I’m pleased to share this FREE pattern.  It was a winner in the Knitmore Girls Podcast Head-to-Toe Preemie Hat Design Contest.  (This sounds more impressive than it is because, I believe, they kindly awarded prizes to everyone who entered!)  I named it Drew because it’s definitely an androgynous hat! 

It features escalating purl ridges and a three-bobble top, similar to my Starlett hat design (another free one, by the way).  It’s made with leftover sock yarn and it fits preemie babies and American Girl dolls perfectly!  You can download it free on Ravelry and I’ve also put the instructions below.  If you make a Drew hat, let me know — I’d love to see your version!  🙂  (Oh, and for longtime blog readers, this hat was born at the Stitch ‘n Pitch event this summer!)

Materials:

A small amount – fewer than 65 yards – of leftover sock yarn.  I used Socks That Rock lightweight.

Preferred needles for small-diameter knitting (DPNs, two circulars or a long Magic Loop needle) in size US 3 (3.0 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge. (I am a loose knitter so I used size US 2.)

Gauge:  7 stitches/inch in stockinette stitch.

Measurements:  Preemie-sized: 4.75” from rolled brim to tip of top bobble when measured flat.

Abbreviations:

*                      repeat instructions following single * as directed

BO                  bind off

CO                  cast on

K                     knit

kfb                   knit into the front and back of the same stitch, increasing by 1

K2tog              knit 2 together

P                      purl

pm                   place marker

Rep                  repeat

St(s)                 stitch(es)

Instructions:  CO 73 sts.  Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist.  Immediately after the join, BO 1 st to help secure the join.  PM.  You now have 72 sts.

K 15 rounds.  Purl 1 round.

K 7 rounds. Purl 1 round.

K 6 rounds.  Purl 1 round.

K 5 rounds.  Purl 1 round.

K 4 rounds.  Purl 1 round.

*K 3 rounds.  Purl 1 round* repeat 4 times. PM every 8 sts. (Piece should measure about 2.5”.)

*K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog* around.

K 2 rounds. Purl 1 round.  Repeat this decrease sequence (in bold) 2 more times. From here on, there are no more purl rounds.

*K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog* around.  K 1 round plain.  Continue decreasing in this manner every other round until you have 9 sts.

Cut yarn, thread tail through remaining stitches and pull tight to fasten off.

Make large, medium and small bobbles:

Large bobble:  CO 8 stitches.  Next row, *kfb, k1* across.  P across.  K across.  P across.  *K2tog, K1* across row.  Do not turn.  Pass the second-to-left-most stitch over left-most stitch until you have just 1 st.  Pull yarn through last st.  Use tail to sew side seam.  Squish down into saucer shape.

Medium bobble:  CO 4 stitches.  Next row, kfb across.  P across.  K2tog across.  P across. K across.  Do not turn.  Pass the second-to-left-most stitch over left-most stitch until you have just 1 st.  Pull yarn through last st.  Use cast on and bind off tails to tie a square knot, which will form sts into bobble shape.

Small bobble:  CO 2 stitches.  Next row, kfb across.  P across.  K across.  Do not turn.  Pass the second-to-left-most stitch over left-most st.  Pull yarn through remaining st.  Use cast on and bind off tails to tie a square knot, which will form sts into bobble shape.

Sew small bobble to medium bobble and then those bobbles to the large bobble.  Sew large bobble base to top of hat.

Weave in ends.  Block, if necessary.

Questions?  Contact leslie.gordon@stanfordalumni.org or LGordon555 on Ravelry. 

** Please do not sell this pattern or sell any items you created using this pattern.  Thank you for respecting this copyright.**

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