When I was little my grandmother made me one of these little doll bassinets that was mint green and white with a little matching mattress, pillow, pillowcase and blanket. She took me out to Woolworth's and bought me a tiny little Eskimo doll which I promptly named Muktuk and kept in the little doll bed for years and years.
I was feeling sentimental and wanted to make one for Lillian and I called Grandma to see if she still had the pattern but she didn't remember ever making the doll bed or even buying Muktuk so I had to come up with my own version of the pattern.
- a large plastic bottle--like a laundry detergent bottle--with a nice uniform bottom
- soft worsted weight yarn such as Caron So Soft
- "F" sized crochet hook
- a little baby (I got mine for $1.09 at Walmart)
- scraps of fabric and stuffing to make bedding
Once the edge is nice and straight go ahead and punch holes with a hole punch all the way around the edge, probably about 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch apart. You want them closer together rather than too far apart. You can see in the picture at left how there are little holes around the rim. That's the idea.
Now with your crochet hook and yarn here's the pattern for the hood on the bassinet:
HDC=Half Double Crochet
Sl St=Slip Stitch
Ch 2. Make 7 HDC in the first Ch.
Row 1: Ch 2 and turn.
Row 2: 2 HDC in 1st st. 1 HDC in next 4 sts, 4 HDC in last st. Ch 2; turn.
Row 3: 2 HDC in 1st st. *HDC in next st. Repeat from * across, ending with 4 HDC in last st. Ch 2; turn.
Row 4: HDC in each of first 3 sts. 2 HDC in each of next 6 sts. HDC in each of the last sts. Ch 2; turn.
Row 5: 1 HDC in each st across. Ch 2; turn.
Row 6-9: repeat Row 5. You can make the hood as large as you'd like by simply repeating Row 5 as many times as you need to, just keep going until it's big enough.
At this point you have to turn the hood inside out and place it inside the bottle so that the edge of the hood is lined with the edge of the plastic and they can be sewn together (you can kind of see what I'm talking about in the picture at left. You see the hood placed in position and the cover has been attached along with it.
But at this point comes the trickiest part. You're now going to start at the left corner of the hood and crochet through the plastic holes, picking up stitches from the bonnet as you go clockwise around the edge of the bassinet. You'll be making 2 single crochet stitches in each hole and continue going clockwise around the edge, making two stitches in each hole. When you reach the other corner of the bonnet keep going around the edge of the plastic until you get back around to where you started then join up with a slip stitch.
Now that you've got a row established it's time to work the base row of shell stitches.
Row 2 of cover: Ch 2, 2 DC in first st. * Skip 2 sts; 3 DC in next st. Repeat from * around. Join up with a Sl St.
Rows 3-9 of cover: 3DC in each space between shells and go around ending with a Sl St.
*Note: you can keep repeating this standard row of shell stitches around and around until the cover is long enough to properly cover the sides of the bassinet. You'll want it long enough to touch the ground when it's folded over before adding the scalloped edge as a finish.
Row 10: Ch 5 *sk 2 sts. HDC in next st. Ch 1. Repeat around. Join with Sl St to top of Ch 3. (Note: This row will vary depending on how many holes you punched around the plastic edge, you may have to adjust things a tad here or there to make it come out evenly).
Row 11: in first Ch 1 space make 1 DC, 1 HDC, 1 DC. In next Ch 1 space, 1 DC, 1 HDC, 1 DC. Repeat around. Join with Sl St.
Using two strands of yard make 2 Drawstrings: Ch 90 and end off for each one. Thread the drawstrings through Row 10 with each string starting from the opposite ends then knot the ends. I tie the knots in the end so as to catch the ends of the yarn and hide them inside the knots.
Make bedding for the bassinet and you're good to go!
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