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Crocheted Preemie Cap

Size: 10" diameter.
Materials:

  • Sport yarn, one 3-oz (279-yd) skein white #01.
  • Crochet hooks: E/4 and F/5 (3.5 and 3.75 mm) or size to obtain gauge.
  • Satin ribbon 1/8", 2/3 yd.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Gauge in single crochet with larger hook: 11 sts = 2"; 6 rows = 1".

Ribbed Brim:
With smaller hook, ch 6.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 sc; ch1 and turn.
Row 2: Work across in sc, inserting hook through back of sts only; ch 1 and turn. Rep Row 2 until band measures 10" long. Do not end off.

Top:
Row 1: With larger hook, ch 1, work 54 sc along long edge of band; ch1 and turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next sc; *ch 1, sk 1 sc, dc in next sc; rep from * to end of row; ch 1 and turn.
Row 3: Sc in each dc and ch 1 sp around; ch 1 and turn - 54 sc.
Row 4: Sc in each sc across; ch1 and turn. Rep row 4 until cap measures 2" from edge.

Shape Top: Row 1: *Sc in 4 sts, work 2 sc tog; rep from * across: ch 1 and turn - 45 sc.
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: Sc in each sc across; ch 1 and turn.
Row 3: *Sc in 3 sts. work 2 sc tog; rep from* across; ch 1 and turn - 36 sc.
Row 5: *Sc in 2 sts, work 2 sc tog; rep from * across; ch 1 and turn - 27 sc.
Row 7: *Sc in 1 st, work 2 sc tog; rep from * across; ch 1 and turn - 18 sc.
Row 9: Work 2 sc tog across; ch 1 and turn - 9 sc.
Row 10: Rep row 2; do not ch 1, but end off. Finishing: Weave end of yarn through rem sts and pull tightly to close top. Sew back seam. Weave ribbon through eyelet row, tying a bow in center front.