Knitting has always been not only a fun hobby, but a very useful one as well. Through the years knitters have enjoyed creating all sorts of projects; everything from sweaters and afghans to knitted rugs and toys.
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.
Early Angels: This is a site based in the U.K set up to help people to knit, crochet or sew clothes, blankets and other keepsakes for premature, low birth weight and sadly stillborn babies. They have a wide range of free knitting, crochet and sewing patterns accessible on their pattern page.
Confetti Yarn: This yarn is very lightweight and soft as soft can be. It usually comes in pretty pastel colors, just perfect for knitting for baby. You can use this yarn with another, or on its own. I used confetti yarn when knitting a blanket for my granddaughter Julia. I alternated rows of confetti with rows of another soft pastel baby yarn. The results are wonderful.
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.