Saturday, September 9, 2006

Tulip Preemie Pattern

Ever since posting the picture of my "Tulip" looking preemie caps I crocheted for the "
Caps to the Capital" campaign my email has been flooded with requests for the pattern.  The pattern is basically the Lacy Chemo Cap pattern I created a little over a year ago and featured here in my journal.
  I've decided to post the pattern today including some slight pattern changes because they are, if I do say so myself, pretty cute preemie hats! 

I've also been asked how long, on average, it takes me to "whip these" up.  Please note that all crocheters create their stitches at different rates.  As you become familiar with the pattern, the easier it becomes to create the little "tulips."  It takes me, on average, about half an hour to create one little cap.  It might take you longer, or if you're like
Lisa Gentry or Lily Chin, the Queens of Crochet Speed, it might take you a minute or two. {{bg}} The key is not speed, but rather taking time to create a little "tulip" that will help save a baby's life.  Go ahead, give it a try!  And if you decide to crochet up a little "tulip" and are a blogger or have an online photo album, post a picture & send me the link -- I'd love to see it!

Tulip Preemie Pattern (aka the Lacy Chemo Cap):
Yarn Weight:2 strands of #1 or #2 (sport, baby, dk, light worsted)TLC Baby Yarn held together
1 Size "G" crochet hook  (those that tend to crochet loosely, use an "F" or "D" hook)
1 Tapestry needle

Chain 4, join with a sl st.  Note that there is no turning involved with this pattern!
Rnd 1
: Ch 1, *sc, ch 2, 2 dc, repeat from * 3 more times, join with a sl st.
Rnd 2
: Ch 1,  (sc, ch 2, 2 dc) twice in each of the ch-2 spaces around, join with a sl st.
Rnd 3
: Ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, 2 dc) twice in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * around, join with a sl st.
Rnd 4
:  Ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp and in next, (sc, ch 2, 2 dc) twice in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * around, join with a sl st.
Rnd 5-10
:  Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, 2 dc) around in each ch-2 sp, join with a slip st.
Edging: Ch3, 3 dc in ch-2 sp, *sc in next ch-2 sp, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * around, dc in same ch-2sp as beg ch3, join with sl st.  Finish off.

Copyright © 2005, 2006, Dee Stanziano  ~  Pattern is for personal/charity  use only.
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Anonymous said...

Dee -
Thanks for the pattern.  I'm going to try one tonight...I'll bring it tomorrow.  Maybe this way my hats can have some variety!

Anonymous said...

Dee, How adorable they are! Ive made around 3o hats doing varirous designs of my own now I can do your design. I just love the little caps what a great charity. Blessings, Sherri

Anonymous said...

What an adorable pattern.. I crochet hats for babies a lot as gifts and some charity.. These are just to cute..
Thank you for sharing the pattern : )