SWEET BABY CROCHETED LAYETTE
Introduction: I crocheted a layette for my daughter very similar to this one and then lost the pattern. The embroidery is what makes it so memorable; although I made other layettes, there are only a few that I washed and carefully kept in layers of tissue paper. After more than two decades, these baby cardigans and blankies still look like new.
I found this adorable, embroidered layette in the archives for Coats & Clark. Like many of their patterns, it looks like a keeper to me. So here’s your chance to crochet a future heirloom for today’s babies – and, who knows, maybe their babies as well.
~ by Jane Lake
Skill level: Intermediate
Precious crocheted baby cardigan and blanket with pink and yellow daisies. Sweet!
Directions are for 0-3 months; changes for 6-9 months are in parentheses.
RED HEART® Baby Fingering Pompadour, Art. E255, 84% acrylic/16% olefin (13/4 ounce skeins): 31/2 (4) Ounces 1 White; small amounts 722 Pink, 224 Baby Yellow, 680 Pastel Green, and 802 Baby Blue.
Crochet Hook: U.S. Size E-4 [3.5mm]. Yarn needle; 3 snap closures; sewing needle and thread.
GAUGE: In dc and pat – 24 sts = 4″; 13 rows = 4″.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
To Fit Chest: 18 (20)”. Finished Measurement: 22 (24)”.
BODY (Worked in one piece to underarms):
With white, ch 136 (148).
Row 1 (Right Side): Dc in 4th ch from hook, * ch 2, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 2, skip 2 ch **, 3 dc in next ch; rep from * to last ch, end at **; 2 dc in last ch; turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next dc, * dc in sp, ch 1, dc in next sp **, dc in next 3 dc; rep from * to last 2 sts, end at **; dc in next dc, dc in top of ch-3; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, * ch 2, 3 dc in sp, ch 2, skip 2 dc, sc in next st; rep from * across; turn.
Row 4: Ch 4, * dc in sp, dc in next 3 dc, dc in next sp **, ch 1; rep from * to last st, end at **; tr in last sc; turn.
Row 5: Ch 3, dc in first dc, * ch 2, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2 **, 3 dc in sp; rep from * to last 3 sts, end at **; skip 2 dc, 2 dc in top of ch-4; turn.
Rep Rows 2-5 until 4 (5)” from beg, end Row 4.
Next Row (Right Side): Ch 3, skip first st, dc in each st and sp across; turn – 134 (146) sts.
Divide for fronts and back-Left Front: Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 32 (35) dc; turn – 33 (36) sts. Work even until 3 (4)” above division, end wrong side row. Shape Neck:Work across 21 (24) sts; turn, leaving rem 12 sts unworked. Work even for 1″. Fasten off.
Back: With wrong side facing, join yarn in next dc; ch 3, dc in next 67 (73) dc; turn – 68 (74) sts. Work even in dc until back measures same as left front to shoulder. Fasten off.
Right Front: With wrong side facing, join yarn in next dc; ch 3, dc in last 32 (35) dc; turn – 33 (36) sts. Complete to correspond to left front, reversing neck shaping.
Border: Sew shoulder seams. With right side facing, join yarn at corner of left front lower edge; ch 3, work 132 (144) dc evenly across in rem lps of beg ch; turn. Work 3 rows even in dc.Edging-Rnd 1: Ch 1, work sc evenly around entire edge of sweater, increasing at corners and decreasing around neck as necessary to keep work flat; join with a sl st to first sc. Rnd 2: Ch 1, * (sc, ch 3, sc) all in next st, skip next st; rep from * around, adjusting at corners and end of rnd as necessary; join. Fasten off.
Embroidery: With double strands of yarn color indicated in diagram, embroider across border, across front yokes and around neckline as pictured. Sew snaps to yoke.
SLEEVES: With white, ch 52 (64). Work same as body until 51/4 (61/4)” from beg. Fasten off. Work Border same as for Body over 49 (61) sts. Do not fasten off. Cuff: Ch 1, work sc across decreasing 24 (30) sts – 25 (31) sts.
Picot Row: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * skip next sc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in next sc; rep from * to last 2 sc; skip next sc, sc in last sc. Fasten off. Embroider center of border with one large and 2 small flowers same as for lower edge of sweater. Sew sleeve seam. Set in sleeves.
Blanket measures approximately 41″ x 42″.
RED HEART® Baby Sport Pompadour, Art. E257, 90% acrylic/10% olefin, (6 ounce skeins): 20 Ounces 1001 White; small amounts 1722 Light Pink, 1224 Baby Yellow, 1680 Pastel Green, and 1802 Baby Blue. Crochet Hook: U.S. Size G-6 [4mm]. Yarn needle.
GAUGE: In dc and pat 24 sts = 61/4″; 11 rows = 5″. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
With white, ch 148. Work Rows 1-5 same as for Sweater Body, then rep Rows 2-5 until 38″ from beg, end Row 4. Border-Rnd 1: Ch 3, * dc evenly across to corner, 5 dc in corner; rep from * around, working 4 more dc in same st as beg ch-3; join to top of ch-3.Rnds 2-3: Ch 3, * dc in each dc around and inc 4 dc at each corner; join. Edging Rnd: Rep Edging Rnd 2 same as for Sweater Border. Fasten off. Embroider corners and center of border as picture.
Source: Original LW1297 Sweet Baby Layette pattern designed by Mary Jane Protus. Published by from Coats & Clark Inc. Reprinted by permission. AllFreeCrafts.com is not endorsed by Coats & Clark Inc. Please note that it is not permissible to contract production of projects made from designs published by Coats & Clark to a third party for sale or distribution.
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