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Baby's First Belly Dance Costume

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I sure hope you have some crochet-related resolutions for 2013, be it learning a new technique, or finally making that dream project! Here at Crochet Kitten, we've resolved to get more involved in the crochet community. The Animator's Wife will be giving free crochet lessons to children at the local homeless shelter this year, and we're also planning on participating on lots of crochet swaps at Crochetville.

Unfortunately, we were unable keep two of our resolutions from last year: Video tutorials proved to be too time-consuming to do with a toddler running around, and we had too many other projects that took our time away from the hyperbolic crochet coral reef. The reef is still on our list for this year, but the video tutorials likely will be put on hiatus until Little Lovely starts preschool. But, we did manage to finish the wedding afghans last year. Yay for small victories!

Another resolution The Animator's Wife has for this year is to get back into belly dancing. She's been doing it off and on for the last nine years, but had to take a hiatus when she become pregnant with Little Lovely due to financial constraints. She's decided this year is the year to get back into it so she can lose those last 10 pounds of baby weight!

Little Lovely has been into dancing lately, too, now that she can walk.

Belly Baby Web
Little Lovely & The Animator's Wife at the Renaissance Faire in September.

The Animator's Wife is wearing her Josephine halter and scarf in the photo. And being the belly dance enthusiast that she is, it was only a matter of time before she made Little Lovely her own belly dance ensemble.


And to celebrate her return to belly dancing, we'd like to share the pattern with you. Happy New Year!

Finished Size: Preemie (Newborn, 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months)

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
Cascade Luna Paints
Aunt Lydia's metallic crochet thread, size 10
Size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
Size D-3 (3.25mm) crochet hook

Gauge: 4 hdc = 1 inch (with Luna and H hook)

Special Stitch: Popcorn.
2 dc in 4th ch from hook (first 3 ch count as dc), remove loop from hook, insert hook in top of first dc, pull removed loop of last dc through. Popcorn complete.

Tutu

With Luna and H hook, ch 45 (49, 53, 57, 61, 65).

Row 1. Hdc in 3rd ch and ea ch across. 44 (48, 52, 56, 60, 64) hdc.

Row 2. Ch 24; turn. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and ea rem ch; tie made. Sl st in first hdc, *ch 24 (28, 32, 36, 40, 44), popcorn, ch 2, sl st in next 6 ch, sc in next ch, 2 hdc in ea rem ch, sl st in next 2 hdc, ch 18 (22, 26, 30, 34, 38), popcorn, ch 2, sl st in next 6 ch, sc in next ch, 2 hdc in ea rem ch, sl st in next 2 hdc; rep from * across, ending with a sl st in t-ch. Ch 24, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and ea rem ch; second tie made. Sl st in end of row.

Finish off.

Halter

With Luna and H hook, ch 3.

Rnd 1. 8 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with sl st in top of beg ch to form a ring. 8 hdc.

Rnd 2. Ch 2; do not turn. 3 hdc in flo of first hdc, hdc in flo of next hdc, *3 hdc in flo of next hdc; corner made. Hdc in flo of next hdc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. 16 hdc.

Rnd 3. Ch 2; do not turn. 2 hdc in flo of first hdc, hdc in flo of next hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; increase made. Hdc in flo of ea hdc across to center hdc of next corner, *3 hdc in flo of center hdc of next corner, hdc in flo of ea hdc across to center hdc of next corner; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. 24 hdc.

Rnd 4. Ch 2; do not turn. 2 hdc in flo of first hdc, hdc in flo of next 3 hdc, 2 hdc in flo of next hdc; increase made. Hdc in flo of ea hdc across to center hdc of next corner, *3 hdc in flo of center hdc of next corner, hdc in flo of ea hdc across to center hdc of next corner; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. 32 hdc. 

Rnds 5-6 (5-8, 5-10, 5-12, 5-14, 5-16). Continue in the same pattern as rnds 3 & 4, working 2 additional hdc before first increase of each rnd, and working 3 hdc in center hdc of each of the 3 corners. 48 (64, 80, 96, 112, 128) hdc.

Rnd 7 (9, 11, 13, 15, 17). Ch 75. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and ea rem ch, sl st in same st as joining, sl st in ea hdc across to 2nd hdc of first increase, ch 75, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and ea rem ch; strap made. Sl st in ea of next hdc across to next corner, ch 6, sl st in 6th ch from hook, *sl st in next 2 hdc, ch 10, popcorn, ch 2, sl st in ea rem ch; rep from * to last corner. Ch 6, sl st in 6th ch from hook, sl st in ea rem hdc around. Join with sl st in first st. Finish off.

Assembly
Thread each strap through the ch-6 loop on the opposite side, crossing the straps in back. Pull straps until halter fits snugly against the body, then tie straps together in back.

Headband
Worked in the round, without joining or turning between rounds.

With thread and D hook, ch 2.

Rnd 1. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 6 sc.

Rnd 2. (Sl, ch 3, sl) in flo of ea sc around. 6 ch-3 sp.

Rnd 3. 2 sc in ea unused loop of rnd 1. 12 sc.

Rnd 4. *Ch 4, dtr3tog in flo of next sc, picot, ch 4, sl st in flo of next sc; petal made. Rep from * around. 6 petals.

Rnd 5. *Sc in next unused loop from rnd 3, 2 sc in next unused loop; rep from * around. 18 sc.

Rnd 6. *Ch 5, trtr4tog in flo of next sc, picot, ch 5, sl st in flo of next sc; petal made. Rep from * around. 9 petals.

Rnd 7. *Sc in next 2 unused loops from rnd 5, 2 sc in next unused loop; rep from * around. 24 sc.

Rnd 8. *Ch 6, dtrtr5tog in flo of next sc, picot, ch 6, sl st in flo of next sc; petal made. Rep from * around. Ch 75; first tie made. Finish off, leaving a 3-inch tail. 12 petals.

Join yarn with sl st between two petals on opposite side of first tie. Ch 75; second tie made. Finish off, leaving a 3-inch tail.

Abbreviations
beg          beginning
ch          chain
dc          double crochet
dtr          double treble crochet (yarn-over 4 times before starting stitch)
dtrtr          double treble treble crochet (yarn-over 6 times before starting stitch)
ea          each
flo          front loops only
hdc          half-double crochet
mm          millimeter
rem          remaining
rep          repeat
rnd          round
rnds          rounds
sl st          slip stitch
sp          space
st          stitch
t-ch          turning chain
tog          together
tr          treble crochet (yarn-over 3 times before starting stitch)
trtr          treble treble crochet (yarn-over 5 times before starting stitch)

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