Heirloom Crochet Christening Dress

 

© 2003 Jacqui Cunningham

 

BraveBuilder

Size: 0 - 3 months

The dress shown was made using 3 x 50gm balls of size 20 DMC Cebelia crochet cotton and a 1.00 mm hook.  It is worked in one piece, starting at the neck edge.  If your tension is neat and tight I would recommend using a slightly larger hook for extra softness.  Maybe a 1.25mm.

 

Chain 130 to begin.

 

1st  Row:  Sc in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across.  (129sc)  Ch4, turn.

 

2nd  Row:  Skip 1st 2 sc.  Dc in next sc. *Ch1, skip 1 sc, dc in next sc.  Rpt from * to end.  Ch1, turn.

 

3rd  Row:  Sc in 1st dc.  (2sc in next space, sc in next dc) twice.  *Ch5, sl st in same sc just worked.  (2sc in next space, sc in next dc) 4 times.  Rpt from * until you are 3dc’s from end of row, then ch5, sl st in same sc just worked, (2sc in next space, sc in dc) twice.  Ch1, turn.

 

Buttonhole loop:  Ch6, sl st in 1st chain of foundation chain at neck edge.  Ch1, turn.  12sc in ch6 loop just made.  Slip st in last sc made in last row.

 

4th  Row:  Ch1.  Sc in same sc as slip st.  *Ch11, skip 11sc, sc in next sc.  (note: this will be the centre sc between picots).  Rpt from * to end.  Ch1, turn.

 

5th  Row:  Work 15sc in each 11chain loop to end.  Sl st in 1st sc of buttonhole to anchor.  Ch1, turn.

 

6th  Row:  Sl st to 5th sc of 1st loop.  Ch4, dc in next sc.  (Ch1, dc in next sc) 5 times.  *Ch1, dc in 5th sc of next loop.  (Ch1, dc in next sc) 6 times.  Rpt from * to end of row.  Ch1, turn.

 

7th  Row:  Sc in 1st dc.  *Sc in space, sc in dc.  Rpt from * to end.  Ch3, turn.

 

8th  Row:  Dc in next 5sts.  (dc, ch1, dc) in next st.  Dc in next 5 sts.  *Work dc decrease over next 3 sts.  ((Note:  to work a dc decrease – (Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop.  Yo and pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.  Yo  and pull through all 4 loops on hook.))

Dc in next 5 sts.  (dc, ch1, dc) in next st.  Dc in next 5 sts.  Rpt from * ending with dc in last 6 sts.  Ch3, turn.

 

9th  Row:  Dc in next 6 sts.  (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in space.  Dc in next 5 sts.  *Dc decrease over next 3 sts.  Dc in next 5 sts.  (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next space.  Dc in next 5 sts.  Repeat from * ending row with dc in last 7 sts.  Ch3, turn.

 

10th Row:  Dc in next 8 sts.  (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in space.  Dc in next 6 sts.  *Dc decrease over next 3 sts.  Dc in next 6 sts.  (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in space.  Dc in next 6 sts.  Rpt from * ending row with dc in next 9 sts.  Ch3, turn.

 

11th Row:  Same as 10th row but there will be 10dc at each end counting turning chain.

 

12th Row:  Same as 10th row.

13th Row:  Dc in next 2 sts.  Dc decrease over next 3 sts.  Dc in next 6 sts.  (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in same space.  Dc in next 6 sts.  *Dc decrease over next 3 sts.  Dc in next 6 sts.  (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in space.  Dc in next 6 sts.  Rpt from * until 6sts from end of row, then work dc decrease over next 3sts.  Dc in next 3sts.  Ch3, turn.

14th Row:  Dc in same st as turning chain and next st.  Dc decrease over next 3sts.  Dc in next 7 sts.  (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in space.  Dc in next 7 sts.  *Dc decrease over next 3 sts.  (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in space.  Dc in next 7 sts.  Rpt from * ending row with dc in last 12 sts.  Ch3, turn.

 

15th and 16th Row:  Same as 14th row but do not work into 1st st.  Start with dc in next 2 stitches

 

17th Row:  Dc in next 2 sts.  *dc decrease over next 3sts.  Dc in next 7 sts.  (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in space.  Dc in next 7 sts.  Rpt from * up to last 5 sts from end of row.  Then, dc decrease over next 3 sts.  Dc in next 2 sts.  Do not turn.  Slip st in 1st st (top of turning chain) at beginning of row.

 

Work from here in rounds.

 

Rnd  1:  Ch3 (to count as 1st dc).  Dc in next 12sts.  2dc in space, dc in next 19sts, 2dc in space.  Continue around working a dc in each stitch and 2dc in each space to end.  Sl st to join in 3rd ch of beginning ch3.  (342 dc)

 

Rnd  2:  Ch3.  Dc in same st as join.  Ch2, 2dc in same stitch again.  *skip 2 sts.  (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next st.  (shell made).  Rpt from * around.  Sl st to join in top of beginning ch3.

 

Rnd  3:  Sl st to ch2 space.  Ch3.  (dc, ch2, 2dc) in same space.  *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in centre space of next shell.  Rpt from * around.  Sl st to join in top of beginning ch3.

 

Rnd  4:  Sl st to ch2 space.  Ch3.  (dc, ch2, 2dc) in same space.  *(2dc, ch2 2dc) in centre of next shell.  Rpt from * until 16 shells have been worked.  Skip next 27 shells for sleeve.  Shell over next 29 shells.  Skip next 27 shells for 2nd sleeve, shell over next 15 shells.  Join.

 

Rnd  5:  Sl st to centre of 1st shell.  Ch3, complete shell over shell.  (Shell over next shell) twice. ch1. * (Shell over next shell) 3 times, ch1.Rpt from * to end.  Join

 

Repeat 5th round twice

 

Rnd  8:  *(Shell over shell) 3 times, ch2.  Repeat from * around.  Join

 

Repeat 8th round twice.

 

Rnd 11:  *(Shell over shell) 3 times, ch3.  Rpt from * around.  Join

 

Repeat 11th round until 60 rounds of shell have been completed.  Join in usual way and continue as follows for shaping and border.

 

Rnd  1:  *(Shell over shell, ch1) twice, shell over shell, ch3.  Rpt from * around, Join.

 

repeat 1st round twice.

 

Rnd  4:  *(Shell over shell, ch2) twice, shell over shell, ch3.  Rpt from * around, join.

 

repeat 4th round twice.

 

Rnd  7:  *Shell over shell, ch3.  Repeat all the way around.  Join.

 

repeat 7th round twice.

 

Rnd 10:  Sl st into 1st shell.  Ch4, 2trc in same space working off together for a cluster.  Ch5 and work a cluster of 3trc in same space.  Ch3, *(cluster, ch5, cluster) in next shell space.  Ch3.  Rpt from * around.  Sl st in tip of 1st cluster to join.

 

Rnd 11:  Same as 10th round.

 

Rnd 12:  Same as 10th round but work 4 chain between the cluster groups instead of 3.

 

Rnd 13:  Sl st into 5ch space between clusters.  Ch4 and in same space *work cluster of 3trc, ch5, cluster of 5trc, ch5, cluster of 3 trc.

Rpt from * in each 5ch space between clusters.  Join with sl st in tip of 1st cluster.

 

Rnd 14:  *Work 9sc in next 5ch loop, then 3sc in next loop.  Ch5, turn.  Counting back, sl st in 4th sc of previous loop.  Ch1, turn.  Work 9sc in loop just made.  Then 6sc in the loop only half completed.  Sl st between next two clusters.  Rpt rom * around.  Sl st in 1st sc to join.

 

Fasten off.

Sleeves

 

Rnd  1:  Attach thread in centre of a shell at under arm.  Ch3 and work a shell (2dc,ch2,2dc) in each shell around sleeve.  Sl st to join in top of ch3.

There should be 29 shells in this round.

 

Rnd  2:  Ch1, sc in same place as join and next dc.  1sc in ch2 space.  *Sc in next 4 dc, 1sc in next ch2 space.  Rpt from * around ending with sc in last 2 dc, sl st to join in 1st sc of round.

 

Rnd  3:  Sl st to 3rd sc of rnd (the one over the 2ch space in round 1).  Ch6, skip 4sc, dc in next sc.  Ch3, *skip 4sc, dc in next sc.  Ch3.  Rpt from * around.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch6.

 

Rnd  4:  Ch1, sc in same st as join.  3sc in next space, *sc in dc, 3sc in space.  Rpt around.  Sl st to join in 1st sc.

 

Rnd  5:  Sl st to centre sc over 1st space.  Work a cluster of 3trc in this stitch.  Ch5, skip 3 sc, cluster in next sc.  *Ch3, skip 3 sc, cluster in next sc.  Ch5, skip 3 sc, cluster in next sc.  Rpt from * 12 more times.  Ch1, skip 3 sc, cluster in next sc.  Ch1, join with a sl st in tip of 1st cluster.

 

Rnd  6:  Sl st into 5ch space.  (Cluster of 3trc, ch5, cluster of 5trc, ch5, cluster of 3trc) in same space.

*skip next 3ch space.  (cluster 3trc, ch5, cluster 5trc, ch5, cluster 3trc) in next 5ch space.  Rpt from * around.  At end of round, skip the two ch1 spaces and sl st to join in tip of 1st cluster.

 

Rnd  7:  Sl st into 5ch loop.  Ch1 and *work 9sc in loop.  3sc in next loop.  Ch5, turn.  Counting back, sl st in 4th sc of previous loop.  Ch1, turn.  Work 9sc in loop just made, then 6sc in the loop half completed.  Sl st between next 2 clusters.  Rpt from * around.  Sl st to join in 1st sc of round. 

 

Fasten off.

 

Complete other sleeve in the same way.

 

To finish off, thread ribbon through the round of beading on the sleeves and gather sleeves only slightly.  Tie in a bow and tack to secure.

I would advise that you do not thread ribbon at the neck beading as this could be a choking hazard.  If you do, make sure that it is sewn in at several places so that it cannot tighten around the baby’s neck.

I attached a larger bow in the centre instead and used a small button at the back


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