Sunday, October 19, 2014

Knitting for a preemie

About a month ago a friend had a preemie granddaughter born. I've never knit preemie hats before, I wasn't sure if babies in our local hospital were allowed to used them, but when this little 2 pound 3 ounce darling was born I quickly knit up three little hats. I thought that even if the hats weren't used they would be great to look at years from now surely with the comment "You were so little that these hats were to big!"
I started the first hat with a published pattern but thought that they would be to big and so went down to a size 1US needle and sock yarn instead of a 5 needle and sport weight yarn. As you can see, the hat is still a bit big but happily it is being grown into!

 Hat for a Two Pound Preemie

Cast on 80  stitches
Knit 25 rounds in ribbing
Knit 25 rounds in stockinette
Decrease evenly around every other row until 8 stitches remain.
Run yarn through the 8 stitches and sew shut.

One hat has a ribbed brim, one a rolled brim, another had a ribbed brim with a top that was just knit across with pink yarn balls on each side. On October 1st I knit this cut little pumpkin hat:
The curlie cues were very easy:
Cast on 30 stitches
Knit in the front and back of each stitch
Cast off!

Now a month later this little baby is three pounds and may go home in two weeks! I knit a baby pink sweater for a five pound baby.  With this exciting news it may be to big for her homecoming!

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