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.
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.
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.
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.
If you click on the resource link at the bottom of this article, you find hundreds of free patterns that will pique your interest. Under the image, Knitntyme specifies ”gauge/tension, number of stitches per 10 cm/4” or crochet hook. Suggested yarn may be replaced by yarn with a similar knitting tension.” So you don’t have to buy their yarn to download the pattern.