Half-Double Crochet Preemie Baby Cap
These instructions give the number of stitches and dimensions for a preemie cap in 5 sizes: X-Small (XS), Small (SM), Medium (MD), Large (LG) and X-Large (XL). The instructions show a number followed by 4 numbers in parenthesis corresponding to the sizes XS (SM, MD, LG, XL).
Gauge:The length of the rows will vary slightly depending on the yarn you use and your tension. The amount turned up for the brim can vary to accomodate these differences. The following chart gives some guidelines.
All rows are worked in the back loop only to create the ribbed effect.
Chain 22 (26, 30, 33, 36).
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd chain from hook and in next 16 (20, 23, 26, 29) chains. Sc in last 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) chains. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in first 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) stitches. Hdc in next 17 (21, 24, 27, 30) stitches. Ch 2 turn.
Row 3: Hdc in first 17 (21, 24, 27, 30) stitches. Sc in last 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) stitches. Ch 1 turn.
Note: Turning chains are not counted as a stitch. You should work 20 (24, 28, 31, 34) stitches in each row.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until cap measures approximately 5 (6, 7, 8 ¼, 9 ½) inches. End with row 2.
Either sew or slip stitch the beginning edge to the back loop of the last row, being careful to leave the front loops of the last row free on the outside of the cap so that the ribbed pattern is continuous around the cap.
Use yarn needle to weave a piece of yarn through the sc stitches at the top of the cap. (For extra security, I like to weave the yarn around the top twice.) Pull to close the opening and tie off. Weave all yarn ends in securely. Turn up the lower edge to form the brim of the cap.