Thursday, 7 April 2016

Tiny Topaz - Premature Baby Sleeper

These little sleepers are for premature babies - I chose a simple style, as I didn't want to overwhelm a delicate tiny baby with too much decoration.
The addition of some really pretty buttons and ribbon is enough to give a special touch.
 
Tiny Topaz Premature Baby Sleeper
 
If you are making these for dolls, then of course you can use any yarn you choose,
 
but if you are making these for hospitals or charity groups  -
please check with them first to find out if these sleepers are suitable - or if there are any special requirements that you should consider.
 
I imagine that this little sleeper may be used by a neonatal unit
to give to the bereaved parents of a pre-term baby who do not have clothes that are small enough to fit.
Very tiny babies that are born too soon are very delicate, so it is important that the sleeper is easy to put on - hence the buttons all the way down.
 
If the gown is to be used in this way then any decoration may be used.
 
Tiny Angel Sizes can be made by using 4ply yarn instead of DK.
 
Tiny Topaz Premature Baby Sleeper
 
 However - if the sleeper is to be used for a premature, small or early baby - you may need to consider important factors .....
 
for example - yarn with metallic thread is not suitable,
and the hospital may have other requirements about the yarn you use.
Some hospitals prefer self coloured yarn (not the self-patterning yarns that are so popular at the moment). 
 
Please check first
 
 
 
 

Topaz ~ Small Premature Baby Sleeper

Size:

Width:                     12"
Length:                    12"

 
Tension: 

22sts = 4" (10cm)

 
Requires:

Around 42g of DK (8ply) yarn

6 buttons 

 
 


Instructions:

Using 4mm needles, cast on 43sts

Rows 1 & 2               Knit
Row 3                      K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row
Rows 4                     Knit

Row 5                       K7, kfb, k1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1, kfb, k10, kfb, k1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1, kfb, k8
Row 6                       K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 7                       K8, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k12, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k9

Row 8                       K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 9                       K9, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k14, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k10

Row 10                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 11                     K10, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k11

Row 12                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 13                     K11, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k18, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k12

Row 14                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 15                     K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), k8, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k20, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k13

Row 16                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 17                     K13, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k22, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k14

Row 18                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 19                     K14, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k24, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k15

Row 20                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 21                     K17, slip next 22sts onto a stitch holder, k29, slip next 22sts onto a stitch holder, k17

Row 22                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                                                           (63sts) 

Row 23                     Knit

Row 24                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Repeat last 2 rows once more

**

Row 27                     K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row

Row 28                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4 

Row 29                     Knit

Row 30                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4 

Repeat last 2 rows 4 times more **

Repeat from ** to ** 3 times more

Next Row                 K2, * (yrn, k2tog, k1), repeat from * to last 3sts, k3

Next Row                 K4, purl to last 4sts, k4 

Next Row                 Knit

Cast off knitwise

 

Work long or short sleeves


Long Sleeves ~ Both Alike

Put the 22sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.

Row 1                       Knit 

Row 2                       Purl

Repeat the last 2 rows 4 times more

Row 11                     Knit

Cast off knitwise

Make the second sleeve in the same way

 
Short Sleeves ~ Both Alike

Put the 22sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.

Knit 5 rows

Cast off knitwise

Make the second sleeve in the same way

 

Sew up sleeve border seams

Gather together underarms, using a length of yarn

Darn away ends

Sew on buttons
 
 
Thread a length of satin ribbon through the eyelet holes at the lower edge, and tie in a bow
 
 


Topaz ~ Medium Premature Baby Sleeper         

 
Size:

Width:                     13 "
Length:                    13 "


Tension: 

22sts = 4" (10cm)

 

Requires:

Around 48g of DK (8ply) yarn

6 buttons

 
 
Instructions:

Using 4mm needles, cast on 47sts

Rows 1 & 2               Knit
Row 3                       K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row
Rows 4                     Knit

Row 5                       K8, kfb, k1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1, kfb, k12, kfb, k1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1, kfb, k9
Row 6                       K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 7                       K9, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k14, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k10

Row 8                       K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 9                       K10, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k11

Row 10                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 11                     K11, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k18, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k12

Row 12                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 13                     K12, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k20, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k13

Row 14                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 15                     K13, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k22, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k14

Row 16                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 17                     K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), K10, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k24, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k15

Row 18                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 19                     K15, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k26, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k16

Row 20                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 21                     K16, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k28, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k17

Row 22                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 23                     K19, slip next 24sts onto a stitch holder, k33, slip next 24sts onto a stitch holder, k19

Row 24                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                                                           (71sts) 

Row 25                     Knit

Row 26                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 
Repeat last 2 rows twice more

**

Row 31                     K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end

Row 32                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 33                     Knit

Row 34                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4 

Repeat last 2 rows 5 times more **

 
Repeat from ** to ** 3 times more

 
Next Row                 K2, * (yrn, k2tog, k1), repeat from * to last 3sts, k3

Next Row                 K4, purl to last 4sts, k4 

Next Row                 Knit

Cast off knitwise




Work long or short sleeves

 
Long Sleeves ~ Both Alike

Put the 24sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.

Row 1                       Knit 

Row 2                       Purl

Repeat the last 2 rows 6 times more

Row 15                     Knit

Cast off knitwise

Make the second sleeve in the same way

 
 
Short Sleeves ~ Both Alike

Put the 24sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.

Row 1                       S1, knit to end        

Row 2                       S1, purl to last st, k1

Knit 5 rows

Cast off knitwise

 

Make the second sleeve in the same way

Sew up sleeve border seams

Gather together underarms, using a length of yarn

Darn away ends

Sew on buttons

Thread a length of satin ribbon through the eyelet holes at the lower edge, and tie in a bow

 

 

 
Topaz ~ Large Premature Baby Sleeper             

Size:

Width:                     14"
Length:                    14"


Tension: 

22sts = 4" (10cm)

 
Requires:

DK (8ply) yarn

6 buttons

 

Instructions:

Using 4mm needles, cast on 51sts

Rows  1& 2                Knit
Row 3                       K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end of row
Rows 4                     Knit
 
Row 5                       K9, kfb, k1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1, kfb, k14, kfb, k1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1, kfb, k10

Row 6                       K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 7                       K10, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k11

Row 8                       K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 9                       K11, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k18, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k12

Row 10                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 11                     K12, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k20, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k13

Row 12                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 13                     k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k22, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k14

Row 14                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 15                     K14, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k24, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k15

Row 16                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 17                     K15, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k26, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k16

Row 18                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
 
Row 19                     K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), K12, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k28, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k17

Row 20                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 21                     K17, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k30, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k18

Row 22                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 23                     K18, kfb, k1, kfb, k21, kfb, k1, kfb, k32, kfb, k1, kfb, k21, kfb, k1, kfb, k19

Row 24                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 25                     K21, slip next 26sts onto a stitch holder, k37, slip next 26sts onto a stitch holder, k21                                 (79sts)
Row 26                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 27                     S1, knit to end

Row 28                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

 
Repeat last 2 rows three times more
 
**

Row 35                     K2, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end

Row 36                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4

Row 37                     Knit

Row 30                     K4, purl to last 4sts, k4 

Repeat last 2 rows 6 times more **
 
 
Repeat from ** to ** 3 times more

 
Next Row                 K2, * (yrn, k2tog, k1), repeat from * to last 3sts, k3

Next Row                 K4, purl to last 4sts, k4 

Next Row                 Knit

Cast off knitwise




Work long or short sleeves

 
Long Sleeves ~ Both Alike


Put the 26sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.
 
Row 1                       Knit 

Row 2                       Purl

Repeat the last 2 rows 8 times more

Row 19                     Knit

Cast off knitwise

 
Make the second sleeve in the same way

 

Short Sleeves ~ Both Alike

Put the 26sts, left on a stitch holder, back on to a knitting needle.

Row 1                       S1, knit to end        

Row 2                       S1, purl to last st, k1

Row 3                       S1, knit to end        

Row 4                       S1, purl to last st, k1

Knit 5 rows

Cast off knitwise
 
Make the second sleeve in the same way

 

Sew up sleeve border seams

Gather together underarms, using a length of yarn  

Darn away ends

Sew on buttons

Thread a length of satin ribbon through the eyelet holes at the lower edge, and tie in a bow

 

 


 
You will find the instructions for matching hats at ~
 

 
 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 © 2016 ‘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.
‘This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service.’
 

7 comments :

  1. Very sweet Marianna thank you for sharing the pattern. :) xx

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  2. awesome, cant wait for the bigger sizes!!!

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  3. Thank you so much for putting this up Marianna my daughter was a premature baby (born at 36 weeks) and even the premie clothes at stores were huge on her. She was 5 lbs 14 oz when born but due to the fact that her dad and I both are naturally skinny she didn't really have any clothes that fit her to keep her warm.

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  4. What a lovely post. HAVING been a Neonatal nurse for 30 plus years I can say that parents were overwhelmingly grateful for premie clothes.

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  5. Love this pattern.. Do you have something like this sleeper but in a newborn size?

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  6. I(and probably others) would be grateful if you could indicate how your sizes translate into either actual size of the baby (birth weight or length), degree of prematurity (ca. born week 32, 36,... of pregnancy), or the centilong system normally used (at least i Europe) for children's clothes (for anyone not familiar with the system, the size is indicated as the total length/height of the child which the garment is supposed to fit: 36,40, 44 for premature, 48/50, 52, 56 for newborn, etc)?
    Gitte (Denmark)

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  7. I think you are a wonderful lady. I love that you have taken time to do the premie sizes too. Thank you for sharing your patterns.

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