Or Baby Bag or whatever it is these things are called...
Basically, I saw this really adorable knit "sleep sack" on a precious newborn online. I wanted a crocheted version, so I began searching online for a free pattern (there's usually LOTS out there). After a while, I just began looking for ANY crocheted pattern for this item - but could only find ONE (the $10 one).
In my searching, I've seen them basically described as a way to keep a baby warm, without fear of the blankie coming up over a newborns head - plus they can't really kick the bag off. The bag only comes up to the baby's underarms - so the arms are free. Also, usually the bag opens at the bottom, either with a drawstring or a zipper or some such. That way, the parent can change the baby's diaper by pulling the sleep sack UP, keeping the baby covered and warm, then simply pull it back down. (I didn't really want this feature, I like to have all clothing FAR AWAY from the offending bottom while changing a poopy diaper, so mine do not open at the bottom).
Anyways, I never did find one that I liked - so I decided, hey, how hard can this be??
Well, in this process I've learned that crochet design can be VERY difficult and time consuming and frustrating............yet in the end, very rewarding. I spent one night, two plus hours I'm guessing, only to realize an error in my basic design (not to mention it was way too big, as my loving dh pointed out) - so I had to rip out all my hard work. It was frustrating, yet now I knew what NOT to do, and had a new idea for how to fix it!
So anyway, here are my first two COMPLETED "Sleep Sacks" (or baby bags, as my kids call 'em). They are by no means perfect - I can see every flaw in the design that I still need to figure out and perfect - but these are good, and usable.
Now I just need to get my hands on a newborn to see about sizing. I just guessed with these two so I could be WAY off. There's a baby coming tonight - let's see, a few months old - can't wait to get my hands on her.....*see ya tonight, Joann* ;)