Just finished today, I present the Snowflake Preemie Baby Hat! Created while using leftover cotton yarn to make preemie baby hats; I realized that while strips are adorable, it would be fun to do something different and special. Looking outside and finding snow on the ground, I knew just what design to use.
Yarn: Worsted weight, preferably something soft that isn't wool (remember, these are for preemie-sized babies, who have very sensitive skin)
Needles: set of four US size 7 dpns
Cast on 48 stitches.
Divide stitches evenly on 3 double-pointed needles (16 stitches per needle). Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work 5 rounds of K1, P1 ribbing.
Knit 1 round.
Work color chart over next 15 rounds. (3 chart repeats fit around hat). Chart is read from right to left, bottom to top.
Work in stockinette stitch until hat measures 4 inches from cast-on edge.
Row 1: *K6, k2tog* repeat to end of round (42 stitches remain)
Row 2: *K5, k2tog* repeat to end of round. (36 stitches remain)
Row 3: *K4, k2tog* repeat to end of round. (30 stitches remain)
Row 4: *K3, k2tog* repeat to end of round. (24 stitches remain)
Row 5: *K2, k2tog* repeat to end of round. (18 stitches remain)
Row 6: *K1, k2tog* repeat to end of round. (12 stitches remain)
Row 7: *k2tog* repeat to end of round. (6 stitches remain)
Cut yarn with 6 inch tail and pull through remaining stitches.
Pull tail to the inside and weave in all ends.
If desired, top with pom-pom.
Feel free to comment with any questions. Thanks and enjoy!