Preemie Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern
Many hospitals will allow preemie blankets to keep babies born prematurely to help keep them warm while adding a sense of comfort from something that is made with love. This preemie blanket pattern uses the same stitch combo that the Little Sprout bonding squares uses so you can make sets.
Check with your local NICU department to see if they are accepting preemie blankets for their babies and what their specific regulations might be.
I’m excited to have another chance to participate in the 1st Annual Preemie Crochet Challenge and am offering the Little Sprout Preemie Blanket pattern as part of the challenge!
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Finished Size: Approx. 17.5” wide x 20” long
Yarn: #4 worsted weight yarn – 10 oz./450 yds.
Sample used: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre (I would recommend something softer as this was a little too rough for preemies)
Hooks: I/9 (5.5 mm) or size needed for correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle
Gauge: 14 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches in post stitches
For a complete list of abbreviations please see my List of Abbreviations.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped chs counts as dc), dc in each ch across, turn. (59 dc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc, *FPdc around next st, BPdc around next st, repeat from * across to last 2 sts, FPdc around next st, sc in top of beg ch 3, turn. (2 dc, 29 FPdc, 28 BPdc)
Rows 3 – 48: Repeat Row 2, until approx. 19”.
Round 1: Ch 1, rotate 90 degrees, working down side sc in first row-end, *2 sc in next row-end, sc in next row-end**, rep from * to corner, 3 sc in corner stitch, work 1 sc into each beg ch across, 3 sc in corner st, rep from * to ** working up 2nd side ofo blanket, 3 sc in corner, 1 sc in each st across top, 3 sc in last st, slip stitch in 1st sc.
Fasten off. Tie in ends.