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Sunday, 7 September 2014

BEAUTIFULLY LACY DRESS




BEAUTIFUL LACY DRESS

This is a really popular dress that’s been making it’s rounds on the free internet pages, and of course, it caught my attention too – so here’s my pattern notes on a ‘how-to-make-this-beauty’ J

This is not  my original creation, and I’ve just transcribed the photographs and charts that are with the original pattern. 

I have made a few  changes to the original pattern – but the original charts are attached.. so choices.. choices .. choices n decisions..  for you J

Materials used : Stylecraft 4-ply baby  ~ 85 gms ; with a 4 mm crochet hook

(Indian info : Stylecraft 4-ply baby is somewhere in-between our (unbranded) Oswal / Wendy 3 ply and 4-ply in thickness.  I say both 3 and 4, as sometimes, our 3 ply for the solid colours is really thin and fine/lacy, and then it’ll be too thin to work with this gauge.  So please do a quick swatch)

Size : Chest 16-17 ” ; L 16-18 ” for 0-6 month old
Gauge : 2 “V”-sts across x 2 “V”-sts high = 1” ; (Skirt Round 2) 6 dc across = 1”

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainelss dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Small Shell-st : (dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                      ch : Chain
st : Stitch                                                                      ch-sp : Chain Space
dc : Double Crochet                                              sk : Skip

So for this pattern we make two identical parts – one each for front and back.  We start with the yoke and then work up towards shoulders, and then go back to that first yoke line, and go down for the skirt part.

This pattern has probably been made for a larger sized child – but I’ve decided to make it for a 0-6 month old and my calculations are per my requirement.  Hopefully, the calculations will also allow you to tweak it to your requirements. J

PART 1 : YOKE (Make two)

Start with 49 fsc.  Turn (or a multiple of 4 + 1)
(Please note that I’ve used the original chart which shows ch, but I’ve started with fsc)


 Row 1 : sc in 1st fsc ; *ch 3, sk 3 fsc, sc in next fsc* ; rep from *to* till last fsc. Turn . (12 ch-3 sps)



Row 2 : dc in 1st sc ; small shell in the 1st ch-3 sp ; *ch 1, small shell in next ch-3 sp* ; rep from *to* 10 times till last ch-3 sp ; dc in last sc. Turn .



Row 3 : sc in 1st dc ; *ch 3, sk  1st small shell , sc in next ch (i.e between 2 small shells)* ; rep from *to*  9 times ; ch 3, sc in last dc. Turn . (12 ch-3 sps)



Row 4 : dc in 1st sc ; small shell in the 1st ch-3 sp ; *ch 1, small shell in next ch-3 sp* ; rep from *to* 10 times till last ch-3 sp ; dc in last sc. Turn .


Row 5 : Rep Row 3

Row 6 : Rep Row 4

Row 7 : Rep Row 3



Row 8 : dc in 1st sc ; small shell in the 1st ch-3 sp ; *ch 1, smalls h ell in next ch-3 sp* ; rep from *to* twice ; dc in next sc. Turn . (total of 4 small shells and 2 dc)

Row 9 : sc in 1st dc ; *ch 3, sk small shell, sc in next ch (i.e between 2 shells)* ; rep from *to*  twice. Turn .  (4 ch-3 sps)

Rep Rows 8 & 9 four times. (so a total of 10 rows for shoulder or 5 shell rows will be seen)
Fasten off.  Leave a small tail for joining the back and weave in ends.

With right side facing, sk 5 small shells ; re-attach yarn and rep Rows 8 & 9 to match the other shoulder just made.


One yoke made.  Please make one more similarly for the back.

Attach the shoulders and attach back and front at the yoke at the fsc row.  You have the armhole identified now.  We will now work the bottom ‘skirt’ part in rounds. We will start working on the skirt part of our dress from the other side of the fsc (of yoke).  So turn your work in such a way that the shoulder portion is facing you, and you have the lower part of the yoke fsc ready to be worked on.

Re-attach your yarn at one corner (the joint of the armhole where you’ve just joined the two fsc for back & front in yoke is a good idea).

PART II :  SKIRT PORTION

Round 1 : 3 dc in 1st st ; *(sk 1 fsc, sc in next fsc ; ch 4,) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; sk next fsc, 5 dc in next fsc* ; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in last st.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ; 6 dc in next ch-4 sp ; sc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 4, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; 
*rep from (to) ; 6 dc in next ch-4 sp ; sc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 4, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc*  ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : 3 dc in 1st st ; * sc in next ch-4 sp ; [(dc in next dc , ch 1) ; rep from (to) 5 times] ; sc in next ch 4 sp ; 5 dc in next sc*; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in last st. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp ;
*(ch 4, sk next dc, sk next ch-1 sp and sk next dc , sc in next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) once ; [ch 4, sk next 3 dc, sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; ch 4,  sk next 3 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp* ;
; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : 3 dc in 1st sc ; * sc in next ch-4 sp ; (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; 5 dc in next sc*; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in last st. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.


Round 6 : sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; *ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in ch-4 sp ;
*(ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp) ; rep from (to) once ; [ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set)* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.


Round 7 : 3 dc in 1st sc ; * sc in next ch-4 sp ; (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; 5 dc in next sc*; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in last st. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.


Round 8 : sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ; 6 dc in next ch-4 sp ; sc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 4, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; 
*rep from (to) ; 6 dc in next ch-4 sp ; sc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 4, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc*  ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.


Round 9 : 3 dc in 1st st ; * sc in next ch-4 sp ; [(dc in next dc , ch 1) ; rep from (to) 5 times] ; sc in next ch 4 sp ; 5 dc in next sc*; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in last st. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.


Round 10 : sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp ;
*(ch 4, sk next dc, sk next ch-1 sp and sk next dc , sc in next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) once ; [ch 4, sk next 3 dc, sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; ch 4,  sk next 3 dc, sc in next ch-1 sp* ;
; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 11 : 3 dc in 1st sc ; * sc in next ch-4 sp ; (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; 5 dc in next sc*; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in last st. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 12 : sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; *ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in ch-4 sp ;
*(ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp) ; rep from (to) once ; [ch 4, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set)* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 13 : 3 dc in 1st sc ; * sc in next ch-4 sp ; (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; 5 dc in next sc*; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in last st. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 14 : sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) ; 6 dc in next ch-4 sp ; sc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 4, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc (3rd dc of the 1st 5 dc set) ; 
*rep from (to) ; 6 dc in next ch-4 sp ; sc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 4, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc*  ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 15 : 3 dc in 1st st ; * sc in next ch-4 sp ; [(dc in next dc , ch 1) ; rep from (to) 5 times] ; sc in next ch 4 sp ; 5 dc in next sc*; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in last st. Join with sl-st to the 1st st.


Rows 10-15 are one lovely repeat as you may have noticed.  So in case you want to increase length, go ahead and add one more set.  Take a quick gauge check, and see that we still have 6 rows that make the border, so ensure that you keep that in mind when calculating your length and making these repeats.

The last repeat that marks your ‘border’ is the same as Rounds 10-15, just that in the last row (i.e Round 15), you’ll do a picot edging.

I have made a ch 3 picot – and to refresh how to make a picot, do visit http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-crochet-a-picot-stitch.html




Finishing : I’ve done one row of the shell border (5 dc in st) all around the armhole opening and neck, to coincide with the shells in the dress and give it a good neat finish. 


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Have a great day too J

And here's the whole chart