Sunday, April 09, 2006

Toddler Sundress

So the flower motif found a home, but only by accident. I had been trying to find a sundress to crochet like the knitted Victoria Sundress at Berroco. I'd tried at Crochetville, Crochet Pattern Central, and Google, all to no avail. So I figured, @$%& it, I'll design one myself. And so I did. I took measurements from a dress in Sears and came home to figure out the increases. The dress is made out of breathable cotton, but is heavy enough to stay down on windy days. And the straps are buttoned in place, so they can be crossed or straight, as well they can be raised and lowered to fit. I apologize profusely for the state of the photograph. Crappy cameras yeild crappy photos!

Materials
Lily Sugar N' Cream Cotton - 70.9 gm (2.5 oz) - 4ply, worsted weight cotton - 4 balls, Hot Pink (or preferred colour)
Size 5mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
2, 1/2" buttons

Gauge - 11 rows (in pattern) X 14 stitiches = 10cm (4")
Finished Measurements - Chest 24" (size 4), Shoulder to hem 23"

Front
Row 1 - Ch 65, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.
Row 2 (RS) - Ch 3, dc in each sc across. Turn.
Row 3 - Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next dc and each dc across to last 2 dc, sc2tog. Turn.
Row 4 - Ch 3, dc in each sc across. Turn.
Row 5 - Ch 1, sc in each dc across. Turn.
Row 6 - Ch 3, dc in each sc across. Turn.
Repeat rows 3-6, 9 times, until piece measures approximately 15". Fasten off.

Armhole Shaping
Row 1 - Skipping 6 stitches, join yarn with slst to 7th dc, ch1, sc in same stitch and each stitch across, leaving last 6 stitches unworked. Turn.
Row 2 - Ch 1, sc in each dc across. Turn.
Row 3 - Ch3, dc in each sc across. Turn.
Row 4-10 - Repeat rows 2-3, decreasing 1 stitch at beginning and end of each sc row.
Row 11 - Reverse sc across to end of row. Fasten off.

Back
Work as for front, until piece measures 15". Fasten off.

With wrong sides together, sew side seams.
Join yarn at top left corner of bib. Ch 50. Dc back along chain, single crochet down left side of bib, along back edge, up right side of bib, ch 50, dc back along ch, join with slst. Fasten off.

Attach buttons approximately 3.5" from side seams at back.
Attach optional flower motif (instructions below).

9 comments:

elektrixa said...

SOO adorable...
the little flowers are even really cute... great job... now you just need a little girl to model it and you are all set... what size is it? i have a 5 year old sister, and that size looks like it would fit her...

Yasmin said...

That is very nice. And thanx for the pattern.
Yasmin.

Vims said...

Just wanted to thank you and let you know that I am using your pattern to teach my student:) I wanted to ask a quick question :- under armhole shaping you have said to work one sc in each dc where the first row has only sc.. I am guessing its just a typo and another typo is where you have said (quote)
"Armhole Shaping
Row 1 - Skipping 6 stitches, join yarn with slst to 7th dc, sc1, sc in same stitch and each stitch across, leaving last 6 stitches unworked. Turn."(unquote)

should the sc1 have been ch1?

Thanks so much for writing this up!!!

hugs Vims

Pam said...

So cute!

Monica said...

Vims, thanks for the headsup about the typo. You were right and I've fixed it.
Thanks for the comments, too.

Anonymous said...

How cute is this! Do you know approx. what size this is? I would love to make it for my twin granddaughters..Thanks for sharing!Michelle De Groat

The Empty Blogger said...

What a great pattern! Thank you for designing it and sharing it!! I've been looking for something like this to make for my daughter!! Thank you again!!

blondebabypeaches said...

That is really great, my neice would love something like this!

Sharlene said...

Such a great pattern. I am going to get one started for my daughter today! Thank you!