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Little Loves Preemie Hat – FREE Pattern

I am blessed with 5 beautiful babies I have birthed and 2 amazing step-children have raised for pretty much their whole life. Now, none of my babies were preemies, but my third child just missed the cut off born at 37 weeks exactly. He was tiny bugger weighing in at 5lbs 7oz. When I was asked to be part of the Preemie Challenge I knew I had to take part as babies have been a BIG part of my adult life. Have I ever told you I also have 22 nieces and nephews?!?! The Little Loves Preemie Hat was designed with the all these babies in my mind and how much each of them mean to me!

Little Loves Preemie Hat Free Crochet Pattern.

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Ok, now I have to show you a picture of my littlest love!! Here is Kaden a few hours after birth with Jayce the new BIG Brother, and very young me!!

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Extra Cozy Little Loves

I decided to add the earflaps to the Little Loves Preemie Hat for that bit of extra warmth and protection. I did some research before designing and some of the top requested preemie hats were ones with ear flaps. So I decided this was the way I wanted go. Also, I loved the earflap hats when my babies were little!

If you do not want the earflaps added that’s ok! I’ve included directions for that as well!

Little Loves Preemie Hat Free Crochet Pattern.
2-3 Lbs size.

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Little Loves Preemie Hat Pattern

Materials

Diffculty

Easy

Gauge

5 rows x 7 sts = 2″ Pattern for gauge: esc

Sizes

Best for head Circumfrenece:

2-3 lbs – 10 – 11.5″

4-5 lbs – 11.5 – 12″

5.5 – 6lbs – 12 – 13″

Stitch Abbreviations

  • ch – Chain
  • sc – Single Crochet
  • esc – Extended Single Crochet
  • sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 together
  • escblo – Extended Single Crochet Back Loop Only
  • escflo – Extended Single Crochet Front Loop Only
  • mc- Magic Circle
  • st(s) – Stitch(es)
  • sl-st – Slip Stitch

Special Stitches

Extended Single Crochet (esc): insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first loop on hook, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog): insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop,  insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Pattern Notes

  • US Terminology
  • All beginning ch1 do not count as a stitch
  • Flat circle referred to in sizing is the size of the hat after the last row of increases before the height is started; crown size
  • Pattern written (2-3lbs, 4-5lbs, 5-6 lbs) for stitch counts
Little Loves Preemie Hat Free Crochet Pattern.

Little Loves Preemie Hat

The Pattern

2-3 lbs: Flat circle 2 – 2.25″ Height 3 – 3.5″

4-5 lbs: Flat circle 2.5 – 3″ Height 3.5-4″

5-6 lbs: Flat circle 3-3.5″ Height 4-4.5″

Increase Section

Rnd 1: Begin with mc, 6 esc in mc, sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (6,6,6 esc).

Rnd 2: 2 esc in each st around, sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (12,12,12 esc).

Rnd 3: *1 esc in the first st, 2 esc in the next* repeat around, sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (18, 18, 18 esc) For 2-3 lb size move to next section.

Rnd 4: *1 esc in next 2 sts, 2 esc in next st* repeat around, sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (24, 24 esc) For 4-5 lb size move to next section.

Rnd 5: *1 esc in the next 3 sts, 2 esc in the next*, repeat around, sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (30 esc)

Rnd 6: *1 esc in the next 4 sts, 2 esc in the next*, repeat around, sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (36 esc) For 5-6 lb size move to next section.

Height Section – Alternate between blo and flo for every stitch where indicated
2-3lb size

Rnd 4- 8: esc in each st around (alternating blo and flo), sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (18 esc).

Ear Flap Round

Rnd 9: escblo next 6 sts, ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, ch1, turn, sc2tog twice, sl-st down the side of ear flap, esc, escblo next 7 sts, ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, ch1, turn, sctog twice, sl-st down the side of ear flap, esc, escblo next 3 sts, sl-st to first esc to join, tie off.

If you’d like to omit the ear flaps in Rnd 9: escblo around, sl-st to first esc to join, tie off. (18 escblo).

Weave in all ends and you’re done!

4-5 lb size

Rnd 5- 10: esc in each st around (alternating blo and flo), sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (24 esc).

Ear Flap Round

Rnd 11: escblo next 8 sts, ch1 turn, sc next 5 sts, ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc, ch1, turn, sl-st across top and down side of the ear flap esc, escblo next 11 sts, ch1, turn, sc next 5 sts, ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, ch1,turn, sc2tog, sc, ch1, turn, sl-st across top and down side of the ear flap, esc, escblo next 3 sts, sl-st to first esc to join, tie off.

If you’d like to omit the ear flaps in Rnd 11: escblo around, sl-st to first esc to join, tie off. (24 escblo).

Weave in all ends and you’re done!

5-6 lb size

Rnd 7-13: esc in each st around (alternating blo and flo), sl-st to first esc to join, ch1 (36 esc).

Rnd 14: escblo next 12 sts, ch1, turn, sc next 6 sts, ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc nect 2 sts, sc2tog, ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, ch1, turn, sc2tog twice, sl-st down side of the ear flap, esc, escblo next 16, ch1, turn, sc next 6 sts, ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc next 2 sts, sc2tog, ch1, turn, sc next 4 sts, ch1, turn, sc2tog twice, sl-st down side of the ear flap, esc, escblo next  6 sts, sl-st to first esc to join, tie off.

If you’d like to omit the ear flaps in Rnd 14: escblo around, sl-st to first esc to join, tie off. (36 escblo).

Weave in all ends and you’re done!

Little Loves Preemie Hat Free Crochet Pattern.

All Set!

There you have it! Your very own Little Loves Preemie Hat!

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I hope you love your Little Loves Preemie Hats!! I would love to see how yours turn out!

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Xo,

Ashley

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