Sunday, 13 May 2018


free crochet pattern, free crochet cap pattern, free crochet turban cap pattern, free crochet preemie baby caps, Oswal Cashmilon yarn, Vardhaman Millennium yarn,



If you have been following my blogs and my Instagram posts, you will know that I just made a donation of caps at three hospital / charity centres in Brisbane.  I started with an idea of donating 50 caps, and ended up donating 200.

This was a set of caps that I made as part of that donation.

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

Materials used : Today I’ve used some a combination of our Indian Oswal acrylic and Vardhaman Millenium acrylic yarns with a 4 mm crochet hook.

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.

Magic circle :To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

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
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, in general, 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.  

I have used the basic ideas from the links below, using my general pattern (which I find has worked for the size I need).  See what works for you with your yarn and hook.  Cheers.

Turban cap 1
Check out this really cute turban pattern at

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 :

Turban cap 2
This is a turban cap I’ve made before for a new born and I loved it – so thought I should make it for these cute preemie babies too.
And only when I was writing this out did I realize that this and Turban 1 are the same cap.. different sources. Ah well.. you see which pattern instructions work best for you ;)

Turban cap 3
The designer has called this a butterfly hat, but I thought it looked turban-ish . This is one I’ve made before.. but for a new born.  For the preemie, I’ve worked as per my pattern, and worked the chain pattern (Rounds 8 – 10 per pattern) in the last 3 rounds of my work.
Check out this really cute turban pattern at

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

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