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Bev's Newborn Diaper Shirt
Copyright Beverly A. Qualheim 2004, 2013
Any items made from patterns to Beverly Qualheim may be sold, but please make one for charity too.
Pattern based on Robin's Onesie pattern

Baby Vest  

Updated March 12, 2007
Materials:

H hook Newborn size or large preemie in (parenthesis)  (F hook fits a 2 lb preemie follow numbers given in parenthesis)
2 oz  Caron's Simply Soft Yarn or Lion Brand's Pound of Love Yarn
One 1/2" button.
DC= Double Crochet    st= stitch    ch= chain    sp = space    sc = Single crochet

*Shell: (dc, ch1, dc) in indicated stitch.
baby-shirt-joining
Starting at the top of the Shirt
Chain 48 (fits 8-9 lber)  (44 chs for large preemie or small newborn)
Row 1: DC in 2nd ch from hook (counts as first dc now and throughout) and in the next 6 (5) sts.  Make a *shell
(dc, ch1, dc)  in next st, dc in next 9 (8) sts, shell in next st, dc in next 12 st, shell in next st, dc in next 9 sts (8 st), shell in next st, dc in last 7 sts (6 st). Ch 2, turn.
Rows 2-6 :  (do 5 rows for preemie size) DC in the 2nd dc from the ch2.  Dc in every DC including the ones on either side of the shell, to the ch-1 sp, make shell in ch-1 sp, Dc across to next ch-1 sp, shell in ch-1 sp, dc across to next ch-1 sp, shell in ch-1 sp, dc across to next ch-1 sp, make shell in ch-1 sp, dc in remaining last space.  Ch 2, turn. (Be sure you start in that 2nd chain from the hook and finish at the very end each row!)  
Row Counts:
Row 2 = 59 DC
Row 3 = 67 DC
Row 4 =  75 DC
Row 5 = 83 DC
Row 6 = 91 DC
Row 7(6) Dc to first ch-1 sp, fold garment in thirds and connect first and second ch-1 spaces (the holes) with a dc. Dc across to next ch-1 sp, fold shirt in thirds again, connect 3rd and 4th ch-1 spaces by making a DC in the 4th ch-1 space. Dc across to end. 
Rows 8-14: (7-13) Ch 2, turn. DC in each DC across. 
At the end of Row 14 (13), ch 1 and turn.
(You can make it more fun by changing colors on a few rows)

IMPORTANT step for finishing - Go around outside of shirt
Rnd 1: Sc around the entire shirt in stitches or just spaced as evenly as possible, making 3 sc in each 'corner' st.  (on the sides just crochet the sc in a 'hole' along the edge there.) Join with a sl st to the first sc you made.
Cut yarn about 4" and weaver under.  Stitch a button to the top of the vest/shirt and you can easily make a button hole with one of the 'holes' in the shirt.

Rnd 2 if you want to add
Buttonloops: At the end of RND 1, Ch 1 and turn so you are going up the front to make the botton loops. Sc in first 3 Sc (Ch 2, skip 1 Sc, Sc in next 4 Sc), repeat to the top of the shirt. Continue by Sc in remaining Scs around the entire shirt, remembering to make 3 sc in each 'corner'.   Join with a sl st to the first sc of that round.


Stitch buttons into place down the front.  (The photos do not show the buttons, because I can't find the button-bag today)

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(Offsite link)  Make a ruffled DIAPER COVER to match too!  Leave off the ruffle for boys.




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