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!
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.