Bev's Heavenly Preemie Gown
Copyright Beverly A. Qualheim 2006 - all rights reserved

*** Important Helpful Hints on making burial items ***

Bev's burial gownInstructions given for Medium Preemie - fits a 2-3 lb baby.
Changes for a larger preemie- (fits a 4 - 5 lb preemie)
Instructions by MJ Humphrey for small preemie - fits 1 lb or less, are listed below


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3 oz Soft sportweight or Baby yarn  (not fingering)
Size I crochet hook
Some pretty ribbon, buttons, iron on appliques, tiny ribbon roses, and other embellishments to make this gown lovely for the parents.

Mini- DC-shell [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc]
Mini- HDC-shell [1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc]

Gown is open all the way down the back...
Row 1:  Start at neckline - top, Chain 32, DC in 4th chain from hook.  Dc in next 2 chs.  Work Mini- DC-shell [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in next chain.  *dc in next 6 ch, mini-dc-shell in next chain.  Repeat from * two MORE times.  Dc in last 4 chs; ch 2 and turn.

Row 2 - 4:  *hdc in each st to ch 1 space - work a Mini- HDC-shell [1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc]  in CH 1 space.  Repeat from * three more times.  hdc in each remaining stitch.  CH 2, Turn.5 lber burial gown

(4-5 lb preemie size) Row 2: Dc in each st to ch 1 space - work a
Mini- DC-shell [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in the ch 1 space.  Repeat from * three more times.  hdc in each remaining stitch.  CH 2, Turn.
Row 3- 6:  *hdc in each st to ch 1 space - work a Mini- HDC-shell [1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc] in CH 1 space.  Repeat from * three more times.  hdc in each remaining stitch.  CH 2, Turn.

Row  5 (or 7 for large): This row forms the sleeves -  hdc in each stitch to the chain 1 space;  put your yarn over the hook, insert hook in 1st CH 1 space and then fold the dress so you can finish the hdc st through the 2nd CH 1 space - complete the hdc into the ch 1 space.  Now Hdc in each stitch to next Ch 1 space;  join 3rd and 4th CH 1 spaces in same manner as first two.  Hdc in remaining stitches to end.   Ch 1, Turn.

Row 6 (8) : Sc in each st, ch 1 and turn.

Row 7 (9):  2 sc in each sc across, ch 3 and turn.  (This is a good row to change colors if you wish)

Rows 8 - 22: (10 - 35) (For boys gown, do dc in every stitch instead of the shell)
(Girls) You will be using a shell st back and forth on each row, till the final length of the gown from neck to bottom of skirt is about 11" - 12" long. (15" long)

SHELL STITCH for SKIRT:
Row 1 of shell:   Make 2 dc into the same stitch as the ch 3, skip one st, *sc into next, skip one st and make 3 dc into next.  Repeat from * across row. 
Rest of shell:
2 dc in lst sc. *1 sc in the center dc of the next shell, make 1 shell of 3 dc in next sc. *  Rep the sts between (*) across the row. End with 1 sc. Ch 3, turn. 

FINISHING TOUCHES
With a soft piece of white flannel, hand stitch a lining into the skirt of the gown, so it is not see-thru.  Just cut a piece of flannel the size of the skirt and hand stitch it inside the dress.
Thread a ribbon through the first sc row in bodice, leave ties in the back for the nurses to tie the gown shut if they wish. 

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(From MJ -
(To make gowns for babies 1 lb or less - use an E hook and fingering yarn or fine baby yarn. I used Bernat Baby yarn.) "The only change I made is that you chain 30, DC in 4th chain from hook. Dc in next 2 dc. Work Mini- DC-shell [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in next chain. *dc in next 6 ch, mini-dc-shell in next chain. Dc in the next 4 ch, mini-dc-shell in next chain, dc in next 6 ch, mini-dc-shell in next chain, DC in the last 4 chain, ch 2 and turn.
Rows 2-5 : same as original pattern- ABOVE.
Row 6: Sc in each st, ch 1 and turn.
Row 7: Sc in each st, ch 1 and turn.
Then I just DC down the gown till gown is about 8" long.")

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MATCHING HAT AND BOOTIES
Here's one for booties -- for preemies, use a smaller hook (f)and baby yarn.
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/shell-booties.html



and Toni's hat or bonnet
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/tonis-hats.html

   


For boys booties
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/newbootie.html





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