Knitting To Help

NICU – Preemies – Siblings

Knitting Instructions for Beginners

How to Knit your First Preemie Hat with a Loom

It did not cross my mind to ever knit, till I fell in love with it!  I thought this was the most daunting work, as I never felt comfortable doing manual work.  But then my mom reminded me how my grandparents survived the first and second world war in Switzerland, when my great-grandmothers knitted all clothes for my grandparents.  It was the best solution in those cold and difficult times.

If they were able to knit a whole closet, why would I not be capable of knitting such cute preemie hats.  I became even more excited when I first entered a yarn shop and noticed all great colors, just like walking into a candy shop.  I needed to be specially careful, as I could not choose simply any type of yarn, since these was a project for premature babies, who are extremely sensible to any type of fabric.

The best yarn to choose for them is anything, but wool.  I had not to forget to purchase additionally a knitting needle and a crochet hook.  Of course, without a knitting loom kit, you can’t start!

Materials

Yarn

Knitting needle

Crochet hook

Loom

Where to Buy the Yarn?

You can buy the whole set of loom, knitting needle and crochet with Kathy at her eBay store for  $10.98.  The baby preemie hat loom includes the crochet hook and the needle.  The peg loom has a 6 3/8″ out diameter and 4 7/8″ inner diameter and the instructions come in English/Spanish and French

Yarn:  ‘Bernat Softee Baby”,  100% acrylic, 120g / 4.25 oz

Preemie hat loom

knitting loom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet hook and Knitting needle

knitting crochet and needle

 

 

 

 

 

It did not cross my mind to ever knit till I fell in love with it!  I thought this was the most daunting work, as I never felt comfortable doing manual work.  But then my mom reminded me how my grandparents survived the first and second world war in Switzerland, when my great-grandmothers knitted all clothes for my grandparents.  It was the best solution in those cold and difficult times.

If they were able to knit a whole closet, why would I not be capable of knitting such cute preemie hats.  I became even more excited when I first entered a yarn shop and noticed all great colors, just like walking into a candy shop.  I needed to be specially careful, as I could not choose simply any type of yarn, since these was a project for premature babies, who are extremely sensible to any type of fabric.

The best yarn to choose for them is anything, but wool.  I had not to forget to purchase additionally a knitting needle and a crochet hook.  Of course, without a knitting loom kit, you can’t start!

So here are my steps in walking you through the very basic steps of your First Cap.

Instructions

1. First wrap your yarn end around a peg on the side.  In this way, you know it will not become loose at any time and it is easier to start.  Then loop the yarn around each peg going around the loom in a circle.  It is important not to pull them very tight against each peg, as you need to work with them.  Working  clockwise is the easiest way but you can choose any direction.

2. Once you have finished the first round around the loop, continue wrapping the second row, to continue with the same process.  Always complete two rows at a time.  You can now begin weaving!

3.  From the outside of the ring, take the bottom loop, and pass it over the top loop and over the peg itself, into the center of the ring.  Using the weaving hook provided in the set is much easier, but you may use whatever hook is best for your convenience.

4. Once you work your way all the way around the ring, you know you have completed your first row!  Continue around the loom and follow the previous steps.

5. For my hats, I knitted 15 rows and used less than half a ball of yarn. You may complete as many rows as you would like.

Last Steps to Finish Your Hat:

When you are done knitting, unwind a length of yarn that will fit all the way around the loom with a little left at the end.

1. Cut this piece of yearn off  and thread it onto the plastic needle inside the kit. Beginning at the peg that marks your rows, pass the needle through the loop remaining on the peg.  When you have passed the yarn through, you can slip that loop off the peg.

2. Do this for each loop, until you have closed them all off. Make sure not to tighten the pegs as you need to slip them off. At the end,  tie a knot ( a standard knot) to secure the end, and cut off the excess.

You are now done!  You have done a wonderful job, a precious Preemie Hat!  Mine took me the first times about 2 hours from start to finish – which included getting the hang of the technique.  I now do them faster and I am usually done in 45min, when not doing other things at the same time.

AND THIS IS MY RESULT!

Preemie hats

 

 

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