Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blue Lace Up Dress

I have noticed that my most popular designs are the really simple ones, so here is another one.  This dress is worked from side to side in a tube shape so that it can be pulled on with no fasteners.  The lace up front adds a lovely detail that keeps this simple dress from being too boring.  As per request, I will now also (try to remember to) add pictures of the back of my designs so you can see what it looks like from that angle. 


 
MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in blue
Size 10 thread in white
Size 6 (1.80 mm) steel hook
 
DIRECTIONS
 
NOTE:  I did not finish the top or bottom edge of this dress as I thought it looked fine without it, but you may want to add a row of sc around top of dress to give it a little more structure as it may stretch out of shape with repeated pulling of the dress on and off.  

 
 
Row 1:  With blue ch 50, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Rows 2-16:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOP only of each st across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Row 17 A:  [Ch 3, sk next 2 sts, sl st in FRONT LOOP only of next st] across, fasten off blue.  (16 ch 3 spaces)
 
Row 17 B:  Working in BACK LOOPS of row just worked, join white with sc, sc in each st across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Rows 18-26:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOP only of each st across, turn piece and fasten off white.   (49 sts)
 
Row 27:  Join blue with sc in BACK LOOP, sc in BACK LOOP only of each st across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Row 28 A:  [Ch 3, sk next 2 sts, sl st in FRONT LOOP only of next st] across, turn.  (16 ch 3 spaces)
 
Row 28 B:  Working in BACK LOOPS of row just worked, sc in each st across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Rows 29-42:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOP only of each st across, do not fasten off blue.
 
SEAM:  Holding right sides together and matching sts, sc back seam together completely to form a tube shape.
 
FINISHING:  Cut a length of blue thread long enough to lace up the front.  Thread through the ch 3 spaces in row 17A and 28A like you would a pair of sneakers from bottom to top.  Tie in a bow at top.  
 
 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Creamsicle Cutie" dress

Just a cute, sweet little dress that is super easy to crochet.
 
 



MATERIALS:

Size 10 thread in peach
Size 10 thread in white
1 white ribbon rose
2 sew on snaps
Size 6 (1.80 mm) steel hook


DIRECTIONS:

Row 1:  With peach thread ch 31, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 4 chs, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in last 15 sts, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next 14 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in last 5 sts, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in last 15 sts, turn.  (30 sts)

Rows 4-26:  Repeat rows 2 and 3. 

Edging:  At end of row 26, ch 1, work 40 sc evenly spaced across hdc edge of piece (top of dress), turn piece and sl st in first 15 sts of row 1, now holding the back seam together, sc the rest of the 15 sts together, now working around dc edge of piece (bottom of dress), ch 1, 2 sc in end of each dc row (52 sts), join to beg sc, fasten off.

Top of dress:

Row 1:  Join white with sl st in first st at top of dress, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in each st across, turn.  (40 sts)

Rows 2-5:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in each st across, turn.  (40 sts)  Fasten off at end of row 5.

Ruffle:

Join white with a sl st in any st at bottom of dress, ch 3 (counts as first tr), tr in same st as joining, 2 tr in each st around, join to top of beg ch 3.  Fasten off.  (52 sts)

Finishing:

Sew 2 snaps to back opening of dress.

Using a length of white thread, gather front of dress between breasts and fasten off.

Sew on a white ribbon row to front of dress.