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.
Bliss: One of the many ways that you can support Bliss is by knitting for babies in special care units. Knitted items are most helpful for babies about to go home, but there is also a need for blankets and hats for babies in hospital. Knitted items are often not suitable for intensive care units – stitched cotton is preferable. However for larger babies, and in high dependency and special care units, knitted items are often very welcome.
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.
Garn Studio allows the visitor to print free patterns in eleven different languages. There’s even a link for American English patterns and British English patterns. You’ll find many crochet and knitting patterns for children and babies: hats, sweaters, blankets. You’ll also see links for their yarn on the Knitntyme.com site at discounted prices, however, you can use your own yarn.
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.