We are SUPER excited here at my house. A sweet friend just had twin grandbaby boys born a wee bit early... premature babies are some of the delights of our lives. As you know last week we covered the amazing Mamma that Makes. So of course this week, when we got the exciting news that TWIN preemie boys had arrived we did a little dance of joy! :)
Besides the wonderful Mychelle Cole there are a number of other amazing designers of preemie clothes. Like our wonderful Marianna's Lazy Daisy Days. We love these people because it is not just a matter of putting together a cute pattern, for them it's a matter of the heart. This is certainly true of the designers at Bev's Country Cottage. I covered Bev in an earlier posting months back. Her work has been well known on the web for years. In fact Bev's Country Cottage is one of the first websites I turned to when looking for patterns for my work with Project Linus. Her dedication to bringing the best, free, well written patterns for use with individual charity and organized charity giving is remarkable! She is an institution in the fiber arts world and those of us who know her heart, love her for it :)
In general it's a chore to find patterns for baby boys but to find pattern for preemie, twin, baby boys its a bit more of a challenge. Which is why I turned to Bev for help.
Bev's first son was born at 33 weeks, weighing just 4 pounds 11 ounces. She knows well that when it comes to preemies, unisex is always a good word :) The nice thing about knitting and crocheting is that you can choose from many embellishments and yarns to create beautiful garments for babies to wear. Bev keeps it simple for us! Bev Qualheim has designed her own patterns which she shares freely with everyone willing to lend a hook or needle to help another person in need. (though of course the photos ect remain her own property and out of respect one should give credit where credit is due) Her patterns are straightforward, easy to follow, and above all incredibly functional! YAY!
For the purposes of the preemie babies who have made their entrance in the world this past week I've chosen to share my favorite preemie patterns by Bev first of all.
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby-shirt.html This little "diaper shirt" as they used to be called is a short little vest type sweater that allows easy access to the diaper. Its perfect for a summer or late Spring baby. It can be worn over a long sleeved onesie to keep body heat in. Keeping a baby's core warm is really important. Another very important fact of life for preemies is that they need hats to keep their body heat in so Bev created this super sweet and easy preemie hat. I can't even tell you how many of these hats I've made over the years http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/preemieround.html and the baby booties help to add to the cutness factor... as if preemie twin boys aren't cute enough :) http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevsbooties2.html
A few other great designers have given us the opportunity to use their patterns through links on Bev's Country Cottage. Michelle Fullington shares her Wrap Diaper shirt. I like this pattern because it folds over in the front. A little extra warmth. http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/hdc-shirt.html Sweet pattern and not hard at all. Sheila (Irisheyez) contributes this beautiful Corner To Corner afghan http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/laprobe.html (love blankets this big because they can cover car seats and while allowing air through! nice)
There you have my favorite patterns for the this particular blessed event! I hope you can find something you can use among all these patterns. As always if I can assist you feel free to send me a note to facebook or use the "Contact Me" link!
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