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Woolly Hugs: The Babettes, Billie's Blankets and Little Hugs.

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KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 16:06:55

This is a continuation of our Little Hug and Billie's Blanket projects.

Little Hugs will continue to go to babies and children who are seriously ill in Yorkhill hospital and Billie's blankets will be sent in Billie's name, via the wonderful charity World Child Cancer, to children undergoing treatment for cancer in low and middle income countries.

Our aim with the Babettes is to make some bigger blankets for older children, both for Little Hugs and Billie's Blankets.
We will still make blankets of other sizes too.


The idea is to make a 12 x 12 inch panel, either crochet or knit, that can be added to others to create bigger blankets.
The panel can be made as one piece, or as a combination of squares, stripes or patterned. For example, a large granny square, or 4 six inch squares together, or a panel of stripes.
The design is up to you as long as it isn't too holey and will be fine stitched or hooked to others.
If you choose to use separate squares as part of your design, can we ask that they be either stitched together, hooked as you go, or hooked together with the seam on the back.

Yarn for Babettes: Stylecraft Special DK only, so we know that the blankets will wash and wear well and, unless your tension is very tight, use 4mm hooks or needles.

Colours: your choice although for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.
Some colour combinations that would work: blues/greens, purples/pinks, spring colours, primary brights, rainbow shades.

If you Google 'Babette blankets', you'll get an idea of what we have in mind once the panels are combined.


FOR WHOLE BLANKETS - Little Hugs and Billie's Blankets:

Minimum size: 18 x 18 inches for Little Hugs; 24 inches by 24 inches for Billie's Blankets.
If you would like to make a blanket that is bigger, that would be lovely.
The children we send Billie's Blankets to are aged 0 to 14 and Yorkhill treat children of a similar age so we will need bigger blankets too hence our Babettes.

Colours: Your choice.
Although again for practical reasons, we advise avoiding white and cream.

Things to avoid:
Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed.

Suggested yarn for Billies Blankets: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic yarn.
If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight and make of acrylic yarn. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be washed and dried quickly and easily.
For Little Hugs: As above, plus any of our usual Woolly Hugs woolly wool or yarn that is soft and can be machine washed.

We would also love fleece backed quilts, or edged fleece blankets if you prefer sewing.

As always, we also welcome any 6 inch squares made using the Stylecraft Special DK or any of the usual Woolly Hugs blanket wools.

If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can't due to the costs involved, please PM Pistey and we'll try to help with materials.

As ever, thanks for your support. thanks thanks

Knotty and Pistey

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whistlejacket Tue 18-Jun-13 18:53:29

I love these! Will find some time to make some smile

KnottyLocks Tue 18-Jun-13 19:10:42

Thank you smile

OpheliaBumps Tue 18-Jun-13 19:57:23

Oh I love these, will definitely be having a go! I'm 5 squares in to a new mini/billie blanket, but will definitely add this to my list.

I think I may have another go at crochet for this, I love the 'klimt' style examples that come up in google images.

Mhw02 Tue 18-Jun-13 20:00:53

Oh my goodness, looking at the complete blankets on google they look amazing. Will definitely have a go. See this is why I've got so many projects on the go. I start something, then something else strikes my fancy half way through, and then something else half way through that...

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 18-Jun-13 20:03:11

Stunning aren't they? Thank you thanks

<passes Ophelia a Team Hooker badge>


MOSagain Tue 18-Jun-13 20:08:18

Another project to add to list.
Not mastered hooking/sewing together yet so wondering about doing one big square? Just wondering if it will fit on my little needles?

bebejones Tue 18-Jun-13 20:49:05

When the hat that's on my hook is done I shall see what I can do x

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Wed 19-Jun-13 08:44:55

minnie you really shouldn't post links like that, now I have something else to waste my time on grin

I have wool for a Billie blanket, including a rather radioactive pink <wears shades> but need to finish ds2's blanket first. One of these squares will be next on the list, they're lovely!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 19-Jun-13 09:04:51

I've done four mini squares already <beams>

But less of a <beam> are the peskies!!

Using woolly wool that was here already, think zingy colours, tis certainly an adventure grin

KnottyLocks Wed 19-Jun-13 09:35:00

Oh the peskies are hideous <clenches teef>

Those blankets you've linked to are exactly the sort of thing I am trying to make, minnie. That first link in particular is a feast of colour. I love the things on the Attic24 website too - she has made a crochet Christmas wreath, and I really want to make one for myself!

RiaOverTheRainbow Wed 19-Jun-13 19:14:24

The babette blankets are gorgeous! I've got three small blankets on the go at the moment, but I'll make a panel when I need something else to distract me from sewing up grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 20-Jun-13 12:07:29

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

As we are rolling together, thanks on this thread...

Beautiful woolly treasure, really gorgeous, folk are so generous hearted, thank you thanks

thanks to HoggyTruffle and Woollfey for the beautiful team blanket. They used Skoggy's special Woolly Hug design It is so beautiful thanks

thanks To Mrs Baker who is a Mumsnetter's Grandma, for A Billie's Blanket and a Little Hug for Yorkhill, two beautiful knits, fab colours, lovely stripes.

thanks A stunning cotton and fleecy LH arriving from MHW02, tis beautiful, but I hope your eyes soon recover, bless her it is all hand sewn smile And also a crocheted LH too, lovely colourful grannies and solid grannies - gorgeous!

All photos up on Facebook, MNWoollyHugs. thanks

Such a lot of work from everyone, heartfelt thanks to all

thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

bebejones Thu 20-Jun-13 20:02:27

Have started! grin

Wolfcub Thu 20-Jun-13 21:21:18

after a shite day I needed some hooky therapy so I've started a babette panel grin

Mhw02 Thu 20-Jun-13 22:28:35

RatherBeOnThePiste, I may have been being slightly melodramatic when I wrote that. I always feel terribly sorry for you that you have to contend with my handwriting and random ramblings when I send blankets...

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Jun-13 07:13:39

Mhw02, don't worry my lovely, Pistey and I do random ramblings - tis our language smile

KnottyLocks Fri 21-Jun-13 07:14:44

Lovely to see some Babettes underway smile thanks

LizaRose Fri 21-Jun-13 10:10:07

I have a stack of plain 6" grannies/solid grannies that I was going to make into a Woolly Hug. If I hook them together in fours in a checkered pattern would that work for a Babette? (My joining has improved btw, I found the tutorial on Attic24).

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 21-Jun-13 10:39:36

What is 'hook as you go' apart from crocheting on the train?

I suspect I will be hooking on the back as I've nearly done all the squares. just one or two squillion peskies to sort...

LizaRose Fri 21-Jun-13 10:57:06

Join as you go

Expert now, me grin

TheWoollybacksWife Fri 21-Jun-13 11:08:39

I HAVE WIFI grin grin

Ahem. Didn't mean to shout but I've missed you all. <clutches hookers to ample bosom>

Just about to finish an Angel Hug and looking for something new...

My giant swollen hand has now shrunk to something near normal size so I'll get cracking. I have promised a hug made from Felicia squares too, so it will be nice to have a couple of projects on the go.

I was very shocked to see how much craft stuff I have when I packed up for our recent move. We are moving again at the beginning of December and I hope to have used a vast amount of my stash.

LizaRose Fri 21-Jun-13 11:13:30

I've uploaded a pic of my squares to my profile. Would they make a Babette panel?

TheWoollybacksWife Fri 21-Jun-13 11:19:54

They are lovely Liza Your work is really neat and they are fab colours.

I have been googling Babette blankets and they look just like the pictures I've seen. I'm planning to use solid grannies.

LizaRose Fri 21-Jun-13 11:23:20

Thanks Woolly smile

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