20 Free Crochet and Knitting Hat Patterns for Preemies and Newborns via Underground CrafterFor this month’s charity spotlight, I’m sharing 20 free crochet and knitting patterns for preemie and newborn hats sized for donation to Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies, a Warm Up America campaign to raise 17,000 baby hats in time for World Prematurity Day.

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If you’re new to Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies, it’s the second annual campaign organized by Warm Up America. This program is a collaboration with the East African Preterm Birth Initiative at the University of California San Francisco. You can join in this year’s campaign by crocheting or knitting a hat to fit a baby with a head circumference of 10” to 12.5” (26 cm to 32 cm) using bright, acrylic yarn. Your hat should be pre-washed and thoroughly dried with unscented or other baby-friend detergent because the hats will be distributed to preterm babies, who usually have sensitive skin. Your hat must be received by Warm Up America by Saturday, November 17, 2019 in order to be part of this year’s campaign. You can find the address and more information on Warm Up America’s website here.

If you aren’t able to make the deadline but would still like to donate your newborn hat, consider sharing your hat locally with a hospital neonatal intensive care unit or a program that works with young parents.


20 Free Crochet and Knitting Hat Patterns for Preemies and Newborns

Roundup by Underground Crafter

Newborn hats are such fun projects to make! You can finish quickly and use just a small amount of yarn. Make an easy pattern for relaxation or try a new skill (on a small project). Unless otherwise noted, choose the newborn size of the patterns listed below for the Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies campaign.

20 Free Crochet and Knitting Hat Patterns for Preemies and Newborns via Underground CrafterLeft column, from top to bottom:

  • Hummingbird Hat, free knitting pattern by Underground Crafter: This stretchy hat is available in 12 child and adult sizes and can be knit flat and seamed or knit seamlessly in the round.
  • DK Double Crochet Hat, free crochet pattern by Oombawka Design: This is a simple beanie pattern available in 11 child and adult sizes with 2 length options for each size.
  • Marty Hat and Mittens, free knitting pattern by Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days: Use either size of this striped hat  for Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies.
  • Rainbow Dreams Sack Hat, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin’ Mommy: This colorful project is available in 8 child sizes.
  • Happy Place Baby Hat, free knitting pattern by Cathy Payson for Red Heart: This hat, available in 4 child sizes, is knit flat and then seamed.

Second column, from top to bottom:

  • Basic Preemie Hat, free knitting pattern by Yarnspirations for AllFreeKnitting: This simple pattern makes a classic, roll brim beanie.
  • True Blue Slouchy Beanie, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter: This ombre beanie is crocheted holding 2 strands of yarn together and is available in 10 child and adult sizes.
  • Queen of Hearts Hat, free knitting pattern by Lion Brand: This striped, pom pom beanie is available in 2 infant sizes.
  • Tesseract, free crochet pattern by Stitches n Scraps: This pattern is worked with half double crochet and is available in 6 sizes. Use the preemie size for Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies.
  • Chevron Puff Hat, free crochet pattern by Salty Pearl Crochet: This textured hat uses a knit-look stitch pattern.

Third column, from top to bottom:

  • King and Queen Baby Hats, free knitting pattern by Yarnspirations for AllFreeKnitting: These cute beanies with a crown edging are available in 4 child sizes.
  • Auntie Em Twister Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter: This pom pom hat, crocheted with a super bulky weight yarn, is available in 6 child and adult sizes.
  • Sophie Baby Hat, free knitting pattern by Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days: Use either size of this textured baby hat for Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies.
  • Baby Bear Hat, free crochet pattern by See Love Share: This adorable hat fits newborn heads.
  • Dusty Rose Sack Hat, free crochet pattern by The Stitchin’ Mommy: This buttoned, pom pom hat is available in 8 child sizes.

Right column, from top to bottom:

  • Basic Hats, free crochet pattern by Oombawka Design: This simple hat is worked flat and is available in 11 child and adult sizes.
  • Easy Winter Cap, free crochet pattern by Oombawka Design: This simple top-down pattern is available in 11 child and adult sizes.
  • Peridot Textured Beanie, free crochet pattern by Oombawka Design Crochet: This gently textured hat is available in 11 child and adult sizes.
  • Charlie Hat, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter: A self-striping yarn does the colorwork for you in this beanie, available in 4 child and adult sizes.
  • Preemie Baby Hats, free knitting pattern by Christine Marie Chen via Red Heart: This ribbed hat pattern includes an optional bow.

Need more newborn hat inspiration? Check out last year’s Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies roundup, including 30 more free crochet and knitting patterns!

30 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Preemie Hats | As part of Underground Crafter's monthly charity spotlight series, find your next pattern for a preemie hat to donate to Warm Up America's East African Preterm Birth Initiative: Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies, or to a local neonatal intensive care unit.

20 Free Crochet and Knitting Hat Patterns for Preemies and Newborns
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