Monday, January 31, 2011

Premie Baby Hat

This pattern is written 'flat' so there is some seaming up the back to do.

This hat is good for a 1-3lb sized premie.
I used size 3.25 needles.  Gauge is not critical since these stretch and premies vary in size.

Cast on: 40 stitches

K1,P1 ribbing for 1 inch.
Next row:  Knit
Next row:  Purl
Continue these 2 rows until total length from beginning is 3 inches ending on Purl row.

Begin decreases:

*K6, K2tog* repeat across row.
*P5, P2tog* repeat across row.
*K4, K2tog* repeat across row.
*P3, P2tog* repeat across row.
*K2, K2tog* repeat across row.
*P1, P2tog* repeat across row.
*K2tog across row. 5stitches.
 
Using yarn needle, pull tail through 5 sts on needle and sew back seam and weave in the ends.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Premie Burial Gown



A few notes: 
* This pattern was provided to me by the volunteer services coordinator at Rex Hospital, Raleigh NC.  This is not my original pattern. 
* It is recommended to use pastel colors for this gown.  While it may seem better to knit this in white, I have been told that white is not good considering the coloring of a deceased premie.
* You can knit this with 3.00, 3.25 or 3.5mm knitting needles.  Gauge is not important, per se, since premies range in size.

Now, on with the pattern....

Begin at lower edge of skirt, cast on 108 sts.


Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: * [K2tog] twice, [yo, k1] 4 times, [K2 tog] twice; rep from * to end.

Row 4: Knit.

Repeat these 4 rows 23 times then rep rows 1 and 2 once more.

Next row: * K2tog; rep. from * to end –54 sts.

Next row: Purl

Next row: K1, *yo, K2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.

Next row: Purl


TO DIVIDE FOR FRONT AND BACKS:

Next row: K 15 and place these 15 sts on st holder for left back, cast off 2 sts, K until there are 20 sts on right hand needle; place on st holder, cast off 2 sts, K to end.


RIGHT BACK:

Next row: P to last 2 sts, P2tog.

Next row: K2 tog, K to end.

Repeat these 2 rows until 4 sts remain. Place sts on st holder.


FRONT: Rejoin yarn to sts on front, P to end.

Next row: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog

Next row: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog.

Repeat these 2 rows until 6 sts remain. Place sts on st holder.


LEFT BACK: Rejoin yarn to left back sts, P2tog, P to end.

Next row: K to last 2 sts, K2tog.

Repeat these 2 rows until 4 sts remain. Place sts on st holder.


SLEEVES (Make 2): Cast on 24 sts and K 2 rows

Next row: K1, *yo, K2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.

Now work in pattern as for skirt for 6 rows.

Next row: K3tog, K to last 3 sts, K3tog

Next row: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog

Next row: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog.

Repeat last 2 rows twice more.

Next row: P2tog, P to last 2 sts, P2tog

Next row: *K2tog; rep from * across. Place these sts on st holder.


NECKBAND: Place sts from st holder on needle in following order:

Left Back, Sleeve #1, Front, Sleeve #2, Right Back.

Knit 1 row.

Next row: Inc one st in each st across row. Cast off.


TO COMPLETE: Sew sleeve seams, sew sleeves in place. Weave in ends.

Add coordinating ribbon through loops at waist so they tie in the back.

Sew 6” ribbon at both sides of the collar so they tie in the back.

Embellish with bow at the front neckline.


While it is difficult to understand why a baby would not make it to live in this world God knows the plans He has for His child.  I believe God knows exactly who your knitted creation is for so pray for the child as well as for the parents.