Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Free Easy Baby Sundress & Bloomers Pattern

What is new here at Blurt Blogger?  Well, as most of you know, I homeschool, and this year, we decided that we needed to incorporate service hours into our curriculum.  What does this have to do with a couple of free patterns?
Everything! ( I felt remotely like Yoda right there......) ;-D
We decided we wanted to help the community out with our service hours, so we looked into our local humanitarian center.  This is an organization that our church (LDS, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or more commonly known as "the Mormons") uses to help locally in our community, as well as nationally & internationally, when there is excess, or specific special needs. 

This is a link to them ( so far only on facebook, that I know of) https://www.facebook.com/idahofalls.area.humanitarian.center

And this is what they are about;  "Helping the poor and needy prolong life, reduce suffering, be self-reliant, prepare for emergencies, sustain life, and promote personal responsibility."

These are some of the things we produce there:
Toys for children, twin/full/queen quilts, receiving blankets, bereavement clothing, hygiene kits, church nursery kits, new born kits, and many more items. 

This has been a wonderful addition to our lives!  My 15 yr old son likes to help out with the wooden toys ~ he sands, basecoats them & always helps put away things & lift heavy stuff on clean-up day.  My 17 yr old daughter loves to do some of the coloring, cutting, Velcro-ing & organizing of the folder games & lessons.  ( these are actually sent out to places like Haiti, where it is difficult for the people there to obtain early learning materials.)

And I?  Well, I love to do the crochet.  And THAT is where the free patterns come in.  :-D  ( See, it really DID have to do with everything!) ;-D

I made up these two patterns in response to a need for very quick & very easy additions to the newborn kits. As such, I ask that you not sell these patterns, or put them on other webpages, please just link back to this.  I don't care if you want to sell anything made from these patterns, but I would appreciate it if you included a set or two once  in a while for your local OB ward.  They always need them,  they always appreciate them,  and you will be blessed for lending your talents to serve others.

And now for the patterns: 

Easy Baby Sundress

 
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download
This is a very simple little sundress that can be manipulated in so many ways! If you use sport weight yarn & a 3mm hook, you will gain a preemie size, DK & a 4mm hook will give you a newborn size, DK & a 5mm hook will get you 0-3 months size, & worsted weight & a 5.5mm or 6mm hook will give you 3-6 months size.
Stitches used: ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
V-stitch = double crochet, chain 1, double crochet, all in the same spot.
sl st = slip stitch
Yoke:
Row 1:
Chain 68, in 3rd chain from hook, dc 1, & dc 1 in each chain for the next 8 chains (10 stitches total). V-stitch (double crochet, chain 1, double crochet) in the next chain. ( this is the back half, the extra 3 stitches count as button tab.) dc in the next 15 chains. V-stitch in the next chain. (this is one shoulder side).
dc in the next 15 chains. V-stitch in the next chain. (this is the front of the dress). dc in the next 15 chains. V- stitch in the next chain. (this is the other shoulder side.) dc in the next 7 chains, chain 3 & turn.
You will notice that there are 3 extra stitches on one side, this is because those stitches will be used as the button tab.
Row 2:
dc into 2nd dc from end (ch 3 acts as first dc on row), dc 1 in the next 6 dc’s. V-stitch into the chain1 center of V-stitch. dc into the next 17 dc’s. V-stitch into the ch1 center of V-stitch. dc into the next 17 dc’s. V-stitch into the ch1 center of V-stitch. dc into the next 17 dc’s. V-stitch into the ch1 center of V-stitch. dc into the next 11 dc’s, ch 3 , turn.
Row 3:
dc into 2nd dc from end (ch 3 acts as first dc on row), dc into the next 12 dc’s. V-stitch into the ch1 center of V-stitch. dc into the next 19 dc’s. V-stitch into the ch1 center of V-stitch. dc into the next 19 dc’s. V-stitch into the ch1 center of V-stitch. dc into the next 19 dc’s. dc into the next 9 dc’s. Ch 3 & turn.
Row 4:
dc into 1st dc, (skip 1, 2 dc, ch1, 2 dc) into next dc 4 times. 2 dc into ch 1 center of V-stitch, ch 1, 2 dc into NEXT V-stitch center. (skipping 19 dc’s & Thus forming the arm-hole). (skip 1, 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) 10 times, then 2 dc into ch 1 center of V-stitch, ch 1, 2 dc into NEXT V-stitch center. (skipping 19 dc’s & Thus forming the 2nd arm-hole), (skip 1, 2 dc, ch1, 2 dc) into next dc 4 times, skip 1, 2 dc into the next stitch ( there will be three stitches left, this is ok, it forms the button tab), sc 1 & slip stitch join to the other 2 dc’s. ch 3, but DO NOT turn.
All of the remaining rows will be worked in the round.
Row 5:
dc 1, ch 1, 2 dc into join ( ch 3 acts as 1st dc in row), (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into the ch1 of each ( ) set, all the way around, treating the join under the arms as a ( ) set. You should have 21 ( ) sets altogether.
sl st join last ( ) set into first ( ) set. sl st through very top of 1st 2 dc’s (1 is a dc, 1 is a ch3) in the round, so that you are now in the center of the ( ) set. This sets you up for the next round of ( ) stitch sets, allowing for a seamless look.
Rows 6- 16:
chain 3, dc 1, ch 1, 2 dc into join ( ch 3 acts as 1st dc in row), (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into the ch1 of each ( ) set, all the way around, sl st join, & sl st to center of ( ) set. Repeat 10 times.
Row 17:
Break off yarn if you are doing a contrast color. with contrasting color, sl st between ( ) set joins, and make a shell of 7 dc’s into center of ( ) set. sl st inbetween next ( ) set, & continue around, to make a total of 21 shells.
Finishing:
sc around neck-line in contrasting color. You may also wish to sc around the armholes.
Add a button or two sewed onto the flap in the back, no need for button-holes as the dc stitches work just fine for it.
Also, if you wish, the buttons may be the front of the dress just as easily as the back.
I hope you enjoy this simple little pattern. I made it up in response to a need for our local humanitarian center newborn kits, because it is fast & easy, & can be worked up in just a few hours.
I also have made up a bloomers or diaper cover pattern to match this dress. I hope you will try it out!
Also, if you have some spare yarn, please make a little set for some needy child at your local OB ward, just drop it off, I guarantee they can always use it, it will help someone who truly needs it ~ a tiny innocent new one. Have a beautiful, service-filled day, & God Bless you for your kindness!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newborn Bloomers or Diaper Cover
 
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download
This pattern can be adjusted easily for size, just add more rows of the ( ) sets. If you must add more at the waistline, remember that the repeat is 3. Also, If you use sport weight yarn & a 3mm hook, you will gain a preemie size, DK & a 4mm hook will give you a newborn size, DK & a 5mm hook will get you 0-3 months size, & worsted weight, a 5.5mm or 6mm hook, & add a few more rows, it will give you 3-6 months size.
Stitches used: sl st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Ch = chain
Row 1:
Chain 65, slip stitch join to beginning of chain, being careful not to twist, ch 3, do NOT turn
Row 2:
Dc into each chain 65 times, for a total of 66 stitches. Sl st join & ch 2.
Row 3:
Sc into each dc 65 times, sl st join, sl st to 1st sc
Row 4:
In 1st sc, ch 3, dc 1, ch 1, dc 2, skip 2 sc’s, & ( 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc,) skip 2, repeat ( ) set to the end of row, sl st join to beginning ch 3 of 1st set.
Row 5 – 13:
Sl st in tops of ch 3 & dc stitches to chain 1 center of ( ) set, ch 3, dc 1,ch 1, dc 2 to make beginning set of next row. Skip to next ( ) center & ( 2dc, ch1, 2 dc) all the way around, for a total of 21 ( ) sets. On last row, Sl st to join last ( ) set with beginning ( ) & then center your bloomers, find the middle, do a sl st join, secure & break off yarn.
Legs:
Row 1:

Sl st into one of the center ( ) sets, sc, then sc into each ( ) center & in between each ( ) set, for a total 20 sc’s, sl st join, ch2
Rows 2 & 3:
Sc in each sc, sl st join, ch 2 (repeat). Break off yarn & weave in ends.
Make a tie & thread through every 3 dc’s on waist band, & TAA DAAAA, you are done!
I hope you enjoy this simple little pattern. I made it up in response to a need for our local humanitarian center newborn kits, because it is fast & easy, & can be worked up in just a few hours.
I also have made up sundress pattern to match these bloomers. I hope you will try it out!
Also, if you have some spare yarn, please make a little set for some needy child at your local OB ward, just drop it off, I guarantee they can always use it, it will help someone who truly needs it ~ a tiny innocent new one. Have a beautiful, service-filled day, & God Bless you for your kindness!
 
Here are a few variations of these patterns.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


1 comment:

Gillian Spencer said...

I love this. Please do you have the bootees pattern for the pink and yellow set and the red and white set please xx