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Lots to Love Baby Doll Dress

This pattern is written without abbreviations, so that it’s appropriate for absolute beginners.  Gauge isn’t really important.  This dress fits the miniature Lots to Love babies.  I bought them for my girls for Christmas, and had to rectify the fact that they had on merely diapers & towels.

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H hook
small amount of worsted weight yarn–Color A
perhaps double that amount novelty yarn–Color B

With Color A: Chain 21

1) Half-double crochet in second chain from the hook.  Half-double crochet in each remaining chain.  You will have 20 Half-double crochets at the end. {When row 1 is facing you, with the tail at the beginning of the chain on the right for left-handers & on the left for right-handers, the right side is facing you.}

2) Chain one, turn.  Half-double crochet in each of the first three stitches.  Half-double crochet twice in each of the next three stitches.  Half-double crochet in each of next eight stitches.  Half-double crochet twice in each of next three stitches.  Half-double crochet in each of final three stitches.  Twenty-six stitches at the end.

3) Chain one, turn.  Half-double crochet twice in first stitch.  Half-double crochet once in next three stitches.  Chain five.  Skip three stitches. Half-double crochet in following (fourth from hook) stitch and in next eleven stitches.  Chain five.  Skip three stitches.  Half-double crochet in next three stitches.  Half-double crochet twice in final stitch.  Join to the first stitch in the row, forming work into a circle. Thirty-one stitches, including chains, at the end.

From here on out, you will work in rounds without turning.

4) Chain one.  Half-double crochet in each of the first five stitches.  Half-double crochet five times in the 5-chain space (you can put a stitch <i>in</i> each of the chains, but this is much easier).  Half-double crochet in each of the next eleven stitches.  Half-double crochet five times in the 5-chain space.  Half-double crochet in each of the final five stitches. Slip stitch into the first stitch again.  Thirty-one stitches at the end.

5 & 6) Chain one.  Half-double crochet in each stitch.  31 stitches at the end.

Switch to Color B like so: On last stitch of Row 6, pause when you have 3 loops on the hook & cut Color A. Holding Color B with a tail down alongside Color A, complete the stitch using the new yarn.  Tug the ends of the colors to tighten them (I usually tie them together).

7) Chain one.  Single crochet in each stitch.  Fasten into a circle by slip stitching in the first stitch of the row.  31 stitches at the end.

From here on out, you are working in rounds, not rows.

8 ) Chain two.  Double crochet twice in one stitch and once in the next stitch.  Continue in this fashion, with every other stitch having two double crochets, until you reach the end.  With some of the novelty yarns, the stitches are very hard to see, so bear in mind it’s hardly the end of the world if you have a couple extra or fewer stitches at the end.  Forty-five (approximate) stitches at the end.

Now, double crochet once in every stitch for 6 or 7 total rounds, or whatever looks good to you.  You might want to use a stitch marker in the last or first stitch of the round, as I lost track of the beginning of the round on the first dress I made.  When it’s long enough to suit, finish off & weave in all the ends you have thus far.

TIES: With Color A again, chain 25.  Slip stitch to free loop of beginning chain (at the neck side) and in each of these free loops around to the other side.  Chain 25 again, and finish off at the end.

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Baby Yazmin’s Nightgown

This is a very simple pattern, only 12 rounds/rows from start to finish.  I am sorry, but I do not have a gauge right now.  I will update it with that info as soon as I am able.

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fingering-weight yarn
3.5mm hook

Ch 21. Join with slst.

1-4) Ch 1.  HDC in same st & in each additional st.  Join to first st with slst.  (21 HDC)
5) Ch 1.  HDC in 5 sts.  HDC dec. (YO.  Draw up a loop in next 2 sts.  YO & pull through all loops on hook.) Around. Join w/slst. (18 HDC)
6) Ch 1. HDC around.  Join with slst. (18 HDC)

From here on out, you will NOT be joining into rounds, but working back & forth in rows.

7-9) Ch 1, turn.  SC in each st. (18 SC)
10) Ch 1, turn. SC in 3 sts.  Ch 2, sk 2 sts.  SC in next 8 sts. Ch 2, sk 2 sts.  SC in last 3 sts. (14 SC; 4 chs)
11) Ch 1, turn. SC in first 3 sts.  SK chain sts. SC in next 8 sts.  SK chain sts. SC in last 3 sts. (14 sc)
12) Ch 21. Sl st in 2nd st from hook & in each ch to end of chs. Slst, Ch 2 in each st to end.  Ch 21. Sl st in 2nd st from hook & in each back down.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.

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