Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Super Simple Sweater Dress

Since it is getting pretty cold outside I thought that I should crochet something warm for Barbie!  So I decided to crochet up a nice sweater dress in a neutral winter grey.  For this dress I chose to use a superfine sock weight yarn to give the dress the feel and texture of a sweater.  This is a super simple design with minimal ends and minimal shaping.  I worked the body side to side from back seam to back seam in a rib pattern.  Then I added a shell pattern worked in rounds around the bottom of the body and the same shell pattern worked in rows at the top of the body.  The hardest part about crocheting this dress was working sc evenly spaced around the top and bottom of the body piece, but even that wasn't too difficult. 




 
MATERIALS
 
Super fine sock weight yarn in grey
Size 1 (2.75 mm) steel hook
2 sew on snaps


GAUGE
 
I didn't really measure gauge for this dress, but there is a lot of forgiving stretch so I think it will be okay.
 
 
DIRECTIONS
 
 
Body of dress:
 
Row 1:  With grey, ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 2-8:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 9:  Ch 1, sc in BL of first st, ch 6, sk next 6 sts, sc in BL of next 23 sts, turn.  (24 sts, 6 chs)
 
Row 10:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 11-30:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 31:   Ch 1, sc in BL first st, ch 6, sk next 6 sts, sc in BL of next 23 sts, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 32:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 33-41:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Holding RS together, sc first 10 sts tog to form back seam.  Fasten off.
 
Bottom of dress:
 
Round 1:  Join grey in center back st, work 43 sc evenly spaced around bottom of body (one st in end of each row + 2). (43 sts)
 
Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in same st, sk 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 3 dc in last st, join to top of beg ch 3.  (43 sts)
 
Round 3:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to beg sc.  (42 sts)
 
Round 4:  Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in last 3 sts, join to beg sc.  (42 sts)
 
Round 5:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, working 2 sc in last st, join to beg sc.  (43 sts)
 
Rounds 6-?:  Repeat rows 2-5 until desired length is achieved. 
 
Collar:
 
Row 1:  With RS facing, join and work a sc in end of each row across, turn.  (41 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 1, 3 sc in first st, (sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times, sc in next 3 sts, (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times, 3 sc in last st, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in FRONT LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 4:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in same st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 4 dc in last st, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 5:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 6:  Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in last 4 sts, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 7:  Repeat row 5.
 
Rows 8-9:  Repeat rows 4 and 5.  Fasten off.
 
Finishing:
 
Sew 2 snaps to back opening of dress.