The Preemie Crochet Challenge 2024: Patterns perfect for Premature Babies

The Preemie Crochet Challenge 2024: Patterns perfect for Premature Babies
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I am thrilled to welcome you to this year’s Preemie Crochet Challenge – an event dedicated to providing patterns for premature babies. This year marks our fifth year of coming together to create beautiful, handmade items for the tiniest fighters among us. As many of you know, preemie crochet holds a special place in my heart, and I am endlessly inspired by the generosity and talent within our community.

My Jorja at a few days old

You can read why this crochet challenge is so important to me here.

Throughout the month of June, myself and some amazing crochet designer friends, are offering a selection of exclusive, FREE PDF patterns designed specifically for premature babies. These patterns are crafted with care, ensuring they are perfect for the delicate needs of little ones in NICUs.

The challenge is simple yet impactful: in return for each free pattern you download, I ask that you pledge to crochet at least one item from the pattern and donate it to a local NICU, charity, or family in need.

Our goal is to bring warmth, comfort, and a touch of handmade love to premature babies and their families. Over the past five years, we have collectively created thousands of items, from tiny hats and blankets to adorable booties and mittens, all of which have made a significant difference in the lives of those who receive them.

Join me in celebrating this milestone year of the Preemie Crochet Challenge.

Let’s make June a month of creativity, compassion, and community. Your participation not only spreads joy but also showcases the incredible power of our crochet community to make a real difference. Happy crocheting, and thank you for your continued support and generosity!

You can check out the patterns that featured in previous years’ events via the links below.

Preemie Crochet Challenge 2023

Preemie Crochet Challenge 2022

Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021

And Preemie Crochet Challenge 2020

Don’t miss out on the fun …

I would love for you to join our Community Facebook group and share your makes from this challenge or roundup!

You can get daily notifications for the featured patterns in any of our events in several ways.

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Choosing your yarn

I have recently published a blog post about choosing the best yarns for baby projects. Please do have a read and make sure that any items you are planning on donating are made in a suitable yarn that can be used. It would be such a shame to pour your time and love into making items for preemie babies for the yarn to be unsuitable.

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT BONDING SQUARES?

Every year I like to tell you a little bit about what these small but mighty bonding squares are. And this year I have a free printable for you to download so that you can attach them to your bonding squares before you donate them. You will be surprised just how fantastic these special preemie baby crochet patterns can be!

I find bonding square to be quick and easy! They are made in pairs and are usually between 5″ and 7″ squares. When a baby can’t be held by mum, bonding squares help to create a connection between them. Mum wears one of them against her skin for a few hours. Her scent is transferred to the square. The square is then given to baby and mum gets the other square to repeat the process. Through this, the baby learns their mum’s scent and a bond between them is created. This is also a great way for mum to feel closer to her baby. And it gives her something practical to do when she cannot hold her baby. The Bonding Squares you crochet could help a mother and newborn through their loneliest points.

Once you have made a pair of bonding squares to donate, you can turn the bonding square into a washcloth! Simply use 4 weight (aran) yarn and a 5mm hook if the pattern called for 3 weight (DK) yarn and 4mm hook. I did this with one of my patterns this year and it turned out great! Alternatively, you can use your scraps and double strand your yarn. I have a post with a free printable to help you double strand your yarn here.

The Patterns for 2024:

To make it easier for you to find what you are looking for I have listed all of the patterns below.

  • Today’s featured pattern
  • Patterns that are still available with the free pdf download
  • Patterns that are still free on the designer’s blog posts.
  • Now premium (paid) only patterns.

Today’s Pattern:

Cielo Blanket by Ambassador Crochet

This beginner friendly blanket uses the grit stitch (one of my favourites) to create a gorgeous textured blanket. Written for 3 sizes, but the stitch multiple is included to make this one as big as you prefer!

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Free download until 30th June

Coupon code: not needed – Be sure to click the special event button!

Free PDF pattern still available:

The Junie Beanie by High Desert Yarn

This adorable hat is an easy one using basic stitches. What is great about it is the special touch added with the easy embroider stitching.

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Coupon Code: It is a direct download (meaning that you have to click the special event button to get your pdf pattern)

Free download until: 30th June

Click the photo to find out more and get your copy!

Baby’s Breath Beanie by Kirsten Holloway Designs

The sweet little “Baby’s Breath” beanie pattern features a gorgeous floral design on the crown, with cluster stitches leading down to a delicate scalloped brim. These hats were specially designed using flat textures that are beautiful, but won’t irritate little heads. Crochet them with a soft fingering weight sock yarn of your choice.

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Coupon Code: babysbreath

Free download until: 30th June

baby cocoon crochet pattern suitable for preemies

Little Darling Preemie Sleep Sack by Jo’s Crafty Hook

Cocoon a baby up to 15lbs in this adorable sleep sack that can be made for any little darling.

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Coupon Code: LITTLEDARLING

Free download until: 30th June

Tiny but Mighty Bonding Square by Crochets by Trista

Bonding Squares starting in Europe but are such a great way of helping both the preemie and parents bond when baby cannot be held!

And they can be used as washcloths later too!

Check out my info about bonding squares above and be sure to get your free bonding square tags from above too!

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Coupon Code: Preemie24

Free download until: 30th June

Simple Crochet Baby Booties by Pam’s Cozy Corner

Step into sweetness with these adorable crochet baby booties, made with love and ready to adorn tiny toes!

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Coupon Code: BOOTIES24

Free download until: 30th June

Pepita Sampler Crochet Blanket by Underground Crafter

This crochet sampler baby blanket pattern is beginner friendly and includes the lemon peel stitch (also known as the pebble stitch) and a wave stitch. Sections of double crochet provide a flat “plane” to the “relief” of the textured stitch sections.

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Coupon Code: PEPITA

Free download until: 30th June

Cluster Crochet Preemie Hat by MadameStitch

Provide comfort and warmth to the tiniest preemies with the Wee One Hat. Its simple stitches and top-down construction make it the perfect gift for donating.

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Free download until 30th June

Coupon code: Not needed but be sure to click the special event button as the usual shop buttons will not work!

Labyrinth Bonding Square by Green Fox Farms Designs

The Labyrinth Lullaby Bonding Squares are so much fun to stitch up! Using a variety of stitches to create a bit of texture that creates a cozy square for baby and mom to snuggle with. You will enjoy making these bonding squares to donate and make a big difference in the lives of some special families!

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Free download until 30th June

Coupon code: Not needed but be sure to click the special event button as the usual shop buttons will not work!

Granny Square Bonding Squares by Carroway Crochet

Make these beginner friendly bonding squares with these easy to follow instructions. It uses the traditional granny square for the body of the square.

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Free download until 30th June

Coupon code: PREEMIE24

Happy Cuddles Baby Blanket by SandraStitches

There is lots of gorgeous texture in this baby blanket.

And it is easy to amend the size of this one to create a blanket of any size once you have made one to donate!

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Free download until 30th June

Coupon code: not needed – this is a direct download so look for the special event button and your pdf will be at the bottom of the next page.

Lemon Peel Preemie Hat by Hooked for Life Publishing

The Lemon Peel hat is quick to stitch up in a DK weight cotton. It’s soft and comfy, with a little bit of texture, and will fit the preemie 1 size.

This will always be a free pattern on the blog post.

Free download until 30th June

Coupon Code: Lemon

Free on the Designer’s blog posts:

Paid only Patterns:

Which of this year’s patterns for premature babies will you be making? Tag me in your makes on Facebook and Instagram.



10 thoughts on “The Preemie Crochet Challenge 2024: Patterns perfect for Premature Babies”

  • Thank you for this blog hop, they are a lot of work behind the scene to pull one of. I appreciate the free patterns we can be offered. Today is June 2 and the Baby’s Breath Beanie by Kirsten Holloway Designs is just adorable.
    Thank you so much.

  • Hello,
    I’ve tried to download the Babysbreath beanie using the link & code for free PDF download and it does not seem to work and still a charge. Wondered if I may be doing something wrong?
    Thanks for the help, and having this awesome blog hop!

    • Hi Ginny,

      It appears to still be working my end. I would suggest looking for the yellow button on Kirsten’s post. If you click on that she has the coupon code already entered for you and it should come up as free. It could be that there is a pesky space hidden at the beginning or end when you enter the code, or more likely, that ravelry has logged you out at the point of entering the code. Ravelry likes to randomly log people out especially when using an external direct link. Let me know if you continue to have issues (helen@sunflowercottagecrochet.com)

      Helen

    • Hi Ruth,

      I have just double checked it and the code is still working. When using an external link Ravelry does like to randomly sign people out. At the point of entering the code please double check that you are signed in as guests cannot use the codes. Also, if that does not work double check that there are no hidden spaces before or after the code – they are difficult to see but Ravelry counts them 🙂 Let me know if you continue to have issues.

      Helen

    • Hi Sharon, which hat are you referring to please?

      If you click the photo of the pattern you are looking for (noting any coupon code if needed) and then scroll the designers post you will see a special event button. Click that to be taken to the page with the download 🙂

      Helen

  • Hi, I make preemie Blankets for one facility but I’m wondering is there a list somewhere of facilities that accept preemie Blankets? Thanks

    • Hi Linda,

      I don’t have a list – you will need to get in touch with the facilities near you. This is a worldwide event so it would be impossible for me to collate that resource unfortunately.

      Helen

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