Newborn Preemie Blanket

The Newborn Preemie Blanket is my first blanket pattern release. In my head blankets are always such a huge undertaking. I wanted to start with something small.

You could probably complete this blanket in just a few days. The Newborn Preemie Blanket is made up of easy row repeats too! Using only 600 yards, this is probably one of my smallest projects too.

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Sunflower Cottage Crochet Preemie Crochet Challenge

For the month of August 2021 Sunflower Cottage Crochet is hosting their Preemie Crochet Challenge.

For each pattern that you download for free for the event you are pledging to donate at least one of each of those finished items to a local organization for preemie babies. It could be your local hospital’s NICU department, local family in need, or an organization who specializes in premature babies.

Many families have been touched with the complications of premature birth. Both the mother and baby can have lasting effects of prematurity.

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My Preemie Story

My younger brother was born 8 weeks premature. I was still too young to remember but my mother has told me a few times that she wasn’t leaving the hospital to come home until her baby was coming home with her.

Luckily we are part of really supportive families and my parents had help when my mom was tending to my brother.

If you saw my brother today you wouldn’t even know that he was a preemie baby. He’s now a grown man who is a big softy for his older sister (me), he can be an jerk 95% of the time but he’s my lovable brother.

Supplies

  • 600 Yards Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly or comparable #3 weight yarn
  • H/5.00mm
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Measuring Tape
  • Stitch markers

Stitches & Abbreviations

Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
RS – Right Side
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Tr – Treble Crochet
WS – Wrong Side

Pattern Notes

A stitch count has been provided at the end of each row.

When working the border, put a stitch marker in the 1st stitch to see where to join.

Place a stitch marker in the middle stitch of each corner.

Gauge & Finished Measurement

Gauge: 15 Sts x 11 Rows

Finished Size: Approx. 18” x 24”

Pattern

Ch 71

Row 1.) Sc in 2nd Ch from the hook and each St across (70) RS

Row 2.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, *(Sc, Tr) in next St, Sk next St* repeat across, Hdc in last St. (70)

Row 3.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, *(Sc, Tr) in next St, Sk next St* repeat across, Hdc in last St. (70)

Row 4.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (70)

Row 5.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (70)

Row 6.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, *(Sc, Tr) in next St, Sk next St* repeat across, Hdc in last St. (70)

Row 7.) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, *(Sc, Tr) in next St, Sk next St* repeat across, Hdc in last St. (70)

Row 8.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in 1st St and each St across. (70)

Repeat rows 5-8 until approximately 23” ending with row 8.

Move on to border.

Border

Row 1.) Turn, Ch 1, Sc evenly around with 3 Sc in each corner. Join with a Sl St to 1st Sc.

Row 2.) Ch 1, Hdc in each Sc around with 3Hdc in each corner. Join with a Sl St to 1st Hdc.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Availability

The ad-free pdf can be purchased on Ravelry and Etsy.

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Ireland Notions Bag

I had the pleasure of being the guest designer for the Leither Co. July 2021 Destination Subscription Box. The surprise destination was Ireland!

If you’re not familiar with the monthly subscription boxes from Leither Co. you can find out all the details here. There are a few options to choose from and range from $23 up to $62. Each month is different than the last and no two boxes are the same.

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The Subscription Box

Let me tell you about the subscription box I designed for and what it included.

  • 1 hank of hand-dyed 100% superwash merino – worsted weight
  • 1 handmade hook – size F or 3.75mm
  • 1 stitch marker
  • 1 magazine featuring TWO patterns and TWO squares for the year long crochet-a-long

There were a few extras included in the July 2021 box. These include a sticker, additional stitch markers, and a lamb enamel pin. These aren’t usually in the boxes but Ashley wanted to add a little something to this month’s box for all her subscribers.

The Ireland Notions Bag Crochet Kit

If you’re not interesting in subscribing to the monthly box, you can purchase just the project kit. I’ve listed below what you’ll get with the kit.

  • Digital download of the Ireland Notions Bag
  • Yarn needed – 1 hank of hand-dyed worsted weight 100% superwash merino yarn – colorway Ireland
  • (optional upgrade) Ireland crochet hook size F/3.75mm
  • (optional upgrade) additional hanks of yarn

The Yarn

Let us talk about this STUNNING yarn. Because it is hand-dyed no two skeins are exactly the same. They might be done in the same batch but won’t be identical.

As you can see in the picture below, there are varying shades of green with pops of teal. There are also splashes of pink and grey.

The Hook

Leither Co. hooks are by far my favorite hooks. The ergonomic hooks fit in my hand help with muscle fatigue like you wouldn’t believe. A whole lot of time and effort go into making these hook perfect.

The hook is made up of a Clover tip and a wooden handle, crafted by Ashley’s husband. They call the style of the different colored layers “Funfetti.”

The handles come in different styles and colors. I personally like the Tulip style the most. They just sit in my hand perfectly while whipping up a project.

The Pattern

You know that I’m a fan of texture. When given the opportunity to design for the July box I knew that I needed to do a project that has a subtle texture to show off the colors of the yarn.

Since I tend to design items that are easy to follow and have one or two row repeats, the Ireland Notions Bag was going to be the same.

The Ireland Notions Bag fits all the things you’ll need for your projects, minus the yarn. It will hold your printed pattern (folded in half or letter style), your hook, scissors, stitch markers, yarn needles, and measuring tape.

Due to using worsted weight yarn and a F/3.75mm crochet hook the fabric of the stitches is very dense. This will help keep everything secure within the bag and not poke out any holes.

I’d love to see your finished Ireland Notions Bag. Send me a message (links below) to show me how yours turned out.

Photo Credit – Leither Co.

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