Another very practical item to invest is a chart keeper, which is tool that can be used to keep and display patterns and charts, all whilst working on a particular project. The chart keeper can be opened out and stood up to place patterns in for easy reference when working on a project, and then folded up and stored away when not in use.
DIY: Because there are so many different and unique yarns to knit with, I always enjoy putting together my own original knitting projects. If you visit your local yarn shop aka LYS, you will find so many options for scarf knitting that the ideas will seem never-ending. And that’s a good thing. Because once you’re done with one scarf, you can start another and it will look entirely different. Gone are the days of boring garter stitch scarf looks. Just combine a snazzy yarn in a spectacular color and everyone you know will want one of their own.
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.
Colours: Pastel colours are the most popular. Apart from baby pinks and blues other colours, which may be chosen, are: Lemon, Cream, White, Mint Green, Peach, Lilac and Aqua. It is accepted that bright and dark colours should be avoided as they often make premature babies look frailer. When knitting burial garments the advice suggests its best to use colours such as white or cream and to avoid pinks, blues and lilacs, as they are not appropriate for the colouring of a stillborn baby.
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.