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Topic: SANDS memory blanket (charity knit) with Pattern Errata  (Read 8858 times)
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Mostly Harmless
« on: March 30, 2011 09:29:40 AM »

My mum found out about this charity from the Rural (a Scottish version of the Women's Institute) and brought home a pattern. So many people are affected by the loss of babies so when I was offered an opportunity to do something small to help people going through this I decided to give it a shot.

They really wanted all the blankets to be white seeing as that is quite neutral and respectful so I tried pretty hard to keep it white which made working on this all the slower, unfortunately.

The charity's website is here: http://www.uk-sands.org/Home.html I hope that doesn't count as advertising!
The pattern can be found here: http://www.oxfordshiresands.org.uk/images/blanket_pattern.pdf

My copy of the pattern had an error in the border which made it look very different to the border in the photo but my Mum helped me to correct it.

This is the corrected version of the border pattern:

Row 1: As given
Even-numbered rows: slip one, knit to end
Row 3: slip 1, knit 1 (yarn fwd, knit 2tog) twice. Yarn fwd, knit 3 (10sts)
Row 5: slip 1, knit 1 (yarn fwd, knit 2tog) twice. Yarn fwd, knit 4 (11sts)
Row 7: slip 1, knit 1 (yarn fwd, knit 2tog) twice. Yarn fwd, knit 5 (12sts)
Row 9: As given.
This is a 10 row repeat

I suppose I really should have blocked it but I'm really not great at blocking yet so I just pinned it so the points were a little flatter and so that it was roughly square shaped instead...
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011 10:30:09 AM »

We lost a baby at 20 weeks, and it was devastating.  The hospital staff gave us hand knitted clothing and a blanket.  It was a great comfort to us.  You're doing a great thing.

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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011 12:36:00 PM »

What a beautiful thing to do, and well done you on making that beautiful blanket, I'm sure whoever receives it will be very touched x

so many crafts... so little time!!!
Mostly Harmless
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2011 08:21:44 AM »

Thank you both for your kind comments.
And sapphireblue, I know I don't know you, but I was very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope the knitted pieces the hospital staff gave you were some comfort and that this blanket will provide similar comfort to the family/individual that recieves it. I was hesitant to post this one as it's such a sad thing but I decided that since the charity is such a worthy cause it deserves as much publicity as any.
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2011 07:11:35 PM »

Beautiful work, M.H.
Well appreciated too I'm sure.

I wonder what is done in other countries?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2011 07:51:34 PM »

So touching, what a great cause. I really do like that border too...so pretty. Well done!
Mostly Harmless
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2011 10:32:14 AM »

Thanks for your comments, Jane2 and crendon.
SANDS is a UK wide charity and Australia and New Zealand have organisations under the same acronym too (with the initials standing for the same words). I don't know about other countries though I'm afraid, I'll update the page if I come across something similar for elsewhere.
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2011 12:36:56 PM »

I'm glad you posted this.  You're bringing awareness to the charity, and the need to comfort those who have lost a child. It's very sad, but it does happen very often.  Great job!  It's a beautiful blanket.

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