Last year around this time, I got to know the lovely Helen Wilkinson in a Facebookgroup called Sunflower Cottage Crochet. I was following the group for a while, when I first heard about the Preemie Crochet Challenge.
It was a group of crochet designers, dedicating their time, creativity and skills to develop patterns for preemies, from blankets, hats to bonding squares. I felt honoured to be given the opportunity to write my first preemie pattern and gave away over 350 copies during my featured time in the pattern roundup.
This year, I started writing a bonding square pattern, until I discovered another designer had a similar idea. I guess great minds think alike, and we decided to both come up with another design to present to the world. Luckily, I made a freehand preemie hat during my vacation week and I was able to reconstruct the pattern and write it down.
This became the precious Preemie Beanie Marleen, that will be my entry to the Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021, hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.
The aim of this challenge is, to raise awareness for preemies and the possibility to create and donate preemie items to local hospitals, charities or friends/family that might need it. Every download is a pledge to donate at least one item made from the pattern. I received 954 pledges in the form of downloads between 1-8 August. Thank you all so much!
My Preemie Beanie Marleen hat pattern was available for free between 1-8 August on Ravelry, with the code that was shared in the Preemie Beanie Crochet Challenge site. It is now available in my Etsy shop, too, for those who do not want to use Ravelry.
Please visit the Sunflower Cottage Crochet blog with all the round-up info here:
I am very happy to share my latest pattern for a preemie hat crochet pattern, called after my lovely mother, Marleen.
This pattern will be available for free on Ravelry between 1-8 August 2021, with a coupon that you can find a bit further in this post.
Please go ahead and check the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook group for the Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021 pattern roundup. Every day throughout August a suitable pattern will be shared by a different designer. This can be a hat, bonding square or even blanket.
Please give the pattern a like, by adding to your favorites as a thank you. I would love to see your projects.
Did you know, I also wrote a set of preemie hat patterns last year for the Preemie crochet challenge? They are still available on Ravelry (click here) and on Etsy (click here). All my patterns are written in US English.
The hat was designed for a preemie with head circumference of 10 inch or 25 cm. This would be for 2-4 lbs or 28-32 weeks, approximately. My hat was made with a 4 mm hook and a bit of DK weight, or #3 yarn. I only needed 11 grams, so one skein of Stylecraft would be enough for almost 9 or 10 of these. Great for stashing up for charity crochet! Off course this is an estimated average and you could adjust the size by going up a hook, or using aran weight, to make it a bit bigger. Or go down in hooksize or use a sports weight to make it a bit smaller.
You can get the pattern for the preemie hat Marleen free, between 1-8 August 2021, with coupon MARLEEN on Ravelry here: please enter the coupon and check that the price changes to free before confirming. After 8 August the ad-free PDF pattern can be bought on Ravelry and Etsy
Preemie hats are my way of sending hugs into the world
꧁𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒎𝒊𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒔 ꧂ I love making babyhats. This will be a new pattern for a preemie hat. ☞︎︎︎Size 11.5 cm high, 25 cm circumference ( 4.5 x 10 inch)
Pattern is now being tested by a group of experienced crochet pattern testers. Once it is final, you will be able to find the pattern on Ravelry and Etsy.
It is part of @sunflowercottagecrochet Preemie Crochet Challenge. You can find the information on this Preemie Crochet Challenge right here
Starting 1 August 2021, there will be multiple talented crochet designers, sharing patterns suitable for preemies on their blog or Ravelry sites. They will be free, sometimes for a day or limited time, some always free on the blog of the designer. You can find the coupon and how to find the free patterns in Sunflower Cottage Crochet Roundup Post. My Preemie Hat ‘Marleen’ will be featured on the 1st of August and will be free for a week on Ravelry.
Please remember that by downloading the free copy, you pledge to donate at least one hat you make from the pattern.
Please find the ad-free pattern on Ravelry here and on Etsy here. It will be posted for free on the blog too.
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