WHAT IS THE PREMMIE KNITTING CLUB?
The Premmie Knitting Club (PKC) is a tribe of knitters from across New Zealand and Australia, knitting for premature babies in the NICU. We welcome sharing of patterns, ideas and asking questions so please feel free to do so on social media and via email. Anyone can join, sign up to the mailing list, join the Facebook group and follow PKC on Instagram. For more on the origins of the club, take a look at the ‘About Us’ page on this website.
WHEN AND WHERE DO I DONATE MY KNITTING TO?
We encourage knitting all year round but our official 2019 appeal is open from March-July 1st 2019 so please send your knitting by the end of June 2019. Addresses for donations can be found on the donating your knitting page.
WHAT SHOULD I KNIT?
We have a page dedicated to patterns and ideas, see here. Beanies are always popular, especially ribbed beanies as they can grow with the baby. Jackets and singlets are also much needed and we also encourage people to knit blankets too as there is a real shortage of these at many NICU’s. Blankets should be roughly 100cm x 60cm.
WHERE CAN I FIND FREE PATTERNS?
We have a page devoted to patterns and knitting ideas with free downloadable patterns.
WHAT TYPE OF WOOL SHOULD I USE?
The general consensus is that both natural and acrylic wools are acceptable (machine washable wools, acrylic-wool blend or 100% acrylic yarns) and this has been verified by multiple hospitals across NZ and Australia who we have checked with. That said, there is differing info available online as some hospitals have different processes for washing and distributing the knits so we encourage people to check with the hospital they are donating to if they want to be 100% certain.
WHERE CAN I BUY A KNITTING KIT?
PKC is partnering with KidSet again to provide knitting kits to make it easy to knit for the NICU. KidSet will be donating a percentage of each sale to the Well Foundation for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at North Shore, Auckland. Buy your kit here.
I CROCHET, CAN I JOIN THE PREMMIE KNITTING CLUB?
Yes, we have plenty of crocheters involved. The best thing to make as a crocheter would be the Octopus toys for preemie babies, a free pattern can be found here. The tentacles of the octopus resemble the umbilical cord and remind babies of the womb and comfort.
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO KNIT, HOW CAN I SUPPORT PREMMIE KNITTING CLUB?
Lots of people learned to knit for our 2018 appeal so we encourage you to give it a go! If you aren’t interested in learning to knit but want to support, you can donate via Givealittle. Please note, the funds will be donated to the North Shore Hospital SCBU premmie unit.
You can also support by sharing about Premmie Knitting Club’s appeal on social media, remember to tag @Premmieknittingclub!
IF I DONATE MONEY TO PKC, WHERE DOES IT GO?
We donate the money from Givealittle to the Well Foundation who are helping the Waitakere Hospital Special Care Baby Unit build more rooms so families can stay together. This will mean families -particularly mums with premature babies - can stay together in hospital and bond during a very vulnerable time in their lives. The foundation’s aim is to build six new rooms (from 12 to 18) so families can stay close to their baby and create a welcoming family-centred environment: designed around mums and bubs to support rest and recovery, and family bonding.
WHEN IS THE NEXT APPEAL?
We encourage knitting throughout the year but we do one 'big' appeal from March-June each year.