Preemie Hats - Donation to the NICU

We started this past Spring donating crocheted hats to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's NICU in Memphis, TN.

In the Fall we made about 20 pumpkin hats that we took to the hospital ourselves to donate for their little babies in the NICU.

We had a nice thank you note from the hospital with a request for as many Christmas hats as we could crochet for them.

Amid the busyness of the season and practicing for her piano recital, Hannah and I were able to crochet 26 holiday hats to send  to Le Bonheur.

After Christmas, donations to the NICU will drop off dramatically. Consider spending your down time between Christmas and New Year's crocheting a few preemie hats for the NICU babies in your local NICU. A perfect project for a snow day too!

Here's a cute pattern to get you started. Let me know if you have any questions. Please comment on how many you make and where you send them.

They will be very much appreciated, I promise!

Larger sizes of this pattern and many other crochet patterns are available on my Etsy shop LittleMonkeyShop.

Preemie Scarlett Hat
Yarn - Worsted 4: Medium                            

Crochet Hook – Size H


ch – chain

st – stitches

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet


Note: Work hat all in color A except use color B for the row that creates the X in the pattern.


Size: Preemie 4-5 lbs

Head circumference: 11.5” – 12.5”

Hat circumference: 12”

Hat height: 5”


Rnd 1: Magic Ring, ch 3, 10 dc in the ring, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (10dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each dc, join with sl st. (20dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, *1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in following dc*, repeat around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (30dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, *2 dc in the first dc, 1 dc in the next 5 dc*, repeat around, join with sl st to top of ch 3.  (35dc)

Rnd 5-6: Ch 3. Dc around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (35dc)

Rnd 7:  Ch 3. Working in front of the ch 3, dc in the last dc from the previous row (to the rt of the sl st) (X made), *sk dc, dc in next st, dc in skipped dc (X made)*, repeat around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (18 X)

Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc around, join with sl st to top of ch 3. (35dc)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, hdc around, join. (35hdc) Fasten off and weave in the ends.    


  1. Angela, my daughter in law is a NICU nurse at UAB in Birmingham and I can just imagine how happy it would make them if I donated some of these darling caps. The problem is that I don't know how. I need a day that we can sit down and you can teach me. I know the basics of crochet, that's it. So.... after the New Year is past can we get together for a day? Or a day and a night? :-)

    1. Of course! Let me know when is good for you. John is in a masters program in Nashville every other weekend so I'm looking for things to do