How to Crochet a Victorian Christening Gown

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How to Crochet a Victorian Christening Gown
Hand-crocheted motifs create an heirloom christening gown. (crochet background image by Adrian Hillman from

Victorian era lace crochet is especially appealing for a christening gown, with its combination of filet motifs, lacy edgings and traditional Irish crochet techniques. The bodice of this crocheted gown incorporates two subtle crosses worked into the granny-square motif. The skirt is worked in an open shell pattern. The openwork filet crochet gown is meant to be worn over a simple white chemise or slip. Lacy and delicate, this labour of love is destined to become a treasured heirloom.

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Things you need

  • Size 10 crochet thread, 1,500 yards
  • Size 6 steel crochet hook
  • 5 pearl buttons
  • 3yds 1/2-inch white satin ribbon

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  1. 1

    Make a loop with thread. Work 16 single crochet into the loop. Pull the end of the loop tightly to close the circle. Slip stitch into first single crochet.

  2. 2

    Chain 6, 2 double crochet in same single crochet. This forms the first 3 stitches of the corner turn. Double crochet in next 3 single crochet. Make 2 double crochets, chain 3, 2 double crochet in next single crochet. Repeat the stitches between the **'s until you reach the starting chain.

    Double crochet in base of chain 6. Slip stitch into the third chain of starting chain. Slip stitch into chain 3 space.

  3. 3

    Repeat the last round, increasing 4 stitches at each corner.

  4. 4

    Work 4 double crochet, then work 2 filet stitches as follows: chain 1, skip 1 double crochet, double crochet in next double crochet--1 filet stitch made. Chain 1, skip 1 double crochet, double crochet in next double crochet--2 filet stitches made. Double crochet to end of side, turn corner and repeat for remaining sides.

  5. 5

    Work 3 double crochet in first 3 double crochet. Work 1 filet, 2 double crochet, 2 filet, 2 double crochet, 1 filet, 3 double crochet. Turn corner and work the remaining sides to match.

  6. 6

    Continue working in granny-square rounds as established, keeping 3 stitches at start and end of each side in double crochet and working centre of row in filet crochet until square measures 9 inches across.

  7. 7

    Work first side of next round, but do not turn corner. Instead, chain 6, turn. Work 3 rows of filet stitches.

  8. 8

    On next row, work 3 double crochet, 12 filet. Chain 6, turn to begin underarm shaping. Decrease 2 filets at underarm edge of next 2 rows. Work 6 rows even on 8 filets. Increase 2 filets at underarm edge of next 2 rows.

  9. 9

    At underarm edge of next row, chain 32. Double crochet in third chain from hook and in next 5 double crochet. Work remainder of chain in filet, then work in filet to end of row. Work even on 21 filet stitches until back measures 4 1/2 inches. Work 3 rows of double crochet. End and break thread.

  10. 10

    Attach thread at bottom of opposite side of the square. Work the second half of the back to correspond with the first half. End and break thread.


  1. 1

    Attach thread at one edge of bodice bottom. Chain 4. Single crochet into edge of 2 row from hook. Work 150 chain 3, single crochet spaces evenly spaced along bottom of bodice. Chain 4, turn.

  2. 2

    Work 2 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet in first chain 3 space. Single crochet in next chain 3 space. Make 3 double crochet, chain 3, 3 double crochet in next chain 3 space--1 shell made. Single crochet in next chain 3 space, shell in next chain 3 space across entire row. Chain 4, turn.

  3. 3

    For next row and each succeeding row, single crochet in each chain 3 space, work a shell stitch in each single crochet across. Continue working in shell stitch pattern until the skirt measures 18 inches from the bodice. Break thread and end.

    Finishing the Christening Gown

  1. 1

    Sew shoulder seams, leaving the centre 6 inches of the neck open. Sew the center back seam to the bodice.

  2. 2

    Work a picot edging around the neck and armholes. Weave in loose threads.

  3. 3

    Sew the pearl buttons to the right side of the bodice back. Work buttonhole loops along left edge of bodice back.

  4. 4

    Weave ribbon through chain 3 spaces at waist, tying in a bow at the front.

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