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:

15 inch x 15 inch for earliest losses – less than 1 lb

20 inch x 20 inch for 1 – 1.5lb

25 inch x 25 inch for 2-3lb

30 inch x 30 inch for 3-5lb

36 inch x 36 inch for full term losses.

We need equal numbers of all sizes of blankets. Please make both the tiny and the larger size blankets.

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 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.
  • Soft baby yarn is preferred
  • 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 yarn like Bernat Softee Baby or 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: 12/31/17