Hand-Painted Preemie Hat

I love buying hand-painted yarn, but then I’m inevitably disappointed when I knit it up. The gorgeous, vibrant colours suddenly pool or stripe in weird ways that make the ugliest little hats. But when I use a textural stitch, like seed stitch, suddenly the yarn regains its charm and the hat becomes delightful!

You can see how the stitches break up the lines of colour and give it an almost tweedy effect.

Top view

I’ve worked out the top decreases in the seed stitch pattern to keep the effect going right up to the top. I’ve tried decreasing in seed stitch a couple different ways over the years, but this pattern uses my favourite. I hope you like it, too.

The pattern for these little hats includes sizes from micropreemie up to a full-term newborn. You’ll need size 2 US needles for working in the round. I prefer using two circs, but any technique will do.

You can grab the free download here:
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Categories: Baby, Free, Hats, Preemie

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11 Comments on “Hand-Painted Preemie Hat”

  1. August 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I love these! Nice job! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. vanna
    April 12, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    I would like to make this foe an adult. Please advise…

    • Linda
      June 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

      I too would like to make this hat for an adult. Tell me where I could find that pattern???

  3. Elsie Jones
    November 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    How can I say anything about the product when I have not had a chance to make it. I have attempted to obtain the pattern but have been very unsuccessful in my attempts. I hope that I will be successful eventually. .Yours in anticipation , Mrs. Elsie Jones.

    • November 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      Hi Mrs. Elsie Jones, there’s a little download link in the text of the post, directly above the last two pictures. Click on the blue words “download now” and the PDF file should download automatically. Some browsers will show you very obviously where your downloaded file went, and in some, you’ll need to go to your browser’s menu bar and find the little Menu icon, then find the Downloads folder.

      • Elsie Jones
        November 15, 2015 at 4:27 am #

        I was very pleased to be able to down load the hat pattern, and now look forward to making same. With many thanks and appreciation for all your efforts.
        Yours sincerely Mrs. Elsie Jones?

  4. kath
    December 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    The colours are So vibrant and i luv seed stitch as it can orovide rexture and interest to an item

  5. Doris
    January 29, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    When knitting preemie hats, what kind of yarn is used. I’ve heard it must be cotton but I’m not sure. Do you have any suggestions?

  6. Doc
    November 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    Love these hats

  7. Deon Bell
    December 8, 2018 at 11:59 am #

    Would you mind mentioning the brand(s) of yarn you used? I love the colors of these, but not sure what yarn to pick for the project. Thanks so much.


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