Crochet Little Girl’s Lacy Pants Suit

Sizes
To fit 20[ 22/24]in chest
The figures in brackets ( ) refer to the 22in and
24in sizes respectively
Top length from shoulder, 10 1/2 [ 11 – 11 1/2]in
Trousers inside leg, 6[6 – 6]in

Check Your Gauge
6dc and 3 rows to 1 in worked on No.D crochet
hook or 4dc groups to 3in

Materials
19[21 – 23] balls of perle cotton
No.E crochet hook
No.D crochet hook
No.B crochet hook
1 1/2 yds ribbon
Three small buttons
waist length of elastic

Top front
Using No.D crochet hook ch56[60-64] loosely.
Base row into 3rd ch from hook work 1dc, 1dc into each ch to end. Turn.
Next row Ch3 to stand as 1st dc, 1dc into each dc to end. Turn.
Rep last row twice more.

Shape armholes
Next row Slip st over 4dc, ch2, work in dc to last 4dc. Turn.
Dec one dc at each end of next 2 rows.
Cont without shaping until 8 rows have been worked from beg.

Shape neck
Next row Work in dc over next 10dc. Turn.
Complete this shoulder first.
Next row Ss over 2dc, ch2, work in dc to end.Turn.
Next row Ch2, work in dc over 5dc. Turn.
Next row Ch2, skip first dc, work in dc to end.
Fasten off.
Attach yarn to 10th dc from other end, ch2, work in dc to end.
Next row Ch2, work in dc over 7dc. Turn.
Next row Ch2, skip first dc, work in dc to end.Turn.
Next row Ch2, work in dc over 4dc. Fasten off.





Top half back
Using No.D crochet hook ch29[33 -37] loosely.
Work as given for front to armhole.

Shape armhole
Next row
Ss over 4dc, ch2, work in dc to end. Turn.
Next row Work in dc to within 1dc from end. Turn.
Cont without shaping until 9 rows have been worked from beg.





Shape neck
Next row Ch2, work in dc over 7dc. Turn.
Next row Ch2, skip first dc, work in dc to end. Turn.
Next row Ch2, work in dc over 4dc.
Fasten off.
Work other half back in same way.

Skirt top
Join side seams of front and backs. Using No.B hook and with RS of work facing, beg at center back and work ch3 into first dc.
1st patt row Work 2dc into base of ch3, *skip 1dc, 5dc into next dc, rep from * to end of other side of back, ending with 3dc into last dc. Turn.
2nd patt row Ch3, work 1dc into each of next 2dc leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh (yarn around hook) and draw through all loops on hook, ch 1 to fasten, *ch2, 1dc into each of next 5dc leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh and draw through all loops on hook, ch1 to fasten, rep from * ending with 1dc into each of last 3dc leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh and draw through all loops on hook, ch1 to fasten. Turn.
3rd patt row Ch1, *1sc over dc gr (group), 3sc under ch2 sp, rep from * to end. Turn.
4th patt row Ch3, 1dc into each sc to end.
Turn.
These 4 rows form patt. At the end of 4th patt row join work with a ss into top of ch of first
gr, ch3, turn, and change to No.D hook.

1st round 4dc into first dc,*skip 3dc, 5dc into next dc, rep from * ending with skip 3dc, ss
into top of ch of first gr, ch3. Turn.
Next round Work as 2nd patt row but working ch3 between gr instead of ch2.
Cont in patt until 8 rounds have been worked.
Change to No.E crochet hook and cont in patt until 17 rounds have been worked, or desired
length ending with a 1st patt round.
Next round Ch3, *1dc into each dc of gr leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh and draw
through all loops on hook, ch1 to fasten, ch2, 1sc between gr, ch2, rep from * to end of round.
Fasten off.

Neck edging
Using No.B crochet hook and beg at center back neck edge work in sc around neck and armhole edges to other side, turn, ch1, work back in sc.
Next round Ch1, 1sc into next sc, *ch3, ss into top of last sc—called 1 picot—, 1sc into each of next 3sc, rep from * to end. Fasten off.

Center back edging
Using No.B crochet hook work 4 rows of sc along left center back edge. Mark position for 3 buttons on this edge. Beg at neck edge work 2 rows of sc along right center back edge. Work another row sc making buttonholes as markers are reached by working ch3 and skipping 3sc. Work another row of sc working 3sc under each ch3 sp. Fasten off.

Finishing
Press on WS under a damp cloth with a warm iron. Sew on buttons. Divide ribbons into 4 pieces and sew one piece to each shoulder and tie into a bow.

Pants
Using No.D crochet hook beg at waist ch112[128:144] loosely. Join into a circle with a ss (slip stitch).
Base round Ch3 to count as first dc, work 1 dc into each ch to end. Join with ss into top of first ch3. Turn.
Next round Ch3, work 1 dc into front loop only of each dc to end. Join with ss into top of first ch3. Turn.
1st patt round Ch3, work 4dc into base of ch, *skip 3dc, work 5dc into next dc, rep from * ending with skip 3dc, join with ss into top of first ch3. Turn.
2nd patt round Ch3, work 1 dc into next 4dc of first gr (group) leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh (yarn around hook) and draw through all loops on hook, ch l to fasten, *ch2, 1 dc into each dc of next gr leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh and draw through all loops on hook, chl to fasten, rep from * ending with ch2, ss into top of first ch3. Turn.
3rd patt round Chl, * 1 sc over dc gr, 3sc under ch2 sp, rep from * to end. Join with ss into top of first ch. Turn.
4th patt round Ch3, work 1 dc into each sc to end. Join with ss to top of first ch3. Turn. These 4 rounds form patt. Cont in patt until 5 rounds have been worked. On the next round work ch3 between gr instead of ch2. Cont in patt until 16 rounds have been worked, ending with 3rd patt round. Turn. Make ch8 then ss into center back, counting 14[16:18]gr and sp for each leg.
Turn and work 4th patt round, beg over the starting ch.





Work legs
1st leg round Ch3, work 4dc (this gr must be over the gr of previous round), *skip 3dc, work 5dc into next dc, rep from * around leg, ending with ss into top of first ch3. Turn.
2nd round Ch3, work 1 dc into each of next 4dc of gr leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh and draw through all loops on hook, chl to fasten, *ch2, 1 dc into each dc of next gr leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh and draw through all loops on hook, ch 1 to fasten, rep from * ending with ch2, ss into top of first ch3. Turn. Cont in patt until 18 rounds have been worked from ch8, ending with a 1st patt round. Last round Ch3, 1dc into each of next 4dc leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh and draw through all loops on hook, ch 1 to fasten, ch2, 1 sc between gr, *ch2, 1 dc into each dc of next gr leaving last loop of each dc on hook, yrh and draw through all loops on hook, chl to fasten, ch2, 1 sc between gr, rep from * ending with ch2, ss into top of first ch3. Fasten off. Attach yarn at center back and work around in patt ending over the ch8. Complete as given for first leg.
Finishing
Press as given for top. Turn first row of dc at waistline to WS and sl st down. Thread narrow elastic through waistband and secure.

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