Care home knits clothes for special care babies

Knitted breasts donated to neonatal unit (Thinkstock)

When a baby is due the temptation to knit it some tiny clothes can be overwhelming.

It offers the perfect excuse to handcraft something practical and creative and you know, as they're only small, babyclothing patterns shouldn't take you months to complete.

Even if you don't know of any babies, these tiny garments can make great gifts to hospitals and community centres.

People living at the Tanglewood Care Home in Horncastle have been enjoying helping the younger generation recently by clubbing together to knit clothes for special care babies.

This is Lincolnshire reports that resident Doreen Rainthorpe found patterns and requirements which were specifically designed to make garments for tiny babies in special care units.

She told some of her fellow residents and they decided to start producing them for their local Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

They chose the hospital as Tanglewood's wellbeing therapist Jeanette Stevenson had personal links to the unit, after spending ten days there with her son, Alfie who arrived five weeks prematurely.

He is now a healthy and happy little boy and Ms Stevenson said the care she and her son received at the centre "was exceptional".

She explained: "The staff involved me with everything and my consultant was remarkable. I can never thank them enough for the care they gave."

Nursing and midwifery staff on the unit welcomed the donation and expressed their sincere thanks to the Tanglewood centre and its residents.

The tiny romper suits, knitted hats and booties were all made from soft pastel wools, featuring colours such as lemon yellow, pale blue and white.

While the shade of yarn is an essential consideration, it is important that you choose a wool that will be beautifully soft as well as durable.

The classic Rowan wool cotton yarn is famed for its longevity, with a high twist blend of wool and cotton to give great stitch definition and a beautiful drape.

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