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Level: Advanced beginner, EASY
Any Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) – I am using Nako Luks Minnos. (If you use different weight, please make sure you check your gauge first). Yardage: 382 yards (350 meters)
Unit weight: 100 grams (3.53 ounces) x 2 skeins (A color & B color)
Gauge: 10 sts of HDC = 2 inches for 4.00mm size of crochet hook. I am using 4.00mm size of crochet hook for the top, and 4.50mm for the skirt. No gauge for skirt as you can use any size for the skirt.
Chest measurement: 19” inch
Crochet hook size 4.00 mm & 4.50 mm
Scissor to cut yarn
Sewing needle/thread to attach buttons or flowers (as how you like)
Stitch marker is optional to mark your starting point.
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half double crochet
Sc – Single crochet
ss – Slip stitch
Sts – stitches
tr – Treble crochet
LOOP – hole
1) Every first of Chain 1/2/3 is counted as stitch
2) Shell = (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in same stitch
TIPS: This size is made for 19” inch length of front chest (6 – 12 months old). If you need to make a smaller size or a bigger size than this, you just have to reduce 2 or 3 sts from each section (front/back/sleeve) or add 3/4 sts for bigger size than this and start crocheting in the same manner as the instruction below while the skirt’s number of stitches will also change according to your final number of stitches (even number + 2 sts)
Instructions (Fully USA Crochet TERMS).
With A colour, using 4.00mm hook
Make 56 chain + chain 3 = 59 sts
Row 1: dc in 4th chain from hook, hdc in next 55 Sts (as total 56 Sts), turn
Row 2: sc in first hdc, ch1, hdc in next 8 sts, , 3hdc in next sts, hdc in next 8 sts, 3hdc in next sts, hdc in next 18 sts, , 3hdc in next sts, hdc in next 8sts, 3hdc in next sts, hdc in next 9 sts, turn
Row 3: sc in first hdc, ch2, dc in every Sts (64 sts)
Row 4: sc on first hdc, ch1, hdc in next 9 sts, 3hdc in next sts, hdc in next 10 sts, 3hdc in next sts, hdc in next 20 sts, , 3hdc in next sts, hdc in next 10sts, 3hdc in next sts, hdc in next 10 sts, turn
Row 5: sc in first hdc, ch2, dc in every Sts (72 sts)
Row 6: sc on first dc, ch2, dc in next 10 sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 12 sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 22 sts, , 3dc in next sts, dc in next 12sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 11 sts, turn
Row 7: sc on first dc, ch2, dc in next 11 sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 14 sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 24 sts, , 3dc in next sts, dc in next 14sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 12 sts, turn
Row 8: sc on first dc, ch2, dc in next 12 sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 16 sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 26 sts, , 3dc in next sts, dc in next 16sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 13 sts, turn
Row 9: sc on first hdc, ch2, dc in next 13 sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 18 sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 28 sts, , 3dc in next sts, dc in next 18sts, 3dc in next sts, dc in next 14 sts, turn (104 sts)
Row 10: sc on first hdc, ch1, hdc in next 14 sts, ch4, skip 21 sts, hdc in next 31 sts, ch4, skip 21 sts, hdc in next 15 sts. (69 Sts) DO NOT TURN
We will join the backside and start doing skirt. Using 4.50mm hook,
Round 1: slip stitch on first chain of (sc,ch1), make ch2, continue hdc in next 14 sts, hdc in next 4 chain, hdc in next 31 sts, hdc in next 4 chain, hdc in next 15 sts, Slip stitch on first chain of ch2. (69 Sts)
Round 2 (Change yarn to Colour B –refer photo above-): Ch2, hdc till end by adding 3 stitches evenly, slip stitch on first chain of chain 2. (72 Sts)
Round 3: Ch3, 2dc in same stitch, skip next sts, shell in next sts, *skip next sts, 3dc in next sts, skip next sts, shell in next sts* repeat from * to * till end. Slip stitch on first chain of chain 3.
Round 4: Ch3, dc in next 2 stitches, shell in next ch-2 space, *dc in next 3 sts, shell in next ch-2 space* repeat from * to * till end. Slip stitch on first chain of chain 3.
Round 5: REPEAT ROUND 4 and continue doing round 4 for the next round until your desired length (around 20 -30 more rounds)
After you reach your desired length, continue the next round with hdc in every Sts with A Color again. Then, make 2tr (treble crochet) in each hdc till end. This will produce neat ruffle to your edging. Weave it off and tidy it neatly.
Turn the backside of the dress towards you. using 4.00mm hook,
You can pick any side you would like to start your sc and I pick the left line. Make sc in every Sts around the neckline til the last Sts, make 10 chain for a button holder. Attach a button and sew it neatly. Please refer picture below. (25 sts + 10 chain). After done, weave in any left yarn and tidy it nicely :). Tada! Done!
Final touch (this is an optional)
Usually, crocheting/knitting with acrylic yarns will produce fuzzy on the surface of the project. Sometimes the texture comes out a bit stiff and scratchy. This doesn’t mean your project has ruined. With a little technique, we can turn the project into fabulous handmade. So, what I mostly do:
1. After finish, I’ll use lint remover to remove any hairy that looks annoying to me as much as I can do. It is very impossible to remove them completely unless you do the “Killing Acrylic” method, which, useful only on certain projects. And I don’t suggest that!
2. Since I learnt how to “steam blocking”, most of my project will be blocked with steam iron. Steaming and blocking your project especially for someone like me who use acrylic in most of my project, will help the project to be softer, fluffy, and less fuzzy also, not itchy! However, again, make sure you don’t KILL your project or otherwise, it will turn into your worst nightmare! :O
At last, after blocking and dry, it’s time to wash!
Don’t hesitate to throw your project in the washing machine cause most of acrylic yarns are best to wash with washing machine. I’ll put them inside the net and pour a little softener. Then dry it using a hanger or just dry them flat on the table. Once dry, you will be amazed to see your project turn out just nice and beautiful.
Last but not least, thank you for trying out my pattern. This pattern is very simple, once you do, it will be so addictive to make more! :)
Please and do share your project using this pattern with me at my Ravelry = Snowhitery. Let me know how you think! You can also put flowers, button or ribbons to make it looks cuter! Let your imagination run wild <3
Note: Please contact me if you found any error with this pattern. I am not responsible for the result you gain by using my pattern if you knit with different yarns. Thank you for trying out this design! You can match the dress with my Ballerina Baby Booties and January Beanie for a set. Do share with me your project using this pattern. Pattern is copyrighted.
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