Sunday, February 21, 2010

Elena's Dress

A friend and coworker of my in-laws just had his first baby and my mother-in-law asked me to stitch something up for them. This is what came about.

Disclaimer: I've not tested this pattern, so please let me know if something is amiss. Thanks!

Elena's Dress

Size: Newborn

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby (Sport DK weight) in pink: 1 skein
Hooks: E, G and H
Notions: 2 stitch markers, 3 - 3/8" buttons

Finished measurements:
From shoulder to hem - 1o"
From side to side (not around) - 7.5"

Stitch guide:
HdcFch – Half double crochet foundation chain
Picot – ch 3, slst into last st made.

With G hook:
40 HdcFch. Or 42 chs. Turn
Row 1: Ch2. *Hdc in next. 2 hdc in next. Rep to end. Turn (60 hdc)

Row 2: Ch2. Hdc evenly across. Turn

Row 3: Rep Row 1. (90 hdc)

Row 4 & 5: Rep Row 2.

Row 6: Ch2. *Hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st. Rep across from *. turn (120 sts)

Row 7: Place marker 40 sts from ea edge. Ch 2. Hdc in first 16 sts (Back right), 5 HdcFch+, skip 24 sts (right arm hole), hdc next 40 sts (front of garment), 5 HdcFch, skip next 24 sts (left arm hole), hdc across remaining 16 sts. (back left). {+ can also just chain 5)

Row 8: Ch4. Skip 1 st. (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in next; *skip 5 sts, (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in next. Rep from * to end. Ch 1. Dc in last st. Turn [14 (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc)]

Row 9: Ch 4. (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in each ch3 sp. At end ch1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Turn

Row 10: Rep Row 9. At end do not turn. Join with slst to 3rd ch at beg of row. All rows will now be worked in the round.

Row 11 & 12: Ch4. (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in each ch-3 sp. At end, ch1, dc in dc of prev round. Join with slst to 3rd ch at beg of row.

Row 13-15: With H hook, cont in est patt.

Row 16-19: Ch 4. (3 dc, ch3, 3 dc) in each ch-3 sp. At end, ch1, dc in dc of prev round. Join with slst to 3rd ch at beg of row.

Row 20: ch1. sc in ch-1 sp. *Sc in next 3 dc, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3, slst into last sc made (picot) sc into ch-3 sp, sc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around. Sc in ch-1 sp. Sc in dc. Join with slst to 1st sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends

Neck and back opening:
With E hook: Right side facing
Join yarn with slst to last sc of neck on back right side. Sc in same st as join. 2 sc in side of st. Work 19 sc evenly along edge. Sc tog the dc and ch4 of the join of row 10. Work 18 scs evenly up opp edge. Work 2 sc in next . Sc around neck opening. Join with slst to 1st sc.

Row 2: (Slst, sc 2) in next. Sc 18. Sc3tog. (Sc 5. ch4.) three times – button holes made. Sc in next 1. sc 2 in next. Slst in same st. slst in next, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Sew three buttons to match button holes.

Arm hole:
With G hook.
Round 1: Join yarn with slst to first missed st. Work 32 sc evenly around. Join with slst.
Round 2: (Ch5, skip 3, sc in next) 6 times. Sc in next 8, do not join.
Round 3: (Sc 4, picot, sc 3) in ea ch-5 sp. Sc in next 2 sc. Slst in next. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Flower: (small amount of Bernat Baby Coordinates in white and 5th Avenue Superwash Merino in Lovely Lime)

With E hook and any dk weight yarn:
(Ch 6. 3dtr in 6th ch from hook, ch5, slst in same ch.) 5 times. Slst in the bottom of first petal to join. Fasten off. With second yarn of choice, make 5 surface slst at the bottom of each petal. Leave long tail. Attach flower to dress. With a yarn needle and the long tail of second yarn make a French knot and pull through to the inside of the dress. Fasten off.


  1. How pretty . . . wish we had a oittle girl coming into the family . . but no neices or nephews expecting :=}

    I'm still going to print it out for "later."


  2. thanks so much! when you do get 'round to it, please let me know how it turns out. =o)

  3. What a lovely little dress. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Can you please give a rough size estimate? this is an adorable dress.

  5. Really nice
    Thanks for sharing

  6. Hey luv, working on this lovely creation now. It's working out nicely, except the count for me wasn't 120 stitches at row 6. I am at rows 13-15 now, but am unsure what "est patt" means...

  7. Hi Sarah! I LOVE to crochet too!.. And your little dress is adorable!! Thanks for sharing your pattern, and it's nice to meet you today! I'm officially a follower! ~tina

  8. What does this mean:
    With G hook:
    40 HdcFch. Or 42 chs.??

    You have to start with 42 chains. Do you then turn and do 40 HDC?

  9. Here is a link of one I made from your pattern!
    Thanks so much!

  10. would this be a good project for someone new to making clothing?

    I want to get into it but have yet to try, I saw this on ravelry and thought of one of my teachers, who is having a baby girl.
    This would be perfect for her because the other day she was complaining about how all baby girl dresses are frilly and pink.

  11. I am going to have to try this dress.

  12. I made this dress for my niece. I used a bigger needle to make it bigger. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hi! I want to make a bigger dress for a toddler... do you have some tips for me to to help me enlarge this pattern?

  14. I would like to make this for my five year old any advice?

  15. This pattern is awesome! Very easy to read. I usually end up with my count being off somewhere (as I haven't made many dresses before) but I had no issues with this pattern. Dress worked up super quick and is amazingly cute..thank you so much for sharing :)

  16. I love this dress... I have the first 7 rows completed and the markers place, I guess now, I am not sure where to go with the 16 stitches.... aaaahhhh... could you try to explain better to me..
    Thanks much.

  17. It is really cute... however, I even asked a crochet grouping on FB.. and they could not help to figure out the part after the rounded neck and placement of markers... Thanks though