Crochet for Summer – Big and Little Dresses


Columbia-Minerva, “Big & Little Crochets” Leaflet 2519, 1970

Directions are for Toddler Size (2 to 4). Changes for Child (6 to 8), Petite Miss (8 to 10) and Average Miss (12 to 14) are in parentheses.

MATERIALS: Columbia-Minerva Knitting worsted (4 oz pull skein) or Nantuk 4-ply knitting yarn (2 or 4 oz pull skein): 8 (10-12-12) ozs.





NEEDLES: For Toddler & Child-“Boye” crochet hook size H. For Petite & Average Miss-“Boye” crochet hook size “I”





GAUGE: On size H-3 shells to 5″. On size I-3 shells to 5-1/2″

Back: Ch 27 (31-35-39) very loosely for neck and shoulder.
Row 1: In 7th ch from hook work 2 dc, ch 2 and 2 dc for a shell, * skip 3 ch, 1 shell in next ch, repeat from * 4 (5-6-7) times more, ch 3, turn.
Row 2: 1 shell in ch-2 space of each shell, end 1 dc in turning-ch, ch 3, turn. Repeat Row 2 having 6 (7-8-9) shells across for pat, working 4 (4-5-6) more rows, omit turning-ch at end of last row. Fasten off, leave end for marker.

Front: Work same as back, do not fasten off, ch 3 at end of last row.

To Join: Work same as Row 2 across front, end 1 dc in turning ch, ch 3 for underarm, join to back by working 1 dc in marked dc, 1 shell in each shell across back, 1 dc in last dc, ch 3 for underarm, join to first dc on front. Fasten off.

Body: Join yarn in center ch st at underarm. For first shell ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2 and 2 dc in center st, 1 shell in each shell across front, 1 shell in center st of underarm chain, 1 shell in each shell across back, sl st to ch-3 of first shell, sl st to ch-2 space of same shell, there are 14 (16-18-20) shells around. Width around is 23 (26½-33-36½) inches.
Row 2: Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2 and 2 dc in first space, 1 shell in each shell around, join to ch-3 of first shell, ch 1, sl st to space of same shell. Repeat last row 3 (4-6-6) times more. Working a 2 dc, ch 3 and 2 dc shell in each shell, work 4 more rows.





Toddler & Child only join to ch-3 of first shell, ch 1, sl st in space.
Misses-only working a 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc shell in each shell, work 5 more rows, join to ch-3 of first shell, ch 1, sl st to space.
All Sizes ch 3, work 1 (1-2-2) dc, ch 2 and 2 (2-3-3) dc in space for first shell, * ch 1, in next ch-3 space work 11 dc for scallop, ch 1, 2 (2-3-3) dc, ch 2 and 2 (2-3-3) dc shell in next shell, repeat from * around, end ch 1, scallop in space of last shell, ch 1, join to ch-3, ch 1, sl st to first space.
Row 2: Work first shell, * * skip 1 dc on scallop, * ch 1, 1 dc in next dc *, repeat from * to * 8 times more, ch 1, skip last dc of scallop, 1 shell in next shell, repeat from * * to last scallop, skip 1 dc, repeat from * to 9 times, ch 1, join, al st in space.
Row 3: Work first shell, ** ch 1, 1 sc in space between next 2 dc’s on scallop, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch-1 space *, repeat from * to * 6 times more, ch 1, 1 shell in next shell, repeat from to last scallop, ch 1, 1 sc in first space on scallop, repeat from * to 7 times, ch 1, join, sl st in space.
Row 4: Work first shell, ** ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-3 loop, * ch 3, 1 sc in next loop *, repeat from * to * 5 times more, ch 1, 1 shell in next shell, repeat from * * to last scallop, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-3 loop, repeat from * to * 6 times, ch 1, join, sl st in space.
Row 5: Work first shell, * * ch 2 (2-3-3), 1 sc in ch-3 loop of scallop, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch-3 loop *, repeat from * to * 4 times more, ch 2 (2-3-3), 1 shell in shell, repeat from * * to last scallop ch 2 (2-3-3), 1 sc in loop, repeat from * to * 5 times, ch 2 (2-3-3), join, sl st in space.

Toddler & Child only fasten off.
Misses only work first shell, * * ch 4, 1 sc in ch-3 loop, * ch 3, 1 sc in next loop *, repeat from * to * 3 times more, ch 4, 1 shell in shell, repeat from * * to last scallop, ch 4, 1 sc in loop, repeat from * to * 4 times, ch 4. join and fasten off.

All Sizes: Sew shoulder seams from outer edge for 1/2 inch. Working backward from left to right crochet 1 row of sc around neck and armholes.

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  1. Josh Patel August 3, 2009
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