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Knitting for premature babies

Knitting & Sewing

Free knitting patterns for the Neonatal Unit

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Knitting for premature babies

Over many years the staff of The Simpson Neonatal Unit have been very appreciative of the generous and talented knitters who have donated ventilator hats, jackets and blankets for the very smallest and sickest babies in their care.


However, with the onset of the Covid infection, the unit were required to refrain from taking in knitted items as they could not be washed at the high temperature which was implemented by the NHS. It has been unfortunate to have to turn away all the volunteers who have contacted the unit and the SSCB charity who work their magic with yarn and needles.

Knitting Needles
Knitting Needles
Knitting Pin Cushion

Knitting & sewing for charity

But it is very exciting for us as a charity to announce a new knitting initiative which will be of benefit to the babies and parents in neonatal care.


We have a range of free knitting patterns designed especially for us which will be offered to parents on discharge from the ward and also used in our fundraising campaigns and events.


Please use new yarn and 100% polyester filling.

While we appreciate that knitters have different abilities and as these are gifts for babies and families who have gone through so much, we would appreciate a high quality of knitting and sewing up. 

All sewing MUST be fastened securely.

Please email the charity BEFORE you mail to the PO Box with quantity made. This will allow us to contact you with our thanks.

Knitting Needles
Knitting Needles

Free charity knitting patterns

Knitting for premature baby charity

In the coming months we shall launch our monthly new knitting patterns for free and available to download.


Simpson the Snowman

We would like to introduce to you Simpson the Snowman, knitted in Garter Stitch in 3 sizes using DK yarn.


Car Seat Blankets

SSCB car seat baby blankets in 2 sizes, knitted in garter and Andalusian stitches.

Baby Hat with knots free knitting pattern

Baby Hats

Pull on baby hat with knots, garter stitch free knitting pattern.

Knitting Baby Dolls pattern

Baby Dolls

Easy to knit and with the addition of a time lapse video to show how it is sewn up.


Coming soon


Coming soon

Stay in the loop

Contact us for our monthly free knitting patterns.


If you wish to register with us as a volunteer knitter, please contact us, choose ‘Knitting’ and tell us your ability; beginner, intermediate, experienced.

Thank you.

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Knitting Pin Cushion
Knitting Needles
Knitting Needles

Where to donate knitted baby clothes

Please ONLY donate if you have used our free knitting patterns and adhere to our requirements. Please email the charity BEFORE you mail to the PO Box with quantity made. This will allow us to contact you with our thanks:


Simpsons Special Care Babies

PO Box 12258

North West DO

Comely Bank Road



Thank You

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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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