Thursday, October 06, 2005

Teeny Tiny

I'm back home now. Had a good time in San Antonio. While my husband attended his scheduled meetings, I was free to do whatever I wanted, so you know what I did...I knitted. Made a few things for The Preemie Project including this tiny gown set for a baby weighing less than one pound.
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The gown measures just a little over 7" from the neck to the hem and the bodice is only 3 1/2" across the front. It was hard to know how big to make the hat. The one I made will fit on a regular size lemon. It is 4" in circumference, but can be stretched to 5". The tube socks are flat now so they look a little big in comparison. When worn I think they will fit a foot as small as 1". It is difficult to imagine a baby this tiny. It makes me sad if I think about it too much. It is my prayer that this gift will somehow bring comfort to the family that receives it.

I used three different patterns for this set. In each case I used Caron Cuddle Soft Yarn (a fingering weight I think) and size US 3 needles. Instead of the lace pattern on the gown, I substituted stockinette stitch. The hat and socks were knit in the round on dpns. Here are the links: Gown, Hat (you will find it on the pattern called Micro Bunting), and Socks (called Easy Socks). I shortened the length of the socks by knitting the ribbing for 3/4" and the bottom of the sock for 1 1/2".

9 comments:

  1. The set is beautiful! I can only imagine how special this will be for someone in their time of need.
    Love you
    JHB

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  2. That is gorgeous. Thank you for taking the time and energy to think of the tiniest losses. Trust me, the mother will be so extremely appreciative. It is truly beautiful and brings tears to my eyes.

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  3. Oh, Tracy, they're beautiful! I would have love to have received something like that for my son to "go home" in. Trust me, someone will REALLY appreciate those!

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  4. Tracy, that set is gorgeous! I can't imagine how must tiny it must be in real life. You always amaze me!

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  5. Really really pretty. You've done it again. I'll definitely have to try this pattern.

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  6. That is gorgeous! I can't even imagine a baby so tiny. The teddy bear in your post below is adorable! So cute, and you are fantastic at your finishing techniques!

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  7. Just like everyone else said. It's a truly beautiful set and I know it will be greatly appreciated.

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  8. SO very gorgeous!!! I may have to try my hand at it. You are a super inspiration!

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  9. Incredible. So beautifully made and so inspiring, even if heartbreaking, at the same time.

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy