Granny’s Girl Tunic, a Crochet Pattern

Crochet tunic for a baby by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Crochet Pattern for a Baby Tunic

Today’s post is all about this adorable little tunic from Crochet! Spring 2017. This is Granny’s Girl Tunic. This pattern is written in sizes 3 mo, 6 mo, 12 mo, and 18 mo. It uses Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, which is a dk weight cotton/superwash merino blend. It uses 1 to 2 skeins of the blue, and 1 skein each of the other 3 colors.

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This pattern is currently available only in the Spring 2017 issue of Crochet!. You can get that as a digital download from Annie’s.

This sweet tunic begins with 2 granny squares that form the bottom of the dress. The bodice is worked from the top of the granny squares up.

When I first submitted this design to the editor, I submitted this swatch:

Crochet tunic for a baby by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

This shows my idea for the granny square motifs, the bodice, and the edging. I included a drawing and written explanation of what I had in mind.

The editor responded that she liked it, but would prefer a motif that wasn’t just the basic granny. She asked me to submit a different idea for the motif. So, I came up with this:

Crochet tunic for a baby by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

This one was a go! I kept the beginnings of the traditional granny in the middle because I really liked how the center of the motif looked. After that, it was time to request the yarn from Cascade Yarns, who generously supplied skeins of Anchor Bay for this project. Unfortunately, the pink colorway of Anchor Bay wasn’t available at that point, so we could choose from yellow or purple to replace the pink. I chose yellow. So, here is the swatch with yellow, next to the swatch with pink:

Crochet tunic for a baby by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I decided to make a section of single crochet on both sides of the tunic between the motifs. These are then taken up by pleats before beginning the bodice. Here are some close-up shots of the pleats:

Crochet tunic for a baby by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

In this photo, you can see how I’ve folded the pleat. This is looking straight down at the top of the pleat.

Crochet tunic for a baby by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

I used these great clips to hold the pleats while I was working. You stitch through all 3 thicknesses when you come to the pleats, and in that way you begin working the bodice right from the top of the motifs.

Happy stitching!
April

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Baby dress crochet pattern in sizes 3 mo - 18 mo, pattern by Banana Moon Studio.
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