When he was in hospital he had a beautiful blanket that his lovely mummy had crocheted for him at the end of his cot. One of the nurses admired.it and they got chatting.
My lovely daughter in law told her all about our journey together as she learnt to knit and crochet.
When I went to give William a cuddle the same nurse asked me if I would help the Special Care Baby Unit!
Of course the easy request was for little hats!
My Dear Mother In Law is a star with these too!
The nurse then hesitated and asked if I had ever knitted "Angel Pockets!"
I have in the past, and totally realise how wonderful it must be to have something to wrap a little baby in who has sadly passed away.
I decided to wait awhile as it is quite a hard task and I just wanted my time as a first time Grandma to be joyous.
It has been and even better than I could have dreamed.
So every day I have counted our family's blessings but that request from the nurse has been quietly waiting for acknowledgement.
I had only knitted them before -- quite a lengthy process.
Here is the pattern I use
Cast on 3 stitches.
Knit 1. Then increase 1 at the beginning of every row until you have 60 stitches.
Knit 1 row.
Knit 1. Knit 2 together until you have 3 stitches remaining and cast off.
To make the pocket work in exactly the same manner on a second part but cast off when you have knitted the row with 60 stitches.
Place the triangle on top of the square and sew the pieces together leaving the top section open.
Crochet 2 ties consisting of 40 chain stitches and attach to each side.
The pocket can be decorated in lots of different ways.
Or decorated with lace and ribbons.
Now I was pleased with these but actually wanted a quick alternative so that the Special Baby Care Unit would have a nice little supply to help everyone through such a sad time.
So out came my trusty hook!
And within a very short time ---
A trusty Granny square -- I worked 10 rounds as I wanted it be a useful size
Work a row of scallops on 2 edges.
These will become the top of the pocket.
It took me a while to work out how to work the second part of the pocket.
This works for me!
Chain 6 and turn. Work 3 trebles in the 3rd chain from your hook.
Work 1 treble in the next chain and finish the row with 3 trebles in the last chain space. 7 Trebles in total..Turn
Chain 3 (these chains become the first treble in your next row) Work 2 further trebles in the first chain space. Work 1 treble in the next 5 chains and finish the row with 3 trebles in the last chain space. 15 trebles in total.Turn.
Continue increasing in this way on every row until the second part of the pocket matches half of the original granny square.
Place the 2 parts together. Sew or crochet the 2 parts together. Make the 2 ties and a quick answer to an Angel Pocket has been created.
I am so glad I have made a lovely big bundle of these and hope they bring some solace at such a sad time.
If you could possibly make some I am sure your local Special Care Baby Unit would be incredibly grateful or if you would prefer please email me and I would willingly deliver yours to Barnstaple Special Care Baby unit the next time I am lucky enough to go to North Devon to give William a cuddle and you can be sure as I am cuddling him I will be counting my blessings.