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Tiny Baby Cap
Uses Bernat Softee Baby, or any very soft sport weight yarn. Wool not recommended if the hat is for a NICU. US #4 dpn's, crochet hook, tapestry needle.
Preemie: Cast on 60 st. Work 8 rounds of K1, P1. K one row. P 1 row, for decorative garter ridge. (This is optional. You can go straight from ribbing to the stockinette part.) Switch to stockinette (all K, in the round) and work until piece measures 3 inches. Place 5 markers evenly (12 sts apart) in next round.
Decrease round: Knit around, decreasing before and after each marker (10 sts removed)
Work 1 row in K
Repeat these two rounds until 10 sts remain.
K one more round. Cut yarn, leaving a 24" tail. Run yarn through the 10 stitches with tapestry needle and draw together. Secure well on inside of hat. Poke tail through center to outside of the hat. .With a crochet needle, make a single chain, starting at hat, about 1½ " long .Draw yarn tail back through the center of the cap and stitch the to the inside of the hat, to form a decorative loop.
Small Preemie: (2-3 lbs.) Use size #3 dpn's. Cast on 50 sts. Work in same manner, knitting the hat to measure 2¾ –3 inches before starting decreases. Markers will be placed 10 sts apart.
Small Baby: Cast on 70 sts. Work in same manner, knitting the hat to measure 4 inches before starting decreases. Markers will be placed 14 sts apart. Work 2 rounds after each decrease round.
Medium Baby: Cast on 80 sts. Work to depth of 4 ½ – 5 inches before starting decreases.
Markers will be placed 16 sts apart..Work 2 rounds after each decrease round.
Cap can be made in any size. Be sure to cast on a multiple of 10. Use 5 evenly spaced markers for decreases, which form a nice star pattern at crown.