Free premature baby knitting pattern: easy baby hat

Knit a textured hat for tiny babies with this pattern from Sirdar, free as part of UK Hand Knitting's Commit to Knit charity campaign.

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free knitting patterns for premature babies

Premature baby knitting patterns can be hard to find, but we can help with this free premature baby hat pattern from UK Hand Knitting. They have brought it to you as part of their Commit to Knit campaign, which encourages knitters to make items for charity.


UK Hand Knitting would love you to knit this hat for Bonnie Babies, which sends premature clothes and blankets to more than 150 UK special care baby units, helping hospital staff dress tiny arrivals and giving a message of support to parents. The charity welcomes items that are knitted, crocheted or sewn.

For this premature baby knitting pattern you will need one ball of Sirdar Snuggly DK yarn. The hat comes in two sizes, 22.5cm (9in) or 26cm (10in), to fit babies born at 27-31 weeks or 32-34 weeks – and there are more sizes available in Sirdar book 348. The hat is worked flat and has a simple textured pattern, so it would be a great knit for a beginner.

You can find this and more charity patterns in the Commit to Knit supplement from issue 147 of Simply Knitting magazine, and we have lots of charity craft ideas for you to try too! Plus don’t miss our best baby knitting patterns for more little knits to cast on today.

Premature baby knitting pattern
Keep a newborn’s head cosy and warm with this adorable premature baby knitting pattern.

For this premature baby knitting pattern you will need:

  • Sirdar, Snuggly DK (55% nylon, 45% acrylic, 50g/165m), 1 ball of Wobble (403). Check out our yarn weight conversion chart for more information on yarn weights.
  • A pair of 3¼mm (US 3) knitting needles
  • A pair of 4mm (US 6) knitting needles

Visit LoveCrafts to buy the yarn and needles for this pattern.

Free premature baby knitting pattern


22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over stocking stitch using 4mm needles


22.5 (26)cm actual hat circumference – to fit babies born 27-31 (32-34) weeks

Premature baby hat

Cast on 49 (57) sts using 3¼mm needles.

Row 1 K1, (P1, K1) to end.

Row 2 P1, (K1, P1) to end.

Rep rows 1 & 2, 6 times.

Next row P7, p2tog, (P6 (8), p2tog) 4 times, P8. [44 (52) sts]

Change to 4mm needles.

Row 1 Knit.

Row 2 Purl.

Row 3 K2, P1, (K3, P1) to last st, K1.

Row 4 Purl.

Rows 5 & 6 As rows 1 & 2.

Row 7 K4, P1, (K3, P1) to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 8 Purl.

Rep rows 1–8 until Premature Baby Hat measures 9cm, ending with a WS row.

Shape premature baby hat crown

Row 1 Patt 4 (5), patt2tog, (patt 4 (5), patt2tog) 6 times, patt 2 (3). [37 (45) sts]

Row 2 and all alt rows Purl.

Row 3 Patt 3 (4), patt2tog, (patt 3 (4), patt2tog) 6 times, patt 2 (3). [30 (38) sts]

Row 5 Patt 2 (3), patt2tog, (patt 2 (3), patt2tog) 6 times, patt 2 (3). [23 (31) sts]

Row 7 Patt 1 (2), patt2tog, (patt 1 (2), patt2tog) 6 times, patt 2 (3). [16 (24) sts]

Row 9 Patt 0 (1), (patt2tog) 8 (1) times, (patt 0 (1), patt2tog) 0 (6) times, patt 0 (3). [8 (17) sts]

Row 10 Patt 0 (1), (patt2tog) 0 (8) times. [8 (9)] sts.

Cut yarn, draw through rem sts and fasten off.

To make up the premature baby hat

Sew in ends and join back seam, reversing sewing for turn up rib.

Download your free premature baby knitting pattern PDF

To download your free knitted hat pattern for a premature baby, click on the link below and it will open in a new window. You can then save the pattern.


Premature Baby Hat Pattern PDF

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