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Old 11-23-2007, 11:44 AM   #1
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Is wool ok for preemie caps?
Hello all, I want to start on some charity knitting and thought preemie caps would be the way to go. But not knowing much about babies, do I have to use acryilic yarn? Can animal fibers cause problems with a preemie? Thank you.
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Old 11-23-2007, 11:47 AM   #2
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It's probably best to use acrylic; there are some very soft yarns and they're washable. Most people would not want to hand wash them.
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Old 11-23-2007, 12:48 PM   #3
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I too use acrylic its soft and washes well..My local hospital where I send my preemie hats insist on acrylic yarns.
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Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
Hello all, I want to start on some charity knitting and thought preemie caps would be the way to go. But not knowing much about babies, do I have to use acryilic yarn? Can animal fibers cause problems with a preemie? Thank you.
Yay! Another charity knitter!

We use acrylic yarn for our knitting for babies, unless we are making the items for a very cold climate.

Items knit for hospitals must be washable. The hospital staff washes items in hot water, so the yarn should be able to handle that kind of treatment. I would imagine that the rinse cycle would be cold, so wool would felt and could possibly damage their washing machine.

And some babies are allergic to wool, which would just cause another problem for the hospital to deal with.

Also, we must be careful to give items that are free from contaminants. Special care should be taken to insure that items are free of smoky smells or any chemicals which could cause problems for a child. Hospitals will not accept these items, and they will most likely be discarded.

If unusually strong smells due to chemicals used in detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets, mold and mildew or smoking products are apparent, most hospitals will discard the item, rather than jeopardize the health of a patient.

I used verbage from the Project Linus website to answer your question.
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Old 11-23-2007, 02:43 PM   #5
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I would also like to point out that not all acrylics are created equal, too. IMO Red Heart Super Saver is NOT soft enough. Always feel a couple of them and see how soft they are. These are my favorites.

Caron Simply Soft
Bernat Softee Baby or other Bernat Softee yarns
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:47 PM   #6
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Thanks, got the good stuff.
I went to Michael's today and found the soft acrylic yarn (Bernat Softee Baby), too bad all acrylics aren't this soft.
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There are quite a few that are, Jan mentioned some of them. And ever RH yarns soften up after a couple washings; I think there's a finish they put on them that washes out.
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I have also found some other acrylic yarns that are also good, but like Jan says, you have to feel them to be sure they are soft enough.

TLC Amore is very soft, and so is Red Heart Plush. Those yarns have 20% nylon, but I think it will hold up to a hot wash just fine.

Here are some others that should work:
TLC Sparkle Soft
TLC Baby Amore
Red Heart Soft Yarn
Red Heart Baby Teri
Red Heart Soft Baby
TLC Baby
Lion Baby Soft
Lion Microspun
Lion Pound of Love
Caron Simply Soft Baby
Bernat Satin
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No wool
In America the hospitals that have premature babies ask for us not to use wool for washing purposes but also for babies that may be alergic to animal hair (like myself). A premature baby is so sensative (I have has 3 premature babies) wools can literally if allergic make them so sick and even get hives it can kill them because of the stress. Premature babies get stressed very easily and it can cause their heart rates to sore. Which can lead to major problems. Other countries use wools but America's NICU's do not recommend using wools.
Hope this helps!! Mary
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I just read sandy's post, sorry Sandy for repeating what you wrote for some reason I missed your post. My eyes went south or something lol
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