Crochet Top-Dress

Here in Chile, this time of the year is winter, and my littlest one loves dresses. I wanted to make her something she could use this time of year with leggings underneath.

For the beginning of the yoke, I loosely followed a pattern from Knitting Paradise until round 6. I changed somethings as I went along.

Small 1-3 Med. 4-6x Large. 7-10 
I used a size 4mm hook and yarn from Lanabel Chile

Starting with yoke…
Chain loosely (60-76-92) Chain should measure 18-20-22 inches to fit over a child`s head.
Add a slip stitch into the first chain making sure not to swiz the chain. Do not turn.

Yoke
Round 1

Chain 3. Dc in next (6-8-10) chains. In the next chain, add 3dc, first increase made. *Dc in next (14-18-22). Then add 3dc into next chain, second increase. Repeat from * twice. After the last increase, dc (7-9-11) and slip stitch into top of chain 3.

Round 2

Chain 3. Dc in next (7-9-11) stitches. In the next chain, add 3dc, first increase made. *Dc in next (16-20-24). Then add 3dc into next chain, second increase. Repeat from * twice. After the last increase, dc (8-10-12) and slip stitch into top of chain 3.

Round 3

Chain 3. Dc in next (8-10-12) stitches. In the next chain, add 3dc, first increase made. *Dc in next (18-22-26). Then add 3dc into next chain, second increase. Repeat from * twice. After the last increase, dc (9-11-13) and slip stitch into top of chain 3.

Round 4

Chain 3. Dc in next (9-11-13) stitches. In the next chain, add 3dc, first increase made. *Dc in next (20-24-28). Then add 3dc into next chain, second increase. Repeat from * twice. After the last increase, dc (10-12-14) and slip stitch into top of chain 3.

Round 5

Chain 3. Dc in next (10-12-14) stitches. In the next chain, add 3dc, first increase made. *Dc in next (22-26-30). Then add 3dc into next chain, second increase. Repeat from * twice. After the last increase, dc (11-13-15) and slip stitch into top of chain 3.

Round 6 (underarm)

Chain 3. Dc in next (12-14-16) stitches. Chain (8-10-12) to create the space for the underarm. Skip (24-28-32) stitches and add dc in next (26-30-34) stitches. Chain (8-10-12) to create the space for the underarm. Skip (24-28-32) stitches and add dc in next (13-15-17) stitches. Join with ss to top of chain 3.

Round 7

Chain 3.  Dc in all stitches, when you come to the arm areas, place 1 dc for every chain, so for the small size, 8dc; for the medium, 10dc; and for the large, 12dc.  Join with ss to top ch3.

Round 8

Chain 3.  Dc in all stitches.  For this round I did 4 increases, 2 under each arm at the beginning of the arm and one at the end of the arm to hide the extra stitches.  Join with ss to top ch3.

Round 9

Chain 3.  Dc in all stitches.  Join with a ss to top ch3.

Round 10

Chain 3.  Dc in all stitches.  For this round I did 4 increases, 2 under each arm at the beginning of the arm and one at the end of the arm to hide the extra stitches.  Join with ss to top ch3.

Round 11-16

Chain 3.  Dc in all stitches.  Join with a ss to top ch3.

Round 17

Border stitch of your choice.  For the blue top, I did a simple shell stitch with 5dc.  For the orange, I followed this tutorial from ellej.org for a 3d wave edge.

*For the arms of the blue top, I also added some shell stitches.

Now to prepare the cloth for the bottom. A little note on the tartan, it is the Labrador Tartan sold exclusively at Terry`s Tents in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

   

For both I used the template for a round skirt with a waist of 25 inch and a length of 13 inch.

Once cut, I rolled the top of the skirt over twice and sewed on the machine with a straight stitch.

Because the skirt is a round skirt, I had a hard time keeping the hem flat, once I hand stitched the hem closed then sewed on top of the hem with the machine.

Once I had the top and bottom hemmed, I then attached the crochet top. For the blue one I used the machine to attach, but for the orange, I did it by hand. Either way will work, it is just personal preference.

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