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Precious Crocheted Dress and Blanket

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The Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2014Visit Mary Kathryn at Crochet Chiq.

Welcome a new little girl into your life with this Precious Crocheted Dress and Blanket set.  Perfect for a newborn, this crochet baby dress, easy crochet baby blanket, and tiny hanger make the perfect handmade gift idea.  This is a simple project for intermediate crochet fans and the entire set can easily be made over the course of a weekend.

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Precious Crocheted Dress and Blanket

Materials:

  • 1 ball of Red Heart gumdrop in Grape
  • Less than 2 oz of Red Heart Gumdrop in Cherry
  • Aleene's fabric glue
  • Plain child's hanger
  • Size G boye crochet hook
  • 3 balls red heart super saver in white
  • 2 ball red heart super saver in orchid
  • knitting needles size 7 (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. For Star Lace Dress using G Boyle crochet hook and Red Heart Gumdrop yarn in Grape make a slip knot and Chain 50 Row 1 1 dc in each (50) Row 2 evenly space out 25 increases ( for a total of 75 stitches) Row 3 evenly space out 25 increases ( 100 stitches) Row 4, 1 stitch in each stitch Row 5, evenly space out 25 increases ( 125) Row 6 work 3 increases evenly. (128)
     
  2. To shape arm holes fold so ends meet , lay flat, on each side count seven stitched from the fold in the front and back mark them off. So you have a marker 14 stitches and another mark on each side of the stitch. beginning where you left off last crochet 1 dc into each stitch until your marker skip all the stitches marked off (14) and continue crocheting until your next one, again skip the 14 stitches marked off and continue crocheting.
     
  3. How to make the skirt Round 1 sc in 2nd ch from your hook, *ch2 , skip 3 ch's ,work 1 dc,ch5,1dc in next ch, ch2, skip 3 ch's 1 sc into the next ch* repeat until the end sl Round 2 ( and every even round ) ch 6 dc into first sc, *ch2, sc into 3rd ch on the 5 ch, ch2, work dc,ch5,dc into next sc*repeat until the last dc, ch5,dc instead work a dc,ch2, tr. sl .... This may sound confusing ... however just think this: dc,ch5,dc always goes into the sc's and an sc always goes into the 3rd sc of the 5 sc. Round 3 ( and every odd Round ) ch 1 sc into tr, *ch2, dc,ch5,dc into the next sc, ch 2, sc into the 3rd ch of 5 ch,* repeat until end repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have your desired length. after 3 rounds if you would like your dress to flare switch to an H hook for 2 rounds and a I for the rest. Edging, using a G hook sl ch1 around arm holes and bottom of the dress.
     
  4. To Yarn Wrap hanger use Aleene's fabric glue with a apply to hanger 2 inches at a time then slowly wrap the yarn arounf and hold for a minute. then continue. When wrapping the middle that has to go in the center of the hanger it works best to use a tiny ball of yarn instead of the whole skein.
     
  5. Orchid Cross Blanket This blanket can be knit or slip stitched crocheted for almost identical results you need 6 purple and 6 white rectangles that are 8 inches by 6.5 inches. to knit cast on 32, knit one row than purl one row and repeat until 6.5 inches wide and cast off using what ever hook needed to get gauge chain 34, and sl each row until you are 6.5 inches wide... For those wanting a quicker blanket any stitch can be used a dc for example would take a fraction of the time. assemble the rectangles as follows White,Orchid,White Orchid,Orchid, Orchid White,Orchid, White White,Orchid, White Edging Round 1 chain5 skip 3,sc repeat all the way around join with beginning Round 2 sl to the 3rd ch, chain *6 skip until the 3rd chain of the next chain, chain 6* repeat all the way around.

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