Santa preemie hat pattern is here

Preemie Santa Hat

Materials:
* Red Heart Cotton Twist – 1 skein each white and red. You will have enough yarn to complete at least 5 hats.
* 4 mm or #6 US knitting needles dp or circular
* 1 stitch marker
* 1 yarn needle
Gauge: 22 stitches to 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Pattern as written will fit a 4 -6 lb preemie.*
This project is knit in the round. It can be knit flat and seamed if the red portion is knit in stockinette stitch – knit right side, purl wrong side.

Instructions:
Cast on 48 stitches using white yarn. Join carefully in the round, avoiding twisting of the stitches.
Knit in K1 P1 ribbing for 2-1/2 inches.
Change colors to red and knit each row until piece measures at least 4 inches from cast-on edge.

Begin decreasing:
Round 1: [k4, k2tog] around - 40 stitches
Round 2-6: Knit across.
Round 7: [k3, k2tog] around - 32 stitches
Round 8 – 12: Knit across
Round 13: [k2, k2tog] around - 24 stitches
Round 14 – 18: Knit across
Round 19: [k1, k2tog] around - 16 stitches
Round 20 – 24: Knit across
Round 25: k2tog around - 8 stitches

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail, and run through stitches on needle, pull up tight and secure well. Sew pompon on tip of hat. If desired, top of hat can be folded down at an angle and secured well.

Abbreviations:
* K = knit
* P = purl
* K2tog = knit two stitches together