Baby dresses

dresses

In preparation for the birth of our daughter, we went shopping for colourful dress materials. However we ended up with few yards of plain white, blue and grey materials. So I stitched these simple dresses and added embroidery, smocking, applique, fabric flowers or crochet lace. Also made matching head bands to wear along with the dresses. She looks really cute in these outfits.

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Baby dress

dress

I stitched a simple dress based on instructions in : http://www.madeeveryday.com/2008/07/the-warhol-dress-pattern.html/ . I added hand embroidery and applique to make the dress brighter.

 

Knitted Baby Set

KnitBabySet

Stitched the cardigan based on free pattern available at Ravelry site http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amabel-cardigan. I added two more rows to get the button hole at right distance. This covers the neck better. Also it can be folded like a collar for a change.

For the cap I followed the pattern available at https://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.com/2014/07/matching-hat-for-all-in-one-baby-top.html. I would recommend using a cast on that stretches better, as I had some trouble getting it on her head. It looks lovely on her though. I plan on converting it into a bonnet once she outgrows it.

For the booties I followed the pattern available at https://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.com/2015/06/lilac-blossom-baby-set.html

Crochet Baby Top

Stitched a cute top for our baby based on a pattern I saw in Pinterest. It looked lovely on her. I regretted not making it with cotton yarn. But, once she outgrew it, I converted it into a stylish cap.

Instructions

For the Body:

1. Chain stitch till the required width is obtained. Add stitches if required to keep the number of chains a multiple of 4. Join with slip stitch.

2. Chain 5, double crochet in the ninth chain .

3. Repeat ‘Chain 2, double crochet  in the third chain’ till last 2 chains.

4. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 3.[with 2nd color if using 2 colors in the third iteration]

5. Repeat steps 2-4 twice.

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6. Chain 3, double crochet 3 times in the same chain used to join.

7. Repeat ‘double crochet 4 times in the fourth chain’ till last 3 chains.

8. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 3.

9. Slip stitch in next 2 double crochet. Chain 3, double crochet 3 times in the same space. Repeat ‘double crochet 4 times in the space between the 2nd and 3rd double crochet’ till end of row. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 3.

10. Repeat step 9 till required height is acquired.

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11. Repeat steps 2 -4 thrice. [with 2nd color if using 2 colors ]

For the Ruffles on top:

Repeat ‘Double crochet 2 times, chain 4, slip stitch in 4th chain, chain 1,Double crochet 2 times’ in the chains between the double crochets in steps 2-4.

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For the Ruffles on bottom:

  1. Repeat ‘Double crochet 2 times, chain 1,Double crochet 2 times’ in the chains between the double crochets in step 11 till end. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 3
  2. chain 1, double crochet,chain 1, double crochet,chain 1, double crochet,chain 1 in the chain 1 between the 2nd and 3rd double crochet. Single crochet after the fourth  double crochet.

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For the finishing:

  1. Do single crochet in the back of dress.
  2. In the front, repeat ‘Do sc, hdc, dc, tr.. in increasing heights, chain 3, do the stitches in reverse’ twice.pattern4
  3. Attach chains to the chain 3 in step 2, to tie around the neck.

P.S. Skip these steps to make a skirt or a cap.

 

Crochet Top

 

 

Stitched this top some time in 2014 to wear it on a trip to Chennai, India. It has a simple pattern, that I could do it all by myself without any instructions.

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From my notes while making the pattern… numbers represent the no. of chains

Crochet Top and Accessories

I learnt to crochet 3 years back from my grandmother. It has had me hooked. I enjoy recreating beautiful patterns. It motivated me leave work on time and reduced stress. I have had interesting conversations during long train journeys. My friends were impressed to learn that I knew to crochet. Some of them even took lessons from me…

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