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Bev's Pretty Little Preemie Dress
Copyright Beverly A. Qualheim 2006, 2008 - all rights reserved
preemie dress

Instructions given for a large preemie - 3.5 - 5 lbs

3 oz Caron's Simply Soft yarn (or a soft sport weight yarn)
Size I crochet hook
Some pretty ribbon, iron on appliques, tiny ribbon roses added to the front are fun.
5 or 6 3/8" buttons for the back.

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 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.  Repeat from * two MORE times.  Dc in last 4 chs; ch 2 and turn.

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  7 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 8 : Sc in each st, ch 1 and turn.

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

Rows 10- 20: 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 12"

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. 

Sew 5 or 6 little buttons down the back of the dress, evenly spaced.  You don't need to make button holes because the shell stitch has large enough 'holes' for the buttons to thread through.
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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