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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Knitting For A Premature Baby



A premature baby, or preemie, is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. Premature birth occurs in between 8 percent to 10 percent of all pregnancies. Because they are born too early, preemies weigh much less than full-term babies. They may have health problems because their organs did not have enough time to develop. Preemies need special medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. They stay there until their organ systems can work on their own. Premature babies are amazing – they can grow and thrive despite huge obstacles, and catch up to full-term babies in both size and development.

When I get question from people who are looking for premature baby knitting patterns to knit for an early baby, often they don't know what they are looking for. Usually they want to know whether the clothes  for a Baby doll are suitable to knit as garments for the tiny premature child. To help i have put a selection of preemie baby clothes together in an e booklet you can download it here:http://dianne-jones.blogspot.com/2012/05/thoughful-thursday-lily-love-in.html .or please leave you email address and i will be happy to send you a free copy.


A premature baby has very delicate skin so make sure you use baby soft yarn. Sometimes premature babies are allergic to wool, so it's best to steer clear of using wool mix. You can use cotton and acrylic yarn. 100% Egyptian cotton is very soft, a fantastic soft yarn for delicate skin, warm when it is cold and cool when it is warm.


  Don't put too much emphasis on trying to perfect the size of a preemie garment. There is a great variation between premature baby sizes that an item of any size should be suitable for at least one baby. As a general guide premature babies head circumference is approximately the same as their chest circumference. The average prem baby's chest measurements are 8"-14". However clothes of all sizes are required for preemies, so no matter how big or small your item is it will most likely fit at least one baby.




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.

Knitting items for premature babies can be very rewarding and 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 please see 'Knit for Lisa's Stars' and 'Knitting with Loving Hands' earlier posts on this blog.





For Free E Booklet 'Knitting For Premmies' please leave your email address in the comment box at the base of this blog. I promise to respect your privacy and will not pass your details on to anyone else.

101 comments:

  1. CanNOT find box "at base" for---
    For Free E Booklet 'Knitting For Premmies' please leave your email address in the box at the base of this blog. I promise to respect your privacy and will not pass your details on to anyone else

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    1. Hi my email address is thilagavenipillay@gmail.com

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  2. Sorry but it is there. Maybe there was some network problem when you tried. Hope its ok if you try again.

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  3. Only "box" I find leads to subscribing to Knitting Galore---to which I am already subscribed.
    Nothing leads to the "Knitting for Preemies" booklet which is what I want.

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  4. Thank you.. Please do email the free knitting for premmies
    sunitawahi@hotmail.com

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  5. a.e.burgess@live.co.uk please send me the prem knitting pattern, thankyou

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  6. elaine_kempton@hotmail.co.uk please send me e booklet of knitting patterns for preemies
    Thanks
    Elaine

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  7. i am knitting for my local prem baby unit but am running out of patterns could you please send me some to print off.

    derval17@hotmail.co.uk
    thank-you

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  8. xenawarrior2@hotmail.co.uk
    Please could you send me patterns for prem babies for me to knit for my local hosp

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  9. bpinchin@globalnet.co.uk
    I would like patterns for prem babies please - I knit for a local unit
    Thank you

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  10. sara.lewis@midyorks.nhs.uk
    Please would you send me the patterns for the prem babies Thanks

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  11. Please may I have a copy of prem baby pattern. Thanks. allisonhope@live.co.uk

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  12. Hello Dianne,

    I would be greatful if you could please e-mail me a copy of the booklet.

    Thank you.

    becky_dukes@hotmail.co.uk

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  13. thanking you in advance for a copy of your e-book

    gillsb@live.co.uk

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  14. Would love a copy of the e-book too
    Thanks
    gdkfor@netspace.net.au

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  15. Please send the free booklet
    Mjames7704@cox.net

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  16. Please send me the "Free E Booklet 'Knitting For Premmies'" - Thank you! payezmenu@hotmail.com

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  17. merja1311@hotmail.com

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  18. joanlaw109@sky.com please send knitting for premature babies free e patterns

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  19. shichris@comcast.net. Please send knitting for premature babies free e patterns

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  20. I have been knitting for preemies and would like to try your patterns. Thank you.
    parksix@verizon.net

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  21. I have a huge amount of baby yarns that i would love to knit up for Mothers Union in Australia & would love to try your lovely premie patterns.

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  22. I love knitting small clothing items and plan on giving some of these much needed premie items to our local hospitals and maybe even get my church group involved. Thanks for sharing and God bless. Shirl

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  23. Please send me the premie ppatternbooklet. Thank you so much.
    nbrosius1013@aol.com

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  24. Please send me your preemie pattern book. Thank you.
    tmpetway@yahoo.com

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  25. Please send your pattern book for preemies. Thank you.
    tmpetway@yahoo.com

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  26. janebriffett@yahoo.co.uk
    Please send your pattern book. Thankyou

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  27. hi Dianne
    can you send me a copy of your e booklet for preemies as I have done some things for bonnie babies and would love to do somethings for you also
    cheers Edna ednarussell56@hotmail.co.uk

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  28. my email address as follows sonshine69c@yahoo.co.nz

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  29. please send me a copy to shazzablueeyes@hotmail.co.uk thank you. xx

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  30. Please send your pattern book. Thank you
    sharron.bushy@gmail.com

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  31. Please send your free ebooklet 'Knitting For Premmies" to preijonen@aol.com Thanks.

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  32. Hi, please send a copy of the eBook to round again a yahoo.com. Thank you

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  33. Please send me a copy of your free booklet "Knitting for Premmies". Thank you so much for your generosity!

    cameronj@aapt.net.au

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  34. Please send me your free booklet "Knitting for Premmies". Thank you so much alexiah@mweb.cp.za

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  35. Please send me your free booklet "Knitting for Premmies", daughter having twins Thanks so much guv123@hotmail.com

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  36. Jccurtis@nb.sympatico.ca -thank you.

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  37. Please can you send me a copy of your patterns thank you very much not sure what I done wrong last time I sent message vannessawhite@gmail.com

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  38. I knit crochet and sew for our local preemie units in uk could I please I have a copy of your booklet thank you carol234@live.co.uk

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  39. Could I please I have a copy of your booklet.
    Thank you annissa.mcmaster@gmail.com

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  40. Please send to kay_mckenna @hotmail.com.au
    Thankyou

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  41. Hello, can you please send me the pattern for the pink socks and jacket and hat featured in your article. thanks
    anne.lane@talk21.com

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  42. Please send to barb.roberts26@yahoo.com

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  43. etozer@cfl.rr.com
    God bless you for your tiny patterns...

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  44. Please send to gillian.caulkin@btopenworld.com thank you

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  45. Thank you, I would love a copy. Please send to me at gr8scotman@hotmail.com

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  46. gill.perring@xtra.co.nz thanks
    Gill

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  47. Would appreciate a copy at puddleduck1@gmail.com

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  48. Would appreciate a copy at puddleduck1@gmail.com

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  49. Please send a copy of your Knitting for Preemies. bunnifer@gmail.com

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  50. A copy would be lovely, thank you denisebowdler@hotmail.co.uk

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  51. louise.britt@gregmc.com.au

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  52. Please send a copy to stephanierowe@btinternet.com

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  53. I would love a copy of the patterbs...email address is

    jackierobb555@aol.com

    Thanks xx

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  54. Would love a copy of your preemie patterns. Thank you
    irenemcintyre@hotmail.co.uk

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  55. petromuller@gmail.com

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  56. Hi Diane
    I am knotting for a prem baby charity could you please send me a copy of your booklet
    many thanks
    Anne. anne.akers@sky.com

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  57. Please could you send me a copy of your booklet. Thank you. ann_marie_lamb@hotmail.com

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  58. Could you please send me a booklet

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  59. Renachisholm@yahoo.co.uk

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  60. the.woodys@xtra.co.nz

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  61. Hello from Queensland.
    I'd love the e-book for my sister, who is knitting for preemies and would love some new patterns.
    Thank you.

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  62. I would love the ebook as I have started knitting for our local maternity and children's hospitals! Thanking you in advance! Elaine Robinson elainerobo1954@gmail.com

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  63. I would love the e-book because i work for norfolk knitters

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  64. Could I have a copy of the e book please.
    Thanks

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  65. Could I have a copy of the e book please.
    Thanks

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  66. Please send the ebook.
    valjones@shaw.ca

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  67. Beautiful. Would love to have it for the premies in our area.
    Sandy

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  68. lenore@internode.on.net.would love to try your patterns please.

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  69. Would appreciate your patterns. Thank you for sharing.

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  70. My god-daughter has just had twins at 30 weeks. I cannot wait to get the e-book so I can start knitting for her as she cannot find anything to fit her little angels.
    Sheree

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  71. Please can i have a copy.
    linda-ann08@hotmail.co.uk

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  72. i would love copy of this as i want to knit for two local hospitals and can't find many patterns thanks
    thethreeharveys@hotmail.com

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  73. I would love to have the patterns if you don't mind. Beckywlms@aol.com

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  74. I would love to have the patterns if you don't mind. Beckywlms@aol.com

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  75. I would love your patterns I knitted for babies that arrive early and also for the angel babies in the local hospital. bluejpo@yahoo.co.uk

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  76. Please could I have book glanvillelynn80@msn.com xx

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  77. Catterallcarol@gmail.com please can you email the booklet. Thank you

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  78. Edna.
    Please could you Send me a copy of your e book for preemie baby's thank you
    Ednarussell56@hotmail.co.uk

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  79. Edna.
    Please could you Send me a copy of your e book for preemie baby's thank you
    Ednarussell56@hotmail.co.uk

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  80. Edna, I am currentlyknitting for Angel Babies here in Australia, and would find a copy of your premmie baby patterns a beautiful change from the variety I have been using, could you email me at Ninjanan54@hotmail.com thank you and admire your work,

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  81. Can you send me this ebook please karenj42@hotmail.com

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  82. Please send me the "Free E Booklet 'Knitting For Premmies'" - Thank you moggy41@hotmail.co.uk or wwww.ella@hotmail.co.uk thank you

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  83. Can I please have the pattern, i'm knitting for the IWK children hospital in Halifax NovaScotia annielouise1972@live.com

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  84. Could I please have the pattern as I'm knitting for NICU in Christchurch, New Zealand pamorpwood@hotmail.com

    Thank you - its people like you that help people like us help others.
    Pam

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  85. I would love the pattern. I'm knitting for Miracle Babies here in Australia.
    rglass@optusnet.com.au
    Thank you so much!
    Renee

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  86. hi there.
    Could I please I have a copy of your booklet.
    petrowolm@gmail.com
    thanks Petro
    South Africa

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  87. Hi if you are still issuing the preemie booklet woukd you please send to my email address. Thank you in advance
    Pinkbunny23@hotmail.co.uk

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  88. Can you please send me a copy my email is atigers19@yahoo.com

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  89. Can you please send me a copy my email is atigers19@yahoo.com

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  90. Hi can you send me some prem patterns for the babies that i knit for. Big Big thanks Averill
    kowecat@xtra.co.nz
    Thanks

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  91. Can you please send me a copy my email is sharonloadsman@gmail.com

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  92. May I please have an emailed copy too? Our local hospital is asking for knitting for premature babies. Many thanks Sheila
    alleycatsnz@gmail.com

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  93. I would like a copy of this pattern and any other patterns you can supply for preemie babies. I would like to supply our local hospitals. Much appreciated Thanks Lillian
    lvkennel72@gmail.com

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  94. Hi could I please have a copy of this pattern I would also like to knit for my local hospital thanks avrilnorrie9@gmail.com

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  95. Hi, could I have a copy of your booklet please. craftykarendesigns@outlook.com

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  96. Hi can you please send me a copy my email address is suemorgan1322@talktalk.net

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