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     
 

Bonding Squares
Charlie                                                         Willow


CHARLIE Bonding Squares (knit 2)     5“

 
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

9th Row:       S1, k4, * k2, p2, rep from * to last 7sts, k7

10th Row:     S1, k4, * p2, k2, rep from * to last 3sts, k3

11th Row:     S1, knit across row

12th Row:     S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 
Repeat the last 6 rows four times more

 
Complete with a garter stitch border – knit 7 rows

 
Cast off knit wise

 
Darn away ends                                                                                                                                              

 
 

WILLOW Bonding Squares (knit 2)         5¼“

 
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 to end

8th Row:       S1, k4, *p4, k4, rep from * to last st, k1

Repeat the 7th and 8th Rows twice more

 
13th Row:     S1, knit to end

14th Row:     S1, k8, *p4, k4, rep from * to last 5sts, k5

Repeat the 13th and 14th Rows twice more  **

 

Repeat from ** to **  once more

 

31st Row:      S1, knit to end

32nd Row:     S1, k4, *p4, k4, rep from * to last st, k1

 
Repeat the 31st and 32nd Rows twice more

 
Complete with a garter stitch border – knit 7 rows

Cast off knit wise

Darn away ends                                   



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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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13 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea :) do you know of any particular hospitals that would like some?

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  2. Yes! St. Thomas Hospital in London. Check out this FB link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/810MumsMake/permalink/699450586924358/?comment_id=699890313547052&reply_comment_id=699891376880279&notif_id=1511280449552195&notif_t=group_comment

    That's how I found this posting :)

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  3. Just a quick question can these be made with acrylic yarn or does it need to be wool or cotton
    Thanks

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  4. My guess would be something that can be washed and dried.

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  5. Hi just a quick question..What size is the actual square when fullyknitted? I'm getting back into swing of knitting again just bit lost when do ben square im doing these for my local hosp

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  6. Just found this blogspot. I am recovering from surgery and will spend some time knitting these squares. It's a lovely idea and thank you for all the different patterns.

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  7. Hi I have my mum in a residential home where they have a knitting club. I'm going to pass this on so they can knit squares then i will collect them and send them to St Thomas's Hospital. As they are quick to produce they can have a finished result in no time. A lot of the residents have dementia but they can still knit. Hopefully it will give them a purpose too.
    Good Luck with your new venture with Etsy.

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  8. can i crochet these squares as i can't knit

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  9. My granddaughter was a premature baby and mum and baby used these. I've been knitting these squares when i have an hour to spare and will take them to the hospital where my granddaughter was born. I am going to look for pattern for such tiny babies as I believe they are very expensive.

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  10. Can you tell me whether pure wool is used, or is acrylic ok as it's not keeping the baby warm, it's all about the smell. And I'd like to add what a wonderful idea this is!

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  11. Can you tell me whether pure wool is used, or is acrylic ok as it's not keeping the baby warm, it's all about the smell. And I'd like to add what a wonderful idea this is!

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