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Pumpkin Preemie Hat

Updated: Jan 12

Crochet pattern for the tiniest pumpkins in the patch.

In the heart of every NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), you'll find a team of dedicated healthcare professionals working tirelessly to provide the best care for our tiniest warriors. Premature babies, born into a world of uncertainty and fragility, inspire both awe and admiration with their incredible strength. These little fighters deserve all the love and warmth we can muster.


In the spirit of spreading comfort and cheer, we've embarked on a heartwarming journey to create something special for these preemie superheroes. Our crocheted pumpkin hats, crafted with love and care, not only keep these little heads warm but also add a touch of whimsy to their days spent in the NICU.


Join us on this crafting adventure as we share our crocheted pumpkin hat pattern designed especially for preemies. These hats are not just practical; they're a symbol of hope, resilience, and the power of community coming together to support the tiniest members of our society. Whether you're an experienced crocheter or just starting out, our easy-to-follow pattern will help you create these adorable hats that are sure to bring smiles to both the babies and their families.


Grab your crochet hooks, your favorite yarn, and let's embark on this journey of creating comfort and joy for those who need it most.


You have permission to sell your finished products however, please do not use my photos as your own. Please do not copy, remake or distribute this pattern.


If you'd like to donate your Pumpkin hats and don't have a local NICU or hospital, we would love to donate them on your behalf. We donate to

For more information on how to donate join NICU Knits on Facebook or email us at hello.nicuknits@gmail.com.


I hope you get all the warm fuzzies crocheting for preemies and fall in love with it like me! I’d love to see your finished hats. Tag me on IG @ButFirstCrochet


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Materials:

  • Yarn (4 worsted weight yarn, small amounts, less than an oz in 2 colors)

  • Photos show Lionbrand Pound of Love: “Pumpkin Pie”, “Pumpkin Spice”, and "Mocha"



  • “G” 4.0 mm Crochet Hook

  • Scissors

  • Yarn Needle

  • Measuring Tape





Abbreviations

  • Ch: Chain

  • MC: Magic Circle

  • DC: Double Crochet

  • Inc: 2 Dc in the same st

  • Sl St: Slip Stitch

  • SC: Single Crochet

  • BO: Bobble

  • HDC: Half Double Crochet

  • F/O: Finish Off

  • St: Stitch


Note: Written in US crochet terms, ch 2 does not count as a stitch, skill level is beginner


Check out the Video Tutorial



The Written PDF Pattern Link:



Preemie (2-5lbs)

1. MC, Ch 2. 10 Dc in Mc. Tighten MC. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (10)


2. Ch 2. Inc around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (20)


3. Ch 2. (Dc, Inc) 10 times. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (30)

  1. Diameter should measure approximately 2.5 inches



4-7. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (30)

  • For 2-3lbs omit row 7.


8. Ch 1, turn. Sc in the same st as ch 1. Sc in the next st. BO in the next st. (Sc in the next 2 sts, BO) repeat ( ) 9 times. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd. (30)


9. Change to stem color. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd. (30)



10. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd. (30).

F/o and leave a long tail to stitch pumpkin stems (about 18 inches).

  • Hat height should measure approximately 3.5-4 inches



  • Take the tail and make a stitch above each bobble to create the stems.

    • f/o weave in end.


Curly Leaf

Attach stem color to the top of the hat in the 1st rnd. Ch 13. Place 3 Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Sc 3 in each ch across. Sl st back into the 1st rnd of the hat.


Stem

Ch 6. HDC in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the remaining chs across. Sl st back into the 1st rnd of the hat and f/o. Weave in all ends.




Preemie (5-6 lbs)

1. MC, Ch 2. 8 Dc in Mc. Tighten MC. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (8)


2. Ch 2. Inc around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (16)


3. Ch 2. (Dc, Inc) 8 times. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (24)


4. Ch 2. (Dc in 2, Inc) 8 times. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (32)

  1. Diameter should measure approximately 3.5 inches


5- 8. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (32)


9. Ch 1, turn. Sc in the same st as ch 1. Sc in the next st. BO in the next st. (Sc in the next 2 sts, BO) repeat ( ) 9 times. Sc, Bo in the last 2 sts. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd. (32)


10. Change to stem color. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd. (32)


11. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. (32)

  • F/o weave in ends

  • Hat height should measure approximately 4-4.5 inches

Follow above directions for pumpkin stems, curly leaf and stem topper.


Newborn

1. MC, Ch 2. 10 Dc in Mc. Tighten MC. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (10)


2. Ch 2. Inc around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (20)


3. Ch 2. (Dc, Inc) 10 times. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (30)


4. Ch 2. (Dc in 2, Inc) 10 times. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (40)

  • Diameter should measure approximately 4 inches

5- 10. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd (40)


11. Ch 1, turn. Sc in the same st as ch 1. Sc in the next st. BO in the next st. (Sc in the next 2 sts, BO) repeat ( ) 12 times. Sc, Bo in the last 2 sts. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd. (40)


12. Change to stem color. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd. (40)


13. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. (40)

  • F/o weave in ends

  • Hat height should measure approximately 4-4.5 inches

Follow above directions for pumpkin stems, curly leaf and stem topper.




What's Next?

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the talented crocheters who have joined us in creating these special pumpkin hats for preemies in the NICU. Your dedication and creativity are making a world of difference in the lives of these tiny fighters and their families.



We encourage you to consider donating your beautifully crafted hats to your local hospital or NICU, where they will surely bring warmth and smiles to those in need.


Alternatively, you can also send them to us for donation to NICUs in various locations.

To donate to us join NICU Knits on Facebook or email us at hello.nicuknits@gmail.com.


Your kindness knows no bounds, and we would love to see your finished hats! Please share your creations on Instagram and tag us @butfirstcrochet so that we can celebrate your generosity and creativity together. Thank you for making a meaningful impact in the lives of these precious little ones.


With Gratitude,


Jess

(crocheter, preemie triplet mama and advocate)


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