Size: Don’t put too much importance on trying to perfect the size of a preemie item of clothing. There is a great difference between premature baby sizes and so an item of any size should be suitable for at least one baby. As a general guide premature babies head circumference is roughly the same as their chest circumference. The average premature babies chest measurements are 8”-14”. However clothes of all sizes are needed for preemies, so no matter how big or small your item is it will most likely fit at least one baby.
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.
The charities have a lot of information on their websites, below is some general advice to help you get those needles clicking.
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.
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.