Yarn: Premature babies have very delicate skin and can often be allergic to wool; therefore it is best to steer clear of garments made with a wool mix. Acrylic yarn is more appropriate when knitting for preemies. Ideal yarn to use for preemie knits is baby double knit or 4ply yarn. Most preemie patterns will use these.
Fastenings: Plain flat half-inch buttons are best to use for fastening. Avoid nylon and metal fastenings, as they get very hot under the incubator heaters. Do not use Velcro as a fastening, it is very scratchy on the hook side and also damages knitted garments when they are laundered. Ease of dressing is vital for preemies and as a general rule it is best not to use ribbon as a fastening as ribbon can often be fussy to tie on a garment so small.
Knitting items for premature babies can be very worthwhile and rewarding. It is definitely appreciated by the charities and the families who receive them. If you are excited by the prospect of getting your knitting needles working for charity and want to explore charity knitting for other organisations here are some other ideas to help your search.
Once the basics of the art is mastered, whether it be crocheting, knitting, sewing, or any type of needlework it is very relaxing, even to the youngsters. These hobbies will always be there for them and help them to relax in any troubled situation.
Baby and Children are usually the first patterns beginning knitters look for when starting to knit. Many knitters and crocheters, no matter how long they have knitted or crocheted, prefer babies and toddlers projects. There are so many sites for finding free baby knitting and crochet patterns on the Internet. Here are just a few of this writer’s favorites, those with knitting and crochet testers, the best free knitting and crochet patterns for children and babies.