Cast on 42 sts (21-0-21)- knit 7 rows. Transfer alternate stitches for picot - put empty needles into working position and knit l row. Knit 7 more rows and pick up alternate loops of cast on and hang to close hem. Knit straight until row counter shows 75 rows.
SHAPE ARMHOLES - Cast off 4 sts at armhole edge at beginning of next row. Knit l row. Using three prong tool decrease 1 st at armhole edge on next and every following alternate row until 24 sts remain.
SHAPE NECK - Cast off 4 sts at neck edge and then decrease 1 st every alternate row. AT THE SAME TIME continue decreasing as before at the armhole edge. Continue to 124 rows and cast off. Knit another front, reversing the shapings.
Cast on 84 sts (42-0-42) and knit the same as front to 75 rows.
SHAPE ARMHOLES - Cast off 4 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Using three prong tool decrease 1 st at each side on next and every following alternate row until you reach 124 rows. Cast off. (32 sts)
Cast on 46 sts. Make picot hem as for front increasing 1 st at each end of hem row. Increase 1 st each side of work on every 6th row until row counter shows 75 rows.
SHAPE ARMHOLES - Cast off 4 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Using three prong tool decrease 1 st at each side on next and every following alternate row until you reach 124 rows (12 sts). Cast off.
TO MAKE UP
Sew together and then single crochet around neck and fronts, making loops in last row for buttons. Sew on buttons. Embroider on name or flowers.
ALTERNATE NEWBORN SIZE
Same as above except the following:-
FRONT - Cast on 42 - knit to 66 rows. Decrease at neck edge when 21 sts. Continue decreasing until there are no stitches left. (note down final row no.)
BACK - Cast on 84 - knit to 66 rows - continue as before to same final row as front.
SLEEVES - Cast on 42 - continue as before.