Monday, 17 July 2017

Bonding Squares


Bonding Squares are knitted in pairs.

Bonding Squares
Ben                                                Simple Square                                            Nevis


One square is placed with a premature baby and another is worn against the mum's skin, then the squares are swapped round every 12 hours or every time mum visits.

Many Neonatal Units are now using them. They help with the bonding of a premature baby in an incubator and the baby’s mum. The baby can smell mum’s scent even when she isn't there or wasn’t able to get him out of his incubator, and then when she goes home she can still smell the baby’s scent on the square, which is a big comfort.

Not only this, but many mums find that it really helps with expressing breast milk. Keeping the scent of the baby close by triggers the hormones needed to produce and express milk, which is very important as breastfeeding can be difficult for mothers with premature babies.

 

Simple 5" Bonding Squares (knit 2)   
 

 
 
Requirements:

DK yarn ~ around 16g

4mm needles

 
Tension:

22sts = 4” (10cm)

 
Instructions:

Cast on 28 stitches

Start with a garter stitch border - knit 6 rows

 
7th Row:       S1, knit across row

8th Row:       S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

Repeat the last 2 rows 11 times more

 

Complete with a garter stitch border – knit 7 rows

Cast off knit wise

Darn away ends                                                                           

 


BEN Bonding Squares (knit 2)                   5½“

 


 
Requirements:

DK yarn ~ around 16g

4mm needles

 
Tension:

22sts = 4” (10cm)

 
Instructions:

Cast on 31 stitches

Start with a garter stitch border - knit 6 rows

 
7th Row:       S1, knit across row

8th Row:       S1, k4, *p3, k3, rep from * to last 2sts, k2

 
Repeat the last 2 rows 13 times more

 
Complete with a garter stitch border – knit 7 rows

Cast off knit wise

Darn away ends            
 
 
 
 

 

NEVIS Bonding Squares (knit 2)     5½“
 
 
 
Requirements:
 
DK yarn ~ around 16g
4mm needles
 
Tension:
 
22sts = 4” (10cm)
 
Instructions:
 
Cast on 30 stitches
Start with a garter stitch border - knit 6 rows
 
7th Row:       S1, knit across row
8th Row:       S1, k3, *p4, k2, repeat from * to last 2sts, k2
9th Row:       S1, knit across row
10th Row:     S1, k3, p1, k2, *p4, k2, repeat from * to last 5sts, p1, k4
 
Repeat the last 4 rows five times more
 
31st Row:     S1, knit across row
32nd Row:     S1, k3, *p4, k2, repeat from * to last 2sts, k2
 
Complete with a garter stitch border – knit 7 rows
Cast off knit wise
 
Darn away ends     
 



 I am happy for you to use my patterns for your own use or for charity donations.
In addition:  You can gift or sell any finished items you make from my patterns.  
However, please do not copy my patterns
 
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This pattern (the information and photos) may not be copied or reproduced
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Bradley Hat

In tribute to a most exceptionally brave little boy who sadly lost his battle with neuroblastoma - Bradly Lowery - 
a six-year-old Sunderland AFC football fan who captured the hearts of thousands..........
 
Bradley Hat
 
 
Bradley Hat          Beanie Style        6 – 10 years
 
Tension - 22sts = 4" (10cm)         CHECK YOUR TENSION!
 
 
Size:

Width:          8” (16” all around)
Height:        7½”
 
Requires:
 
DK yarn in red and white
3.25mm & 4mm needles
 
Using 3.25 mm needles and red yarn, cast on 89sts
Work 10 rows in K1, P1 rib
Change to 4mm needles
Knit 1 row
Add in white
(do not cut off the red yarn, simply carry it loosely up the side and use as required)
 
** Using white ~

Knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
 
Using red ~
Knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row  **
 
Repeat from ** to ** once more
 
Using white ~
Knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
 
Cut off the white yarn
 
Using red ~
Knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row
 
Shape the top ~
1st  Row:  (K6, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                        78sts
2nd, 4th,6th,8th,10th,12th Rows:  Purl
3rd  Row:  (K5, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                      67sts
5th  Row:  (K4, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       56sts
7th  Row:  (K3, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       45sts
9th  Row:  (K2, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       34sts
11th  Row (K1, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       23sts
13th  Row (K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                              12sts
Cut yarn (leaving a long ‘tail’ to use for sewing up), draw the end through all stitches, pull up tightly.
Sew up the seam.  Darn away ends.
 

Bradley Hat          With a turn up rib         6 – 10 years
Size:

Width:          8” (16” all around)
Height:        7½”
 
Requires:
DK yarn in red and white
3.25mm & 4mm needles
 
Using 3.25 mm needles and red yarn, cast on 89sts
Work 10 rows in K1, P1 rib
 
Change to 4mm needles
Knit 1 row
Add in white
(do not cut off the red yarn, simply carry it loosely up the side and use as required)
 
** Using white ~
Knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
 
Using red ~
Knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row  **
 
Repeat from ** to ** twice more
 
Using white ~
Knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 1 row
 
Cut off the white yarn
 
Using red ~
Knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row
 
Shape the top ~
1st  Row:  (K6, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                        78sts
2nd, 4th,6th,8th,10th,12th Rows:  Purl
3rd  Row:  (K5, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       67sts
5th  Row:  (K4, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       56sts
7th  Row:  (K3, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       45sts
9th  Row:  (K2, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       34sts
11th  Row (K1, K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                       23sts
13th  Row (K2 tog) repeat to last st, k1                              12sts
Cut yarn (leaving a long ‘tail’ to use for sewing up), draw the end through all stitches, pull up tightly.
Sew up the seam.  Darn away ends.
 


 

 

 I am happy for you to use my patterns for your own use or for charity donations.
In addition:  You can gift or sell any finished items you make from my patterns.  
However, please do not copy my patterns
 
Copyright © 2017 ‘made by marianna’  All Rights Reserved
This pattern (the information and photos) may not be copied or reproduced
or republished on another webpage or website.
 

 
 


Saturday, 8 July 2017

Ailsa Baby Hat


Knitting is basically all about how you use knit and purl stitches. I love playing around and making new combinations.
It keeps me interested in my craft. Sometimes I pull it back - sometimes I like the way it looks!
 
Hope you enjoy trying out this one!
 
Ailsa Baby Hat
 




Ailsa Baby Hat    ~  0 - 3 months

 
Tension:

20sts = 4”

Please note ~ this is not the usual tension for DK yarn and 4mm needles because extra stitches are made and then lost again whilst working the pattern.

Size:

Width:    6“ (15.5cm)   12“ (31cm) all around 
Height:   5¾“ (15cm)

 

Requires:

DK yarn ~ around 16g

4mm needles

 

Cast on 59sts

** Knit 4 rows

5th Row:        S1, p1, * yon, k1, yrn, p2, rep from * to end
6th Row:        S1, k1, * p3, k2, rep from * to end

7th Row:        S1, p1, * k3, p2, rep from * to end

8th Row:        S1, k1, *p3tog, k2, rep from * to end **

Repeat from ** to ** three times more

Knit 8 rows

 

Shape Crown

Row 1:          K2tog, * k5, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12:     S1, knit to end

Row 3:          S1, * k4, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 5:          S1, * k3, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 7:          S1, * k2, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 9:          S1, * k1, k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 11:        S1, * k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1

Row 13:        S1, * k2tog, repeat from * to last st, k1

 
Cut off yarn, leaving a tail. Thread tail onto a needle and pass through remaining stitches. Pull to gather up.

Sew side seam. Weave in ends.
 
Ailsa Baby Hat
 
 
 I am happy for you to use my patterns for your own use or for charity donations.
In addition:  You can gift or sell any finished items you make from my patterns.  
However, please do not copy my patterns
 
Copyright © 2017 ‘made by marianna’  All Rights Reserved
This pattern (the information and photos) may not be copied or reproduced
or republished on another webpage or website.