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Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021

Last year around this time, I got to know the lovely Helen Wilkinson in a Facebookgroup called Sunflower Cottage Crochet. I was following the group for a while, when I first heard about the Preemie Crochet Challenge.

It was a group of crochet designers, dedicating their time, creativity and skills to develop patterns for preemies, from blankets, hats to bonding squares. I felt honoured to be given the opportunity to write my first preemie pattern and gave away over 350 copies during my featured time in the pattern roundup.

This year, I started writing a bonding square pattern, until I discovered another designer had a similar idea. I guess great minds think alike, and we decided to both come up with another design to present to the world. Luckily, I made a freehand preemie hat during my vacation week and I was able to reconstruct the pattern and write it down.

This became the precious Preemie Beanie Marleen, that will be my entry to the Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021, hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The aim of this challenge is, to raise awareness for preemies and the possibility to create and donate preemie items to local hospitals, charities or friends/family that might need it. Every download is a pledge to donate at least one item made from the pattern. I received 954 pledges in the form of downloads between 1-8 August. Thank you all so much!

the Preemie Beanie Marleen and the Preemie Bonding Hug Squares together

My Preemie Beanie Marleen hat pattern was available for free between 1-8 August on Ravelry, with the code that was shared in the Preemie Beanie Crochet Challenge site. It is now available in my Etsy shop, too, for those who do not want to use Ravelry.

Please visit the Sunflower Cottage Crochet blog with all the round-up info here:

You can find todays, pattern here too.

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Preemie Hat Marleen

I am very happy to share my latest pattern for a preemie hat crochet pattern, called after my lovely mother, Marleen.

This pattern will be available for free on Ravelry between 1-8 August 2021, with a coupon that you can find a bit further in this post.

Please go ahead and check the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Facebook group for the Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021 pattern roundup. Every day throughout August a suitable pattern will be shared by a different designer. This can be a hat, bonding square or even blanket.

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Click on the image above to go directly to the preemie hat Marleen

Please give the pattern a like, by adding to your favorites as a thank you. I would love to see your projects.

Did you know, I also wrote a set of preemie hat patterns last year for the Preemie crochet challenge? They are still available on Ravelry (click here) and on Etsy (click here). All my patterns are written in US English.

The hat was designed for a preemie with head circumference of 10 inch or 25 cm. This would be for 2-4 lbs or 28-32 weeks, approximately.
My hat was made with a 4 mm hook and a bit of DK weight, or #3 yarn.
I only needed 11 grams, so one skein of Stylecraft would be enough for almost 9 or 10 of these. Great for stashing up for charity crochet!
Off course this is an estimated average and you could adjust the size by going up a hook, or using aran weight, to make it a bit bigger. Or go down in hooksize or use a sports weight to make it a bit smaller.

You can get the pattern for the preemie hat Marleen free, between 1-8 August 2021, with coupon MARLEEN on Ravelry here: please enter the coupon and check that the price changes to free before confirming. After 8 August the ad-free PDF pattern can be bought on Ravelry and Etsy

Preemie hats are my way of sending hugs into the world

Click here to download the pattern, use coupon MARLEEN to get it for free between 1 and 8 August 2021.
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Preemie Hat Marleen pattern, coming soon

꧁𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒎𝒊𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒔 ꧂ I love making babyhats. This will be a new pattern for a preemie hat. ☞︎︎︎Size 11.5 cm high, 25 cm circumference ( 4.5 x 10 inch)

Pattern is now being tested by a group of experienced crochet pattern testers. Once it is final, you will be able to find the pattern on Ravelry and Etsy.

It is part of @sunflowercottagecrochet Preemie Crochet Challenge. You can find the information on this Preemie Crochet Challenge right here

Starting 1 August 2021, there will be multiple talented crochet designers, sharing patterns suitable for preemies on their blog or Ravelry sites. They will be free, sometimes for a day or limited time, some always free on the blog of the designer. You can find the coupon and how to find the free patterns in Sunflower Cottage Crochet Roundup Post. My Preemie Hat ‘Marleen’ will be featured on the 1st of August and will be free for a week on Ravelry.

Please remember that by downloading the free copy, you pledge to donate at least one hat you make from the pattern.

Please find the ad-free pattern on Ravelry here and on Etsy here. It will be posted for free on the blog too.

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Preemie bonding square ‘ hug square’

Last year I got to know the lovely Helen Wilkinson from Sunflower Cottage Crochet. I was just starting to write some patterns and she was so kind to help me with some technical aspects of pattern writing and blogging. This was topped with a feature of my preemie hat pattern set during her Preemie Month round up.

This year, I will participate again in this lovely roundup, because as a former maternity ward nurse,preemies are so close to my heart.

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What also is close to the preemie parents hearts, are bonding squares. These small cloths are worn on the skin of the parent and then placed next to the little one, so that they can smell mom or dad close to them. Usually they are made in pairs, so they can be changed out.

I will give you an example of a nice textured square, that can be made with small bits of cotton and a crochet hook. I would recommend using washable cotton, because of hygienic reasons. Always consult your preeemies nurses or doctors before placing something in their cocoon/bed/incubator off course. Local regulations can apply.

Two white bonding squares with a small flower

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The pattern

  • Materials:
  • Some scrapyarn, cotton preferably, and matching hook
  • In this example I used stylecraft special dk white acrylic, since that was what I had on hand
    Matching hook, I used a 4.5 mm hook
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle for weaving in ends
  • Tape measure, finished square to be approximately 15 cm or 6 inch
close up of the bonding square

Preemie Bonding Squares are like portable hugs..

Marjolein de Koning, 2021
Pattern DutchCrochetbyMdK 
Preemie Bonding Square, Hug Square

Chain2 counts as 1st stitch in pattern

1. Chain 25, hdc in 2nd loop from the hook until end

2. Chain 2, turn and hdc in back loop only in next 22 stitches, hdc in both loops in top of turning chains previous row

3. Repeat r 2 until desired length is same as width of yiur square. In my case 15 rows

4. Chain 1 and sc in side of all rows, in corner (sc, ch1,sc) in same stitch, 24 sc in bottom row, corner (sc, ch1, sc)in same stitch, sc in side of rows, corner (sc, ch1, sc) in same stitch, 24 sc in top row, end with chain 1 and ss in 1st stitch.

Now make another square so you can swap them every 12 hours.

Optional 🌸 
I added a flower from some scrapyarn, stylecraft special dk, color Fiesta, hook 2.5 mm

How to make the flower:
Magic ring, ch3 , 2 dc, ss in ring, *3dc, ss in ring*, repeat in between * 3 more times.
Close with ss in top of ch3.
Close magic ring and weave in ends securely.

Leave a tail for sewing,fasten off . Sew the flower with small stitches on the square, making sure to secure it well.

You could make different color flowers for Mom or dad, day or night.
always check if they are still securely fastened before use.
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Today is the first day of a new chapter in the life of DutchCrochetbyMdK.

After having a small Etsy shop for 5 years and publishing a few patterns on Ravelry, it is time to discover the world of blogging.

If you want to know more about the person behind the name come along and follow me on my Journey.

I will be writing about my love for crochet, sewing, charity crafting and sustainability.

Some patterns will be shared here for free, others are available via Etsy and Ravelry.

I am also planning to create pattern packs with everything you need to make a small project.

This site is still under construction, but more will come.

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I love to know what you would like to see here, so feel free to comment and share your finished items from my patterns here.

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