When I was expecting my first baby, handmade gifts were my absolute favorite to receive! I designed this simple, textured romper to make any mamma-to-be smile. The Raegan Romper is made from cotton and is two pieces with minimal sewing along the sides and bottom. This pattern is written to fit a 12-month size.
For a printable PDF version with picture instructions click HERE!
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2 Skeins Cotton Fair in Baby Blue (I only used a little bit of the second skein, about 450 yards total)
The finished measurements of the body are 14″ long and 10″ wide. The straps are 10″ long.
This pattern is written for a 12 month size.
Chain – ch
Single crochet – sc
Double crochet – dc
Decrease – dec
Increase – inc
Lemon peel – lp
This whole project uses the lemon peel stitch. It is super simple and adds a lot of great texture. It alternates between single crochet and double crochet all the way across. If you’re unfamiliar with this stitch, click HERE for a great photo tutorial.
We will also need to increase and decrease with the lemon peel stitch, which may sound confusing at first but stick with me! Practice a few times if you need and contact me if you need more clarification.
The goal is to keep alternating stitches by completing the opposite from the previous row.
At the end of a row, ch 1 and turn. Repeat the last stitch from the previous row, then do the alternate in the same stitch. Continue pattern so dc is in sc and so forth. In the last stitch complete both stitches as well keeping with the pattern.
At the end of a row, DON’T chain. Turn and decrease using the stitch that should be above the second stitch. For example: turn and if the row looks like sc dc sc, then sc2tog then dc in the third stitch to continue the matching pattern.
At the end of the row decrease using the second to last stitch. For example: if the last two stitches are sc dc, then sc2tog.
The two pieces are made from the bottom up.
Ch 1 at the beginning doesn’t count as a stitch.
1- Ch 17 (17)
2- Sc in 2nd chain and lp stitch across (16)
3- Ch 1, lp across (16)
4- Ch 1, lp across (16)
5- Ch 1, inc, lp across, inc (18) – The last stitch should be a dc then sc for the increase.
6- Ch 1, lp across (18)
7- 24 – Ch 1, inc, lp across, inc (50)
25- 50 – Ch 1, lp across (50)
51-62- DO NOT ch, dec, lp, dec (26)
63- DO NOT ch, dec, ch 50, lp down the ch, lp until last 2 stitches. Before the final dec, ch 50, lp down the ch, dec.
Tie off and sew in ends.
Optional: I blocked my pieces before sewing them together. Simply fill a bin with water (I added a little fabric softener) and soak pieces. Don’t wring or twist them. Place them on a towel to dry over night.
Using stitch markers, attach the corners with the pieces inside out. Stitch up and back down the sides and along the bottom for extra security.
Tie off and sew in ends.