Our preemie daughter was born in May, but started to come in April. April will always mean preemie to me, and this design began as one for preemie babies only. This set is sized from preemie to one year old.
It is sweet to have something pretty to put her in and a matching set that fits is a morale booster. The buttonless vest will make his frequent changes simpler, and permit layering for warmth. The hat helps hold temperatures up and the burp cloth makes it all come together. All parts are knit in one piece, with minimal sewing, which allows you to finish sooner.
Materials: 210 (250, 300, 365) yards / 195 (230, 275, 335) meters worsted weight yarn
samples knit in Groovy Gals Sterling Collection, VaVa Viv, held double
US size 6 (4 mm) needles in preferred style for knitting in the round and to knit flat (or size to achieve gauge)
stitch holders, spare needles, or scraps of yarn to hold stitches
Gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, knit flat
Sizes: 3 - 5 pound preemie* (newborn, 6 - 9 months, 12 months)
*about 32 - 36 weeks at delivery
Finished Measurements: Vest measures approximately 12.75 (17.75, 18.5, 20) inches / 30 (44, 46, 50) cm around chest
Hat measures approximately 11.25 (12.75, 16, 19.25) inches / 28 (32, 40, 48) cm in circumference at the brim
Burp Cloth measures approximately 8.25 inches / 20.5 cm X 11 inches / 27.5 cm
Skills Required: Knitting in the round, decreasing, picking up stitches.
Yarn weight: Worsted (9 wpi)
Gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Needle size: US 6 - 4.0 mm