To use up some of my yarn stash this month I was lucky that I needed to make some baby gifts. One of the ladies at church was having baby shower for her daughter, due in June. Another lady at church just had a baby. I generally make hats and booties for people, but as winter is coming to an end I wanted to make something that would be a little more useful for the warmer months of the year. Both babies being girls I decided to make a couple of dresses. One with flowers and one with bows. I had some beautiful pink, green, and white self striping yarn in my closet that some one gave me. I didn't think it would really be appropriate for anything other than something for a baby girl. I took these dresses as the perfect opportunity to use up some of this yarn. You can see in the pictures that I used pink yarn for the top of the dress and the multi-colored yarn for the body of the dress. I generally don't use patterns when I crochet so I designed the top of the dress myself I've decided to share my pattern with you (scroll down), Hopefully, it makes sense. I'm certainly not a pattern writing expert. To make the rest of the dress I followed this video pattern by the Art of Crochet by Teresa.
I also had an Etsy order for a turtle prop. Like I said, unexpected projects always pop up. Having a little baby around has been nice. I was able to update my pictures of the turtle prop for my Etsy shop. The turtle prop used up some of my yarn stash too. Hurray, for being able to work on a project without having to go to the store to buy supplies. Between the 2 dresses, the booties and the turtle I used about 8.3 oz (235 g) of yarn. Only one week into march and I am definitely doing better than I did in all of February. Up next, time to finish that cowl I keep talking about.
Row 1: (Right side) With color A(pink in pictures) Foundation HDC 62 stitches (or Chain 64, HDC in 3 chain from hook and in each chain) chain 1 turn.
Row 2-3, Hdc in each stitch, Chain 1, Turn
Row 4: Hdc in 10 next stitches, Chain 15, skip next 11 stitches. HDC in next 20 stitches, Chain 15, skip next 11 stitches. HDC in next 10 stitches. Chain 1 Turn.
Row 5: HDC in next 10 stitches. 15 HDC in CH 15 Space, HDC in next 20 stitches, 15 HDC in in CH 15 space, HDC in next 10 stitches. Chain 1.
To make button holes: Rotate 90 degrees clockwise to work down the side or the ends of the rows. 1sc in end of row 5. Chain 2, 1sc in end of row 3. Chain 2.1 sc in end of row 1, Chain 1, Turn.
1sc in first sc, 2sc in chain 2 space. 1sc in next sc, 2sc in chain 2 space. 1sc in next sc. Fasten off.
With right side facing attach color B (multi-color yarn in pictures) to end of Row one (the end without the button holes). Sc in end of each row. 3sc in 1st stitch of row 5. Sc in each next 8 hdc. In next 2 stitches HDC 2 together, to decrease by one stitch. Sc in next 13 stitches. In next 2 stitches HDC 2 together, to decrease by one stitch. Sc in next 18.In next 2 stitches HDC 2 together, to decrease by one stitch. Sc in next 13 stitches.In next 2 stitches HDC 2 together, to decrease by one stitch. Sc in next 9 and the ends of the button hole rows stitches. 3sc in first sc of last button hole row and next 5 sc. 3sc in last stitch of button hole row. Sc in the ends of button hole rows. Continue working the body of the dress using the Solomon's knot as found on the Art of Crochet by Teresa.(Video instructions here) I attached my Solomon's knots to the bodice/yoke about every 3rd stitch.