Saturday, 27 January 2018

PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband

Sweet Nothings Crochet PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband, crochet baby dress pattern, crochet motif pattern, crochet granny square pattern, crochet bolero pattern, crochet pinafore girls dress pattern, crochet girls dress pattern, crochet headband pattern, crochet flower motif pattern, crochet girl stuff pattern

PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2


I made a pinafore baby dress a few days back and I received an order for another similar dress.  You know how I love to create a slight difference each time, so let’s work on this is 2nd project together.

You can work this pattern for any size, using any yarn with a suitable hook.

I’m glad that you’re back here with me as we explore this new creation together.

This is not my original pattern. I have used the motifs from a lovely pattern by Lena Fedatova, with her permission. For the skirt, I have used a simple set of growing “V” / shell sts.
As I work on this pattern, with my tweaks, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you.

Please note that with this pattern, as with all my patterns, I take a lot of effort and thought in writing it all down in a way that is easy to understand and visualize.  All I request is that you read through all the instructions before you pick up your hook, so you too can visualize where we are heading.  Cheers.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some unbranded 4-ply cotton yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook 
For Indians & Non-Indians : You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to work this pattern. 

Skill level :  Intermediate to Advanced.

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                       dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                             ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                             rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
Starting slip knot : This is a neat new way to start your work without a slip knot. http://stitchesnscraps.com/tutorial-starting-chain-to-knot-or-not/

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
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 this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

Here is a sizing chart for general neck sizing
https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279842061521/

https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279838533503/

How to join with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join with whip stich : Check the links below :


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
You can make this for any size, using any yarn and suitable hook.  Just work with the stitch count given for the size you want.

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  This is a top down creation.  Using a cute set of motifs / (granny) squares, we will create the pinafore and belt first. We will then work the skirt portion off the bottom of the belt.

When calculating your start measure for the skirt, take both waist and hip measurements.
If the child’s waist and hips are the same size, then you can take half the round measure.
If there is a difference, please take half the round measure of the one that is more (or larger)

Always keep a margin in mind for the stretch of yarn as well as the looseness of your work (tension)

Remember to keep in mind that the belt bit (and how wide you want it) will add to the length of your skirt.



Part 1 : Pinafore & belt

Sweet Nothings Crochet PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband, crochet baby dress pattern, crochet motif pattern, crochet granny square pattern, crochet bolero pattern, crochet pinafore girls dress pattern, crochet girls dress pattern, crochet headband pattern, crochet flower motif pattern, crochet girl stuff pattern

This project can be made in one colour but, I am opting to use two colours.

I will not be indicating when to change colours, as I’d love you to work in your creativity here.  Cheers.

Sweet Nothings Crochet PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband, crochet baby dress pattern, crochet motif pattern, crochet granny square pattern, crochet bolero pattern, crochet pinafore girls dress pattern, crochet girls dress pattern, crochet headband pattern, crochet flower motif pattern, crochet girl stuff pattern

The pinafore and belt portion are made with cute little squares that I have taken from the lovely Lena Fedatova’s Green Apple Bolero pattern. 
I have Lena’s permission to use her pattern to create this pinafore dress.

Please visit http://cup-of-stitches.blogspot.in/2012/05/green-apple-bolero.html for the pattern of the individual (granny) square.

Oh and once you are done with this dress, you could use Lena’s bolero pattern to make a cute little jacket for this dress.. how cool is that, right?

Here is how I suggest you place your motifs for making the pinafore and belt.  Please note that the number of motifs you use may differ depending on the size of dress you make. The diagram below is not to scale - it is only representative of how to place the motifs , work the straps and work the skirt portion.

Sweet Nothings Crochet PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband, crochet baby dress pattern, crochet motif pattern, crochet granny square pattern, crochet bolero pattern, crochet pinafore girls dress pattern, crochet girls dress pattern, crochet headband pattern, crochet flower motif pattern, crochet girl stuff pattern


So how do you decide how many (granny) square motifs you need?
a)   Decide on the width and length that you want for your pinafore
b)   Keep your half round waist measurement in hand
c)     Make one motif / granny square and see what measurement you get.
d)   Remember that if you are making this for an older child who has a difference in waist and hip measures, you will not attach the last set of squares.  You will then add in a button so that there is an automatic ease in the belt.
e)    Remember also that we could thread in a belt or satin ribbon into the centres of the granny squares.  This will look neat and also cinch the waist up in case you have worked just a little more than needed for the waist and / or find it is too loose.

OK, so you have taken your measurements.  Now armed with all these numbers, let’s put them to work for us.
Let’s say your motif / granny square is 2.5” square and you are making this for a 1 yr old / Waist : 20”.  This means, half round waist measure = 10” (front + back = 10” + 10” = 20”)
So 2.5” per granny square = 4 squares across = 10” (2.5” x 4 = 10”). 
Therefore you make 4 squares each for the front and back.
That solves your belt sizing.

Similarly you can calculate the width and height of the pinafore bit. 
Easy enough, right?

Remember : Belt adds to the length of your skirt.

OK.. go off to the link for the Green apple bolero and make the belt and pinafore. 



Part 2 : Straps

Sweet Nothings Crochet PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband, crochet baby dress pattern, crochet motif pattern, crochet granny square pattern, crochet bolero pattern, crochet pinafore girls dress pattern, crochet girls dress pattern, crochet headband pattern, crochet flower motif pattern, crochet girl stuff pattern

Once you have completed the pinafore portion and the belt, we will finish this portion and the straps before we start on the skirt portion of our dress.

Before we start, let us run a round of sc all around the pinafore bit and top of the belt.
Re-attach your yarn at any sc ; sc in the same sc ;
*2 sc in the next ch-sp ; sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Run a round of sc all around once more, just to strengthen and neaten up the edge.  Ensure that you work 2 or 3 sc in each corner sc (of pinafore) for ease.

We now need to make our straps.


For the strap :
a)   First decide how wide you want your strap.  Say 6 sts.  Work hdc / dc in each st for 6 sts and Turn.
b)   Continue working only on these 6 sts back and forth till you have the strap length needed.
c)     Your strap will either join up at the pinafore flap at the back or the waist band at the back.
d)   Add buttons and button holes (if desired) at the end of your strap.
e)    You can also add a press-button for convenience.
f)     Check this blog at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2016/06/chandras-frilled-dress.html and scroll through to the end for a novel idea on creating your own little designer matching button

Fasten off and weave in ends. 


Part 3 : Skirt portion

Sweet Nothings Crochet PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband, crochet baby dress pattern, crochet motif pattern, crochet granny square pattern, crochet bolero pattern, crochet pinafore girls dress pattern, crochet girls dress pattern, crochet headband pattern, crochet flower motif pattern, crochet girl stuff pattern

You have your pinafore and belt done, and you will now be working the skirt off the ch-5 sps of the belt.
For the skirt portion, we will be working in rounds.  You will join with a sl-st at the end of each round.

Here’s where the fun begins and all of this fun is just for the 1st start round!
You get to decide just how frilly you want your dress. 
a)   You can work the “V”-st in every ch-5 sp ;
b)   OR you can decide to use ch-5 sps and the sc in between ;)
c)     The frilliness of your dress will depend on how close (or far apart) you keep your “V”-sts.
d)   We start with a slender “V”-st but it will build up so your dress will flare out.
e)    How do you know approximately how much flare you want or are going to get?  Well, you will get an idea after you complete Round 2.  Place your work down and measure then – and if needed go back to change the distance between your Round 1 “V”-sts. You should have this just a little more than the round waist measure – and as we are going to work larger “V”-sts as the pattern grows, your flare will grow too. Got it? 

For the first round below, I am not going to indicate how many ch-5 sps you need to skip.  I will just indicate that you need to work in a ch-5 sp and you will decide how many you are skipping

Let the fun begin!

Our “V”-st will be (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same ch-5 sp.

Attach your yarn in the 1st ch-5 sp.

Round 1 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-5 sp and in each ch-5 sp all around ;
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

From this round on, we will work our “V”-st in the ch-sp of the earlier “V”-st.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same 1st “V”-st ;
*ch 1, “V”-st in the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* all around ;
ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Our “V”-st 1 now will be (2 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc) all in the same “V”-st.

Rounds 3 - 6 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; “V”-st 1 in the same 1st “V”-st ;
*“V”-st 1 in the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* all around ;
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Please put your work down and check the flare of your dress.  IF you think it is alright, and going nicely, continue without any change till you get the length needed for your dress.

IF you think you want a slightly better flare, work in the next increase now.

Round 7 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; “V”-st 1 in the same 1st “V”-st ;
*ch 1, “V”-st 1 in the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* all around ;
ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Continue with Round 7 till you get to the length needed for your dress.

For our last round we will work 6 dc in each “V”-st ch-1 sp and 1 sc in the “space” between two “V’-sts.  There is no real stitch in the space, we just place the sc there, and it ‘holds’ our 6 dc down, creating a nice shell stitch border.

Last Round : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; 6 dc in the same 1st “V”-st ;
*sc in the space between the next 2 “V”-sts ; 6 dc in the the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* all around ;
sc in the last sp, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sweet Nothings Crochet PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband, crochet baby dress pattern, crochet motif pattern, crochet granny square pattern, crochet bolero pattern, crochet pinafore girls dress pattern, crochet girls dress pattern, crochet headband pattern, crochet flower motif pattern, crochet girl stuff pattern



Sweet Nothings Crochet PINAFORE BABY DRESS - 2 with matching headband, crochet baby dress pattern, crochet motif pattern, crochet granny square pattern, crochet bolero pattern, crochet pinafore girls dress pattern, crochet girls dress pattern, crochet headband pattern, crochet flower motif pattern, crochet girl stuff pattern


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