Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Preemie Baby Kimono

When I joined The Lucy Ladybug Knit-Along, I set a personal goal of contributing one bereavement set per month. This is not a requirement of the group, just something I determined to do on my own. Well, it dawned on me at the beginning of this month that I let July slip by without knitting a stitch for Lucy, so I pulled out some yarn, needles and a favorite pattern and cast on right away before August became a memory too.

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PATTERNS: Preemie Baby Kimono and Knitted Preemie Hat
YARN: Kraemer Yarns Little Lehigh (blue) and Red Heart Soft Baby (white)
NEEDLES: US 5
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:
Chest cicumference = 10"
Length from neck to toe = 14.5"
Hat circumference = 10"

I've used this pattern or a variation of this pattern at least four times now. The simple, classic style is one I never get tired of. It's my first choice for a boy's set, but would be nice for a girl too.

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I wanted to make the gown a little longer, but I had to stop when I got down to the last little bit of yarn. See the two thin stripes of blue yarn in the hat? That's all I had left!

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It's not neccesary, but I always like to include a ladybug somewhere on the set as a remembrance of LucyBug.

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10 comments:

  1. You always do the sweetest things. This is just precious!!

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  2. It's beautiful, as always. I'm happy to see people using blue for these garments, too. I think we've all been a bit afraid to use blue very much, but they're very nice that way.

    I love the bereavement outfits that look more like "regular" baby wear, not burial garments. I would be comforted more by that, I think. (Though the more frilly gowns are lovely, I have to admit.)

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  3. Such a sweet little outfit. May it comfort the family.

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  4. that is just too sweet.

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  5. By helping some unknown "Little Baby" in this way, you honor the memory of baby Isabella.

    Love you
    John

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  6. I LOVE that outfit!!! A work of heart to be sure. I'm working on a couple of chemo hats for our best man's mom who will be having chemo soon for cancer of the lymph nodes. There's always something!!! Have a blessed day:D

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  7. I know all of your friends who check this blog see that you have a great talent for knitting. I hope that they can wade through the fishing banter on Johns blog and see some of the great photography you are doing while he is casting about. I do enjoy your perspective with the camera. Keep up the good work!
    Let lana know I heard about a new web site called chemotherapy.com that is supposed to explain the process very well. I have not been there yet but I am going to see if it is accurate!
    Paul

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  8. This really is a preemie outfit, not bereavement, right? I've never seen anything more precious. I'm sure it'll be a happy day for the family that recieves this outfit when their sweet baby outgrows it! :)

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  9. i love the little kimono! and the lady bug is a nice touch ;)

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  10. Beautiful.

    I love the felted bowls from the previous post too, they would make lovely gifts for that hard to buy person who has everything.

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~Tracy