I am not a knitter. I have just completed a six week knitting course at our local surestart centre, which has brought my knitting along by a country mile. I have started to knit a couple of simle blankets for neonatal units.
Some units no longer take hand knitted garments as there are concerns they cannot be boiled washed. More often hand knitted garments are given to the baby and stay with them, so there is no need for boil washing. This is why there are such large numbers needed in the units that do still use these precious garments.
If you want to join me in knitting there are several ways of going about it. Contact your local unit and ask if they are accepting garments and blankets.
There's a growing charity called PreemiesUK that supply garments all over the United Kingdom. On their Facebook page under Notes, there are several patterns ranging from easy to more difficult ones. If you are not a knitter, sewer or crocheter, there are loads of other ways to help, through donating money or recycling, see the page for more details.
Bliss, for babies born too soon, too small too sick have a craft club you can join for a reasonable monthly fee that will give you access to patterns and projects.
In my travels I found a great list of patterns here on the BBC Stoke and Staffordshire website, supplied by Ray of Hope based at Leighton Hospital. The patterns are categorised into hand knitted patterns, machine knitted patterns and sewing patterns.
I hope this has inspired you to get your knitting needles out and knit for premature babies! You don't have to be a brilliant knitter, and it's very rewarding.