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Knitting projects

Knitting projects

We are very fortunate to have a number of local groups, businesses and individuals who take on knitting projects for us.

Southampton Hospital Charity are currently trying to expand the range of knitting we can provide to different areas of the hospital. We would love help with these knitting projects, and the templates for each of these projects can be found below. Some are seasonal, however we are happy to accept these at any time of the year to build up the supplies ready for us to distribute across the hospital at the right time of the year.

Please put any finished items in the post to us at Southampton Hospital Charity, Mailpoint 135, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD or pop in to see us as we love to see what everyone has created. We are based by the main reception at Southampton General Hospital.

It takes great skill to knit and we take our hats off to you all. Some of the creations we have seen over the years have been incredible!!


Neonatal unit and maternity wards:

We currently have a surplus of knitted hats, jackets, socks and mitts for our smallest patients so unfortunately we cannot take any more at this time. 

We are in need of colourful knitted blankets to wrap around babies and our neonatal babies. We have over 300 babies in our care at any one time and 36 cots in our neonatal intensive care unit. To every child we try and give a blanket when they are in our care, so imagine how many blankets we go through each year...!


  • Size – Our preferred size is 27in x 34in (70cm x 85cm), but we will accept anything from 15in x 15in up to 4ft 11in x 4ft 11in. 
  • Wool – DK weight wool, we do not specify a particular material of wool (e.g. Natural fibre / Synthetics), but it would need to be able to withstand an industrial washing machine at 40℃+ 
  • Pattern – Any pattern is fine as long as it is a tight knit so little fingers and toes cannot get caught, using 4mm needles with 5 or 6 stitches per inch works really well. 
  • Colour – Any


Twiddlemitts/Fiddle blankets

These are used as distraction for our dementia patients (generally our elderly patients) to give them something to fiddle with rather than medical lines.

Twiddlemitts look like an open-ended sleeve and are a knitted cylindrical tube with buttons and ribbons sewn on the inside and outside. Fiddle blankets are perfect especially for the men to keep warm and have something to play with their hands instead of any clinical.

Twiddlemitt template - we currently have a surplus stock of these.

Fiddle blanket