Please join me in helping to send every baby born at Southside Hospital home in something warm and cozy. Southside Hospital is located in Bay Shore on Long Island.They deliver about 200 babies a month. Most of the families who havebabies there have nothing to bring their babies home in. That’s where we come in. My group, Bella’s Babies, provides warm, handmade items for these families.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fall 2016

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Well Fall is almost here! Time to work on sweaters, hats and blankets. Our Fall delivery will be the first week of October. This is the time of year to start on warmer items for the babies. Sweater, hat and bootie sets. Snuggly newborn blankets. Preemie blankets and fall hats. I have a lot of fun this time of year making pumpkin hats, but any fall inspired hats are welcome. Think apple hats, acorn hats, even football hats. I will add some links to the end of the post with pattern ideas.
Unfortunately we also need burial garments in all sizes.

Here are some pattern links I found:

Football hat with Earflaps
Baby Acorn Hat
Turkey Earflap Hat
Red Apple Hat
Sunflower Pixie Hat
Newborn Crochet Pumpkin Hat
Knit Pumpkin Hat

Here are some Blankets:

Dragonfly Crochet Blanket (you can change the size by chaining a multiple of 13+5)
Virus Blanket
Call the Midwife Blanket

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Summer Clothing Drive

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We are starting our second quarter here at Bella's Babies. That means our next delivery will be the beginning of July. This is the time of year to make summer going home outfits. Of course we are also collecting the usual, blankets, hats and burial garments.

Some things to keep in mind when making summer outfits. Please do not use Worsted Weight yarn (especially Red Heart SS) the outfits come out much too large. Stick with baby weight, sport weight and DK weight.  My favorite yarn to use is Bernat Baby Softee.  It is the perfect weight for summer.

Donations will be due by June 30, 2016.

Here are some of my favorite patterns to use. Some are mine and some are links to other sites.

My Patterns:

Azalea Dress
A-Line Dress
Cross Stitch Pullover
Onsie
Sweater Dress *can be made with short sleeves for summer*
Baby Shorts
Boys T-shirt


Favorite Patterns:

Baby Girl Sleeper set (pinafore& diaper cover)
Baby Ripple dress
Peggy's Shell Dress
Ripple Gown
Preemie Bubble Suit & Dress **if you use a G hook it will be a newborn size**
Easy Baby Sun Dress
Bev's HDC Shirt

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016

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Happy New Year!
I just wanted to update the site for what we are working on right now. We are currently in the second half of our Newborn Blanket drive. That will go until February 1st. Please check the previous post for
details.
We are also working on our first complete delivery of 2016. That will go on until March 31st. We will be collecting all items for that delivery. Items include: sweater sets, preemie blankets, newborn blankets and burial garments.

I hope we have a very productive year.
Thank you,
Kelly

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Newborn Blanket Drive

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It's that time of year again, blanket time!
 

 I will be collecting warm newborn sized blankets for our winter delivery. The drive will run until February 1, 2016.



 Sizes: 30" X 30" and larger.

Blankets can be knit, crochet or fleece. Think warm, no holey patterns.  I will include some pattern links, check back as I will be adding more as I find them.

Pattern suggestions:

X-Stitch Baby Blanket

Box Shell Afghan

Twin Stitch Baby Blanket

Hugs for Baby Blanket

Lilacs in February Baby Blanket

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket



Monday, August 17, 2015

Sam's Sweater

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Size: Newborn
Skill: Intermediate

Snuggly Wuggly Yarn from Micheals
Size G7 Hook

Easy Print PDF version


Chain 36
Row 1:
dc in 4th ch from hook and next 3 chs,
3 dc in next ch,
dc in next 5 chs,
3 dc in next ch,
dc in next 10 chs,
3 dc in next ch,
dc in next 5 chs,
3 dc in next ch,
dc in last 5 chs.
ch 2, turn.

rows 2-5: dc in each dc across putting 3dc in center dc of 3dc group below. Ch 2, turn.
row 6: dc across to center of first 3dc group, ch 6, skip across to next 3dc, dc in center st and each st across to center st of 3rd dc group, ch6, skip to last 3dc put dc in center of 3dc group and across to end. ch 2, turn. *Armhole construction tutorial*


row 7: dc in each dc and chain across. ch 2, turn.

Ch2 counts as first DC. Each row will begin and end with 2DC.
Shell stitch: (2DC, ch 1, 2DC) in same stitch


Row 8: DC in next stitch, *Skip one stitch and work Shell in next, Skip one stitch and work 1DC
in next stitch, repeat from * and work across to last 4 stitches: Skip 2 stitches and work 1DC in last 2 stitches. (picture of row 8 below)
 
Rows 9 & 10: turn, ch 2, DC in next DC, Put a shell in the ch1 space of the previous shell and 1DC in the DC between each shell across. Put 1dc in each of the last 2DC of the row.
 

Rows 8, 9 & 10
 
 
You will now be putting 2DC in the DC between the Shells, not the first 2 or last 2 of the row.
Row 11: turn, ch2, DC in next DC. Put a Shell in the previous Shell, Put 2DC in the next DC.
work across to last 2DC, DC in each.
 
 
Rows 12 & 13: Turn, ch2, DC in next DC. *Shell in previous Shell, 1DC in each of the next 2DC's.
Work across, you will now have 2DC's between each Shell. Put 1DC in each of the last 2DC's.
 
 
 
 
You will now be increasing to 3DC's between each shell.
 
Row 14: Turn, Ch2, DC in next DC. *Shell in previous Shell, (1DC in next DC, 2DC in second DC)*. Repeat *to * across to last 2DC, work 1DC in each of last 2DC.
 
 
Rows 15-17: Turn, Ch2, DC in next DC. *Shell in previous shell, Put 1DC in each of the next 3DC's. Repeat from * across to last 2DC, work 1DC in each of last 2DC.
At end of row 17 Ch 1.
 


 



At end of row 17, ch 1, work 2 sc in each end stitch up front side of sweater placing buttonholes where you like. (buttonhole- sc, ch 3, sc in next st)
Work 3 sc in last stitch, sc around neckline, put 3 sc in last st of neck, work 2 sc in each end stitch down side of sweater, work 3 sc in last stitch and sc across bottom of sweater, put 2 sc in last st and join to first sc. finish off.
 
Sleeves: join yarn to center stitch at bottom on armhole, DC around. Work 8 rows total for sleeves.Row 9, sc around sleeve.

*If you are new to sweater making I have a picture tutorial to get you started*
It will show how to do the first 6 rows of a basic sweater, how to do the edging and buttonholes, and how to add the sleeves.
How to make a sweater


2015 Kelly Kearney