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All newborn babies must stay warm to survive.
Knit for New Life is a Norwegian organization that collects knitted incubators to newborn babies in Tanzania.
All newborn babies, and especially premature babies, have a reduced ability to regulate their own body temperature and get cold easily. Knit for New Life offers knitted incubators to the little ones to prevent disease and death caused by hypothermia. A knitted incubator consists of a hat, a pair of socks, a sweater and a blanket – all knitted in soft baby wool.
Simple, but absolutely vital!
Ten times as many children are born prematurely in developing countries compared to industrialized countries. The high infant mortality rate is partly caused by the lack of simple, cost effective measures such as warm clothing.
We need you to help us knit!
Sizes: Premature (Newborn)
Yarn: Babywoll or other woolen yarns for babies
Needles: 3,5 mm – 4 mm. Socks: 3 mm
(big needles will give a light and elastic result)
Cast on loosely 42 (54) stitches (st).
Continue in rib [knit (k) 2, purl (p) 2] for 16 (20) cm. To make the sleeves: Cast on 16 (26) st at the beginning of each of the next two rows. Continue in rib another 6 (8) cm. Cast off loosely the 30 (36) middle st for the neck opening and continue to the end of the row. On the next row, knit to opening, cast on loosely 30 (36) st for the back neck opening, finish the row. You are now working the back of the sweater. Work in rib for 6 (8) cm. Cast off loosely the first 16 (26) st of the next two rows. Continue to work in rib for 16 (20) cm and cast off loosely. Join the side seams by hand.
Cast on 3 st, continue in garter stitch, knit the first and last st as an edge stitch and increase by making 1 st at the beginning and end of every second row. After 55 (65) cm, or when each side of the blanket measures approximately 80 (90) cm, decrease 1 st at the beginning and end of every second row until 3 st remain. Cast off and weave in ends.
Cast on loosely 32 (40) st.
Continue in rib (k2, p2) for 1.5 (2) cm. Knit 1 row in which the rib is shiftet 1 st to the left like this: Over k2, p2 work p1, k2, p1. *work 3 rows in rib, before shifting the pattern to the left*, repeat from * to * until the sock measures 15 (17) cm.
*K2, p2tog* repeat to the end of the row.
Next 2 rows: K2, p1.
Next row: *k2tog, p1* repeat to the end of the row.
Nest 2 rows: K1, p1.
Next row: *K2tog* repeat to the end of the row.
Cut the yarn and pull end through the remaining st.
Alternatively you may decrease on every row rather than knitting rows in between to make the socks less pointed.
Cast on loosely on 80 (88) st on four double pointed needs.
Work 40 (50) rows in rib (k2, p2).
Row 1: *k2, p2, k2, p2tog* repeat to the end of the row – 70 (77) st
Row 2: *k2, p2, k2, p1* repeat to the end of the row
Row 3: *k2, p2, k1, p2tog* repeat to the end of the row – 60 (66) st
Row 4: *k2, p2, k1, p2*repeat to the end of the row
Row 5: *k2, p2, p2 tog* repeat to the end of the row – 50 (55) st
Row 6: *k2, p3* repeat to the end of the row
Row 7: *k2, p1, p2tog* repeat to the end of the row – 40 (44) st
Row 8: *k2, p2* repeat to the end of the row
Row 9: *k2tog, p2tog* repeat to the end of the row 20 (22) st
Row 10: *k1, p1* repeat to the end of the row
Row 11: *k2tog* repeat to the end of the row – 10 (11) st
Cut the yarn and pull the lose end through the remaining st. Weave in ends.
Attach the different pieces of clothing together.
Thank you for contributing to giving a small child a safe start in life!
For other languages
Click on the link under your flag and get information and knitting patterns in a brochure in your language. You can send knitted clothes to our adress in Oslo, we do not have any other collaborations abroad. Thank you for your contribution to the premature and newborns in Tanzania!