A great baby bib pattern – crochet this one in a few hours!
The little dots bib is a great baby bib pattern that works up quickly and looks fabulous!
When Kristine mentioned that she wanted to do a baby’s first Christmas event in November 2022 I immediately thought that this bib would make the perfect contribution. It’s not Christmas-sy in the traditional sense. The bib doesn’t have a snowman or Christmas trees on it. But you can use your colour combinations to turn this one into a great Christmas themed bib if you would like to.
As a parent I always shied away from the overtly Christmas themed items like clothes, bibs, blankets etc when my daughter was small. I simply didn’t see the point in it. The reason for this is simple – I am most definitely one of those mums who likes to get as much wear and use as possible out of something when it comes to baby items. Babies grow so fast, and buying a whole new wardrobe every 3 – 6 months for Jorja was expensive! Having something covered in baubles or gingerbread men would have been something that would not have been used after 1st January. By the time the holidays came around again Jorja would have outgrown it.
Don’t get me wrong – I have stockings that we bring out each year, handmade baubles with her finger prints turned into gorgeous little pictures that adorn the tree and other memorabilia that is brought out year after year.
Inspiration behind the design
So this baby bib design is something that can be used year-round! That means you can get your money’s worth out of that cotton when you can as comfortably use it in April as you can in November and December.
Bibs are used daily, not just at feeding times, but also when teething to prevent the drool from soaking baby’s clothes and making them uncomfortable. Or at special events to help keep that gorgeous christening outfit (or fancy clothes bought for attending that wedding or birthday party) clean until the ceremony or photos!
Construction of the design
This baby bib is worked in one piece and in rows from the bottom up. It looks great in a solid colour, two-toned or in variegated yarn! Finished off with a button and a loop to secure it, this one is also safe for baby and can be worn comfortably under adult supervision.
The stitch combination used in this pattern is an easy one as the ‘little dots’ are created from using taller stitches coupled with much shorter ones.
Once completed this baby bib pattern is finished off with a round of slip stitches to tidy up the edges.
You can use any yarn for your bib. Ideally I recommend you use #3 sport/light weight 100% cotton yarn such as Bernat Baby Cotton, Paintbox DK cotton or Lion Brand Coboo.
Cotton is great for these types of projects because it is hard wearing, more absorbent, washes well (and at higher temperatures for hygiene reasons) and looks great for much longer than acrylic or other yarns can do.
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The pattern specifics:
Because of the stitches used (herringbone half double crochet and extended half double crochet) this one is classed as an intermediate pattern.
|– #3 sport/light weight 100% cotton yarn|
– 3.75mm hook
– Yarn needle
– Stitch markers
|To make 4”x4” square:|
Row 1: Ch 19; hhdc in 2nd ch from hook and across (18).
Row 2: Ch1, turn, hhdc in each st across.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 4”.
I have 18 stitches and 12 rows.
- 7” from neck to bottom edge in length
- 14” from top of tab to bottom of bib
- 8 1⁄4“ across at widest (just under the neck)
hdc2/3tog–half-double crochet 2 or 3 stitches together (decrease)
Ehdc—extended half double crochet
Hhdc—herringbone half double crochet FO—fasten off
|– Written in US terms. |
– Ch1 does not count as a stitch.
– Pay close attention to stitch count for each row, it is easy to miss a stitch and end up with shorter rows.
– The stitch count is in parenthesis ()
Special Stitches used in this baby bib:
Extended half double crochet:
YO, insert hook into indicated stitch, pull up a loop; YO and pull through one loop only, YO and pull thru 3 loops.
YO, insert hook into first indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop; Then YO, insert hook into the next st, YO, pull up a loop; YO, pull thru all loops on the hook. This is also known as a half double crochet decrease.
Herringbone half double crochet:
YO, insert hook into indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop and pull that loop directly thru one loop (works much like a slip stitch); YO, pull thru 2 loops.
YO 2 times, insert hook into indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop; YO, pull thru 2 loops, YO, pull thru 2 loops, YO, pull thru last 2 loops.
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Row 1: Ch 26, [Ehdc, hhdc] in the 3rd ch from the hook; hhdc across until final stitch—[hhdc, ehdc] all in the last ch. (26)
Row 2: Ch1, turn, [ehdc, hhdc] in first st, hhdc in each st to last st; [hhdc, ehdc] all in last st. (28)
Row 3: Repeat row 2 (30)
Row 4: Ch1, turn, [ehdc, hhdc] in first st, *tr in next st, ss in next; rep from * to last st, [hhdc, ehdc] in final st (32)
Rows 5-7: Repeat row 2 (34, 36, 38)
Row 8: Ch1, turn, hhdc in first st, *tr in next st, ss in next; rep from * to last st—hhdc in final st. (38)
Rows 9-11: Ch1, turn, hhdc across (38)
Row 12: Ch1, turn, tr in 1st st, *ss in next st, tr in next; rep from * to end—ending with a ss in final st. (38)
Rows 13-15: Repeat rows 9-11 (38)
Row 16: Repeat row 12 (38)
Rows 17-19: Repeat rows 9-11 (38)
Row 20: Repeat row 12 (38)
Rows 21-23: Repeat rows 9-11 (38)
Row 24: Repeat row 12 (38)
Rows 25-27: Repeat rows 9-11 (38)
Now we will shape the neck and work the first tab of the baby bib…
Row 28: Ch1, turn, hhdc in first and next 11 sts. (12)
Row 29: Ch1, turn, hdc2tog at neck edge, hhdc across. (11)
Row 30: Ch1, turn, hhdc to last 2 sts, hdc2tog last 2 sts. (10)
Rows 31-33: Repeat rows 29 and 30; you will end with 7 sts by the end of row 33.
Rows 34-39: Ch1, turn, hhdc across (7)
Row 40: Repeat row 30
Row 41: Ch1, turn, hhdc across
Rows 42-45: Repeat rows 40-41 twice more (5, 4)
Row 46: Ch1, turn, hdc2tog, hhdc to last 2 sts, hdc2tog (3)
Row 47: Ch1, turn, hdc3tog, FO, weave in ends. (1)
For the second tab:
Attach yarn at right side corner (right side facing you); ch1 and hhdc in first and next 11 sts. (12)
Work the pattern from row 29-Row 47 as written.
Trim: Attach yarn to any corner of the bib with right side facing. SC evenly around. SS to first SC. You may also choose to do another border over this, or you can stop here.
Button: Attach yarn to top of one of the tabs and chain 10; ss to the same stitch you joined to. This will be the loop that will hook around the button on the opposite tab.
Finishing off: With yarn needle and either some floss, thread, or more of the same yarn, attach a button to fit the loop made on the opposite tab.