The Premmie knitting club runs one 'big' appeal from March-June each year. The next appeal is in 2019 but if you want to knit throughout the year, we encourage you to contact your local NICU unit.
The Premmie Knitting Club is a tribe of knitters (and crocheters!) from across New Zealand and Australia, knitting for premature babies in the NICU. Courtney Bennett coordinates the club.
In 2018 we donated the knits to the Well Foundation benefiting North Shore Hospital SCBU and Waitakere Hospital in New Zealand and Royal Randwick Children's Hospital in Sydney.
Beanies are always popular and much needed, this year we encouraging people to knit blankets too as there is a real shortage of these at many NICU’s. Blankets should be roughly 100cm x 60cm.
Other tiny clothing, booties and items will also be welcomed. Details on wool/yarn requirements below.
Premmie items need to be small and there are many free patterns available online.
Machine washable wools are fine to use. Acrylic-wool blend or 100% acrylic yarns are also suitable.
Lots of people learned to knit for our 2018 appeal so I would 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.