Bev's Stretchy Knit Baby Cap
copyright 2001, 2012  Beverly A Qualheim

This cap can be made for a boy or girl preemie, and fits from 2- 3 lbs- (4-5 lb) (7-8 lb) (9-11 lbs) babies . It is super fast to knit up and will stretch to fit.
1 oz. of sport or baby yarn - not fingering
Size 8 knitting needles (size 5 Canadian and English -5.5 mm)
Loosely cast on 36 (44) (50) (56) sts.
Rows 1-5: k2, p2... repeat across
Rows 6-?: Knit all rows (garter st) for 4 (5) inches.
Decreasing row 1: Knit 2 together across row (18 (22) (25) (28) sts left)
Next row: knit across.
Next decreasing row: Knit 2 together across row. (9 (11) (12) (14) sts left)
Next row: knit across.
Cut yarn leaving a 12" tail.  Thread a large eye needle with the yarn and gently remove the 9 sts left on the needle.  Carefully weave the needle through the 9 sts and pull tightly to gather top of hat.  Now fold hat in half and whip stitch the sides together to form hat.
Add a homemade pompom if you like.

Bev's Preemie 3 Needle Cap

copyright 2006. 2012 Beverly A Qualheim

preemie cap4 size 8 double pointed needles, Red Heart Baby - 3 ply sport weight yarn
You will be knitting in the round to avoid seams
Hat size for lg preemie is 5" across and 4 1/2" tall.  For small preemie hat is about 3 3/4" wide and 3 3/4" tall.

Cast on 52 sts fits 4-5 lb preemie  (cast on 36 sts for 2 lber) Split stitches fairly evenly on to 3 needles and use the 4th one to knit around
K1, P1 ribbing for 5 rows (approx. 1")
Knit every row for 3 3/4" total from top.  (3 1/2" for preemie)

Decrease for Top
knit 2 together around

knit one rnd
knit 2 together around
knit one rnd
knit 2 together around  7 sts (9 sts)
knit around and cut a 6" tail of yarn.

Thread yarn through a yarn needle and remove stitches from needle.  Pull to gather, then weave ends through on inside of hat.

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