I have a niece that just turned 6 months. I have so far crocheted 3 dresses for her of different styles but now I thought it was time to come up with a pattern of my own. It is not difficult at all, and I'm sure there are others who have come up with the same pattern themselves, but since I haven't seen it posted somewhere I thought I might as well share it here. When the dress/skirt was almost finished I started looking for buttons, but I couldn't find any. I used my imagination and took two buttons of the same size although they had different colors and then I used a glittery yarn to crochet over the buttons and they actually look kind of cool, like insect eyes or something.
hook size 3,5
I used 3 balls of Marks & Kattens organic cotton. 50g / 120 meters (1,8 oz /131 yards). 2 brown (A) and 1 pink (B).
1 ball of red metal yarn (C)
2 buttons 2 centimeters diameter (0,8 inches)
you can easily adjust the size by increasing chain to begin with and then add rounds to make it longer. If you follow the pattern with the same yarn I used (or the same kind!) the brace skirt will fit babies 6-9 months.
14-15 hdc (width) and 12 hdc + 4cs rows (height) = 10 cm (4")
It is not that important though!
In edging: hold B and C together and sc round all edges except for immediately under the arm. Instead, leave long piece of C and when fastening C embroider it round the edge there. It's hard for me to explain but I think you'll understand when you get there. The pink slip stitch is on one side and the edging would be too thick otherwise.
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
ch col - change color
hdc2tog - half double crochet two stitches together (just decrease two hdc into one)
Ch 75 (or as many as you want) with color A
1. Sc in second from hook. (74)
2. Ch 3. Turn. Hdc in next st, ch 1 *hdc in second from hook, ch 1* repeat from *-* across. If you look at the row you just made there should be a hdc in every other st.
3 -5. Repeat 2.
6. Ch col to B, ch 1, turn, sc in next st, *ch 1, sc in second from hook,* repeat from *-* across. It is the same as 2-5 only you do sc instead of hdc, so it is still in every other gap.
8-11. Ch col to A. Repeat row 2.
12-13. Repeat row 6.
Continue until you reach desired length of the skirt (it should reach up to the babys belly button or a little higher). If you like you can start with a wider chain and then decrease 2 st occasionally. My brace skirt has 36 rounds and is a pretty good length for the half-year-old. That means 6 A color sections and 5 B color sections.
37. Ch col to B, sl st 7 (2 in every "gap"). *ch 1, sc in second from hook,* repeat from *-* until there are 4 gaps left, then sl st 7 and cut yarn.
38. In 5th gap from edge, sl st with B, ch 1, sc 1 in same st. *ch 1, sc in second from hook,* repeat from *-* until 5 gaps remains. (25 or 26 sc)
39. Ch col to A. Ch 3, turn. *hdc in second from hook, ch 1* repeat from *-* across
40-42. Hdc2tog on each side, otherwise as 39.
43-44. Ch col to B, ch 1, turn, sc in next st, *ch 1, sc in second from hook,* repeat from *-* across. NO DECREASE
45-46. Ch col. Repeat round 40.
47 -48. Ch 3. Turn. Hdc in next st, ch 1 *hdc in second from hook, ch 1* repeat from *-* across.
49-50. Repeat 43-44.
51-54. Repeat 47-48. Fasten off.
Chain 85, or as many as you like. I like the back to be a little wider than the front but if you don't that's ok!
1-37. Follow pattern for front.
38. In 14th gap sl st, ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 1 sc in next gap* repeat *-* 11 times until you have 13 sc.
39-42. Ch col to A. Ch 3, turn. *hdc in second from hook, ch 1* repeat from *-* across
43-44. Ch col to B, ch 1, turn, sc in next st, *ch 1, sc in second from hook,* repeat from *-* across.
45-48. Repeat 39-42.
57. Ch col to A. Ch 3, turn. *hdc in second from hook, ch 1* repeat from *-* until you have 6 hdc.
58-60. Ch 3, turn. *hdc in second from hook, ch 1* repeat from *-* until you have 6 hdc.
60-61. Ch col to B. ch 1, turn, sc in next st, *ch 1, sc in second from hook,* repeat from *-* across.
63-85. Repeat 57-62.
86. Ch col to A.Ch 3, turn. *hdc in second from hook, ch 1* repeat from *-* until you have 6 hdc.
87. Ch 3, hdc in next gap, ch 3, skip 2 gaps (this is the hole for the button) hdc, ch 1, hdc
88. Ch 3, hdc in next gap, *hdc in "button gap" ch 1* twice, hdc, ch 1 hdc
89. Ch 3, Hdc2tog on each side
90. Ch 3, hdc2tog. Fasten off.
Back to row 56. Repeat 57-90 on other side.
Take one strand of B and one strand of C. Sc around edges. Also: see notes!
Do not join rounds, work in a spiral!
Ch 2 with C.
1. 6 sc in second from hook to make a ring or use a magic ring. (6)
2. 2 dc in every st. (12)
3. 1 sc, 2 sc in next (18)
4. sc in every st (18)
5. 1 sc, sc2tog (12)
Time to put the button in place!
6. 2sctog until you have 3-4 st left. Fasten off.
Put the front and back with right side inwards (just decide youself which side that is or look at the sl st from row 37). Either crochet the dress together with sc or sew it together with a strand or color A.
Sew buttons in place.
Well, that's pretty much it! If there are any problems, tell me and I'll try to explain...