hard to do on a hat that is ribbed all the way to the top.

Weave in your ends and finish off.


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  1. That looks perfect. I get bugged too if crown decreases look messy.

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