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.
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.
One top brand that manufactures this accessory is Knit Pro, and this particular manufacturer supplies it chart keeper to retailers around the world, making it easy to get hold of. Knit Pro also has a number of other accessories that knitters might find useful, ranging from sock blockers to needle sizer.
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.
The charities have a lot of information on their websites, below is some general advice to help you get those needles clicking.