Sunday, February 21, 2010

Elena's Dress



A friend and coworker of my in-laws just had his first baby and my mother-in-law asked me to stitch something up for them. This is what came about.

Disclaimer: I've not tested this pattern, so please let me know if something is amiss. Thanks!

Elena's Dress

Size: Newborn

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby (Sport DK weight) in pink: 1 skein
Hooks: E, G and H
Notions: 2 stitch markers, 3 - 3/8" buttons

Finished measurements:
From shoulder to hem - 1o"
From side to side (not around) - 7.5"

Stitch guide:
HdcFch – Half double crochet foundation chain
Picot – ch 3, slst into last st made.

With G hook:
40 HdcFch. Or 42 chs. Turn
Row 1: Ch2. *Hdc in next. 2 hdc in next. Rep to end. Turn (60 hdc)

Row 2: Ch2. Hdc evenly across. Turn

Row 3: Rep Row 1. (90 hdc)

Row 4 & 5: Rep Row 2.

Row 6: Ch2. *Hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st. Rep across from *. turn (120 sts)

Row 7: Place marker 40 sts from ea edge. Ch 2. Hdc in first 16 sts (Back right), 5 HdcFch+, skip 24 sts (right arm hole), hdc next 40 sts (front of garment), 5 HdcFch, skip next 24 sts (left arm hole), hdc across remaining 16 sts. (back left). {+ can also just chain 5)

Row 8: Ch4. Skip 1 st. (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in next; *skip 5 sts, (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in next. Rep from * to end. Ch 1. Dc in last st. Turn [14 (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc)]

Row 9: Ch 4. (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in each ch3 sp. At end ch1, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Turn

Row 10: Rep Row 9. At end do not turn. Join with slst to 3rd ch at beg of row. All rows will now be worked in the round.

Row 11 & 12: Ch4. (2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in each ch-3 sp. At end, ch1, dc in dc of prev round. Join with slst to 3rd ch at beg of row.

Row 13-15: With H hook, cont in est patt.

Row 16-19: Ch 4. (3 dc, ch3, 3 dc) in each ch-3 sp. At end, ch1, dc in dc of prev round. Join with slst to 3rd ch at beg of row.

Row 20: ch1. sc in ch-1 sp. *Sc in next 3 dc, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3, slst into last sc made (picot) sc into ch-3 sp, sc in next 3 dc. Repeat from * around. Sc in ch-1 sp. Sc in dc. Join with slst to 1st sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends

Neck and back opening:
With E hook: Right side facing
Join yarn with slst to last sc of neck on back right side. Sc in same st as join. 2 sc in side of st. Work 19 sc evenly along edge. Sc tog the dc and ch4 of the join of row 10. Work 18 scs evenly up opp edge. Work 2 sc in next . Sc around neck opening. Join with slst to 1st sc.

Row 2: (Slst, sc 2) in next. Sc 18. Sc3tog. (Sc 5. ch4.) three times – button holes made. Sc in next 1. sc 2 in next. Slst in same st. slst in next, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Sew three buttons to match button holes.

Arm hole:
With G hook.
Round 1: Join yarn with slst to first missed st. Work 32 sc evenly around. Join with slst.
Round 2: (Ch5, skip 3, sc in next) 6 times. Sc in next 8, do not join.
Round 3: (Sc 4, picot, sc 3) in ea ch-5 sp. Sc in next 2 sc. Slst in next. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


Flower: (small amount of Bernat Baby Coordinates in white and 5th Avenue Superwash Merino in Lovely Lime)

With E hook and any dk weight yarn:
(Ch 6. 3dtr in 6th ch from hook, ch5, slst in same ch.) 5 times. Slst in the bottom of first petal to join. Fasten off. With second yarn of choice, make 5 surface slst at the bottom of each petal. Leave long tail. Attach flower to dress. With a yarn needle and the long tail of second yarn make a French knot and pull through to the inside of the dress. Fasten off.










17 comments:

  1. How pretty . . . wish we had a oittle girl coming into the family . . but no neices or nephews expecting :=}

    I'm still going to print it out for "later."

    Paula

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  2. thanks so much! when you do get 'round to it, please let me know how it turns out. =o)

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  3. What a lovely little dress. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Can you please give a rough size estimate? this is an adorable dress.

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  5. Really nice
    Thanks for sharing

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  6. Hey luv, working on this lovely creation now. It's working out nicely, except the count for me wasn't 120 stitches at row 6. I am at rows 13-15 now, but am unsure what "est patt" means...

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  7. Hi Sarah! I LOVE to crochet too!.. And your little dress is adorable!! Thanks for sharing your pattern, and it's nice to meet you today! I'm officially a follower! ~tina

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  8. What does this mean:
    With G hook:
    40 HdcFch. Or 42 chs.??

    You have to start with 42 chains. Do you then turn and do 40 HDC?

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  9. Here is a link of one I made from your pattern!
    http://arielstarkecrochet.com/2011/04/20/easter-frock/
    Thanks so much!

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  10. would this be a good project for someone new to making clothing?

    I want to get into it but have yet to try, I saw this on ravelry and thought of one of my teachers, who is having a baby girl.
    This would be perfect for her because the other day she was complaining about how all baby girl dresses are frilly and pink.

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  11. I am going to have to try this dress.

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  12. I made this dress for my niece. I used a bigger needle to make it bigger. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Hi! I want to make a bigger dress for a toddler... do you have some tips for me to to help me enlarge this pattern?

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  14. I would like to make this for my five year old any advice?

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  15. This pattern is awesome! Very easy to read. I usually end up with my count being off somewhere (as I haven't made many dresses before) but I had no issues with this pattern. Dress worked up super quick and is amazingly cute..thank you so much for sharing :)

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