Monday, August 29, 2011

Newborn Diaper Cover Pattern - Single Button

My lovely and talented sister in law has been developing her photography skills, and over the years she's improved greatly. She's now a professional with several images published in magazines and a constantly booked calendar.
With the Holidays just around the corner, I have been searching high an low for a nice photographer-quality diaper cover to use to make nice coordinating sets. I could not find any free ones, so I obtained a newborn sized diaper, and made this one up for everyone to enjoy! 

Update April 2017: This pattern has been revised and updated to improve the readability of the pattern, and also to add the option to make the trim a second color. Also now available is a Photo Tutorial.







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Materials:
Size H crochet hook (I use this set)
1/2-5/8" button
yarn needle

Pattern notes:
This pattern is worked in rows from the front to the back. Button holes are written into the pattern, as is the edging. It is all worked with one piece of yarn!
When I say "dc in same ch", I mean the chain you normally skip because the starting chain counts as a stitch. You know, the one you skip in order to not accidently increase the number of stitches in the row.

Gauge:
7 dc sts + 4 rows = 2" square

Pattern:
Chain 15
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hk. 1 dc in each st across. Turn. (14 dc)
Rows 2-9: Ch 3 (counts as DC), 1 dc in each st across. Turn. (14 dc)
Rows 10-13: Ch 3 (counts as DC), 2 Dc in the first dc, then 1 dc in each st across, 3 dc in last st. Turn. (row 13: 30 sts)
Row 14-18: Ch 3 (counts as DC), 1 Dc in the first dc, then 1 dc in each st across, 2 dc in last st. Turn. (40 sts)
Row 19: Ch 7, sl st in 5th ch from hook to form loop, dc in the first dc, then 1 dc in each st across, 2 dc in last, ch 5, sl st with first ch of ch-5 to form loop. Turn.
Row 20: Ch 3 (counts as DC) and sl st to the bottom of the previous row. 8 dc in the ch-5 loop, then dc in each dc from the previous row, then 8 dc in the ch-5 loop. Sl st to the bottom edge of the previous row.
Trim: Fasten off and change colors, or continue with the same color. 3 dc in the sides of each dc at an angle. At the straight edges alternate between 2 and 3 sc in the sides of each dc (2sc, 3sc, 2sc, 3sc… etc). Turn the corner with 3 sc, 1 sc in the bottom of each stitch of the foundation ch, sc 3 to turn the corner, and alternate between 2 and 3 sc in the sides of each dc along the straight edge, then 3 sc in the side of each dc along the angled edge. When you get to the button hole, do 2 sc in each of the dc that are in the 5-ch loop. Then 1 sc in each dc across the top, and when you get to the last button hole, do 2 sc in each of the dc that are in the 5-ch loop. Sl st in last ch and fasten off.

Attach a button to the center of the front, I put it at the bottom of the first row of dc.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you are having trouble crocheting this, consider purchasing my PDF Photo Tutorial on Etsy. You will get over 90 photographs guiding you step by step through the making of this pattern. 

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