The Ruffled Playtime Romper is a one-piece romper made up of four sections. It features a fun, metallic ruffle around the waist and a tie at the top to ensure a snug fit. This pattern is fully customizable and features a section on how to adjust the pattern for any baby size.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: Approx 6 months
Gauge: 17 sts and 12 rows in dc = 4” square
Yarn: Red Heart Soft (100% acrylic; 256 yards [234 meters]/141 grams): Seafoam (A, 1 skein); Red Heart Boutique Sashay (97% acrylic, 3% others; 30 yards [27 meters]/100 grams): Opal (B, 1 skein)
Hook: US size F/5 (3.75 mm) hook
Notions: Stitch markers (optional)
Flo: Front Loop Only
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Blo: Back Loop Only
The romper is made in 4 sections: Top Brim, body, leg holes and then the sashay will be added last as an embellishment.
To increase size, add 4 rows in Top Brim section and increase by 2 rows after rows 15-18 per 4 increase rows in Top Brim.
To adjust pattern for size: Take full count of row (A) and divide in half (B). That will give you the stitch count for each leg. For the first leg, divide B in half to get C. Mark C with a stitch marker. Count the amount of stitches from B and place your stitch marker on the NEXT STITCH. This will be the CENTER: the last stitch on the front and the first stitch on the back of the leg. Work the first leg. And then you will see where the second leg will obviously be. Work it in the round according to the pattern.
Using Color A, ch 6.
Row 1: Turn, sc in second chain from hook and in each across. (5 sts)
Row 2: Turn, working in the Back Loop Only (blo), sc in each stitch. (5 sts)
Row 3: Turn, working in the Front Loop Only (flo), sc in each stitch. (6 sts)
Rows 4-55: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Row 56: Repeat Row 2. Do not fasten off.
Rnd 1: Turn, using the ends of the rows as a stitch, * ch 3, sl st to the next stitch, repeat from * to complete the row, sc down the edge of the panel.
This will begin the body. Working down opposite edge of panel, ch 3, dc in each stitch, sl st to the first dc stitch of the bottom trim to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same stitch, * skip 1 stitch, 2 dc in next, repeat from * to complete the round, sl st to the ch 3 to join round.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, *skip 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in center of next 2 dc, repeat from * to complete the round, sl st to the ch 3 to join.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, * skip 2 dc, 2 dc in next space, repeat from * to complete round, sl st to the ch 3 to join.
Rnds 5-14: Repeat Rnds 3 and 4.
Rnds 15-18: Ch 2, dc in same stitch, working in blo, dc in each stitch, sl st to the first dc (not ch 2). (56 sts)
Note: On Round 18, mark stitch 14 and 43 with a stitch marker. This will mark the center of the legs.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc in same stitch, hdc 13, skip 28 stitches, hdc in next stitch, hdc 13, sl st to the first hdc to join.
Rnds 2-4: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch, sl st to the first hdc to join. Fasten off. Weave in ends. (28 sts)
Rnd 1: Join yarn in first unworked of Round 18, hdc on each unworked stitch. (28 sts)
Rnds 2-4: Ch2, hdc in each stitch, sl st to the first hdc to join. Fasten off. Weave in ends. (28 sts)
Using Color B (Sashay), join at side of romper in row 18 exposed loop. Using the exposed loops on 18, 17, 16 and 15 and every other stitch of the sashay, slip stitch the sashay onto the romper. When one row is finished, simply move up to the next row and continue working in the round. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Using yarn needle, sew top opening together.
Ch 100. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Weave chain in and out of stitches right below top trim. Tie in back to secure.