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Preemie Crochet Baby Hat Free Pattern

Welcoming a new life into the world is always a special event, but for parents of preemies, it comes with unique challenges and heartfelt emotions. This preemie crochet baby hat pattern is designed with these tiny warriors in mind, offering warmth, comfort, and a touch of handmade love. Designed to fit the smallest of heads, this preemie hat is not only a practical gift but a symbol of care and community support. Join in on a charitable endeavor and make a meaningful difference in the lives of families during a critical time. Learn how you can contribute to spreading warmth and hope, one stitch at a time.

Pinterest pin of a light green preemie crochet baby hat.

Materials used in the preemie crochet baby hat:

Bernat Baby Sport Yarn – this is a very light DK

Hat MC @24 yds

US G Hook {4 mm}

Tapestry Needle {for weaving ends}


16 sts x 12 rows = 4”                      

Skill Level:

Advanced Beginner                              

Finished Size Hat:

Fits 3-5 lbs., crown diameter = 3 ½”, circumference = 11”, Height = 4”

Abbreviation Used: {US Terms}

MC = Main Color

MR = Magic Ring

ch = chain

sk = skip

dc = double crochet

sl st = slip stitch

beg = beginning

Inc = Increase {2 dc in same st}

rep = repeat

st (s) = stitch(es)


  • Ch 1 counts as a stitch in the hat, but ch 2 does not count.

Helpful Hints:

  1. On the double crochet rows, if you are familiar with it, you can replace the ch 3 with a stacked sc for a more finished edge.
  2. Keep your slip stitches loose so they are easy to work in.

Preemie Crochet Baby Hat feature in Preemie Crochet Challenge 2024

For the past five years, my good friend Helen, designer behind Sunflower Cottage Crochet has run the Preemie Crochet Challenge. She invites other crochet designers to participate in this wonderful event. Each person designs a crochet pattern perfect to donate to a NICU or other charities for preemie babies and their families. These babies and moms/dads spend countless hours at the hospital. These generous designers offer their pattern for free to makers, who then pledge to make at least one of these items for charity in return for the free download. Donations of blankets, hats, bonding squares and more bring these families comfort in sometimes difficult times.

This is my 3rd year participating in this event. I have many great blessings in my life, and it brings me great joy to be able to give back. I hope you will enjoy making my Amberly Preemie Baby Hat.

How to get all the patterns in this event

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Check out my previous year’s Preemie Crochet Challenge designs below, which are free on my blog.

Pattern Instructions for Amberly Preemie Crochet Baby Hat:

{ch 2 will not count as a stitch}

Rnd 1: With MC, using a MR, 9 dc in ring, pull to close, sl st in beg st [9]

Rnd 2: ch 2, Inc in each st around, join as before [18]

Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in next st, Inc in next st around, join as before [27]

Rnd 4: ch 2, Inc in next st, dc in next 2 sts around, join as before [36]

You will now be turning instead of continuing around as before. This is so the floret stitch is on the right side of the hat.

Rnd 5: ch 1 {counts as sl st} sk st directly under ch 1, dc in next st, sl st in next st around, end with a dc, sl st in ch 1, turn [36]

Rnd 6: ch 2, dc in 1st st, dc in next 35 sts, sl st in beg st, turn [36]

Rnd 7: ch 1 {counts as a sl st}, sk st directly under ch 1, dc in next st, sl st in next st around, end with a dc, sl st in ch 1, turn [36]

Rnd 8: ch 2, dc in 1st st, dc in next 35 sts, sl st in beg st, turn [36]

Rnds 9-10: Rep Rows 7-8. Do not turn at end of Row 8.

Rnd 11: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st in beg st [36] Fasten off. Weave in ends.


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