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Honeycomb Preemie Hat and Booties on 2 needles
© 2002 – Patti Pierce Stone

based on a pattern by Michelle Howard

Materials:
needles:
small preemie:  3.25 mm (us 3) and 3.75 mm (us 5)
large preemie:  3.75 mm (us 5) and 4.25 mm (us 6)
yarn:
approx ½ ounce sports weight/baby yarn
(gauge:4” = 22 st/30 r  using 4mm (us 6) needles)

Pattern:
Using smaller needles: cast on 58 stitches
rows 1 – 9:  k1, p1 ribbing
change to larger needles
row 10:  k29, inc 1, knit across (59 st – honeycomb must be worked on an odd number of stitches)
rows 11 and all odd rows:  k1, *s1, k1.  repeat from * to end
rows 12 and all even rows:  k1 across
repeat rows 11 and 12 until 23 total rows are completed  from beginning (end w/row 11 pattern)
row 24:  p29, inc 1, purl across (60 st)

decreases:
row 25:  s1, k1, psso, k8 (6 times)
row 26: p7, s1, p1, psso (6 times)
row 27: s1, k1, psso, k6 (6 times)
row 28: p5, s1, p1, psso (6 times)
row 29: s1, k1, psso, k4 (6 times)
row 30: p3, s1, p1, psso (6 times)

finishing:
bind off loosely
fold hat in half and weave top and open side.
Weave in end from cast on stitches and clip.


Michelle’s Preemie Booties in the honeycomb stitch

needles:
small preemie:  3.25 mm (us 3) and 3.75 mm (us 5)
large preemie:  3.75 mm (us 5) and 4.25 mm (us 6)
yarn:
sports weight/baby yarn
(gauge:4” = 22 st/30 r  using 4mm (us 6) needles)

using larger needles, cast on 35
knit across
k7 rows in honeycomb stitch (see rows 10/11 above)
begin decreases:
p15, p2 tog, p1, p2 tog, p15
k 14, k2 tog, k1, k2 tog, k14
p13, p2 tog, p1, p2 tog, p13
k12, k2 tog, k1, k2 tog, k12
p11, p2 tog, p1, p2 tog, p11
k10, k2 tog, k1, k2 tog, k10

ribbed cuff and finishing:
change to smaller needles
k1, p1 across each row for 8 rows. (double the rows for a fold down cuff).
bind off loosely.
sew back and sole of bootie

 


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