Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easy Peasy Toddler Dress Pattern

Easy Peasy!  That's what I love about this pattern and it turns out quite cute!


If you find a problem with this pattern, please comment so I can fix it!
Yarn: About 1.5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue (approximately 500 yards) with Cascade Superwash  in Violet (about 50 yards or so) for the trim (Just what I had on hand).
Hook:  Bottom Skirt Use F Hook, then Switch to D Hook
Gauge: for skirt 14 tr and 5 rows is a 4 inch square. For bodice 20 dc and 10 rows is a 4 inch square.  Finished project is about size 4T
Notes:  Start from bottom and work your way up to the top.  Shaping of skirt is done only by changing stitch and hook.  No decreases!!!  Yeah!  (Until you get to the top).  Turn your work after every round. (I find this keeps the joins straighter, otherwise they start going diagonally on me if I don't turn my work, may just be me, so if you can keep your joins straight by all means, don't turn!).

Skirt.
Foundation Row: Ch. 120 sl st to join in a circle without twisting.
Row 1.  Ch. 3. (counts as first stitch) Tr. around. (120 Tr.) sl st to join. ch. 3 Turn.
Repeat Round 1 for 7 inches. At the end of the last Tr. round, ch 2 and Turn.
Dc around (120 dc) ch 2 Turn.
Repeat Dc around for 4 inches.  At the end of the last Dc round, ch 1 and turn.
hdc around for 2 inches. (120 hdc)  At the end of the last hdc round, ch 1 and turn.
Switch to D hook.
sc around for 1 inch (120 sc).  You are done with the skirt! Do NOT FASTEN Now wasn't that easy!  And look how it is just shaped perfectly!

Trim
Switch to CC.
Round 1: with WS facing, 2 dc in blo around (240 dc)  (make sure MC yarn is in the inside of the skirt before you join).  Join with sl st. ch 2 turn.
Round 2: 2 dc in each stitch (480 dc).  Fasten off.

Top
With MC and WS facing, sc around in flo.  (120 sc). sl st. to join, ch. 2 and turn.
Dc around, do not join from here on out.  (120 dc) ch 2 turn.
Dc around again, ch. 2 turn (120dc).
Now for the sleeve openings:
Dc 30, ch. 30, dc 60, ch 30, dc 30 (180 stitches)  ch 2, turn.
dc around (180 dc) ch 2 turn.
Now for a decrease row:
Dc 2, dc 2tog, *(dc3, dc 2tog)* repeat from * to * around. (145 dc) ch 2 turn
dc around (145 dc) ch 2 turn
dc around (145 dc) ch 2 turn
Another decrease row:
Dc 2, dc 2tog, *(dc3, dc 2tog)* repeat from * to * around. (116 dc) ch 2 turn
dc around (116 dc) ch 2 turn
dc around (116 dc) ch 2 turn
Another decrease row (with more decreases):
Dc, dc 2tog, *(dc2, dc 2tog)* repeat from * to * around. (88 dc) ch 2 turn
dc around (88dc) ch 2 turn
dc around (88dc)   and you are DONE!!!  Well almost.
Note: I think my dress would fit my daughter better if I did one more decrease round and then an extra just regular dc round. 

Finishing:
Fasten and weave all ends. 
For bottom and neck trim.  With cc, sl stitch in.  ch 3, sk st. sc, repeat around.
For buttons. with mc. On right side, sl in bottom of opening, sc up to neck, ch1 turn, sc down again.  fasten and weave.  On other side, sl in bottom of opening, sc up to neck, ch 1, 2 sc, 2 ch, sk 2 repeat down to bottom of opening, fasten and weave.
Attach buttons. 
Now you are really done!!


56 comments:

  1. what a adorable pattern. The dress is lovely and I will definately be giving this a go when my girl is a little bigger!

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  2. Thank you! I'm blown away at what support I've gotten from everyone on this pattern!

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  3. can you give me a sense of yardage needed for this pattern -- it looks great, and I'd like to try it.

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  4. I used about 500 yards (about a skein and a half of caron simply soft) of the main color and maybe 50 yards of the contrasting color. I'd love to see how it turns out!

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  5. Hi there, I have just discovered your fabulous dress pattern and I can't wait to make one. My wee girl has already decided on the colour she wants. Thank you so much!!

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  6. I am so glad you like it! Please share the photos when you're done!

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  7. I just finished the skirt and didn't know if I needed to change hooks again. Do I change back to the F hook after I finish the skirt or do I do the rest of the pattern in the D hook?

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  8. No. I just kept with the D hook for the rest of the way to keep the bodice a bit more fitted. Hope it turns out great!!!

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  9. Anyone have any hints on how to make it for a smaller child?

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  10. At some point I plan on doing a more professional job with this pattern including different sizes! For a smaller size I would start with less stitches in the first round Then try skipping the triple rounds and see how that works. Good luck!

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  11. what does "blo" and "flo" mean??? love the dress!

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  12. blo means "back loop only" and flo means "front loop only" i.e., instead of inserting your hook through both loops youd insert through one or other loop.

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  13. thank you, i ended up googling it! the dress turned out beautiful! you are right tho, it is better if you put one more decrease, then another row. thank you again!

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  14. Terrific!! So glad that it turned out well for you. Do you have pics? I'd love to see them. The second I get a chance I'm going to work on this pattern and make different sizes and work on getting the decreases right for the neckline.

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    1. Hi I was wondering if you had this pattern for a 2T size ... would love to make one for my little girl

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  15. I made this dress in red and white for my daughter for Christmas and she can't wait to wear it. Thanks for the great yet simple pattern.

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  16. That's great! So glad it worked. What a great color combo! I gotta do that.

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  17. Anyone have directions for size 2T?

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  18. Hi Sarah, thanks so much for your pattern! What do you mean by "turn your work after every round"? Turn it inside out? My joins always go diagonally so I'm anxious to know if there is a better way!

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    1. I mean say your crocheting clockwise around. On the next round you will crochet counterclockwise. You just slip stitch to close the round then turn, skip over the slip stitch you just made and crochet in the other direction. Hope that helps!!

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    2. That was perfect, thank you! I just finished the dress (well almost, I need buy some buttons) and it is SO cute! Did you make the leggings in your picture? Do you have a pattern for those.....

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  19. Hi. I'm new to crocheting, but I have jumped in with both feet and my my two daughters matching Easter skirts and sweaters! I love this pattern and was wondering if I were to make it with cotton yarn, would I need to make it bigger to allow for shrinking? I'm not sure how I would go about that...any help would be appreciated!

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    1. Hi Holly, so glad you found crochet. If you'd like to make the dress a bit bigger you could use a larger hook throughout. Not sure how your yarn will shrink. You could do a swatch and measure it before and after you wash it. Hope that helps. Good luck!

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  20. Hi, do you turn in the middle of the back of the skirt, or in one of the sides?

    Hanna

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    1. Hi Hanna, Yes, right in the middle of the back. That allows for the button opening to be centered in the back.

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  21. And another question, what are the measurements of the garment laid flat?

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    1. Hmmm, I'll have to get back to you after i've had a chance to measure it. My girl wears a size 6 now and she is still wearing the dress although it is more of a shirt/top now rather than a dress.

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    2. The length is about 18 inches and the chest measurement is about 23 inches. Hope that helps!

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  22. Oh, this is great! I wish I had a little girl to make it for (two boys instead!). But I would love if you'd link this up to my new link party for the fiber arts!
    http://www.mymerrymessylife.com/2012/06/hookin-on-hump-day-2-link-party-for.html

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    1. For some reason I missed this post! I've never done a link party. I will check it out! Thanks for the invite.

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    2. Okay, So I'm just pretty dumb! I do not understand link parties. What do I do? Thanks!

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  23. Hi,
    I am new to crochet. Could you please let me know what does Tr. stand for?

    THanks

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    1. treble/triple. if you go to wikipedia.com type in crochet hook sizes, it comes up with crochet lingo :)

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  24. What would you recommend to make this for a 18m-2t?

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    1. I would try using thin yarn and smaller hook. I'd suggest maybe sport weight or fingering yarn. That should work!

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  25. I see this is a little old, but I am going to do my best to make this for my daughter to wear for her birthday. Purple and pink because the theme is Rapunzel (Disney)!

    I'm just not sure what the abbreviations mean. I'm new to crochet. I can do single, half-double, and other stitches, but I tend to watch videos rather than read patterns, so the abbreviations have me stumped!

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    1. Hi Kel, HEre's a list of abbreviations. Hope this helps!
      http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/crochet.html

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  26. what size is this dress pattern for?

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  27. my tongue is Russian. And there is the problem of translation ...
    If it can be represented graphically verhnyuyuchast dress.
    Thank you.

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  28. I made this for a 5 year old in Purple with baby pink trim and it looks ROYAL on her :) I also added a layered flower to the top... Thanks a tonne for the pattern.. You rock :)

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    1. Yay! So glad it worked out for you.

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  29. so excited a newbie to crochet ...can't wait to try this dress

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  30. hello im from the netherlands and i cant understand what size it is i want to makle a dress in euro size 134 can you help me greats jaqueline

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    1. This is more like size 100. So I would use a bigger hook with this pattern. Best of luck!

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  31. Just made this...super cute! Added the ruffle on bottom of skirt too!

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  32. Hello, I'm french and I don't understand "Switch to CC.
    Round 1: with WS facing, 2 dc in blo around (240 dc) (make sure MC " and "With MC and WS facing".
    What means CC, WS and MC ?
    Man thanks in advance ! :)
    Nelly

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  33. I don't get it either. What does blo mean?!

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    1. blo means Back Loop Only. It means that you work your stitches in the back loop of the indicated stitch, not both loops.

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  34. Hi, I'd love to make this for my daughter. I'm just a bit confused by the uk blogspot address but you're in the US. When I'm reading the pattern should I be assuming stitches are US terminology?

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    1. Hmm, that's strange about the UK address. my url should be .com Yes, this is a US terminology pattern. Thanks!

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  35. Hi Sarah, I just came across this adorable pattern...many, many thanks!!! Could you help me with doing this in a bigger size...stitches-wise....what alterations should I make, to make this for my 10 year old. chest measurement 30" ....please help. Thanks!

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  36. Try using bulky yarn and a big hook, maybe even a K hook. Good luck!

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  37. nice pattern, Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. I love the idea that this is a single piece outfit that I don't have to make a bunch of pieces to stitch together. I have 3 nieces and a daughter to make outfits for in time for Christmas this year and was not looking forward to having to make a bunch of pieces and remember which one goes with which size.

    I just have one question. I noticed that you have us Turning the pattern but it is a circle, is there a reason for the Turn or could you simply continue up the pattern without the turn?

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