Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Aimee Baby Jacket for Preemies

A sweet little preemie jacket that’s quick and very easy to make, using the same stitch that I used for my Orva scarf pattern.




This little jacket is worked from the neck down and can be made in one colour or why not try making it with three colours like I have, the great thing about using three colours is you can change the colours at the beginning of each row without having to cut the yarn just carry it up the side of your work, great for stash-busting small amounts of yarn too.

The sleeves can be made plain or patterned.


This pattern is written in English terms, just remember that the English dc is sc in American terms

Measurements
Materials
   50 grams Dk soft baby yarn
4.50mm crochet hook
3.75mm crochet hook (for edging)
3 buttons

Abbreviations
ss = slip stitch
dc = double crochet or (single crochet = sc US)
ch = chain
sp = space
sk = skip

(English) PGR  pattern group ( 2 dc, 2ch, 2 dc) in one stitch 

(American) PGR pattern group ( 2 sc, 2ch, 2 sc ) in one stitch 

The jacket is made from the neck down.

Chain 35

Foundation row :-dc in second ch from hook and in each chain across = 34 dc, 1 ch turn.

Beginning at right front the stitches will now be divided like this



                                                              
Row one = dc in 1st st and next 4 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in next st, 1dc in next 5 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in next st, 1dc in next 10 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in next st, 1dc in next 5 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in next st, 1dc in next 5 dc, ch1 turn.

Row two = dc in 1st st and next 5 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 7 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 12 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 7 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 6 sts,ch1 turn.

Row three = dc in 1st st and next 6 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 9 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 14 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 9 sts (dc,ch1,dc)in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 7 sts, ch1 turn.

Row four = dc in 1st st and next 7 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 11 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 16 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 11 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 8 sts, ch1 turn.

Row five = dc in 1st st and next 8 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 13 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 18 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch sp, 1 dc in next 13 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 9 sts

Row six =  dc in 1st st and next 9 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 15 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 20 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in next ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 15 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 10 sts, ch1 turn.

Row seven = dc in 1st st and next 10 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch, 1dc in next 17 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 22 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 17 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch 1 sp, 1 dc in next 11 sts, ch1 turn.

This is what it should look like at this stage (picture 1)



Dividing for armholes

Fold work over as in picture 2 and and work next row as follows.



Row eight = (right front) dc in 1st stitch and next 11 sts, (for sleeve) ss into ch sp, ch 6, ss  into next 1ch sp, as in pictures 3 &4 above (back) dc in next 24 sts, (for sleeve) ss into next 1ch sp, ch 6, ss into next 1ch sp, (left front) dc in next 12 sts. 3ch turn, change colours here if you wish.

work should now look like picture 5 above.

 

O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O
O                                      24 STS                                            O
O                                                                                              O
O     6CH                                                                    6CH      O
O                                                                                              O
O                                                                                              O
O                 12 STS                                 12 STS                    O
O O O O O O O O O O O O    O O O O O O O O O O O O
Fronts
Each O represents a stitch, work a PGR in each red O


Right front = PGR in 2nd st, sk 2 sts* PGR in next st, sk 2 sts, PGR in next st, Sk 2 sts, PGR in next st. ( you should have 4 PGR)

Underarm = sk 2sts, PGR in next st, sk 2 sts, PGR in next st, sk 2 sts. (You should have 2 PGR underarm)

Back =  PGR in next st, *sk 2 sts, PGR in next st, rep from* six more times (8 PGR for back)

Underarm = sk 2 sts, PGR in next st, sk 2 sts, PGR in next st sk 2 sts. ( 2 PGR for underarm)

Left front = *PGR in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * until 4 PGR have been worked, dc in last st 3ch turn.= 20 PGR altogether.

next row = 1PGR in each 2ch of each PGR from previous round, dc in last st, 3ch turn.




continue in this way until 13 rows have been worked or jacket measures 7 inches from shoulder.

Sleeves 
Plain Sleeves
The sleeves are worked flat in rows, with one turning chain at the end of each row.

Join yarn to fourth chain underarm, ch 1 dc in same st and then work 23 dc around arm opening finishing with one dc in 3rd chain underarm = 24 dc.1 ch turn

Work 15 rows on these 24 sts or until work measures 3½ inches.

Next row = 1 dc in 1st st, *dec in next two sts, 1 dc in next 2 sts, rep from * until last 3 sts, dec in next 2 sts, 1 dc in last st 1 ch turn.

Work two rows dc on these sts in a contrasting shade if you wish.

Fasten off

Patterned sleeves

The sleeves are worked flat in rows, turning with three chain at the end of each row.

Join yarn to fourth chain underarm, ch 3, 1PGR in next st, sk next two ch, PGR in next st. sk next two sts, PGR in next st, continue around the armhole until you have 8 PGR, dc in last st. 3ch turn 

PGR in 2ch of each PGR turning with 3ch at the end of each row. Continue until work measures 4 inches from underarm.

Finishing
With 3.75 hook, right side facing and beginning at the bottom of right front, join contrasting yarn and dc evenly up right front, around neck edge and down left front enclosing any yarn that has been carried up the sides of work and working three dc at corners. 1ch turn

work two more rows dc making 3 button holes evenly spaced down the top right side, on second row.

Fasten off 
Sew up sleeve seams, weave in ends and sew on three buttons to match buttonholes.




I hope that you have fun making these tops, please leave me a comment if something isn't clear or you find any mistakes. :)


You can find the sweet lacy flower heart pattern here

Find a print friendly version here


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21 comments:

  1. Those jackets are adorable:) thanks for sharing !!
    The heart softie looks very cute!

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  2. Incredibly cute and lovely! My fingers are itching to have a go ....such small loveliness!!! Thanks for sharing!

    keep well

    Amanda x

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  3. Great pattern Linda! Making things for the little ones must be in the air....everyone is making these!

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  4. So tiny and sweet! Thanks for the pattern. I bet it's fun to make.

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  5. Linda you have worked so hard to get this all written out for sharing with other's, you're an absolute star with clear working instructions.
    It is a darling little baby jacket pattern, thanks so much for showing it here today xx

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  6. Hi Linda - thanks very much for going to so much trouble, to share this lovely pattern. I must have a go. Take care, Chris x

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  7. Linda, this pattern is lovely and so well-written. I will definitely keep this jacket in mind. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. These teeny tiny jackest are so sweet. Thank you for sharing your wonderfully written pattern.

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  9. What beautiful baby jackets and thanks for sharing a pattern too! I love them and so adorable.

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  10. These are wonderful! You are so kind to share your hard work and that is why I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Feel free to accept or reject! Zana

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  11. Very good your blog. I loved being here and I will always come back. Congrats!

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  12. Wow, what adorable jackets and precise and easy to understand instructions.

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  13. Lovely pattern Kinda, thank you so much.
    Meredith

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  14. Wonderful instructions Linda to a lovely baby jacket. Thanks for taking the time and sharing it with us.

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  15. Your pattern is so thoroughly explained- I just love the detail you put into explaining the schematics of it all! Sharing this with several friends that work with preemie charities! It will be a gem!

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  16. Adorable! These are lovely. Thank you Linda

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  17. The little bolero jackeets, do you have a pattern for long sleeve, my neo natal unit only want long sleeve cardis/jackets, I am not sure if I can just add length on or if it has to be shaped. Anyone help please. Thank you.

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    1. This one has got long sleeves Valerie. The sleeves for the bolero can be made longer as there is no shaping if you read the instructions for the large size you can see how it's done. :)

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  18. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. Actually thank you for all the beautiful patterns you have put up on your site. You design really beautiful things!

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