It’s the first of our free World Craft Day patterns! As this year we’re fundraising for Bliss, we’re keeping it all baby-themed, so what could be more perfect that this adorable crocheted dress designed by our very own editor Sara Huntington. This versatile frock can be worn on its own or layered over a tee in cooler weather. The super-soft yarn, ribbon detail and tiered skirt make this dress ideal for special occasions. The pattern is free, but if you would like to make a donation to Bliss there are details on how at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
YOU WILL NEED
● Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (55% wool, 33% acrylic, 12% cashmere, 50g/125m) – 5 balls of Mist (057) or similar 4ply yarn
● A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook
● Ribbon 1m (1yd)
● 3 small buttons
21sts and 24 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over double crochet with a 3mm hook or size needed to obtain tension
19 sts and 11 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over stitch pattern with a 3mm hook or size needed to obtain tension
For a full list, see here.
The bodice is worked in rows and joined once the buttonholes are done.
Ch96 (100: 106).
Row 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in each st to end, turn. [96 (100: 106) sts]
Row 2 Work as Row 1.
Row 3 (Buttonhole row) Ch1, dc in each st to last 2 sts, ch1, skip 1 dc, dc in last st, turn.
Row 4 Ch1, dc in first st, dc in ch-1 sp, dc in each st to end, turn.
Rows 5-8 Work as Row 1.
Row 9 (Buttonhole row) Work as Row 3. Row 10 Work as Row 4.
Rows 11-14 Work as Row 1.
Row 15 (Buttonhole row) Work as Row 3. Row 16 Work as Row 4.
JOINING THE BODICE
Round 1 (RS) Overlap short ends of the bodice with the buttonholes on top, so that you can work a dc st through both layers in the first 2 sts. Cont working a dc in each st for the rem sts around, ss to first dc. [94 (98: 104) sts]
Round 2 (Eyelet round) Ch3 (counts as htr and ch1), *skip 1 dc, htr in next dc, ch1; rep from * to end, ss into second ch of beg ch-3.
Round 3 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc into each st and ch around, ss to first dc.
Round 4 (Increase round) Ch3 (counts as tr), *4tr into next dc, tr into next dc; rep from * to last dc, 3 (3: 4) tr into last dc, ss into top of beg ch-3. [234 (244: 260) sts]
Round 5 Ch3 (counts as tr), tr into each st around, ss into top of beg ch-3.
Round 6 (Eyelet round) Ch3 (counts as htr and ch1), *skip 1 tr, htr in next dc, ch1; rep from * to end, ss into 2nd ch of beg ch-3.
Rounds 7-8 Ch3 (counts as tr), tr into each st around, ss into top of beg ch-3.
Round 9 Repeat Round 6.
Rounds 7-9 form the pattern.
Repeat these pattern rounds until skirt section measures 14.5 (17: 19.5)cm, ending on a Round 9. Fasten off.
Working behind the sts of 3rd eyelet row from bottom of skirt, rejoin yarn to inside of skirt at back of dress and with RS facing, work 1tr in each missed tr and 1tr into same st as each htr. [234 (244: 260) sts]
Cont in patt for a total of 4 more reps [12 rows]. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
STRAPS (MAKE 2)
Ch29 (31: 35), leaving a long tail.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [28 (30:34) sts] Rows 2-7 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in each st to end, turn.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
After making first strap, check length. It should measure 14 (15: 16.5)cm long. You may need to adjust hook size or number of sts if it is much different. You may also wish to check fit for length on the child and adjust accordingly, remembering that strap will stretch with the weight of the dress when worn. The top of the bodice should sit snugly underneath the arms. To identify where the straps should go, lie the dress flat with buttonholes at centre back and identify the central st at each armhole side, marking them with stitch markers. There should be 46 (48: 51) sts between each marker on the front and back. Using the tails of yarn, sew each strap to the armhole edge 9 sts away from the marker at both front and back.
Sew 3 small buttons on back opening to correspond with buttonholes. Thread ribbon through eyelet round beneath the bodice and sew ends tog.
NOW THAT YOU’VE ENJOYED THE PATTERN, PLEASE PASS ON THE LOVE!
Don’t forget, all this week we’re helping raise money for Bliss, the leading UK charity for babies born premature or sick. Every year in the UK, over 95,000 babies are born premature or sick and in need of specialist hospital care. That’s 270 babies every day. It couldn’t be easier to donate and help us raise money for this worthy cause, here’s 5 easy ways that you can help!
1. Craft4Bliss – take part using the sponsor form on the back page of the digi mag and make a donation or host an event and ask family and friends to support you.
2. Buy a Craft Download for £3 – visit www.buysubscriptions.com/Craft4Bliss and choose one of our four craft downloads or you could buy the lot!
3. By Text – you can text your donation by sending MAKE14 followed by the amount (MAKE14£10) to 70070
4. By Justgiving – create your own fundraiser page or simply donate what you can to support Craft4Bliss. Visit www.bliss.org.uk/craft4bliss
5. Send a cheque – you can send a cheque made payable to Bliss to, CRAFT4BLISS, Bliss, 2nd Floor Chapter House, 18-20 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW. Please write CRAFT4BLISS on the back of your cheque