Crochet dress

Crochet dress

This crochet dress is perfect for the poolside or days at the beach!  Make your own with the help of these diagrammes!

Crochet-dress

You will need

  • 7-12 balls of Vinnis Colours Serina Eco Friendly 100% Bamboo Yarn
  • We used Light Aqua (667) colour way. You can substitute another 4 ply yarn with approximately 111m/50g. The yarn should be soft and drape well.
  • 4mm crochet hook, or appropriate size for correct tension.
  • 2 movable stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

Abbreviations

Ch – chain; cont – continue; ch-sp – chain space; sl st – slip stitch; dc – double crochet; fdc –  foundationless; dc – double crochet; tr – treble crochet; yoh – yarn over hook; lp – loop; ins – insert; sk – skip; inc – increase; RS – right side; WS – wrong side, patt – pattern;  rep – repeat; rnd – round; st(s) – stitch(es); sl st – slip stitch; * – repeat instructions from asterisk as directed

How to complete a foundationless double crochet stitch

2ch, ins hook in 2nd ch from hook, pull up lp, yo, draw through 1 lp (this loop forms the ‘ch’ stitch), yo, draw through 2 lps (this forms the ‘dc’), *ins hook under 2 lps of ‘ch’ stitch of the last stitch, pull up lp, yo, draw through 1 lp, yo, draw through 2 lps, * rep for length of foundation.

How to continue with fdc and join fdc to next piece

Once you have reached the last dc, insert hook in same stitch as last dc, yo, draw up lp (‘ch’ stitch of fdc) continue fdc directions for length of foundation. Once you have reached the last fdc continue by ins hook under 2 lps of ‘ch’ stitch of last stitch made, pull up lp (2 lps on hook), ins hook through 1st stitch of piece to be joined, yo, draw hook through 3 lps on hook, continue with dc as normal.

Why use the fdc?

A row of chains often end up being too tight for the article, and with the fdc you’ll be creating a stretchy first row, which will make the dress fit better. The foundationless row also makes crocheting of the edging easier because it creates proper stitches on the top and bottom of the stitch.

Making a fake stitch to fasten off

Instead of fastening off with a slip stitch, which creates a little knot, do the following:
when you have completed the last dc cut the yarn with enough length for weaving in the end. Using your crochet hook insert the hook into the first stitch of the round moving your hook from the back of the stitch to the front. Yoh and pull the yarn end through the stitch with the hook. Insert the hook into the last stitch of the round from the back of the stitch but only use the back loop. Yoh and pull the yarn through the stitch with the hook. Don’t over tighten; you want this stitch to be visible. Use your tapestry needle to sew in the end.

Geometric lace pattern

Multiple of 6 + 1

1st row: (WS): 19 fsc, 2ch, turn
2nd row: (RS): tr in 1st fdc, * 2ch, sk 2 fdc, (1 trc into fdc) x 4, * rep across, 1ch, turn.
3rd row: (1 dc into tr) x 3, sk next tr, * 4dc into ch-sp, sk 1st tr, (1dc into tr) x 2, sk next tr, * rep across, 2ch, turn
4th row: * tr into next 4dc, sk 2dc, * rep across, 1tr into last dc, 1ch, turn
5th row: dc into 1st tr, * 4dc into ch-sp, sk 1st tr, (1dc into tr) x 2, sk next tr, * rep across, dc into last tr, 1ch, turn
rep 2nd – 5th row (one pattern repeat) number of times indicated.

Swatch

19 st x 13 rows = 10cm x 10 cm (3 patt rep)
It’s important to keep the stitches slightly looser so that the dress has stretch.

Increases are made on the dc rounds as follows
Where indicated in the pattern, place 1 dc into each of next 4 tr, 4 dc into ch-sp (place movable stitch marker here), 1 dc into each of next 4 tr (inc st by 4).
In the following round, place 4tr into 4dc, 2ch, sk 2 dc, 4tr into next 4dc (2 above tr, 2 above ch-sp), 2ch, 4tr into next 4dc (2 above tr, 2 above ch-sp), 2ch, sk 2 dc, cont as per patt.

To make

Apart from the straps and the very top of the back of the dress this pattern is worked entirely in the round. This method means there are no seams to sew up, all you need to do is weave in the ends.

To fit

Bust 85 [90,95,100] and hip 93[98,103,108] (size 8[10,12,14])

The straps

10 fdc, 2ch, turn, 5½ [5½,6,6] patt rep, ending on tr row, fasten off. (20 [20,22,22] rows + fdc row)
Make two. This forms the front of the strap.
Attach yarn to fdc with sl st, (make sure you are working on the RS). 4½[4½,5,5] patt rep, beginning with 4th row 4 of geometric lace pattern, end on tr row, fasten off first strap but not the second. (17 [17, 19, 19] rows) This forms the back of the strap.

Joining the straps and forming the back of the dress
dc across 1st strap, 38[38,44,44] fdc, cont with dc across 2nd strap.
1 patt rep, end on tr row, fasten off. (58 [58,64,64] sts)

Joining the straps to create armholes and the front of the dress
Count 4, [4, 5, 5] tr blocks on the RS, join yarn with sl st around next ch-sp, 4dc into ch-sp, cont across, 29 [29, 35, 41] fdc, join to 1st strap (make sure it’s not twisted), dc across strap, 38 [38, 44, 44] fdc, join to 2nd strap, dc across, 29 [29,35,41] fdc, join to back of dress, dc across, sl stitch to close row. (174 [186,198,210] sts).

Working the body of the dress in rounds
Round A: 2ch, *(4 tr into 4dc), 2ch, sk 2dc, * rep across, join with sl stitch to 1st trc (not 2ch), followed by dc round as in patt.
Round B: 5ch, sk 2 dc *(4tr in next 4 dc), 2ch sk 2dc, * rep across, join to 3rd ch with sl st, 1ch. Followed by dc round as in patt.

Cont with 10 [10,11,11] patt rep (34[34,36,36] rounds from join) end on tr round and inc as follows on dc round:
Begin inc on 8th [8th,9th,9th] tr block, cont as normal for 12[13,14,15] tr blocks, begin inc on 13th[14th,15th,16th] tr block. (186[198,210,222] sts)
Use the stitch markers as a guide for the next increases.
Inc on next sc round (198[210,222,234] sts)
1 patt rep, inc on the last dc round. (210[222,234,246] sts)
Increase on next dc round (222[234,246,258] sts)
You should have four sets of inc.
Cont with patt to desired length, ending on tr round.
Finish the dress off with a round of dc as follows:
1dc in each tr, 2dc in each ch-sp, end with fake stitch.

Adding an edging around the neckline and armholes
Start in the centre of the back of the dress or the centre part of the armhole that sits under the arm, respectively.

sl stitch yarn to any central fdc. 1ch, dc around until 2 sts from the corner.
1 trc cluster as follows:
– (yoh, ins hook into next st, yo, draw up lp,yoh, draw through 2 lps on hook) x 2
– yoh, ins hook around post of tr, draw up lp, yoh, draw through 2 lps on hook, rep around same post
– yoh, ins hook into next stitch, yoh, draw up lp,yoh, draw through 2 lps on hook
– yoh, draw through all lps on hook.
Cont with dc all the way around with cluster stitch in each corner. To keep your tension correct place 2dc around each tr post and 1dc in each dc row along the straps, bind off with fake stitch.

Sew in ends with tapestry needle and trim with scissors.

Diagramme One: Right handed

Diagramme 2: Increase right handed

Diagramme 3: Left handed

Diagramme 4: Increase left handed

 

 

Magazine issue date: Jan, 2014

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