Sunday, 9 November 2014

NEAT ONE-PIECE DRESS

NEAT ONE-PIECE DRESS

A really neat idea .. make a little girl’s dress in one-piece !  So we start, as you’ve guessed at the neckline and then proceed ,after dividing for the armholes, working side-to-side in rows for the body of the dress.  This is not just an easy dress to do, but also an easy one to slip onto your struggling squiggling lil ‘un. J

This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. 

I have a few dresses for little girls already written up.. and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go

Materials used : Oswal 3-ply baby yarn  ~ 150 gms , with a 3.25 mm crochet hook
Size made : Chest : 20” x Length : 18”
Gauge : 3-dc tog set (across) = ~ 1" x 3-dc tog row (high) = 0.5”

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/

Chainless 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.

“V”-stitch :”V”-st : (dc, ch 2, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                             ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
                                   
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Before we start let’s try and figure out our repeat counts and how we’re going to get to it.
Now our pattern count is in multiples of 6, and with a 2 dc (placket) on each end, we need a multiple of (6 + 4).   However, if we start with this count, I found the neckline too wide.  So what I’ve done is for my start of 100 dc, I’ve made 2/3rds that number of fsc – so I started with 66 fsc.   I then did 1 dc in the 1st dc, and 2 dc in the next dc, all the way to the end = 99 dc and then an extra dc thrown in at the end to make the 100 dc I needed.  Not sure how the designer has worked her first line counts.. as the chart is a little misleading, methinks.  However, if you figure how the count(s) are done, do add it to the comments and/or email me, so we can resolve this for future users.

Now I’ve started with 70 fsc and then, as above, increased till I had 100 dc, but with the instructions below, I’m going to write it per chart.

PART 1 : YOKE

Start with a multiple of 6 fsc + 4.

Row 1 : dc in 1st fsc and each fsc till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; “V”-st in next dc ; 
*(ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc) ; ch 2,  sk next 2 dc, “V”-st in next dc* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 dc  ; dc in those last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 3 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 
*[(dc 3-tog ; ch 2, dc 3-tog ; ch 2, dc 3-tog) all in the next ch-2 sp of “V”-st] ; 
ch 1, sk both ch-2 sps and sc , rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 dc ;  dc in those last 2 dc.   Turn.

Row 4 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 
*(ch 1, sk next dc 3-tog, dc in next ch-2 sp) ; rep (to) once ; 
[ch 1, sk next dc 3-tog, dc in next ch-1 sp]* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 dc  ; dc in those last 2 dc.   Turn.

Row 5 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 
*2 dc in next ch-1 sp ; dc in next dc* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 dc ; dc in those last 2 dc.  Turn.



Row 6 - 8 : Rep Rows 2 – 4. 

Row 9 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 
*(2 dc in next ch-1 sp ; dc in next dc) ; [dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc] ; rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 dc  ; dc in those last 2 dc.   Turn.



Row 10 - 12 : Rep Rows 2 – 3.

Note : Quick gauge check here : Yoke measures ~ 5”.  
Now the chart here is a bit different from the great photos posted.  
So I am going per photo.  
The designer has stopped increasing yoke and after a quick ‘edging’ for this yoke, she’s moving on to the skirt portion of our dress.. and that’s what I am going to do too.

Row 13 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 
*ch 3, sk next dc-3 tog, sc in the next ch-sp* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 dc ; dc in those last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 14 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 
*ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 dc ; dc in those last 2 dc.  Turn.

Right, we’re done with our little lacy edge for the yoke, so we’ll now start on the skirt portion.  
So we’ll do work on the 1st five 3-dc tog sets, sk a few sets for the armhole, then do the back 11 3-dc tog sets, sk a few sets for the armhole and then work on the last five dc-3 tog sets.

OK, so lets mark off a few sets :
Place first maker at the end of the 1st five dc-3 tog sets (so the ch-3 sp after the 15th dc-3 tog , which is the last of the fifth dc-3 tog) ; sk the next five dc-3 tog sets and place marker in the next ch-3 sp.  Now go to the other side and count off the 1st five dc-3 tog sets from this end (so the ch-3 sp after the 15th dc-3 tog , which is the last of the fifth dc-3 tog), and place a 3rd marker here ; and sk the next five dc-3 tog sets and place last marker in the next ch-3 sp. 
So we now have 2 front pcs, 2 armholes and 1 back – divided by these four markers.

Row 15 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; ch 2 , dc in 1st ch-3 sp ; 
*ch 2, dc in the next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till you’re at the first marker ; 
ch 6, sk dc-3 tog sets till the next marker and dc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
rep *to* till the next marker ;  
ch 6, sk dc-3 tog sets till the next marker and dc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
rep *to*  till last 2 dc ; dc in those last 2 dc.  Turn.

Note : ch 6 is the number of chain shown per chart.  If you feel that this is insufficient for the armhole for child you’re making this project for, suggest you increase in multiples of 6. 

Row 16 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 2 dc in 1st ch-2 sp and in each ch-2 sp ; 
dc in each dc ; 6 dc in the two ch-6 sps ; till last 2 dc ; dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Note : Check that you have a multiple of six.. good, you remembered .. then off we go!

Row 17- 19 : Rep Rows 2 - 4  once.

Row 20 : dc in 1st 2 dc ; 
*dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 dc ; dc in the last 2 dc.   Turn.

Row 21- 23 : Rep Rows 2 - 4 once.

Row 20 : Rep Row 20 once.

Rep Rows 21 - 24 till your dress is of the length you desire ; ending with Row 3.

Finishing : Rep Rows 13 and 14 once.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.



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