Sunday, August 26, 2007

Preemie Baby Knits

Here's the first batch of many photos. This is a preemie cap from Lion Brand Yarn, knit in Red Heart Soft Baby, colorway Rocking Horse. You may have to create an account to get to the free pattern on Lion's website.
Twin Santa caps, knit in Lion Microspun, with the rolled brim worked in 1 strand of white Microspun and 1 strand of Baby Bee Peach Fuzz in the Angel colorway. I found the pattern on Spinning Sandy's Ditsy Drivel blog. Just a note on the Peach Fuzz yarn - I found this at Hobby Lobby, and it is also available online. Ordinarily I would not buy Hobby Lobby's Bee brand of yarn, it is overpriced (IMHO) and most of the Bee yarns do not feel like anything I would want next to my skin. However,this Peach Fuzz yarn works great as a carry-along, it is a very short eyelash yarn and makes the project nicely fuzzy and soft, without those super-long eyelashes all over the place - and the yardage is great - 600 yds per ball.
Here is the "Down by the Seashore" Preemie Hat, designed by Patti Pierce Stone. (To get to this pattern, scroll down and click on the link in purple - it's a PDF.) The design mimics the waves on the Jersey Shore - a location very close to my heart! It was a bit troublesome to knit, struggling with Boye Balene II dpns - they are so 'sticky' I never had to worry about the needles sliding out of the stiches, but they got too sticky at times, and would not allow the yarn to move very freely along the needles. The yarns are various fingering weight acrylics from my stash of vintage, if not truly antique, yarns.
The stretchy Preemie Hat - it really does stretch quite a lot, and I love this Fizzy Print colorway of Red Heart TLC Baby yarn.
Twin bears for Caroline and Harlow - the pattern is Berroco's Harry Bear, worked in 1 strand of Red Heart Plush colorway Cream, and 1 strand of Baby Bee Peach Fuzz colorway Sweet Cheeks. The sweaters are knit in Red Heart Soft Baby colorway New Mint Twinkle, and I would like to credit the designer of this sweater pattern, but I can't find it online again. It's titled "A Beanie Baby Sweater" and calls for 1 skein of Cleckheaton and size 9 dpns. If you recognize this pattern, please let me know where I can find it so I can give credit where it is due. I did make some changes in the pattern so the sweaters would fit these bears, which are a bit larger than the standard Beanie Baby.
This sweater pattern from the UK is the Premature/Low Birth Weight Baby Body Warmer from Doris Lord. The booties are on the same website. The hat is Deanna Pate's design, and has a pretty pink organdy ribbon laced through the brim. Although I had plenty of baby yarn in my stash, I went looking for yarn to match the pink and green decor of Caroline and Harlow's nursery, this is (again) Red Heart TLC Baby yarn in the Fizzy Print colorway.


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