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Bev's Baby Ribs Hat
Copyright Beverly A. Qualheim 2006, 2014 - All Rights Reserved 
Size 3 needles/ Size 10 UK needles  (Seamless DP version below) 
1 oz acrylic blend sport weight or baby yarn  (4 ply UK yarn)
 

Cast on 52 sts for 3-4 lb preemie (68 sts for 4-6 lbs; 72 sts for 7-9 lbs full term newborn)
Knit 2, purl 2 to end of row
Do this for 40 rows  (44, 48 rows)

Decrease:
Row 1: (knit 2, knit 2 together) repeat across row.

Row 2: Purl next row
Row 3: (knit 1, knit 2 together) repeat across row.
Row 4: Purl next row
Repeat decrease rows 3 and 4 until 11 sts remain.
End - Cut yarn leaving a 14" tail.
Carefully remove stitches from needle.  Run needle and yarn through sts from needle.  Pull gently, but tightly to draw shut.
Sew side seam.  Add pompom to top if desired.


             

Double Pointed needle version:

Copyright Beverly A. Qualheim 2009 - All Rights Reserved
Size 3 double pointed needles / Size 10 UK needles
1 oz sport or baby yarn (4 ply UK wool)
Cast on 52 sts for 3-4 lb preemie (68 sts for 4-6 lbs; 72 sts for 7-9 lbs)  split these evenly among 3 needles.
Knit 2, purl 2 around
Do this for 40 rounds  (44, 48 rnds)

Decrease:
Row 1: (knit 2, knit 2 together) repeat across row.

Row 2: Knit next row
Row 3: (knit 1, knit 2 together)  repeat across row.
Row 4: Knit next row
Repeat decrease rows 3 and 4 until 11 sts remain.
End - Cut yarn leaving a 14" tail.
Carefully remove stitches from needle.  Run sewing needle and yarn through sts from needle.  Pull to draw shut.  Weave yarn back and forth a few times to anchor.
Add pompom to top if desired.





Bev's Micro-Preemie Baby Ribs Beanie

Copyright Beverly A. Qualheim 2006, 2011 - All Rights Reserved
 
NICU's love this hat since it is easy to place on babies heads, gentle and stretchy. This hat will fit a 1-1 1/2 lb preemie
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Size 3 (Size 10 UK needles) double pointed knitting needles (you will need 4 needles) - for delicate skin on a baby this small, it's best if there are no seams.
Scraps of soft (non-wool content) sock yarn or baby yarn, even fingering yarn would be good
Beanie is made in the round, and is approx 3" tall

Beanie
Cast on 40 sts for 1 - 1 1/2 lb preemie-- split them onto 3 needles  14, 14, 12 sts
Knit 2, purl 2 around for 24 rows
Decrease:
Knit 2 together around for 2 rows.  Where you can't knit 2 together, just knit that 1 stitch.
End - Cut yarn leaving an 8" tail.
Run needle and yarn through remaining sts on needle.  Pull to draw shut. Weave the yarn tail back and forth a few times on the inside of the hat to anchor yarn.


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