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Drop-Stitch Preemie Hat (for 2 needles or dpns)
© 2002 – Patti Pierce Stone
(booties pattern below!)
sized for a small preemie -- (med, large preemie) in parenthesis.

Materials:
knitting needles, size 3.5 mm (US 4) and 3.75 mm (US 5)
approx ½ ounce sports weight/baby yarn
(gauge:4” = 22 st/30 r  using 4mm (US 8) needles)

Double Point Instructions:
using smaller needles, cast on 56 (64, 72) and split among 3 dpns (be careful not to twist)
rows 1 – 8:  k1, p1 around

change to larger needles
rows 9 – 14: knit
rows 15 - 17: k1, sl1 across
rows 18 – 20: knit
rows 21 - 23: k1, sl1 across
rows 24 – 31: knit (med and large sizes, knit (2, 4) additional rows, or until hat is 1” less than desired, finished size)

decreases:
row 1:  *sl1, k1, psso, k5 (6/7) , s1, p1, psso, p5 (6/7) -- repeat from * to end
row 2:  *sl1, k1, psso, k4 (5/6) , s1, p1, psso, p4 (5/6) -- repeat from * to end
row 3:  *sl1, k1, psso, k3 (4/5) , s1, p1, psso, p3 (4/5) -- repeat from * to end
row 4:  *sl1, k1, psso, k2 (3/4) , s1, p1, psso, p2 (3/4) -- repeat from * to end
row 5:  (med/lg only) *sl1, k1, psso, k(2/3) , s1, p1, psso, p(2/3) -- repeat from * to end
row 7:  (lg only) *sl1, k2, psso, k1 , s1, p2, psso  -- repeat from * to end
row 1:  *sl1, k1, psso, s1, p1 -- repeat from * to end

8 stitches remaining

finishing:
option 1 – flat top
cast off remaining stitches, fold in half and weave closed.

option 2 -- bow
Knit 2 stitches, cast off 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches, cast off 2 stitches.
Working each set of 2 stitches independently, knit in stockinette until 1 ½ - 2” long.
Cut 6” tail and thread through both loops
Pull tight, knot, and weave end into strip.
Tie 2 strips into a little bow.  You might want to tack with thread or yarn to ensure it stays tied.
Weave in end from cast on stitches and clip. Voila!

Like more color?  Cast on using alternating stitches with a contrasting yarn.  Knit rows 15 – 17 and 21 – 23 with a contrasting color yarn.  A slightly lighter weight works fabulously.
2-Needle  Instructions:

using smaller needles, cast on 56 (64, 72) and split among 3 dpns (be careful not to twist)
rows 1, 3, 5, 7:  k1, p1 across
rows 2, 4, 6, 8:  p1, k1 across

change to larger needles
rows 9 - 14: work in stockinette, end w/purl row
rows 15: k1, sl1 across
row 16 p1, sl1 across
row 17: k1, sl1 across
rows 18 - 20: work in stockinette, end w/purl row
rows 21: k1, sl1 across
row 22 p1, sl1 across
row 23: k1, sl1 across
rows 24 – 31: work in stockinette (med and large sizes, knit (2, 4) additional rows, or until hat is 1” less than desired, finished size), end w/purl row

decreases:
row 1:  *sl1, k1, psso, k5 (6/7) repeat from * to end
row 2:  *sl1, p1, psso, p4 (5/6) repeat from * to end
row 3:  *sl1, k1, psso, k3 (4/5) repeat from * to end
row 4:  *sl1, p1, psso, p2 (3/4) repeat from * to end
row 5:  (med/lg only) *sl1, k1, psso, k(2/3) repeat from * to end
row 6:  (lg only) *sl1, p2, psso -- repeat from * to end
last row, all sizes:  *sl1, k1, psso, s1, p1 -- repeat from * to end

8 stitches remain

finishing:
option 1 – flat top
cast off remaining stitches and leave 12” tail
fold in half and weave closed across top and down side.

option 2 -- bow
knit 2 stitches, cast off 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches, cast off 2 stitches.
working each set of 2 stitches independently, knit in stockinette until 1 ½ - 2” long.
cut 6” tail and thread through both loops
pull tight, knot, and weave end into strip
repeat for other strip.
weave side closed.
tie 2 strips into a little bow.  you might want to tack with thread or yarn to ensure it stays tied.
 


Tiny Toe-Ups
© 2002 – Patti Pierce Stone

a quick (1 – 1 ½ hours) pair of socks sized for a small/med preemie -- (newborn) in parenthesis.

Materials:
4/5 double point needles 3.75 mm (US 5)
(with the tiny size, I find I can work these best with only 4)

approx ½ ounce sports weight/baby yarn
(gauge:4” = 22 st/30 r  using 4mm (US 8) needles)
Instructions:
cast on 8 stitches (4 on each needle).  I like to hold the 2 needles parallel to each other, casting the 1st on the left, the 2nd on the right and so on.

round 2 and 3: 1st needle:  k1, inc 1, k across, inc 1, k1. 2nd needle:  k1, inc 1, k across, inc 1, k1
round 4 (newborn only):  repeat previous round.
16 (20) stitches total – 8 (10) on each needle
at this point, split work onto 3 needles – 8 (10)  stitches on 1 (top) and 4 (5)each on the other 2 (bottom)

knit 12 (15) rows
short row heel (worked on bottom 2 needles only)
row 1: knit across first two needles until last stitch. wrap last stitch, turn
row 2: slip just-wrapped stitch and purl across stitches just worked until last stitch.
 wrap last stitch, turn.
row 3: slip just-wrapped stitch and knit next 5 (7) stitches.
 wrap next stitch, turn.
row 4: slip just-wrapped stitch and purl next 4 (6) stitches.
 wrap next stitch, turn.
row 5: slip just-wrapped stitch and knit next 3 (5) stitches.
 wrap next stitch, turn.
row 6: slip just-wrapped stitch and purl next 2 (4) stitches.
 wrap next stitch, turn.

at this point you will have worked all but the center 2 (4) two stitches.

heel turning:
row 1:   k3 (5), wrap next stitch, turn (wrapped stitch will have 2 loops)
row 2:   p4 (6), wrap next stitch,  turn.
row 3:   k5 (7), wrap next stitch, turn
row 4:   p6 (8), wrap next stitch,  turn.
row 3:   k7 (9), wrap next stitch, turn
row 4:   p8 (10), wrap next stitch,  turn.

leg/finishing:
knitting on all needles again, knit 7 rows
round 8, 9, 10:  k1, s1 around
round, 11, 12, 13:  knit around
round 14, 15: knit
you can repeat rounds 8 – 15 if you’d like a longer sock.

cast off (I like to do this with a larger size needles)




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