Free Crochet Pattern Preemie & Newborn Basic Beanie

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Patterns for preemies are near and dear to my heart. I have had 2 nephews who were NICU babies and several friends whose little ones spent time in the NICU. Making hats for these tiny (and sometimes not even quite so tiny) babies can be heartbreaking. So in this post, you will find my free crochet pattern for hats for these little ones. I decided to include newborn in this set to break it down into easier sets and some of the bigger little ones in the NICU need that size as well. These sizes are ones that are very much in need by NICUs.

These hats are very easy to dress up and make fun as my testers did (and seemed to have great fun doing). Sometimes their hat is the only way personality can be expressed by these little ones’ parents.

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Pattern Testing: How I Do It

I have had so many people ask me about my process that I use with pattern testing that I decided to do a post on how I do it! It took me a while to get my process down, and I still tweak it from time to time as things change or something doesn’t work for me.

I am often mobile and had to find a system that works well for me even when I am on the go; although I am planning on that changing this month! YAY!

Tester Call

There are times when I need to find new testers. I will usually start by asking for recommendations from designer friends and those already in my testing group before I put a general call on my business page. I do have a tester application permanently on my page. I use Google Forms for my application along with some of the other information that I collect from testers (but I will get to that later). If you would like to see how I have the form set for the application, just click on the graphic above.

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Small Triangle Stitch Bag – Free Pattern

Last month my contribution to Cre8tion Crochet was the Triangle Stitch Market Bag. One of the readers asked if there was a way to make it smaller as she wanted to make one for her granddaughter to carry. So I quickly put my thinking cap on and set out to adjust the pattern to a smaller size.

Here is what some of my testers had to say about this pattern:

The small Triangle Stitch Bag is a quick and easy pattern with the most adorable finished product! I had a blast making it and plan on making many more!”

-Michele Orr, Michele’s Divine Crochet

“This is an adorably cute little bag that works up quickly and is very versatile. Perfect for carrying/storing those small projects in style! This delightful bag is also just the right size for little hands to carry their treasures along.”

-Betty Lewis

“The small triangle bag is perfect for little on the go projects or at the market for more delicate items like tomatoes. Well written and easy to follow instructions for a quick work up.”

-Pamela Emerson, Pammy’s Bare Beanie

So here is the Small Triangle Stitch Bag! I hope you enjoy this pattern.

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Image courtesy of Michele’s Divine Crochet

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Little Flame Skirt Free Pattern

A few months ago, my best friend had a new little baby. I started developing a pattern line based on his name, Aidan, which means “little fire”. He won’t ever wear this particular item in the pattern line but as I worked on the patterns I just knew that I had to create a skirt.

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