Wednesday, 4 April 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 3 - MONSTAAH CAPS


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PREEMIE CAPS 3

MONSTAAH CAPS

This is my 3rd blog write up for preemie caps.  When I started on my first preemie cap blog, I thought I’d just make several similar type projects – and then I saw these cuties. As I am donating, I thought let’s make it more fun fun fun.

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

Abbreviations used :
sc : 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

As I’ve mentioned in my earlier blog, for my preemie caps I have worked the pattern ensuring I have a total length of 4” and a circumference of 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 scary monstah preemie cap

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The very first pattern I’ve chosen is a really cute and simple one at http://pinssneedles.com/free-crochet-pattern-scared-silly-monster-hat-for-baby-preemie-sizes/

Materials used : I have used a few grams of local Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy

A quick note on what we are doing with this pattern. 
This is a top down cap. Our first row is the top/crown of the cap.
I started with fsc, and we work till the end of the 1st fsc row, and then around the end of the row and along the other end to make a round. 
Thereon, we will work in rounds.

The yarn I’ve used is not the one specified by the designer.
So in case you too are working with a  yarn that is not specified, then your first row should be half the head circumference of the child.  We are basically working a rectangle all the way down, so you should ensure that it will fit around the head of the child from that 1st row on.  Got it?

Check the top of this blog for head sizing charts.

Just for a small finish, I ended with a row of crab stitch or reverse single crochet. This is not part of the original pattern.

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.      Caterpillar baby cap

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This cute cap has been on my ‘to-do’ list.. now its DONE ! Yaay. 
The free link for this pattern has a hat and cocoon, so spread more smiles with this full set. 

Materials used : I have used a few grams of (Indian) Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy

For this cap too, there are several sizes given, but no preemie.  So I just started with the same number of sts as instructed for a  new born 0-3 m, and worked till the length needed

3.      Shark baby cap

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I’ve made a shark baby cocoon before, and now a cute shark baby cap. 
Get the free crochet pattern at

Materials used : I have used a few grams of (Indian) Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy

For this cap too, there are several sizes given, but no preemie.  Once again, I just started with the same number of sts as instructed for 0-3 m, and worked till the length needed.  I then worked the shark gums and teeth as specified and it worked just fine. 
For the shark fin, I worked till Round 9 (again for the 0-3m size) but worked my stitches a little bit tighter so that the fin is a little smaller. I also will not be using any poly fill for the fin, as this cap is intended for a preemie in NICU, so a tighter stitch means a fin that will hold up straight without filling. J


4.     Monsters Inc inspired baby cap

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I’ve made a one-eyed monster cap before, and this one is pretty similar and so cute.  Get the free crochet pattern at

Materials used : I have used a few grams of (Indian) Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy

For the horns, I used the same technique as I have for the shark fins – and it is standing up without any polyfill filling.  Again as these are preemie caps, I thought it would be better without the ‘under-the-chin’ ties, so the slight difference in look.

And that’s four uber cute monstah preemie caps for you.

I plan on making a few more preemie caps, so do follow me / this blog for more fun and interesting ideas.  Cheers.

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