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Knitting & Sewing

Knitting & sewing patterns for the Neonatal Unit

Important knitting notice:

Please don’t send any knitted items or clothing for the time being. We really appreciate your kind donations, but unfortunately due to the pandemic, we can’t currently accept any donated items. Thank you for your ongoing support.

You can help support by donating towards quilts made for the neonatal unit:

Knitting for premature babies charity

Knitting & Sewing

We receive lots of enquiries about donating knitted hats, baby clothes and blankets and other items for use in the Neonatal Unit. Although we do not deal directly with donations of knitting or sewing, staff do keep us informed regarding what is needed at any given time.


Knitted blankets in the following sizes would be welcome:

  • Small - 28” x 14” (70 cm x 40 cm),

  • Medium 1 - 30” x20” (80 cm x 50 cm),

  • Medium 2 - 30” x 24” (80 cm x 60 cm),

  • Large - 36” x 24” (90 cm x 60 cm)

Download further information PDF

Ventilator Bonnets

Crochet Ventilator Bonnet with ties PDF

Ventilator Bonnet with flap PDF

Baby Bonnet PDF


Cardigan Knitting Pattern PDF

Small Teddy

Little Knitted Teddy PDF

Fabric Bonding Squares

(the Unit does not use knitted bonding squares) PDF


Finished items should be sent directly to the Neonatal Unit at the following address:

Neonatal Unit (Ward 110)

Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

51 Little France Crescent


EH16 4SA

Please include your name and address, as staff will wish to acknowledge receipt of your items.

Other charities for knitting donations:

You may wish to consider donating knitted items to one of the other ‘baby’-related charities, namely Held In Our Hearts (formerly SANDS Lothians) and SiMBA (Simpson Memory Box Appeal).

Both charities are currently accepting donations of knitting and sewing, although you should bear in mind that they only accept certain items – details of these, including downloadable patterns can be found on their respective websites:

Held In Our Hearts

Held In Our Hearts (formerly SANDS Lothians) or follow on Facebook


SiMBA knitting

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