Crochet Baby Romper
1-2 skeins of Bernat Softee Baby Cotton yarn;
Crochet hook 4 mm;
1, ¼ yards cord in white color;
Size: 3 months, 9 months, 18 months.
Ch 66(74, 82), Slst to first Ch.
1st row: work a Hdc into the third Ch from the hook, Work a Hdc into every Ch across. Slst to first Hdc. [64, 72, 80];
2nd-3rd rows: Ch1, do not turn, Work a Hdc into third loop of every St around. Slst to first Hdc. [64, 72, 80];
4th row: Ch1, do not turn. (Work a Hdc in the third loop into the next 7 [8, 9] Sts, Work 2 Hdc into third loop of the next St) repeat from (to) a total of 8 times. Slst to first Hdc. [72, 80, 88];
Note: From now on we will be turning at the end of the row.
5th-14th rows: Ch2, turn. Work a Hdc into each St around. Slst to first Hdc. [72, 80, 88];
Note: For size 9m add an additional 2 rows of Row 6. For size 18m add 3 additional rows of Row 6.
15th row: Ch1, turn. Work a Sc into each St around. Slst to first Sc. [72, 80, 88];
16th row: Ch1, turn. (Work a Sc into the next St, Ch 1, Skip the next St) repeat from (to) around. Slst to first Sc;17th row: Ch1, turn. Work a Sc into each St around. Slst to first Sc. [72, 80, 88];
18th-20th rows: Ch2, turn. Work a Hdc into each St around. Slst to first Hdc. [72, 80, 88];
21st row: Ch2, turn, (Work a Hdc into the next 8 [9, 10]Sts, WOrk 2 Hdc into the next St) repeat from (to) a total of 8 times. Slst to first Hdc. [80, 88, 96];
22nd-34th rows: Ch2, turn, Work a Hdc into each St around. Slst to first Hdc. Fasten off, but mark your last stitch. [80, 88, 96]
Note: For size 9m, add 2 more rows of Row 22, for size 18m add 4 more rows of Row 22.
Adding the Romper Legs
From where you fastened off, move over 4 stitches and slip stitch into the fifth stitch.
1st row: Ch2, Work a Hdc into the next 32 [36, 40] Sts;
2nd row: Ch2, turn. Work a Hdc32 into the next 32 [36, 40] Sts;
Note: For size 18m you will repeat Row 2 once more.
3rd row: Ch2, turn, (Work a FPhdc into the next St, Work a BPhdc into the next stitch) repeat from (to) until the end of the row. Fasten off.
Go back to where you fastened off the body of the romper and move 4 stitches in the other direction. Slip stitch into the fifth stitch. Repeat the romper legs row 1-3.
To create a mounting point for our snaps, we are going to Half Double crochet around the inseam. You will need to do this on the front and back inseam. Work 16-20 hdc spaced evenly along the front inseam. Repeat this for the back inseam. Fasten off and weave all your ends in.
Sew four snaps to the row we just created spaced evenly and facing the back of the romper.
Cutting and Weaving in your Rope
To keep your rope from unraveling, place a piece of tape over the section you want to cut. Now cut through the center of the tape and dip the end in Elmer’s glue. Wait for it to dry and remove the tape. I will also brush some Elmer’s glue on the last 1/4 inch of the rope to keep everything together. When everything is dry, use your crochet hook to weave the rope through Romper Body Row 17.
Adding the Straps
Next, let’s make the straps. Make two chains and leave a long tail at the beginning and end to use for sewing to the body of the romper.
3m – Ch50, Fasten off.
9m – Ch60, Fasten off.
18m – Ch65, Fasten off.
Find the center of each strap. You can use a stitch marker to marker. Count 10 chains from the center and mark those chain. Stack the three marker chains on top of each other with the center chain in the middle. Now, use a spare piece of yarn to wrap around the three marker chains (you will have to remove your markers.) Tie off and weave in your ends. This will create a nice secure little bow at the top of each strap. Sew the straps to the body of your Baby Romper.