Quick and Easy Preemie Hat

Ever save tiny little balls of yarn just because you hate to throw them away? Well I do! I’ve found the perfect use for them is to make little preemie hats to donate. I know a lot of people think about this during the holidays but hospitals take donations all year round. The pattern uses worsted weight yarn which most crocheters hand on hand. Testers said it took about 10 minutes so it’s really easy to make a bunch in a small amount of time.
I’d contact the hospital you want to donate to but I’ve read most wont take wool (for allergy reasons) so acrylic or cotton is best. Enjoy and fee free to contact me with any questions!

Easy Preemie Hat


Preemie Hat

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Worsted weight yarn

J hook

Yarn needle


Tape measure


*(click on the stitch to see definitions and videos)

Ch = chain

St = stitch

Ss = slip stitch

Dc = double crochet


Approx. 12 dc = 4”

  • Save time and check your gauge!

Sizes (finished circumference)

Preemie 10”


  • Please read all instructions before beginning.
  • This hat is worked in the round. You will join with a ss to the first st of the round. The ch 2 will not count as a st.
  • The ch 3 at the beginning may be replaced with a magic ring.
  • To get the stripes like the picture simply change colors every round.


Ch 3 (does not count as a st)

Round 1Dc 10 in 3rd ch from hook, join. (10)

Round 2 – Ch 2 (does not count as a st from here on), 2 dc in every st around, join. (20)

Round 3 – Ch 2, dc in 1st, 2 dc in next *dc in next, 2 dc in next; repeat from * around, join. (30)

Round 4 – Ch 2, dc in every st around, join. (30)

Repeat round 4 until your hat measure 4” long OR until your hat measures about 6” long for a fold over brim.