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CUDDLES NEWSLETTER

August 2000

It is hard to believe that CUDDLES is now a year old, and what a year we have had!
First of all we want to that all the wonderful friends out there that have been working so hard for CUDDLES and have sent us all the beautiful blankets, baby clothes and teddies.

This year we have managed to send donations to ELEVEN UK maternity units. These are the items we have sent so far.

64 Cardigans
6 Jumpers
13 Mittens
83 Booties
191 Blankets
211 Hats
7 Gowns
21 Teddies
4 Suits
4 Miscellaneous
10 Starter boxes containing blankets, booties, hats, jumpers and cardigans.

THANK YOU EVERYONE, we couldnít have done it without your help.

The future for CUDDLES.

We are looking forward to our second year and have several plans. One is to have a fund raising evening in the autumn. We hope to sell some crafts such as Christmas decorations and small gifts to raise money for CUDDLES to help us continue our work. CUDDLES is for us a labour of love, but as you can imagine, is a drain on finances. For example, each 20 blankets cost £4.15 to post. If anyone has any ideas for fundraising, craft items we could sell or feels like making a small financial donation, we would love to hear from you. If anyone would like further information, links to patterns or any questions, please donít hesitate to contact us.

We still need your help.

We are still in need of any items and sizes of baby clothes and blankets to continue our work, but at this present time we are most in need of gowns/dresses/boys outfits for our smallest angels and also blankets from 18 to 24 inch size. Also any baby yarn, buttons, ribbon or UK postage stamps.

Feedback

We have had some wonderful feedback from the parents that have received our donations and also from the hospital staff involved, both by letter and word of mouth. This makes it all the hard work worthwhile, to know that all of us working together are making a difference. Thank you all again so much.

Love and best wishes, Jacky and Jill.
JillC@breathemail.net cuddles2@btinternet.com

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Crocheted baby jumper

I used baby dk and 4mm hook
Chain 35.
Foundation row: Miss 1st chain and dc into each chain
First Row: 1ch dc into each dc.
Repeat last row twice.
Next Row: 2Ch miss 1 dc, then 1tr into next dc. *miss one dc and 2tr into next
dc, repeat from * to end
Next Row: 2Ch, 1tr into first pair of trebles, 2tr into each pair to end of
row (17 pairs)
Repeat last row till 9 treble rows have been worked

Place marker at each end of row and work a further 2 rows in
pattern.
Next row:work until 8 pairs of trebles have been worked,
turn.
Work 4 rows in pattern on these stitches.(ending at sleeve
edge) then work to last pair trs, turn, slip stitch to 2nd pair of trs and work
to end (6 pairs)
Miss one pair of trs at base of neck shaping and join wool to
next pair of trs.
Work as for other side, reversing shaping. Fasten off.
Rejoin wool to left side of neck edge and chain 10. Secure
to other side of neck shaping, so chain spans back of neck. Secure and
fasten off.
Join wool at beginning of row (sleeve edge) and work across 6
pairs of trs in pattern, then work 2 trs in every other chain (5 pairs) and
then across remaining 6 pairs of trs. (17 pairs)

Continue in pattern for 7 rows and then place markers at each
end of row.
Work 9 further rows in pattern.
Next Row:1ch, dc into each stitch to end
Repeat this row 3 times and then fasten off.
Sleeve:
With right side facing, rejoin wool at the marker and work 2 trs into each row
until you reach next marker. (15 pairs)

Work 7 further rows in pattern.
Next row: 1ch, work 1 dc into each stitch (30dc)

Decrease row: dc2 tog, * 2dc, dc2 tog. Work
from * to end of row.
Next Row:Work 1dc into each stitch
Repeat decrease row and fasten off
Repeat for other sleeve

Granny Square Baby Blanket

Materials: 3.5mm crochet hook and oddments of 4ply or DK yarn.

Directions: (Changing colours as required) Chain 4 and join to form a ring.

Round 1: