Shaped Crochet Babywearing Cover

Shaped #crochet #Babywearing Cover by nelnanandnoraThis is a slightly more complex cover than the one I shared with you last week, and is again an outline designed for you to work from to create the size and shape that you require.

**Common sense note: Please make sure you account for this layer when thinking about your baby’s clothing, for his or her safefty and comfort!**

UK terms used throughout (with some US terms in brackets)

yoh: yarn over hook

ch chain: yarn over hook and draw through the active loop on the hook

sl st slip stitch (joins without adding height): insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, draw loop through the stitch and then through the active loop on your hook.

dc double crochet (sc/ single crochet): insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, draw through stitch, yarn over hook again and draw through both loops on hook.

htr half treble (US hdc/ half double crochet): yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yoh and draw through stitch; yoh and draw through two all three loops on hook.

htr2tog half treble two together (htr/ hdc decrease):  yarn over hook, insert hook into first stitch (3 loops on hook), repeat in second stitch (5 loops on hook), yarn over hook and draw through all 5 loops. This works two stitches into one, and is used as a decrease.

Materials

This example is worked in warm, soft and felty Olympia Lambswool from Texere with a 6mm hook. Any aran or chunky yarn could work well, or DK worked double. The stitch counts andn umber of rows shown will vary according to your measurements, tension, yarn and hook and are here to serve as guidelines for you to adapt and give some ideas for shaping the panel.  This version used just under 100g of yarn.

This design can be used with press studs, buttons (hence the inclusion of optional buttonholes in the instructions) and/or a zip depending on your coat. If using a zip, check for a code on it or take your coat to a haberdashery shop and see which fits best, or similarly for buttons. Large sew in press studs can work well if your coat has a sturdy facing or lining and you can combine multiple fastenings if you have, for example, a wool coat and a waterproof or fleece.

100_2351To begin, you need to take some measurements with your little one in the sling or carrier and your coat on. A second pair of hands might be helpful! Measure and note the following (marked roughly with yarn in the photo):

1. the spacing between button and buttonhole  or zip tapes

a nearest to baby’s neckline (25cm in this example)

b at the widest point (26cm in this example)

c at the base of the cover (16cm in this example)

2. the desired length of the cover, roughly from baby’s neckline to feet. (50cm here)

If you are a visual learner, it might help to draw the shape out (full size) on a large piece of paper so that you can see what you’re working towards.

Because of the edging, you will need to subtract approximately 5cm (2″) from the width and length for the main panel. So in this example, I was working towards 20cm/21cm/11cm,/45cm

Starting with the top measurement from above, less 5cm (so 20cm in this case), chain to the required length plus 2 for a turning chain (24+2 here).

Row 1: skip the first two chains, then htr (hdc) in each stitch along the chain. I prefer to work into the single loop along the ‘spine’ of the chain; turn.

Rows 2-11: ch2 then htr in each stitch along (24 htr)

Row 12: ch2, 2htr in next stitch, htr in each until two stitches remain, 2htr in next, htr in the final stitch; turn (26htr)

Rows 13-25:  ch2 then htr in each stitch along (26 htr) – or until you have worked to just above the widest point

The next row serves to increase the width of the panel; you may need more increases in this row, or to start increasing earlier to achieve the desired shape

Row 26: ch2, htr, htr2tog, htr in each stitch until 3 remain, htr2tog, htr, turn (24htr)

Row 27: ch2 then htr in each stitch along (24 htr)

From the next row onwards, there will be decreases, worked to reduce the width gradually by working two pairs of stitches together in each row until the base width is achieved.

Row 28: ch2, htr, htr2tog, htr in each stitch until 3 remain, htr2tog, htr, turn (22htr)

Row 29: ch2 then htr in each stitch along (22 htr)

Row 30: ch2, htr, htr2tog, htr in each stitch until 3 remain, htr2tog, htr, turn (20htr)

Row 31: ch2 then htr in each stitch along (20 htr)

Row 32: ch2, htr, htr2tog, htr in each stitch until 3 remain, htr2tog, htr, turn (18htr)

Row 33: ch2 then htr in each stitch along (18 htr)

Row 34: ch2, htr, htr2tog, htr in each stitch until 3 remain, htr2tog, htr, turn (16htr)

Row 35-38: ch2 then htr in each stitch along (16 htr)

Row 39: ch2, htr, htr2tog, htr in each stitch until 3 remain, htr2tog, htr, turn (14htr)

Row 40-42: ch2 then htr in each stitch along (14 htr)

Border:

Round 1: working in back loops only, chain 2 and then work htr as evenly as possible along the first long edge; (htr,dc) in the next corner, dc along the top, (dc,htr) in the next corner, htr along the second long side and (htr,dc) in the next corner, 1 dc in each stitch along the base of the main panel, then join with a slip stitch to complete the round.

Mark the position of the buttonholes with stitch markers. When you reach these markers in Round 2, replace the htr stitches with the same number of chains (2 each time in this case) and then continue as below.

Round 2: working in both loops, ch2 and then htr in each stitch along the first long edge; 2htr and 2dc in the corner stitches, dc along the top, 2dc and 2htr in the corner stitches, htr along the second long side, 2htr and 2dc in the corner stitches, 1 dc in each stitch along the base of the main panel, then join with a slip stitch to complete the round.

Check the buttonhole placement before continuing (just on your coat without needing to put it on).

Round 3:

working in both loops, chain 2 then htr in each stitch along the first long edge (working into the chains for the buttonholes); 2htr, htr, 2dc in the corner stitches, dc along the top, 2dc, htr, 2htr in the corner stitches, htr along the second long side and 2htr,htr, 2dc in the corner stitches,1 dc in each stitch along the base of the main panel, then join with a slip stitch to complete the round.

Break yarn and weave in ends.

Sew on buttons, zip and/or press studs.

If you find any errors or have questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know. x

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5 thoughts on “Shaped Crochet Babywearing Cover

  1. Thank you for this pattern! I made one for my daughter-in-law last autumn in Texere Aurora in a wonderful blend of bracken and moss shades. This year the yarn is no longer available so am making a second for another daughter-in-law in some Kiko super chunky on a 10mm hook just adjusting the number of stitches per row. It is going to be super warm

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