I have several friends who are expecting little ones, and it's always a challenge to find something 'new' to make to bring to a shower. Blankets are always appreciated, as are hats and booties, but I like to go for the wow factor. Especially if it doesn't take too much time or effort (ie. faster and easier than a blanket or booties).
And the last part of this (I like to tell you all the weird thoughts that have to collide in my brain in order for my latest idea to develop, I know they all seem so random, but hang with me) my friend E, who is new to crochet, but is a bad-ass knitter, is the queen of the knit picker. Do you have one? Am I the only one that didn't know about this amazing little latch-hook tool?! Okay, so we've been getting together monthly and calling it Crochet Club, which is really just an excuse for me to play with her baby and to see each other's projects in person. Well, she's been making these adorable purses and crocheting the lining in. Crocheting the fabric lining in. Yeah, I kinda flipped out, because it was all kinds of awesome, and she said that she did it using a knit picker. I couldn't wait, I immediately ordered one online (although my Joann's and Michaels do carry them, but I got all excited and ordered mine from Amazon.). I got the ergonomic version, because it was green, which is my favorite color.
The possibilities of crocheting across fabrics was enticing, but once I had it, I wasn't sure what to do with it. It's taken me nearly a month to come up with a project for it, but now that I've actually used it, I adore it. I will warn you that there's a technique to it, but the learning curve is steep and I picked it up pretty quickly.
So, if you're interested in making a Simple Ruffle-Butt Onesie for a little one in your life read on. The pattern in crazy simple, but this is a very image heavy tute because if you're like me and this is a new idea lots of pictures equals a high success rate! And I love high success rates!!! ;D
Simple Ruffle-Butt Onesie
Supplies (in order of appearance):
Purchased Onesie (I used a size 3-6 months, but you can use any size, the 'pattern' is adjustable)
Ruler (a plastic or wooden one, not a soft tape measure)
Disappearing Ink Fabric Marking Pen (I used one that will disappear without water, but if you already have a water soluble one, just use it and rinse the marks off when you're done)
Dritz Knit Picker
Baby Yarn (I used Cuddle by Sensations in Cuddle - Pink)
Size D Crochet Hook
Start by marking the back of your onesie. You're going to make 4 lines straight across the back of it. For size 3-6 months, or larger, make your first line across the back about an inch above the leg opening (for newborn or size 0-3 months make your first line 1/2 inch above the leg opening). Make the next line an inch above your first line (3/4 inch for the itty-bitty sizes). Make 2 more lines (4 in total!) leaving an inch between lines (3/4 inch for the NB and 0-3 mo sizes).
Mark each of the lines at 1/4 inch increments. Start at the side seam and mark the line all the way across to the other side seam. It really doesn't matter how many marks are on each line as long as they're 1/4 inch apart. This is going to be your stitch guide.
Get out your Knit Picker and let's get going! I did a practice row, so you can see what we're going to be doing next.
(My kid was half booty when she was a baby, thus the spacing on the ruffles. If your kid is more back than booty, you could add another row that starts at the top of the leg openings, and take the top row off. Custom Ruffle-Butts for everyone!!)