Blankets for Infant Bereavement Packages

The Preemie Project includes a knit or crochet blanket in packages supplied to Iowa Hospitals for infant bereavement

Sizes Needed:

All sizes are needed from less than 1 lb up to full-term newborn. Please refer to our Volunteer Measurement Guide for measurements for each size.

Colors Needed:

We need at least 2/3 of the blankets to be solid white.  The other 1/3 needed in solid light pink and solid light blue

Crafting Guidelines:

  • Do NOT use worsted weight yarn. Use DK weight (3 – light) or lighter. See our List of Suggested Yarn
  • Yarns appropriate for bereavement are those that call for a size 6 needle or G crochet hook, or smaller.
  • The blanket must be exceptionally soft.  Do a “Scratch test” by rubbing the yarn on your neck or underside of your upper arm.  We love Hobby Lobby Baby Bee Sweet Delight. It makes the softest, lightest weight blanket.
  • All blankets should be solid color, white, light pink, light blue only. Do NOT use variegated yarns.
  • Do NOT use a pattern that is excessively lacey. The blanket should fully cover the child.
  • The blanket must be light weight so it does not overwhelm the tiniest infants. A heavy weight blanket will not fit in our packages
  • Finish the blanket with a nice border to make the blanket special.
  • If you crochet blankets, we recommend using a C2C pattern.  Here is a good tutorial.  When used with a light weight yarn, C2C creates a blanket that is attractive but covers well.  Be use to use a lighter weight very soft yarn like Hobby Lobby Baby Bee Sweet Delight.

Suggested Patterns:

You are free to use the pattern of your choice; here are a few suggestions.

Elegant, Simple Baby Blanket -Knit

Knit Baby Blanket

Alex’s Baby Blanket – Knit

Basket Weave Baby Blanket- Knit

Confetti Baby Blanket – Crochet

Spring in to Summer Blanket – Crochet

updated: 7/14/18