What you’ll need for this pattern:
Yarn: 2 Skeins Comfy Cotton, by Lion Brand Yarn (yarn details under the sizing chart)
Color 1 is the background color for the patch, Color 2 is the color of the whale and the romper.
Hook: 4 mm Tunisian Hook
5 mm Tunisian Hook
Additional materials: 4-5 Buttons or snaps (anything you want to use to fasten the suspenders and diaper cover), scissors, measuring tape & needle. Stitch Markers.
Notes: Work with the same tension throughout your work to avoid shrinking or creating a wavy edge on your finished work. Use as loose a tension as possible.
Ad-free PDF pattern includes:
-Whale Patch Chart
RR – Return Row ETFS – Extended Tunisian Full Stitch
DCR – Decrease SC – Single Crochet
HDR – Half Double Crochet KS – Knit Stitch
You can complete the patch before, or after you make the romper. You will use a 4 mm hook.
Chain 24 in Color 1, then cast on. Use the Whale Diagram that came with the pattern to complete the patch.
To cast on, insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over, and pull the hook out of the stitch. You should now have two loops on your hook.
Go to the next stitch, insert your hook into the stitch and yarn over, then pull up a loop. You’ll now have three loops on your hook. Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop. You’ll now have four loops on your hook. Continue adding loops to your hook until you have cast on one loop for every stitch of your chain.
RR: Yarn over and pull through one loop on your hook (the first loop on the hook). Now yarn over, and pull through two loops (loops 2 and 3 on your hook). Continue to yarn over, and pull through two loops until you have only one loop on your hook.
WPRow 1: Beginning in the second stitch of the row, insert your hook between both threads of the second vertical stitch from your hook. Pull up a loop. Insert your hook between the threads of the next stitch and pull up a loop. Continue until you have pulled up one loop for every stitch of the row.
Complete a RR.
Repeat WPRow 1, and a RR.
WPRow 3: Beginning in the second stitch of the row, pull up one loop for the first 10 stitches. Using Color 2, leave a long tail of yarn, and loop the yarn over your hook. Drop color 1 (don’t cut it, just leave the yarn hanging behind your work for a moment), and pull up a loop in color 2 for stitches 11 through 19. Drop color 2, and pull up loops for the remaining stitches of the row in color 1.
Note: When you work in two colors, use a loose tension. This is especially important when you drop and pick up colors. For a more detailed explanation, please watch the Alex Romper Tutorial on YouTube in the Mode Bespoke channel.
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To complete the RR once you have a second color:
Begin the RR like you normally would in color 1. When you reach color 2, drop color 1, and crochet the RR in color 2 until you reach color 1. Then drop color 2, and complete the RR in color 1.
Complete the rest of the rest of the patch by following the diagram. Switch colors when indicated on the diagram.
When you finish row 17, bind-off.
Bind-off: Finish your last RR until you have one loop left on your hook.
Insert your hook behind the front loop of the second vertical stitch of the row. Pull up a loop, then yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook to complete a SC. Insert your hook behind the front loop of the next vertical stitch, and pull up a loop, then SC.
Using your 4 mm hook, crochet a chain that measures the Hip measurement for the romper size you want. Cast-on in Color 2.
Once you have pulled up a loop on your hook for every stitch of the row, crochet a RR.
Row 1: Once you’ve completed your RR, you should have only one loop left on your hook. If you look at your work, you will notice vertical lines in every stitch. To create the ETFS, you will need to crochet into the stitch between the vertical lines. Make sure you crochet into the stitch, and not into the chain space under the stitch (otherwise, you’ll end up with a Tunisian Full Stitch).
Beginning in second stitch of the row, insert your hook and pull up a loop. Repeat this for every stitch of the row until you reach the very last stitch. In the last stitch, you will need to pull up one loop for the stitch itself, and one loop for the vertical stitch (the very last stitch of the row) to the left of the stitch you just crocheted.
Row 2: RR
Row 3: ETFS into the second stitch from your hook, and in every stitch of the row.
Row 4: RR
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you crochet the Center to Crotch measurement for the romper size you need.
Front Diaper Cover
Fold your work in half (joining the short sides together), and place a stitch marker in the center stitch fold on your working side (the side you have your crochet hook on).
The front diaper cover will be the half your crochet hook is on. Crochet a repetition of Row 1 until you reach the stitch marker.
Double Decrease RR: Yarn over, and pull through two loops. Yarn over, then pull through three loops. Then yarn over and pull through two loops until you have five loops on your hook.
In the last five loops, you will yarn over, and pull through three loops, then yarn over and pull through the remaining three loops on your hook.
DCRow 1: Crochet a repetition of Row 1, but skip the first two vertical lines. If you look at the picture on the right, you will see that the first two vertical lines come together to form an inverted “V”. Skip the V and pull your first loop from the stitch directly to the left of the V. Then skip the next V, and pull up a loop from the stitch to the left.
Continue to pull up loops for every stitch of the row until you reach the last few stitches. You will notice two additional inverted Vs at the end of the row. Skip the first V and pull up a loop from the stitch to the left. Then pull up a loop from the last vertical line of the second V.
Repeat the Double Decrease RR and DCRow 1 until the top part of your work decreases enough to meet the Leg Opening measurement.
Once you reach the length you want, you’ll need to bind-off.
Bind-off: Finish your last RR until you have one loop left on your hook.
Insert your hook behind the front loop of the second vertical stitch of the row. Pull up a loop, then yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook to complete a SC. Insert your hook behind the front loop of the next vertical stitch, and pull up a loop, then SC. In the cast-off row, you do not need to skip the Vs. SC behind every vertical stitch of the row to obtain a clean bind-off.
HDC Row: Chain 1, then turn your work around. Beginning in the first stitch of the row, HDC into every stitch. HDC: Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch. Pull up a loop. Then yarn over and pull through all three loops.
Repeat this row again, so that you end up with two rows of HDCs.
Cut a long length of yarn, and weave in your ends.
Back Diaper Cover
Insert your hook into the stitch with the stitch marker, yarn over (leaving a long tail of yarn), and pull up a loop. Chain 1, using both threads of yarn. Then complete a repetition of Row 1, and pull up a loop for every stitch of the remainder of the row.
Single Decrease RR: Yarn over, and pull through two loops. Then yarn over and pull through two loops until you have three loops on your hook. In the last three loops, yarn over and pull through all three loops.
DCRow Single: This row is similar to the DCRow 1 except that you will one V instead of two. Skip the first V and begin to pull up a loop for every stitch of the row. When you reach the last V, pull up a loop from the last vertical stitch of the V.
Crochet a Double Decrease RR, then a DCRow 1. Then complete a repetition of Single Decrease RR, and DCRow Single.
Continue to alternate between the row pairs until your work decreases enough to meet the Leg Opening Measurement.
Then complete a Bind-off row, and two rows of HDC.
Turn your romper so that the back side (face-up) faces you. Insert your hook into the top, right hand stitch, and pull up a loop. Then chain 1 using both threads of yarn. Now complete a cast-off row, and two rows of SC (or HDC if you prefer). Cut a long tail of yarn, and weave in your ends.
Fold the romper in half so that the back diaper cover folds in half evenly. Then place a stitch marker at the top of the romper to mark the center stitch. This will be there the suspenders will be crocheted. Count 4 stitches to the right of the stitch marker, and insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop. Then chain 1 using both threads of yarn. Cast on 8 loops. Complete a RR.
Right suspender: cast on 4 loops (you should have 5 total on your hook), then complete a RR. Pull up another 4 loops, then complete a RR. Repeat until you have crocheted a length of suspender, then measure from the crotch to the shoulder. Place a stitch marker where the measurement equals that on the measurement chart that corresponds with the romper size you are crocheting.
Continue to add length to your suspender until you can fold it in half, at the stitch marker, and the lengths are equal on either side.
Bind-off, and complete 2 rows of HDC. Repeat for the left suspender.
Sewing the Romper
Fold your romper in half (as if it were already sewn closed), and line up the open edges along the left side of the romper. Sew along the edges to close the romper beginning from the top (armpit area) to the edge corner near the leg opening.
Sew on your fasteners to the suspenders and to the diaper cover,then sew on the patch and you are finished.
Here are the details for the Comfy Cotton Yarn I used for this pattern:
|Yarn Weight||3 Light|
|Crochet Gauge (4″ x 4″)||13 sc x 16 r on J-10 (6mm)|
|Knit Gauge (4″ x 4″)||20 sts x 20 r on # 7 (4.5mm)|
|Fiber Detail||50% cotton, 50% polyester|
|Care||Machine Wash, Machine Dry|
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