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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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DoubleR Thu 25-May-17 13:23:44

I'm in, I've sent off my squares for Juan so I'm on this now. Manchester is near my hometown so definitely keen to do what I can.

bookbook Thu 25-May-17 11:00:32

also hooking for this now - will do what I can !

SevenTillFour Thu 25-May-17 10:01:52

Will send my small stash of 6inchers which were intended for Candy Hugs, be please free to direct them for whatever needs there are. It's the very least I can do sad

flutterworc Thu 25-May-17 09:55:22

One done and ready to go. Yarn arriving tomorrow for more!

KnottyAndPistey Thu 25-May-17 09:18:11


Little Hugs for Manchester

Urgent appeal, please can anyone help us ?

We had to do something and have been speaking with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital about sending Little Hug blankets to children and families there which they have said they would love. We are so glad. We do have some blankets already here, but we need to make some bigger blankets too (Chernob size) asap, can anyone help us in a very quick turnaround?

Please, we need 12 inch ideally (or 6 inch) squares in Stylecraft SSDK, in the palette below which we are calling Love and Light. Squares will go into joint blankets. Knit and crochet equally welcome. 4mm hook or needles.

Last posting Wednesday 7th June, or before if poss.

Love and Light palette
Cloud blue
Duck egg
Grass green
Kelly green

Please, just from these as it will help with a quick turnaround.

The web page is here...

Thank you doesn't come close xxxx

KnottyAndPistey Thu 25-May-17 09:15:38

How beautiful, thank you so much, that is glorious xxx

Okkitokkiunga Wed 03-May-17 21:37:45

I've just seen that the next posting dates for Billie's Blankets are up. I had hoped to get my first ever whole blanket in for the Ghana posting but it took longer than I thought. It's only a little blanket, but I will save it for Malawi and hope to get a couple more done.

flutterworc Wed 26-Apr-17 23:22:16

@KnottyAndPistey - Is this yarn okay before I start? My phone won't let me see the OP with the rules!

flutterworc Wed 26-Apr-17 09:24:05

Quick question. I have the most beautiful ball of Sirdar Colourwheel 'Follow The Rainbow'. Can I use it for a Little Hug? It's soft and machine washable... I've attached its info for folk what know the rules!

bookbook Mon 20-Mar-17 12:47:14

Finished <phew> Just squeaked in at 18" x 18" ....

KnottyAndPistey Sat 11-Mar-17 10:23:41

No apologies lovely, tis all ongoing xxxx

bookbook Fri 10-Mar-17 16:49:46

Sorry K&P - this won't be done in time, but will send it with some other bits for the next last posting smile

KnottyAndPistey Fri 10-Mar-17 14:52:39

Last posting for Billie's Blankets for Myanmar is tomorrow please! Thanks all. xxx

Next dates and crafting info is all here...

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Fri 10-Mar-17 14:42:51

bookbook. I misread what you wrote (on the other thread)you said that you'd 'set on' the baby blanket, I thought you'd said/meant 'se*N*t on' 😂

bookbook Thu 09-Mar-17 10:20:30

I may be a quick knitter, but not that quick Chipping grin - not with Chernobyl, Candys and a woolly hug too. I will post when done though smile. It is a really pretty baby blue -( maybe looking grey because this is shown against a white tablecloth?) I bought it in a closing down sale, just because....

ChippingInLovesWoollyHugs Thu 09-Mar-17 09:24:10

It's a pretty pattern bookbook. The photo of your yarn on the other thread looked like a really pretty baby blue. It looks grey on this thread. I think my iPad doesn't like certain types of lighting!?

Now you've finished, can we have a photo? 😊

bookbook Tue 07-Mar-17 21:52:41

will do smile

KnottyAndPistey Tue 07-Mar-17 17:50:54

It looks beautiful book you crack on, thank you xxxx

bookbook Mon 06-Mar-17 10:35:19

just a query.
I wanted to get started on the Little Hug in bamboo I asked about. I have done one pattern repeat so far ( just to check I will have enough wool !) .
I then worried that the pattern is a bit lacy for tiny fingers and toes, so could you just let me know whether it is suitable? I haven't gone far, so it will be easy to pull back and do a different design smile

KnottyAndPistey Thu 22-Sep-16 09:36:09

Yes please, all sizes are in the OP

Morning brew

CommunistLegoBloc Thu 15-Sep-16 11:39:58

It's taken me an embarrassing amount of time to clock this project! For Little Hugs, do we just make any style of blanket (s) and send them to the usual address?

KnottyAndPistey Wed 07-Sep-16 18:26:13

Thank you so much! grin


KnottyAndPistey Wed 07-Sep-16 18:25:52

Oh win win!!!

qazxc Wed 07-Sep-16 16:23:37

And we saw Ronan Keating in the petrol station. Very exciting day all round.

qazxc Wed 07-Sep-16 15:59:20

* they're blush

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