Monday, 28 May 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 16 : SIX CUTE XMAS INSPIRED CAPS


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PREEMIE CAPS 16

SIX CUTE XMAS INSPIRED CAPS


As you know, if you have been following my blogs, I’m making a few preemie / newborn baby caps that I recently donated  across three charity centres in Australia.  There are not too many free preemie cap patterns available online, but using existing ideas, patterns and inspirations, I’ve made a few caps.
Today let’s work on six cute xmas inspired caps.
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

These caps were donated between the Gold Coast Hospitals Charity Foundation and the Redland Hospitals Charity Foundation, Cleveland.  These charity centers sell handmade items and donate the proceeds to the hospital.  I am thrilled to share the photographs of these two organisations.


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Gold Coast Hospitals Charity Foundation

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 Redland Hospitals Charity Foundation, Cleveland

 Materials used  & Skill level :  Check each pattern link for info.

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

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” and a circumference of 12”. Please check the top of this blog for a sizing chart.

In general the pattern I’ve used for my caps is as follows.

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”.


Below are the inspiration blogs / pattern links.  What I did was check to see if the pattern link works for me (using my yarn and hook) – if it did not, then I worked my pattern above and them embellished as instructed.
With the embellishments too, if I had to reduce size (as my cap is so tiny), then I reduced my hook size and/or tightened my stitch.  I have also opted not to use any poly fill stuffing (as these are for preemies) – but found that tightening the stitch did hold the part up quite well.  Hope this works for you too.



1.        Gingerbread man cap

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For this yummy looking cap, get this free pattern from Ravelry at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gingerbread-man-hat-3

Materials Used : I’ve used a few gms of Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic 4-ply yarn with a 4mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy


2.      Adorable snowman cap

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For this darling cap, check out the lovely freebie from Sarah of Repeatcrafterme at http://repeatcrafterm.wpengine.com/2012/10/crochet-snowman-hat-pattern.html

Materials Used : I’ve used a few gms of Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic 4-ply yarn with a 4mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy

For this cute cap, I’ve used the instructions for Size 0-3 m.  I’ve worked it till I had a circumference of about 12” and then worked the pattern down till I had a length of about 4”. 

I worked with a 3.5 mm crochet hook for the cap, nose and eyes.
For the black coal eyes, rather than use a button, I worked 10 hdc in a magic circle  (using Indian Vardhaman millennium 4-ply acrylic yarn) and left a long yarn to attach it onto my snowman’s face.
For the “coal teeth”, I worked 6 hdc (with Vardhaman millennium again) and left a long tail for attachment.

I have not worked the under the chin ties as I think they’ll be too much for the preemies.


3.      Reindeer cap

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Xmas and reindeers go hand in hand.. and how can we say Christmans without Rudolph and his red nose , right?

Materials Used : I’ve used a few gms of Nako Saten (Gold) plus little bit of Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic 4-ply yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy



4.     Hershey’s kiss cap

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This is just the cutest hat ever.. how can you resist it..

Materials Used : I’ve used a few gms of Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic 4-ply yarn with a 4mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy



5.      Cupcake cap

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And yet another yummily cute and irresistible hat ....

Materials Used : I’ve used a few gms of Indian ICE Batik acrylic yarn plus Oswal Cashmilon acrylic 4-ply yarn with a 4mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy


6.     Santa cap

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And how can we have Christmas without Santa. Enjoy making this Santa hat with this free pattern at https://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Hat-Patterns/Baby-Santa-Hat-Crochet-Pattern-from-Caron-Yarn

Materials Used : I’ve used a few gms of Indian Oswal Cashmilon acrylic 4-ply yarn with a 4mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy

I opted to work a ball rather than a pompom for the top of my Santa cap.  I used the cherry pattern from the cupcake cap pattern, increasing the number of repeats a little to get a slightly bigger ball.
As with all my preemie caps, I have not used any poly-fill but worked tighter stitches to get the little pompom-ball to hold shape.

I have so much fun crafting these lovely baby caps, and I am sure you did too.

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