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Crochet Bubble Suit & Dress - Sue Thompson's Versions

Crochet Bubble Suit

Crochet Dress
Doll hand made by Christine Hohenshilt, courtesy of her daughter, Jean Tuzinski
Dress hand made by Cristine Marie Way Tyler

MATERIALS:
Dk or Sport Weight yarn
Crochet hooks size H and size C
Decorative buttons (optional)
Large snaps or velcro

SIZE: fits 7-10 lb. infant
         
  
Chain 50

Row 1: Using yarn A, Dc in third ch from hook. Dc in next 4 dc, (dc,ch1,dc) in next ch; dc in next 10 ch, (dc,ch1,dc) in next ch; dc in next 12 ch, , (dc,ch1,dc) in next ch; dc in next 10 ch, (dc,ch1,dc) in next ch. Dc in last 6 ch.  Ch2, turn.

Rows 2-6: *Dc in each st to ch1 space, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch 1 sp. Repeat from * 3 times. Dc in remaining sts.  Ch2, turn.  Do not cut yarn A.  End Row 6 with Ch1 (using yarn B), turn.

Row 7: Using yarn B, *sc in each st to ch 1 space, (sc,ch1, sc) in ch 1 sp. Repeat from * 3 more times. Sc in remaining sts.  Ch1, turn.    

Row 8: Using yarn b, (to form the sleeves), sc in each st to ch 1 sp. sc in ch1 sp, skip sts to next ch 1 sp, sc in each st to next ch 1 sp. sc in ch 1 sp. Skip sts to next ch 1 sp, sc in ch 1 sp, sc in remaining sts to end. Join with sl st.  Ch 2 using yarn A.  (Do not turn).  Fasten off yarn B.

Row 9: Joining bubble suit at the middle of the back, 2Dc in first st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * to last few sts. Dc in remaining sts. Join with sl st, ch 2 (do not turn).

Row 10: Dc in same st as ch 2, *Dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with slip st , ch2.

Row 11: Dc in same st as ch2, *dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from *around. Join with slip st, ch 2.

Rows 12-16: Dc in same st as ch2, dc in each st around. Join with slip st, ch 2.

Row 17: Do not dc in same st as ch2, *dc in next 9 sts, decrease one stitch, Repeat from * around.  Join with slip st, ch 2.

Row 18: Do not dc in same st as ch2, *dc in next 6 sts, decrease one stitch, repeat from * around.  Join with slip st, ch 2.

Row 19: Do not dc in same st as ch2, *dc in next 4 sts, decrease one stitch, repeat from * around. Join with slip st , ch 2.

Rows 20-21: Hdc in each stitch around, join with slip st .  Finish off.

Adding tab between legs:
Find middle of opening, count back 5 stitches , join yarn , ch2, hdc in next 9 hdc, chain 2 turn,  Add two more hdc rows, finish off. Do same on opposite side, so that tabs are lined up. 
           
Finishing outfit:
For neck ties: Using yarn B and size C crochet hook, attach yarn at one side of back opening
and ch50.  sl st back on chain towards back opening starting at 2nd ch from hook.  With size H crochet hook, sc around neck opening to other side of back opening.  With size C crochet hook, Ch50.  Sl st back on chain towards back opening starting at 2nd ch from hook.  Fasten off.              
         
Alternative method for closing neck opening:
Put one snap (or button) at back of neck.

Closing crotch:
Sew two snaps on each side of tab at crotch (or sew Velcro to each side so that opening
edges overlap). 


Crochet Dress

        
MATERIALS:
DK or Sport Weight yarn
Crochet hook or H

SIZE: fits 7-10 lb. infant

Alternate Row 7: (if adding a yarn or ribbon tie around midriff part of dress): crochet row same as for above directions except make *hdc and ch1*, repeat ** around.  When finishing off dress, make a 25-30” yarn tie by chaining 25”, then sl st back along ch starting at 2nd chain from hook.  Thread this tie in and out through row 7 so that ribbon tie can be made into a bow in the center front of the dress.

I started with the bubble suit, except I did it all in double crochet.  I followed the pattern down to the end of the increases and then dc evenly (no decreases) for the same amount of rows as if you were making the bubble suit.
Dc the last row with the contrast color and don't add anything to the sleeves (you will have already done that row with the contrast color).  chain, sc across the neck and chain 35 for the ties.

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