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Preemie Tank - Front
Preemie Tank

Materials:
Size F (3.75mm) hook
Baby Yarn, Sport/DK Weight (Bernat Softee Baby was used here)
Optional: 1/8" or 1/4" ribbon

Note:
This pattern is designed to fit a 3-5 pound preemie. To make for a smaller preemie or a larger preemie, use a finer (or thicker) weight yarn, and a smaller (or larger) hook.

Instructions:

Chain 51.

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd chain from hook, and in each ch across. ch 1, turn (50 hdc). This is the RIGHT SIDE (RS) of the work.

Rows 2 - 11: Hdc in same st as turning ch, and in each st across. Fasten off on last row.

Preemie Tank  - back
Strap 1: With RS facing, attach yarn in the 19th stitch from the right side of the work.

Row 1: Ch 1, hdc in same st and the next 3 st. (4 hdc). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2 - 16: Hdc in same st as turning st, and in each st across. ch 1, turn. Fasten off on last row, leaving long enough end to sew with (approx. 6 inches.)


Strap 2: With RS facing, attach yarn in the 7th stitch from last  hdc of previous strap (6 unworked sts in between.)

Row 1: Ch 1, hdc in same st and the next 3 st. (4 hdc). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2 - 16: Hdc in same st as turning st, and in each st across. ch 1, turn. Fasten off on last row, leaving long enough end to sew with (approx. 6 inches.)

Assembly:

With the wrong side of the work facing you, bring the two sides toward the middle so they are touching.

Fold the straps down (and toward you) in half.  (See second picture - this is what the back of the piece looks like, once sewn).

Sew the ends of the straps to the 4th-7th stitches from the edge of each side (leaving 3 stitches unworked on each end).

Weave in all ends.

(Optional) Edging: If you'd like to edge the work, you can do so (pictured is unedged). You will want to edge each armpit area (outside of the straps) and the entire outer edge (inside edge of straps and andlong the sides/bottom). For a simple look, or for boys, try simply a slip stitch or single crochet, evenly spaced around the edges. For a more frilly look for girls, try a (sc, ch1) in each stitch around. A constrasting yarn would provide an excellent and eye appealing look!


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