Quick Color-Band Preemie Beanie


This is by far my most popular post AND pattern!

Remember, preemies come in different weights and sizes so try varying  your yarn weight and hook size to create different hat sizes!

Download this free pattern here: Quick Color Band Preemie Beanie

 Feel free to share but please link back to my page for proper credit!

57 thoughts on “Quick Color-Band Preemie Beanie

  1. Thanks for sharing this easy to follow pattern. Made 10 premmie hats over the weekend for a fish and chip baby drive. I need to make more and this pattern just fits nicely with the right sizing. Thanks a lot Tinselx

  2. Thank you so much. This was the first time that I have read a crochet pattern. It was simple and yielded great results. Then did the second one by memory and it turned out great.

    • Oh my gosh thank you. I kept recounting and recounting and not figuring out why my hat kept turning out misshapen.

  3. Do you have a pattern for newborn babies? I would love to make them for the hospitals as long as I have my vision. It is a very simple pattern but looks so nice!

  4. Hi! I may be starting a crochet/knitting group to make baby hats for the hospital(s) in my area. Would you be ok with me making a handful of copies of this pattern for the group to use? Thanks in advance.

    • Of course! And thanks for being so considerate! (I’ve recently heard of someone who has copied my pattern (almost word for word) and claimed it as her own. Why do people want to be hurtful on purpose?!) Have a great time with your group!

    • Well, I can’t answer why (I use the built-in editor on WordPress) and I’ve heard this complaint only once before but I have no idea why! BUT, I have good news… I pulled this up yesterday to do a video tutorial and there are mistakes in this pattern. I’ve fixed them and I’ll email them to you!

  5. I have been unable to print this pattern and as I do a lot of knitting and crocheting for preemies I really want to do this pattern thank you so much

    • You’re not the first person to tell me that. According to tech support, it’s a problem with certain browser settings and the way WordPress (my blog host) communicates with them. So to bypass all the tech talk, I’ve just added a link to a .pdf version of the pattern at the bottom of the page. Have fun!

  6. Thank you Dear for such simple and cute beanie pattern – I crochet a lot for donations and this will be one of my favorite patterns. Hugs! Ada.

  7. Such a lovely easy pattern. Thank you for all the hard work you put into all your tutorials for us to share too. You are such an inspiration x

  8. Thank you for sharing your pattern. My daughter was 16 weeks premature, she is all grown up now. Now that my children are all grown up I have time to “give back” to NICU. My goal is 112 preemie hats, one for every day my daughter was in the hospital before she could come home.

    • What a beautiful show of appreciation!! I’m so glad you can throw some of these little hats in to join the collection! (I’m primarily a charity knitter/crocheter so I especially enjoy hearing about this!)

  9. Hi, this pattern yields a very beautiful hat. I, too make hats to donate to the premature babies born at my local hospital. I am wondering if I could use this pattern?

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  11. Hi, thank-you so much for this pattern! It’s lovely!

    I just have a few questions:
    – In row 6 you say to double crochet into the base of the chain 2. What do you mean by that?
    – Row 7 isn’t making any sense to me. Could you please explain it further?

    Thanks in advance!

    • You’re welcome! Ok… let’s see…

      Re: Row 6: “double crochet into the base of the chain 2” is the same as “double crochet in the same stitch as the ch 2” that you did above.

      Re: Row 7: If you look at the picture of the yellow hat, Row 7 is white row closest to the bottom. (Remember, as you work, your hat is upside down.) In Row 6 you put a single chain stitch between each double crochet, right? For row 7 you’re going to be putting 2 double crochet into that chain one space. It may LOOK like you just did plain dc all around but you’re really just putting 2 dc in each chain 1 space to get the same effect.

      Hope that helps!

  12. Can you please include a photo of what you mean by “1 dc in the same st as 3ch” ? I’m not sure exactly where you mean. I’m making them, but I’m not sure I’m doing it correctly. Thank you.

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  15. Thank you! Love this pattern… it’s not so plain, but not embellished (hospitals don’t want) and is a great volunteer project for all the yarn from completed projects! Thinking of adding mitts and booties for various sets. Working with NICU’s and a 403(b) association with drug addicted babies. Again, Thanks!

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  17. Teaching myself to read a pattern, these are really good instructions,thanks. I do have a question, at the end of round 6 is says you should have 36 stitches, how does this work when your skipping every other stitch?

    • That’s the thing about YouTube, LouAnn… you don’t have to teach yourself! There are plenty of people taking the time to teach you just about any subject you can imagine! Re: skipping stitches: In yarn work, the row you’re working on connects to the previous row by crocheting/knitting into it. In this instance, you simply chain ABOVE a stitch instead of crocheting into it. You still CREATED the same number of stitches; you just didn’t CONNECT that particular stitch to the stitch in the previous row. Make sense?

  18. Taught myself to crochet 4 days ago using lots of videos kindly shared. It’s been a preemie hat a day since then finishing today with this design of yours. Made mistakes on them all – usually creating extra stitches – at the beginning/ends of rows but today, because your video was step-by-step and I could rewind and have another look, I think I have a perfect end product. I would never have been able to make today’s little hat without your patient, expert tuition for which I am very thankful .

    • I’m so glad I could help, Barbara, and thank you for realizing there are actual people teaching you through that screen!

    • This video will show you how to re-size this and ANY top down hat: Troubleshooting Crochet Hat Sizing | Avoid Common Mistakes

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