4 size US 7 double pointed needles or one size US 7 cable needle (40” cable, approximately) for largest size, US 5 for middle size and small size; if you go smaller, use a US 4.
Approximately 50 (60, 70) yards of fingering weight or other light-weight yarn (3-ply works best for this pattern)
Notes: You will be knitting in the round to avoid a side seam on the hat. Smallest size is intended for a 4-5 lb. preemie with an 8” head. Largest size is intended for 12” head or 6 to 7 lbs.
CO 52 (58, 64) stitches, splitting stitches fairly evenly across three needles. If using a cable, divide stitches in half across both sides of the cable.
Knit one round, then K1, P1 ribbing for approximately 6 rows or ¾ inch.
Knit every row for next 3 (3.25, 3.5) inches.
*K2 tog, K3, repeat from * around.
*K2 tog, K2, repeat from * around.
*K2 tog, K1, repeat from * around.
K around. If working on 3 needles, slip last st of round onto 1st needle.
Clip yarn, leaving a 6” tail. Draw yarn through remaining stitches, pull tightly to close opening, and secure. Weave in all ends.
Pattern composed by K. Kuhn for use in charity knitting.
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