Need a pattern tester.

I’ve decided to try writing a knitting pattern for a Preemie hat but I need a willing volunteer to try it out and let me know if it’s easy to follow and doesn’t have any mistakes.

Here’s the Pattern:

Knitted Preemie Hat 

Pair each of needles 3.25mm & 4mm 

50g DK White or 25g each in two complimentary colours 

Yarn needle for sewing in ends 


K – Knit 

P – Purl – slip stitch 

K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together 

Pass over – bring the slipped stitch over the knit 2 together stitch 


With 3.25 needles cast on 72 stitches and knit one row. 

Row 2: K2, P2 repeat to end of row 

Row 3 – 11: Repeat row 2 

Row 12: knit 

Change to 4mm needles (and change colour if using two colours) 

Row:13. Knit 

Row 14: Purl 

Continue repeating rows 13 & 14 until work measures 11cm. 

Next row: *K9,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next and every alt. Row: Purl 

Next row: K7,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next row: K5,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next row: K3,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next row: K1,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next row:, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.  

Sew seam and weave in all ends. 

 I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of the finished hat but I gave it to a friend before I could take one.


I’m getting very remiss at keeping this blog updated.

So one reason I haven’t is that I’ve mostly been making more blankets for SMT and I’m sure everyone is sick and tired of seeing those by now.

The other is that I’ve been making a little winter set for my grandson and it’s proving to be time consuming.  It’s a cardigan, hat and scarf in two colours and I’ve till got a lot of the scarf to make and a zip to add to the cardigan. Below is a photo of the outfit as done so far.Sam's knit set

Free Newborn/Preemie Beanie Pattern.

I’m attempting to write my own patterns as I’m always free styling my crochet. This one I made on the bus yesterday and decided I’d give it away free so that if there are any mistakes I will get told about them by people who use it. (At least I hope that’s how it will work ).

Newborn/Preemie Baby Beanie. 
Using 3.5mm crochet hook and approximately 25g of DK yarn.
Abreviations: UK stitches in brackets
ch = chain
sc = single crochet (double crochet)
hdc = half double crochet (half treble crochet )
dc = double crochet (treble crochet)
Ss = slip stitch
n.b. beginning chains do NOT count as stitches.
Round 1. Starting with a magic circle:  ch.1, 6 sc  in magic circle s.s. to first ch. (6 stitches)
Round 2. ch1, 2sc in evey stitch, ss to ch1 (12 stitches)
Round 3. ch1, *2sc , sc in next stitch, repeat from *  to end of round ss to ch1 (18 stitches)
Round 4. ch1, *2sc, sc, in next 2 stitches ,repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (24 stitches)
Round 5. ch1, *2sc, sc, in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (30 stitches)
Round 6. ch1, *2sc, sc,  sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (36 stitches)
Round 7. ch1  *2sc, sc, in next 5 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (42 Stitches)
Round 8. ch1, *2sc, sc,in next 6 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (48 stitches)
Round 9. ch 1 *2sc, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (54 stitches)
Round 10. ch1, *2sc, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (60 stitches)
Round 11. ch2, hdc  to end, ss to top of ch2
Round 12.  ch3, *dc, ch, miss a stitch, repeat from * to end of round ss to top of ch3.
Round 13. Ch1, sc to end, ss to ch.
Rounds 14 – 19 Repeat rounds 11 to 13
Round 20. Ch3, dc in every stitch and fasten off. Weave away ends.
newborn-preemie beanie

It’s been a while since I’ve updated

But I haven’t been idle on the crafting front in that time. I’ve made a load more Age Concern hats and did a few more squares, for the Yarn bombing of Kingsway Shopping Centre in Newport, for last Sunday’s Knit in public day. I’ve also sent off a box of blankets for SMT today and have another three started (one of which I need to get more yarn for before I can finish it 😦 ).

In between all that I’ve been making my own version of  The Very Hungry Caterpillar for my Grandson’s 1st birthday next month. I have a few pieces left to make and am trying to work out the best way to make multi coloured antennae – any ideas gratefully accepted.

I won’t bombard you all with photos of everything I made but here are some of my favourite pieces from the last fortnight.

This week is looking better already.

I have a new toaster & wash machine on order (Thank goodness for catalogue accounts) and my roast pork turned out excellently even if I say so myself. The crackling was especially delicious.

On the crocheting front I managed to get one more 8″ square from the last of the wool. I also finished blanket #9 for SMT with 4,630 trebles to add to the SMT total of 38,092,765 as at 20th May.