Presto! Preemie Hat by Katherine Vaughan

Presto! Preemie Hat

February 2008
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
30 - 75 yards (27 - 69 m)
12in (30cm) circumference
This pattern is available for free.

Sometimes it’s fun to make a baby hat that you would never in a million years wear yourself, but that would be adorable on a baby - and this is one of those. Named Presto! because it reminded me of the collapsible tophats used by magicians, it has alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette ridges that gather into each other. Because of this, as well as the natural stretchiness of knitting, the hat will fit for quite a while - just pull it a bit longer as the baby’s head grows a bit bigger, or squish it a bit shorter for a smaller baby.

Finished dimensions: 12in (30cm) circumference; height is between 1.5 and 6in (4cm and 15cm) depending on amount of stretch. This is an appropriate hat for a preemie.

A version of this hat sized from baby to adult L and in DK weight yarn is available as the Beehive Cap.