Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bitty Baby Sleep Sack Tutorial




I have been working on this sweet little doll pattern for a few months...  I worked on it for a while and put it down for a few weeks. But today I am excited to announce that I have finally finished it!  Really it doesn't take very long to make, I just get side tracked sometimes.  So, here is what you will need to get started:

Materials Needed:
DK weight yarn (#3)
Crochet Hook Size: F/5-3.75 MM
Sharp Needle for sewing your zipper in
6 inch zipper (be sure that you don't buy the separating zippers)  I buy my zippers on here on Etsy.

click Abbreviations for a list of the most commonly used crochet abbreviations

Notes:
-Gauge: 4 sts and 4 rows = 1" (2.5 cm) If your gauge is nor right, go up or down a size crochet hook in order to get the right gauge.

Instructions:

Ch 41

Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook (beginning chain does not count as the first st now and throughout the pattern) and in each ch across (40 hdc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, (2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next 3 hdc) repeat across (50 hdc)

Row 3: ch 1, turn, (2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next 4 hdc) repeat across (60 hdc)

Row 4: ch 1, turn, (2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next 5 hdc) repeat across (70 hdc)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, (2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next 6 hdc) repeat across (80 hdc)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, (2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next 7 hdc) repeat across (90 hdc)

Row 7: ch 1, turn, (2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next 8 hdc) repeat across (100 hdc)

Row 8: ch 1, turn (2 hdc in the next hdc, hdc in the next 9 hdc) repeat across (110 hdc)

Row 9-10: ch 1, turn, hdc in each hdc across (110 hdc)

Divide for the Sleeves

Row 11: ch 1, turn, hdc in the next 17 sts, skip the next 20 sts, hdc in the next 36 sts, skip the next 20 sts, hdc in the next 17 sts (70 hdc)

Row 12-23: ch 1, turn hdc in each hdc across (70 hdc)

Shaping the bottom of the sleep sack

-Please note that you will be working in the round for the rest of the pattern.  You will also be joining at the end of each rnd.

Rnd 24: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st to the first hdc you made in this rnd (70 hdc)

Rnd 25-42: ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st (70 hdc)

Fasten off.



Sewing the seam on the bottom of the sleep sack

Join with a sl st on either side of the bottom of the sleep sack.  Sew the bottom of the sleep sack closed by slip stitching the two sides together all the way across, fasten off.

You can also sew this together using a needle and thread of you prefer.  I prefer to sew it with slip stitches because it is faster and easier for me.

Sleeves:

Rnd 1: working around the armhole opening, join with a sl st at the underarm and hdc 24 hdc evenly around, join with a sl st to the first hdc (24 hdc)

Rnd 2-11: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st to the first hdc (24 hdc)

Rnd 12: ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st to the first sc (24 sc)

Repeat for the other sleeve.

Finishing:

Hand sew your zipper in place at the front of the sleep sack.  Weave in your loose ends and you are finished! 

I can't wait to see the sleep sacks that all of you crochet!



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