Sunday, March 19, 2006

Michael's Bunting Bag

A friend was due back in December and I know how great bunting bags are for newborns in Canada. I used a sweater pattern of my own, altering it to a bunting bag. I also used a skein of sari yarn (a little pricey to buy more than that, alas...) combined with a skein of good ol' Red Heart!

Materials
2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in Soft Navy (or colour of your choice)
1 skien of recycled sari silk yarn (or silk/rayon blend)
size 5.5m crochet hook
2 (1" - 1 1/2")buttons

Size
Fits size 0-6 mos

Yoke (using RH)
Row 1: Ch 42, dc in 3rd ch from hk and in next 5ch, inc (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next ch, dc in next 6ch, inc in next ch, dc in next 12ch, inc in next ch, dc in next 6ch, inc in next ch, dc in last 6 ch.
Row 2-6: Ch2, turn. *dc in each st to ch1 sp, inc (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in ch sp, repeat from * across ending dc in each st to end of row.
Row 7: Ch2, turn. *dc in each st to ch1 sp, inc (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch sp, repeat from * across ending dc in each st to end of row.

Body
Row 1: Ch2, turn, dc in 19 sts, dc in ch1 sp, sk next 32 sts for sleeve, dc inn ch1 sp, dc in next 38 sts for back, dc in ch1 sp, sk next 32 sts for second sleeve, dc in ch1 sp, dc in last 19 sts. Fasten off RH. Join sari yarn with sl st in last stitch.
Row 2: Ch2, turn, dc in each st across. Continue until sari section measures approximately 6 inches (you'll need to reserve some sari for trim). Join RH with slst and continue in pattern until piece measures approximately 24 inches from neck to bottom. Fasten off RH.

Hood
Row 1: Join RH with slst to front right edge of neck. Ch2, dc in same st and in each st around entire edge of neck.
Row 2-?: Ch2, turn, dc in each st around. Continue until hood measures approximately 8-9". Fold hood in half. Ch1, slst through both thicknesses in each st to back edge of hood. Fasten off.

Sleeves
Row 1: With wrong side facing, attach RH with slst through the ch1 spaces at each end of sleeve. Ch2 (does NOT count as stitch), dc in each st around, join in top of first st.
Row 2-3: Ch2, turn, dc in each st around, join in top of first st.
Row 4 (decrease round): Ch2, turn, dc2tog, dc in each remaining stitch to last 2 sts, dc2tog.
Continue for a total of 12 rows, decreasing every 4th round. Fasten off.

Trim
Join sari yarn with sl st in last stitch. Ch1, working 2sc in end of rows and 1sc in stitches, sc evenly up right front edge (making spaces for buttons), around hood edge, and down left edge. Fasten off. Join sari yarn on sleeve ends and sc evenly around edge of sleeves.
If there is any remaining sari yarn, make 2 tassles and attach in bottom corners of bag.

Sew on buttons to correspond with button holes.

4 comments:

Liz said...

Excuse me being thick... what's a bunting bag? Not something we have in the UK. Is it kind of a sleeping bag thing with sleeves & hood?

Monica said...

Yup. Its a sleeping bag for babies, usually with sleeves and a hood. Sometimes they were just a blanket with clasps to fold the baby into it.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
You didn't mention if you sewed the bottom of the bunting bag, or if the the center seam is sewn half way up.The bag is wonderful and easy to make up. Help please !!! Alice

Monica said...

I replied to your email, but thought I'd post the same answer here.
I've made lots from this basic design. The bottom of the bag is usually sewn up, but you could leave it open, and have a drawstring, but I'd make the body of the bag longer. I've made them with a centre seam that has a zipper sewn in from the bottom; seamed halfway then buttoned, or buttoned all the way. The one in the picture on the site was actually overlapped diagonnally in the front (both flaps) and then buttoned just halfway in the front.
It's a very versatile pattern.