Monday, 2 April 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 1


free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

PREEMIE CAPS 1


I started writing patterns sometime in 2013 – and at that time, I had decided to keep as many patterns (my original ones) free as I could.  Around the same time, I started with my blogs as well – but at I actually started working seriously on them sometime end 2014. I also decided then that I would try to make at least one donation a year.  I am happy to say that I managed that so far and I am thrilled that you are joining me here today as I work on my donation for 2018.

A few days back there was a post on Facebook about a requirement for preemie and new born baby caps at a hospital in Victoria.  As I am going to be visiting Australia shortly, this seemed God send… how can I resist?

Come along and let’s see how we can spread small smiles.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some a combination of yarns.  Please check each individual creation for information.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                   dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                           ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                           rep : Repeat


Stitches used :

Starting slip knot :This is a neat new way to start your work without a slip knot.http://stitchesnscraps.com/tutorial-starting-chain-to-knot-or-not/

Magic circle :To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :




Instructions using U.S terminology

For my preemie caps I have worked the pattern ensuring I have a total length of 4 - 5” and a circumference of 11 - 12”. This is what worked for me, using my yarn(s) and hook.  Please check the top of this blog for a sizing chart.

In general the pattern I’ve used for my caps is as follows.  I have given links for the caps I’ve been inspired by, but the general principle I’ve used is the same for all of my caps – ensuring I get the preemie size right.

Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 10 hdc in that circle.
 Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (10)

Round 2 : (Increase round ) : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (20)

Round 3 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (30)

Round 4 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

Check that your hat circumference is about 12” for preemie.

Round 5 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

Rep Round 5 till you have a finished length of 4”.

Now below are some pattern links for my inspirations.  See what works for you with your yarn and hook.  Cheers.

1.        Simple preemie cap

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

The very first pattern I’ve chosen is a really cute and simple one at https://hearthookhome.com/beanie-hat-for-preemie-babies-free-crochet-pattern/

Materials used : For the blue one, I have used a few grams of 4-Seasons Pony 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy

The yarn I’ve used is not the one specified by the designer. However I started and worked as many rounds as instructed. When the designer said continue without further increase, I checked my work circumference, and found it was not sufficient for a new born (cap intended for new born) – so I just continued increases till I got the circumference right, and then continued without increase till I had the length needed for the cap.  Easy enough, right.

Just for a small finish, I ended with a row of crab stitch or reverse single crochet.

Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse.  So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc.
How to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk


2.      Knit & crochet simple preemie cap 

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

With this pattern you get a knitted and crochet version at http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/preemie-hats
Just changing yarn colours and mixing the colours up makes *such* a difference.  It almost looks like a different pattern, doesn’t it?
Materials used : I have used a few grams of (Indian) Vardhaman Millenium as well as 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook
Skill level : Easy

I’ve alternated the yellow working the sc rows with the off white just to offset the pattern and give it more oomph.. and I totally love it, don’t you?

I have worked the pattern using dc and sc as well as hdc and sc, and they both look lovely.  I ended it with crab stitch or reverse single crochet stitch just for a difference, and that looks swell too.  So go ahead, be creative and spread smiles.


3.      The textured preemie cap

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

You just cannot miss out on this superb pattern – it’s just so simple and the pattern is just too good.  Come along and get this free pattern at


4.     Shelled baby hat

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

This is such a cute  pattern – made either in one solid colour or variegated colours, this is another one you should try out. 
Please note that this pattern uses UK terminology

Free pattern at

Materials used : I have used a few grams of (Indian) Vardhaman Millenium for the off-white cap and 4-ply acrylic yarn (grey + orange) with a 4 mm crochet hook
Skill level : Easy



5.      Shelled baby hat 

free crochet pattern, free crochet headwear pattern, free crochet preemie baby cap pattern, free crochet baby cap pattern, free crochet preemie cap headwear pattern, free crochet head wear pattern, free crochet donation cap pattern, donation, Oswal Cashmilon, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,

This is such a cute pattern, and I had a very similar yarn.
Materials used : I have used a few grams of Stylecraft acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook
Skill level : Easy

If you're visiting me here for the first time, and have liked the experience, do add me to your mailing list (for your convenience) , and all my future free patterns will come straight to your mail box.  

Check out my awesome pins on Pinterest at https://in.pinterest.com/shyamanivas/



And please join me on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Nothings-Crochet/248919438644360  for more patterns.

Do follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/ShyamaNivas


Have a great day and see you soon. J

Here are some of my other creations.  Have fun with these free patterns too