|This size is absolutely perfect and fills an unmet need for babies that are 18-22 weeks gestation, in the 8-12 ounce/8-10 inch size range.|
|I'm a very visual person when it comes to size comparisons. I slid this little sleeper sack over a standard size water bottle and it fit absolutely perfectly. I adore the matching hat.|
Something that I am going to reiterate over and over again, and I am particularly bringing it to your attention on this first post because of the photo in the crochet pattern, is that rainbow yarn doesn't look very good with babies that have bruising and other skin discoloration. In black and white photos it just comes out looking blotchy. Stick with simple, muted, solid colors like blue, pink, purple, white and cream. I actually like the stripes in the knit pattern photo, and little touches like a nice decorative edging are great. But fuchsia, turquoise, yellow, orange, green, royal blue...just trust me when I say they don't photograph well either next to angel skin.
Measurement wise, many of the babies I have photographed in this size range are 8-10" total length from head to toe, with roughly a 6- 6 1/2" wingspan. It's better to ere on the side of making the sack a little bit longer, so completed sacks that are 6" wide from sleeve tip to sleeve tip and 10" long, and ones that are a little smaller, 5 1/2" wide and 8" long would be great. Make the sleeves large enough in diameter to comfortably pass your thumb through so that it's not difficult to ease their little arms in. Even short sleeve sacks would be welcome. If you really want to make me faint with happiness, make a matching hat small enough to go over a large plum to small apple size head.
Click on the following links for patterns:
Sleeper Sack - Crochet Version
Sleeper Sack - Knit Version