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Preemie Watch cap

As many of you know, I love to knit and crochet. If you can stitch I want to make it. I also am a freelance designer with a shop on etsy. (www.eastendhomearts.etsy.com) So recently when my friend Stephanie and her husband Jon had an itty bitty preemie. I began to pray and knit!!! Luckily I was already home sick the day they were in the hospital and decided to deliver little RJ early. So I knitted, designed and prayed all day. The result was really cute preemie caps for little RJ. I have decided from now on when I offer a hat in my shop that I will always offer the preemie pattern for free on my blog. Please use the pattern often and donate them to local nicus, charities and give them to really deserving new mommies and their precious little gifts.
So here is the pattern for the first of many… RJ’s watchcap

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton (light green) – Heavy worsted weight yarn will also work (just be sure to check your gauge)
Needle Size: US 8/5.0 mm 12 in circulars (is my choice but you can also use dpns)
Gauge: 4.5 sts/in
Abbreviations:
Sts= stitches
K= knit
P= purl
K2tog= knit together
Co= cast on
Rnd= round
Pattern:
Co 38 sts
Rnd 1:
• Place marker to mark beginning of the rnd
• Being careful not to twist sts join your rnd ( this is accomplished in knitting into the first st cast on , if you knit into the last st cast on you will not connect your round)
• K1,P1 around
Rnd 2:
• K1,P1 around
• Repeat this rnd for approximately 7 rnds or till rim measures 1 in
Next Rnd:
• K every st in the rnd
• Repeat this rnd till piece measures 4 in from bottom of work (includes brim)
Decrease: (switch to dpns when sts don’t comfortably fit on circulars)
• K 17 sts, k2tog, k to last 2 sts and k 2 tog
• K 7, k2 tog around
• K around
• K6, k2tog around
• K around
• K 5, k2tog around
• K
• K 4, k2tog around
• K3, k2 tog around
• K2, k2tog around
• K1, k2tog around
• K2 tog around
• Leaving a long tail, cut yarn and thread through remaining loops and cinch it close
• Weave in ends

RJ's preemie watchcap

Preemie Watch Cap

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