Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Crocheted preemie hat and booties

I shared a knitted micro preemie hat pattern with you and thought we needed a crocheted preemie hat and booties on here too. This pattern is for slightly larger preemies 3-4 lbers. It's not for micro-preemies, but they are very needed in most NICU's. If you don't have a hospital near you, please consider making these for UMC - the county hospital in Las Vegas, as they have a great need for them there.

This pattern was given to me by a lady in our Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Please do not place them on your site, do NOT sell them or items made from them! I have made a few adjustments to the pattern to make it easier to understand. These patterns are posted with permission of Suzanne Fain-Poisson - director of volunteers UMC Hospital.

umc setDirections for Preemie Booties and Hats
They are needed at the county hospital in Vegas

Mail to: University Medical Center
Att: Suzanne Fein-Poisson
1800 W. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas NV 89102


CROCHETED PREEMIE HAT
(adjustments made by Beverly A. Qualheim 2006)
All rows are worked in back loop only (BLO) of each stitch to create ribbing for stretch.
Using size F hook and baby yarn (Size G hook for newborn size)

Chain 35
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn (34 sc)
Row 2: sc in BLO of first 27 sc except leave the last 7 sts unworked. Ch 1, turn
Row 3: sc in BLO of each st across. Ch 1, turn (27 sc)
Row 4: sc in BLO back including the last 7 unworked sts you skipped in row 2. Ch 1, turn (34 sc)
Repeat these 4 rows 14 times till you have 56 rows (28 ridges)

Cut yarn leaving a 36" tail. Using a large eyed sewing needle, thread yarn and stitch the side seam shut by holding row 1 and row 56 together matching sts. Weave the needle in and out of the top sts of the hat, and pull tightly to gather the top. Back stitch 4 sts and cut yarn.

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CROCHETED BOOTIES
Size F hook and baby yarn for preemie size (size G hook for newborn size)

LEG: Ch 15 (all rows are worked in BLO)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn (14 sc)
Row 2 - 20:Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn (14 sts). At the end on row 20, do not fasten off.

INSTEP: With 2 yards of new yarn, join in end of 8th row of leg. (I count in past 4 ridges to the 5th ridge)
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining sc and in end st of next 4 rows. Ch 1, turn (5 sts).
Rows 2-7: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn (5 sts). Fasten off.
(You now have an upside down looking 'T' with a fat top to the T and a short thin stem)

FOOT: Pick up working yarn on the leg. (You will be working across, up, over, back down, and across the stem of the upside down T shape.)
Sc in the end sts across next 8 rows of leg.
Sc in end of next 7 sts of the instep.
Sc in BLO of next 5 sc.
SC BACK DOWN next 7 stitches of instep
Sc in end st of next 8 rows of leg.
Rows 2-7: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn (35 sts)
Row 8: Sk first st, sc in next 14 sts (skip 1 st, sc in next) 3 times total, sc in next 12 sts, sk 1 st, sl st in last st. Ch 1, turn (29 sts)
Row 9: Sk first st, sc in next 11 sts, (sk 1 st, sc in next st) 3 times, sc in next 10 sts, sk 1 st, sl st in last st. Ch 1, turn (24 sts)
Row 10: Sk first st, sc in next 12 sts. With right sides facing, sl st corresponding sts of bottom edges together.

Whip stitch remaining portion of the foot and leg (or slip stitch shut). Fasten off, Eave in the ends

BLO = Back loop only, sk = skip, sc = single crochet, ch = chain, st = stitch, sl = slip.
Knitted version is HERE on the Fiber Factory Site

Pattern on my website here:
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/umc-set.html

Enjoy the day and HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!
Bev

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