DollieBabies Knits For Newborns
Knits For Newborns

FREE special care baby unit knitting patterns

This section is for free special baby care unit, NICU, neonatal or care workers knitting patterns for those of you who knit for their local baby units, and for those who knit for charity and baby loss charities.

Even though these patterns are free, copyright rules still apply. Whilst I am usually more than happy for items made from my patterns to be sold, items from these patterns are NOT to be sold. These patterns are supplied on the condition that items made from them are given to neo-natal units and/or the various premature and baby loss charities that help families at their most distressing time.

Each pattern is listed individually, with the details of the materials you will need to make it.  To immediately download the patterns in PDF format, click on the download link under each picture.  There is no need for you to wait for me to email them to you, so that you can get started on them straight away.

Please check back regularly as this page will be updated with new patterns in the not too distant future.  We are aiming to have a varied selection of patterns for you to make so that all needs are catered for.

More patterns will be added soon.

Memorial Blanket or Angel Wrap

A pretty little memorial blanket knitting pattern using DK yarn.  The finished item measures 12" x 12" (30 x 30cm) when finished.  You will need 100g dk yarn, 1 x pr 4mm needles making a tension of 22sts and 30 rows to 10cm square over stocking stitch.


Knitting Pattern for a care workers headband with buttons for face masks to attach to.

Care Workers Headband for Masks Knitting Pattern

A knitting pattern for a fully adjustable headband with large buttons for a care worker to attach the straps of their mask over the buttons instead of their ears to make them more comfortable.  Its not the prettiest headband in the world, but hopefully it will be comfortable and practical.

You will need:

20g dk yarn with a tension of 22sts and 30 rows to 10cm square over stocking stitch, 2 large buttons, 1 x pr 4mm needles.  One size fits all.


Knitting Pattern for 5 inch baby bonding squares

Baby bonding squares knitting pattern

A lovely little pattern for making 5 inch bonding squares for your local special baby care unit, and a great way of using up those oddments of yarn too.

You will need

30g of DK yarn for a pair of squares

1 x pair 4mm needles


Knitting Pattern for a babies burial gown from 20-26 week gestation.

Free Baby Burial Gown Knitting Pattern

This pattern isn't a particularly quick knit, but with a thicker skirt area, worked in a cable pattern, it does provide privacy for the babies, and still makes for a pretty and practical outfit.  The gown fully opens out, so baby is easy to dress.

You will need:

16 ribbon roses as buttons or 16 buttons

50g 3ply yarn and 1 x pr 3.00mm needles for 7-8” height, or 20 week gestation size only

100g 4ply yarn and 1 x pr 3.25mm needles for 9-10” height, or 22 week gestation size only

100g dk yarn and 1 x pr 3.75mm needles for 11-12” height, or 24 week gestation size only

100g dk yarn and 1 x pr 4mm needles for 13-14” height, or 26 week gestation size only

1 metre knitting in lace (74 holes)

Embellishments of your choice