Thumbelina Preemie Cardigan by Mary Kate Long
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Thumbelina Preemie Cardigan

December 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
6.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
160 - 240 yards (146 - 219 m)
Small Preemie (chest 11-12")/Preemie (chest 12-14")/Small Newborn (chest 14-15")
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

I’ve heard that having clothes that really fit a tiny preemie can be a boost to the spirits. This top-down, seamless raglan cardigan is scaled down for Preemie sizes. It measures 13.75/15/16 inches at the chest and the sleeves are narrower than on a typical newborn sweater, to allow for a preemie’s slender arms. It would also make a good doll sweater--the smallest size is pictured on an American Girl Bitty Baby. It can be finished with your choice of 3/4 or full-length sleeves, and either trimmed with ribbing or a picot edge. Another photo shows the smallest size next to a 3-month size top for comparison.