The charity featured today on Thoughful Thursday is very close to my heart. I have set up ‘Lily’-Love In the Language of Yarn in memory of my grand-daughter Lily Iris Gibson born sleeping 18th July 2010.
I recently visited three NICU’s in Bodrum, Aydin and Izmir taking with knitted and crochet items that supporters of ‘LILY’ had so lovingly donated.
The NICU can be such a frightening experience for parents, and a couple of the mothers said to me ‘it’s so nice be able to treat our babies like babies instead of patients,’ Another mother said ‘For the first time, you made me feel like my baby is real.’(her baby weighed just 1.75lbs). They were so thrilled with the handmade items and the thought that someone cared enough to make these clothes for their babies. While I was visiting the hospitals I was asked if we could help provide baby blankets, so this is our plea for today.
Please Help us to knit blankets for premature babies.
Here are three knitting patterns to help start you off.
1oz. each of 3 colors for the striped blanket
4mm (US size 6) straight knitting needles
Rows 6-12: Work Garter Stitch (K every row)
Repeat rows 1-12 for pattern.
Rows 2-5: K the K sts, P the P sts across
Row 6: K the P sts, P the K sts
Rows 7-10: K the K sts, P the P sts across
Repeat rows 1-10 for pattern.
Rows 3-6: Work Stocking Stitch (K on Right Side, P on Wrong Side)
Rows 7 & 8: K across; change to color A
Rows 9 & 10: With color A, K across; change to color C
Rows 11 & 12: With color C, K across
Rows 13-16: Work Stocking Stitch (K on Right Side, P on Wrong Side)
Rows 17 & 18: K across; change to color A
Rows 19 & 20: With color A, K across; change to color B
Repeat Rows 1-20 for pattern.
A. CO 75 sts. Work 7 rows (4 ridges) of Garter Stitch (K every row).
Garter Stitch. Bind Off.