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Apple of My Eye Preemie Crochet Hat

Apple of My Eye Preemie Crochet Hat
Apple of My Eye Preemie Crochet Hat
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The Apple of My Eye Preemie Crochet Hat is the perfect tiny crochet pattern to work up for your newborn premature baby. This adorable hat pattern is super easy to work up and, because of its size, is super fast! Substitute green for the red if you're more into granny smith apples, or any color if you don't want to add the stem and little leaf. Either way, this darling hat will look so cute on your little one's head. 

•Hat is started with a Magic Ring
•Starting chain does NOT count as a stitch
•Each round is started in the same stitch as your starting chain
•The end of each round is joined by slip stitching in the first hdc of the round, not the starting chain

Easy

Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook, H/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge14 stitches and 12 rows = 4” (10 cm) 

Materials List

  • Soft worsted weight yarn in Color A (Red), Color B (Brown) and Color C (Green)
  • 5.0 mm (H-8) crochet hook for hat, 4.5 mm (G-7) crochet hook for stem and leaf
  • yarn needle

Pattern

Size: 1 - 2 lbs (1 kg)

Head Circumference = 9" - 10" (23-25 cm)
Hat Circumference = 8.5" (21.5 cm)
Height hat = 3.5" (9.5 cm)

Using a 5.0 mm (H-8) hook and Color A - make a Magic Ring
Round 1: Ch 1, 9 hdc in ring, join in first hdc (9)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around, join (18)
Round 3: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next* repeat around, join (27)
Round 4: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next 8 stitches* repeat around, join (30)
Round 5 - 10: Ch 1, hdc around, join (30)
Round 11: Ch 1, sc around, join (30)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Attach stem and leaf (instructions below).

Size: 2 - 3 lbs (1.4 kg)

Head Circumference = 10" - 11.25" (25-28 cm)
Hat Circumference = 9.5" (24 cm)  
Hat Height = 4" (10 cm)
 
Using a 5.0 mm (H-8) hook and Color A - make a Magic Ring
Round 1: Ch 1, 9 hdc in ring, join in first hdc (9)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around, join (18)
Round 3: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next stitch* repeat around, join (27)
Round 4: Ch 1, hdc in first 3 stitches, *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches* repeat around, join (33)
Round 5 - 12: Ch 1, hdc around, join (33)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Attach stem and leaf (instructions below).

Size: 4 - 5 lbs (2.25 kg)

Head Circumference = 11.5" - 12.5" (29-32 cm)
Hat Circumference = 11" (28 cm) 
Hat Height = 4.5" (11.5 cm)
 
Using a 5.0 mm (H-8) hook and Color A - make a Magic Ring
Round 1: Ch 1, 9 hdc in ring, join in first hdc (9)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around, join (18)
Round 3: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next stitch* repeat around, join (27)
Round 4: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next 2 stitches* repeat around, join (36)
Round 5 - 13: Ch 1, hdc around, join (36)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Attach stem and leaf (instructions below).

For All Sizes

Stem
With a 4.5 mm (G-7) hook and Color B – Ch 7, hdc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in next chain, sl st in remaining chains and fasten off. 

Leaf
With a 4.5 mm (G-7) hook and Color C – Ch 9, sc in 2nd chain from hook, dc 4, hdc 2, make 3 sc in the last chain – working the other side of the chain, sc 1, hdc 1, dc 1, tr 3, dc 1, sl stitch in the same stitch as last dc made and fasten off.

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I love that this pattern gives sizes for preemie babies. It can be hard for families to find things for preemies to wear that are the right size, since most everything is size for a full-term baby. I crochet preemie hats for charity so this pattern is perfect for it.

This hat is so adorable! I love quirky baby hats like this. It would make such a unique baby shower gift!

I really like this pattern. It's easy and cute and also very versatile . It will make up quickly too. And after you make this as an apple, change the color to orange and it becomes a pumpkin. I call my twin grandsons my little pumpkins so what could be more fitting? Thank you for posting it.

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