Crocheted Baby Set (Shell Stitch) With Matching Afghan and Bloomers

Here is a dainty little outfit for a precious little one.
You will need 3 ounces baby yarn and a size 6 or (G) hook or size needed to work to gauge given below.
Abbreviations: st (stitch) lp (loop) sl st (slip stitch) ch (chain) sc (single crochet) dc (double crochet) sk (skip) inc (increase) sp (space) rnd (round) GAUGE: 5 dc equals 1 inch 2 rows equal 1 inch
SACQUE: Ch 63 for neck edge.
ROW 1 : Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each st to end of ch. Counting ch as 1 dc there are 61 dc in row.
Row 2: Ch 3 turn ( ch 3 always counts as first dc), dc in each of next 2 dc,*2 dc in next st, dc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * 18 times dc in top of turning chain–80 sts in all.
ROW:3 Ch 3 turn ( ch 3 always counts as first dc), dc in each of next 3 dc,*2 dc in next st, dc in each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * 19 times. Dc in top of turning chain.
ROW:4 Ch 3 turn ( ch 3 always counts as first dc), dc in each of next 4 dc,*2 dc in next st, dc in each of the next 4 sts, repeat from * 20 times. Dc in top of turning chain.
ROW:5 Ch 3 turn ( ch 3 always counts as first dc), dc in each of next 4 dc,*2 dc in next st, dc in each of the next 4 sts, repeat from * 20 times. Dc in top of turning chain. Counting turning chain as 1 there will be 139 dc in row 5.
Row 6: On right side, ch 3, turn, *sk 2 dc, shell in sp before next dc ( to make a shell: 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in space), sk 2 dc, a raised dc( to make a raised dc: Thread over, insert hook from front to back in sp before next dc, bring hook around to front on next side of dc, thread over and work off lps on hook for a dc). Repeat from * 26 times, sk 2 dc, shell in sp before next dc, dc in top of turning ch. There are 28 shells.
Row 7 : Ch 3, turn, shell in ch lp of first shell, this row make a raised dc around post of next dc,working from back to front in this row. shell in ch lp of next shell * repeat from * to * twice, a raised dc around post of next raised dc, sk 6 shells for right sleeve, repeat from * to * 8 times, a raised dc around next raised dc, sk 6 shells for left sleeve repeat from * to * 4 times, dc in top of turning ch.
Row 8: Ch 3, turn, shell in next shell, working from front to back in this row, ( make a raised dc around post of next raised dc, shell in next shell) 3 times, a raised dc around post of 2 dc at underarm, continue across row in same manner, working a raised dc around post of 2 dc at other under arm. End with a dc in top of turning ch. There are 16 shells.
Row 9: Ch 3, turn, shell in next shell, working from back to front in this row * make a raised dc around post of next raised dc, shell in next shell, repeat across, end with dc in turning ch.
Row 10: Ch 3, turn, Shell in next Shell, working from front to back in this row* make a raised dc around post of next raised dc, shell in next shell, repeat across,end with dc in turning chain.
Rows 11 through 15: Alternate rows 9 and 10, inc shells to (2 dc, ch1, 3 dc) in next shell.
Rows 16, 17 and 18: Continue alternating rows 9 and 10, inc shells to (3 dc, ch1, 3 dc) in next shell. Row 19: Continue raised dc as before, making shells of 7 dc in this row. Fasten off.
Sleeves: On right side, join yarn at underarm between 2 raised dc, ch 3, a shell of ( 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next shell, working from front to back * a raised dc around post of next dc, a shell in shell repeat from * around, end with sl st in top of ch 3. Work 7 more rounds in same manner. Now work a round with shells of 5 dc. Fasten off.
Neck Beading: On right side, begin at right front neck edge, ch 4, sk 2 sts, dc in next st, * ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next st, repeat from * around neck edge. Fasten off. Steam lightly. Weave ribbon through beading.
Cap: Ch 4, join with sl st in first ch to form ring
Rnd. 1: Ch 3 (for a dc), 23 dc in ring, sl st in top of ch 3
Rnd 2: Ch 3, * 2 dc in next dc, 1 Dc in next Dc, repeat from * around, sl st in top of ch 3— 36 dc in all.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, repeat from * around, sl st in top of ch 3—-48 dc in all.

Pattern Row 1:: On right side, ch 3 working from front to back make a raised dc around post of next dc,* sk 2 dc make a shell of (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in sp before next dc, sk 2 dc, a raised dc, repeat from * 6 times, end with dc in next dc after raised dc.
Row 2: Ch 3 , turn, working from back to front * make a raised dc around post of last raised dc, dc in top of turning ch.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 of pattern until there are 10 rows. Fasten off.
Neck band: Fold back the last 2 rows of brim. On right side, make 42 sc evenly spaced on neck edge.

Working through both thicknesses of folded portion, * ch 1, turn, sc in each sc. Repeat from * once.
Beading: Ch 4, turn sk 2 sts, dc in next st, repeat from * across. Fasten off. Steam lightly. Weave ribbon through beading.
Booties: Ch 30. join with a sl st in first ch st.
Round 1: Ch 4, * sk 1 ch st, dc in next ch st, ch 1 repeat from * around, end with a s; sl in third st of ch 4. There are 15 sps which form the beading.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, sk 1 sp, make a shell ( dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sp *, working from front to back make a raised dc around next dc, sk 1 sp, a shell in next sp, repeat from * working 1 shell in next to last sp, sl st in top of ch 3.
Continue working shells and raised dc in same manner for 3 more rnds. Work a rnd of raised dc and shells composed of 5 dc. Fasten off.
Instep: Fold cuff in half with end of last rnd at center back, mark 3 center front sps of beading. Join yarn in foundation ch at edge of first sp, work 3 sc in each of the three center sps. Ch 1, Turn.
Work back and forth across these 9 sts until work measures 1 inch. Fasten off.

Foot: Begin at center back on foundation ch, ch 3, work 10 dc to instep 8 dc along side of instep, 9 dc across instep 8 dc along other side of instep, and 11 dc to end, sl st in top of ch 3. Repeat from * once. Next rnd: Ch 3, work 3 sts together as follows* thread over draw up a lp repeat from * twice, thread over in next st, thread over pull through 2 lps repeat from * twice, thread over and pull through all lps on hook at once, dc in each of next 15 dc, (work 3 sts together as before) 3 times, dc in each of next 15 dc, dc in last st. Fasten off, leaving an end. Sew seam along center of foot. Steam lightly. Weave ribbon through beading.
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MATCHING SHELL AFGHAN MATERIALS LIST:

5 SKEINS OF BABY YARN (make sure this is baby yarn and not sport weight yarn)

SIZE 36 x 42 (size may very according to yarn and hook used)
F HOOK
Chain 199  Dc in 7 chain from hook,* ch2, skip 2 chain, 1 dc in 3rd chain. repeat from * across row.

Row 2:  Chain 5, *sk 1 dc,  shell (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next space. Skp 1 dc and 1 ch2 sp,  do a raised dc around next dc ( to make a raised dc: Thread over, insert hook from front to back in sp before next dc, bring hook around to front on next side of dc, thread over and work off lps on hook for a dc   repeat from * across row. ending with ch 2 ,dc in last dc. There will be 21 shells with a space on each end.

Row 3: Chain 5,  * shell in ch 1 of previous shell .   working from back to front in this row do a raised dc on next dc.repeat from * across row. 

Row 4. Ch 5, shell in first shell, *working from front to back in this row

  do a raised dc around next dc. repeat from * across row.

Repeat rows 3 & 4  for 84 rows.

Do a row of shells and around the entire edge of afghan.  Fasten off

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Here is an addition to this pattern worked out by my friend Susan.
Thank Susan


BLOOMERS with a 4.00mm-G Hook Chain 92.
1st Row: 1dc into 4th ch from hook & in each ch to end. Turn. (89 dc) ch 3 and turn. (you will have 17 shells) 
2nd Row: Continue shell pattern for 10 rows.
Row 11: Divide for legs: Fold piece in ½ and find center stitch & mark with safety pin or st marker. Continue next row same as row 10.
Rows 12: Follow shell pattern as established, for 2 rows. Doing one side at a time
Row 13: Increase row: Continuing established pattern but adding 1dc per shell, make shell of 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc. Do other side same way

 Last row after leg division (20 total rows),  make 7-dc shells instead (of 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc). *No ch-1 sp. Fasten off after 10 rows.
You now have a very wide pc of work. Putting the shell & raised st on the outside, fold from the Left and Right towards the center. Now you can see how it will look. Sew tog Left leg to division and Right leg to division. After both legs are sewn tog, sew the back sides together so they meet in the middle to the waist.
Waist Band: DC around each st beginning from sewn center in back. Slip st together.
After sewing legs, return to the waist:
Row 1: Double crochet around edge of waist.
Rows 2-6 (? up to you, but needs to fit over diaper) Front-post double-crochet in 1st st, back-post double-crochet in next. When you begin the following row, continue doing this so that it “gathers” like elastic…no need to put in elastic:)

Waist Rnd 2: FPdc in 1st stitch, BPdc in next, and so on.
Rnd 3: Continue post stitches around, matching bpst with previous rows bpst
& same for fpst. At end of row 3 OR 4, slip stitch waist band together. Fasten off.
Waist tie: Chain 125 around, end off. Either weave thru the last or 2nd to last
row from front around. Tie tog.
You can also use ribbon to do the same, although ribbon does not hold up during wash.
Care: Either wash cold, dry on delicate cycle OR hand wash and lay flat. You will need to shape it while damp & you can do this by using towel beneath on ironing board to pin into place, or on table where it will not be moved.

8 thoughts on “Crocheted Baby Set (Shell Stitch) With Matching Afghan and Bloomers

  1. Here you are! LOL I’ve been trying to find you forever and a day! 🙂
    Anyway, hoping you can help my future endeavors, as I’ve begun crocheting for the children’s ministry in my church. I’ve not had much luck in finding/creating a website/page like you have. Can you share your talent in this area too?

    Missed you!!!
    Susan

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