Monday, 22 September 2014

JUST A CUTE LIL LACY DRESS



JUST A CUTE LIL LACY DRESS

Yet another really cute 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.  J

This pattern is worked in one piece from the neckline and in rounds. The full chart is given right at the bottom of this write up.

Materials used : 4-ply baby wool from Woolcraft Baby Care, ~ 110 gms , with a 4 mm (US 6 , G) crochet hook. 

Note : (for Indian yarn users) : I found this yarn is almost similar to our Oswal / Wendy / unbranded 4-ply regular yarn. I also thought that for this particular pattern, it would work with a 2 and/or 3-ply yarn too – for a project of a smaller size.

Size : Chest 16-17 ” ; L 16-18 ” for a 0-3 month old
Gauge : 5 dc across x 2 dc rows high = 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.


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


Start with 51 fsc.

Round 1 : dc in the 1st fsc, ch 1,  sk next fsc , 2 dc in next fsc ;
*ch 1, sk next fsc , 2 dc in next fsc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 fsc ; sk 2nd last fsc , ch 1 and dc in last fsc.

Note : Quick check here that you have 24 sets in total.
In the first round of chart, designer seems to have made one set of 2-dc and next set of 3-dc.  However, this didn’t work for me, as it gave me too large a neckline - (probably due to my yarn being slightly thicker ??) , so choices.. choices.. and decisions.. decisions for you ! J

Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-1 sp , (dc in next dc , 2 dc in next dc) ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-1 sp , rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-1 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp , (dc in next dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next dc) ; *ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; (dc in next dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2 dc); *ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in next 4 dc ; rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 5 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2
dc ; ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp , (dc in next dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2 dc) ; *ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , [dc in the next 2 dc  , 2 dc in next dc , dc in the next 2 dc] ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 6 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 6 dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in the next 5 dc ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in next 6 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.





Note : The designer has divided for armholes here.  So as you can see from her photos, you keep 3 sets (rep) for the front, then divide keeping 6 sets for armhole ; the next 6 sets for the back ; the next 6 sets will make your other armhole and finally you’re left with the last 3 sets that make the other front half.

So remember to divide in the coming round per your counts (the counts given above are per designer photos).  I will continue writing the pattern as per chart.

Round 7 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 3
dc ; ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp , (dc in next 2 dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2 dc) ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , [dc in the next 2 dc  , 2 dc in next dc , dc in the next 3 dc] ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 8 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 7 dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in the next 6 dc ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in next 7 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 9 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 3
dc ; ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp , (dc in next 2 dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 3 dc) ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , [dc in the next 2 dc  , 2 dc in next dc , dc in the next 3 dc] ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp ,  rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 10 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 7 dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in the next 8 dc ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in next 7 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Continue the increases by rep Rounds 9 & 10 till you have one set of 12 dc and the other set of 11 dc’s all around. 
We’ll then meet back here for the lacy pattern bit.  


For convenience, I’m going to re-start numbering for our lacy pattern.

Lacy pattern :

Round 1 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 10 dc,  ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ;
*ch 3, sk 2 dc, dc in the next 7 dc ; ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sk 2 dc,
dc in the next 8 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 8 dc,  ch 4, sk next 2 dc, (sc in next ch-3 sp , sc in the next sc, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ;
*ch 4, sk 2 dc, dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 3, sk 2 dc, rep from (to) once ; ch 3, sk 2 dc, dc in the next 4 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 8 dc,  2 dc in the ch-4 sp ; ch 4, (sk 1st sc , sc in the next sc, sk next sc) ; ch 4, 2 dc in ch-4  sp ; dc in the next 3 dc ;
*2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; rep from (to) once ; ch 4, 2 dc in ch-4 sp, dc in the next 4 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; rep from (to) once ; ch 4, 2 dc in ch-4 sp, dc in the next 3 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 10 dc,  2 dc in the ch-4 sp ; ch 2, sk ch-sps and sc , 2 dc in ch-4  sp ; dc in the next 7 dc ;
*2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; ch 2, , sk ch-sps and sc , 2 dc in ch-4 sp, dc in the next 8 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; , sk ch-sps and sc ;
ch 2, 2 dc in ch-4 sp, dc in the next 7 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.



And we’re nearly done.. great job J. Quick review.. These four rounds are the pattern rounds, that you’ll repeat once more.  In between you’ve got 2 rounds of just plain rows – i.e dc in each dc, and ch-2 over the ch-2 sps.
You then end with one more plain rows and you’re finally done J

Below is the full chart.

Hope you’ve had fun with this pattern as well – so see you soon, for our next project.

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