Tuesday, 12 June 2018

PREEMIE CAPS 29 - A HUNDRED CAPS


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PREEMIE CAPS 29

A HUNDRED CAPS


I started off making this donation of caps thanks to a message that came on Facebook for a requirement at the Ronald McDonald centre in Australia (just as I was thinking of a trip to Australia!).  I immediately decided to make at least 50 caps for donation and started collecting ideas.
I started with a set of simpler caps and then as the tempo (and caps) grew, I too grew innovative and along came my long line of ‘character caps’
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So on with my story.. when I reached Australia, happy with my donation of 100 caps, I heard about the two charity centres – one each at the Gold Coast Hospital and the other at the Redlands Hospital.  The lovely ladies that man these centres sell the handmade donations, and donate the money to the needy at the hospital. I immediately decided to divide my character caps (that will sell well, I was told) between these two centers.
BUT I had decided to donate to the Ronald McDonald center anyway.. so my sister in law and my son bought me more yarn from the lovely Spotlight store and I proceeded to make 100 more caps to complete my donation!

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So thanks to Providence and my loving family, I over-exceeded myself! I am blessed!  Here are some of the other caps that were donated here - patterns are in my earlier blogs.
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I'd like to acknowledge the loving contribution by my friend, Prabha, who quickly made about ten caps in the short span of time I gave her before I left.  Her love and creations now adorn some new born babies at the Ronald McDonald centre too.

This is my final blog on the donation spree and I hope you have loved this series as much as I have.  Thanks for coming along and spreading smiles.

Materials used : Today I’ve used a 4-ply acrylic baby soft yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook.
It does not matter what yarn / hook you use.  My pattern here gives you sizes in inches – so follow the pattern idea and head size chart to make it to any size you want.

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.

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

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For this final set of 100 caps, I used a combination of ‘my’ pattern below and the lovely pattern I used right at the start Lisha Baby Cap.  Free pattern at

So go ahead and check out that link above for the original pattern.  I tweaked the pattern just a bit, so do come along and see what I did with my Shelled Baby Cap.

As a general rule, 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 to make it to your preferred size.

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.


Shelled Baby Cap

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Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 9 hdc in that circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (9)

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. (18)

For convenience (further in this pattern), let us call these 2 hdc a “V”-st.  After all it does form a “V”, doesn’t it?

Round 3 : (Increase round ) : hdc in the 1st hdc ; “V”-st in the next hdc ;
*hdc in the next hdc ; “V”-st in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (27)

From this round on, we will work our “V”-st in the space between the 2 hdc or “V”-st of the row above.  What does this mean?  Now usually when we work a “V”-st, we have a ch-sp ; but even without the ch-sp there is a space, and it’s in that space that we will now work all our “V”-sts.  Got it?

Round 4 : (Increase round ) : “V”-st in the 1st hdc ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
*“V”-st in the next hdc ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st* ;
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 : “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st and in each “V”-st all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (36)

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

Final Round finishing :
I used the ‘shelled’ idea from Lisha caps and worked a 5-dc shell all around with one set of 50 caps.  As our end count differs, here’s what I did.


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Shell finish :
sc in the 1st hdc ;
*sk next 2 hdc, 5 dc in the next hdc ;
sk next 2 hdc, sc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Simpler crab stitch finish :
You could end your caps with a round of crab stitch or reverse single crochet st, if desired.
How to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk

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