A week of Spring Crochet for your little ones – beginning with this Dropwaist Dress


Dress with dropped waist and shelled pattern skirt
Sizes
To fit 21 [23]inch chest
The figures in brackets [] refer to the 23 inch size
Length to center back, 15 1/2 [16 1/2]in

Check Your Gauge! 4sc to 1 inch worked on No.F crochet hook





Materials
4 ply worsted weight yarn
4[5] balls in main color, A
1[1] ball in contrast color, B
No.F crochet hook
Three small buttons





Dress back
Using No.F crochet hook and A, ch54[58],
1st row – Into 3rd ch from hook work 1 sc, 1 sc into each ch to end. Turn. 52[56]sc.
Work 13[15] rows sc

1st dec row – Work 14[16]sc, dec one st, work in sc until 16[18]sc rem, dec one st, work
14[16]sc. Turn. 50[54]sc.
Work 3 rows sc without shaping.
Rep last 4 rows once more. 48[52]sc.
Cont without shaping until work measures 6 1/2 [6 3/4]in from beg.

Shape armholes
1st row Slip stitch across 4sc, 1 sc into each sc until 4sc rem. Turn. 40[44]sc.
2nd row Work in sc to end. Turn.
3rd row Dec one st, work in sc to last 2sc, dec one st. Turn. 38[42]sc.
4th row Work in sc to end. Turn.
5th row Dec one st, work in sc to last 2sc, dec one st. Turn. 36[40]sc.
Work 5 more rows sc without shaping.

Divide for back opening
Next row Work 1sc into each of next 18[20]sc.
Turn.
Complete right shoulder on these sts. Cont without shaping until armhole measures
4 1/2 [4 3/4]in from beg, ending at armhole edge.

Shape shoulder
1st row Ss across 3[4]sc, 1 sc into each sc to end. Turn.
2nd row Ch 2 to form first sc, 1 sc into each of next 10[11]sc, ss into next sc. Turn.
3rd row Ss across 3sc, work in sc to end.
Fasten off.
With RS of work facing, attach yarn to rem sts and work in sc to end. Turn.
Complete left shoulder on these sts.
Cont in sc until armhole measures 4 1/2 [4 3/4 ]in from beg,
ending at center edge.

Shape shoulder
1st row
Ch2 to form first sc, 1sc into each of next 14[15]sc, ss into next sc. Turn.
2nd row Ss across 4sc, work in sc to end. Turn.
3rd row Ch2 to form first sc, 1 sc into each of next 7 [8] sc, ss into next sc. Fasten off.

Dress front
Work as given for back until armhole shaping has been completed. 36[40]sc.
Cont in sc without shaping, omitting back opening, until armholes measure 3 1/2[3 3/4]in from beg.

Shape neck
1st row Ch2 to form first sc, 1sc into each of next 11 [12]sc, ss into next sc. Turn.
2nd row Ch2, 1 sc into each sc to end. Turn.
3rd row Ch2 to form first sc, 1 sc into each of next 10[11]sc, ss into sp between last sc and
ch. Turn.
4th row Ch2, 1 sc into each sc to end. Turn.
5th row Ch2 to form first sc, 1 sc into each of next 9[10] sc, ss into sp between last sc and
ch. Turn.
6th row Ch2, 1 sc into each sc to end. Turn.
7th row Ch2 to form first sc, 1 sc into each of next 8[9]sc, ss into sp between last sc and ch. Turn.
8th row Ch2 to form first sc, 1 sc into each sc to end. Turn. 10[11]sc.
Cont in sc without shaping until armhole measures same as back to shoulder, ending at
armhole edge.

Shape shoulder
1st row
Ss across 3[4]sc, work in sc to end. Turn.
2nd row Work in sc to end, ss into last ss of previous row. Turn.
3rd row Ss across next 4sc, work in sc to end.
Fasten off.
With RS of work facing, skip center 10[12]sc, attach yarn to next sc with ss, work in sc to
end. Turn.
Next row Work in sc to end. Turn.
Next row Skip turning ch which forms first sc, work in sc to end. Turn.
Rep last 2 rows until 10[11]sc rem, then cont without shaping until armhole measures same
as back to shoulder, ending at center edge.

Shape shoulder
1st row Ch2 to form first sc, 1 sc into each of next 6[7]sc, ss into next sc. Turn.
2nd row Ss across 4sc, work in sc to end.
Fasten off.

Armbands
Join shoulder and side seams. Using No.F crochet hook, A and with RS facing, beg at side seam and work 1 row sc evenly around armhole. Fasten off.





Back neck borders
Using No.F crochet hook, A and with RS facing, beg at lower edge of left side of back
opening and work 2 rows sc.
Fasten off.
Using No.F crochet hook, A and with WS facing, beg at lower edge of right side of back
opening and work 1 row sc. Turn.
Next row Work 2sc, *skip next 2sc, ch3, work 4sc, rep from * twice more, work in sc to end.
Fasten off.

Neckband
Using No.F crochet hook, A and with RS facing, beg at left back neck and work 1 row sc evenly around neck. Fasten off.

Skirt
Using No.F crochet hook, A and with RS facing beg over side seam and work downwards.
1st round *1 sc into each of next 3sc, 2sc into next sc, rep from * to end, join with ss to first sc. Break off A and attach B.
2nd round Using B, beg at side seam, ch3, 4dc into first sc, skip 4sc, *5dc into next sc, skip
4sc, rep from * to end, join with ss to 3rd of first ch3. 26[28] shells.
3rd round Using A, *1 sc into each of next 5dc, 1 sc into sp between shells, rep from * to end, join with ss to first sc.
4th round As 2nd.
5th round Using A, *1 sc into each of next 5dc, 2sc into sp between shells, rep from * to end, join with ss to first sc.
6th round Using B, ch3, 5dc into first sc, skip 5sc, *6dc into next sc, skip 5sc, rep from *
to end, join with ss into 3rd of first ch3.
7th round Using A, *1 sc into each of next 6dc, 1 sc into sp between shells, rep from * to end, join with ss to first sc.
Rep 6th and 7th rounds 1 [2] times more.
Fasten off.
Finishing
Press lightly under a dry cloth with a warm iron, pressing out shells of skirt gently. Sew on buttons to correspond with buttonholes.

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  1. Adriana February 27, 2012

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