Crochet for a Cause: Even Jazzier Dress for a Little Girl

 

Crochet for a Cause Even Jazzier Dress

This little dress, being even jazzier, has a few features the Bit Jazzier Dress didn’t have, such as sleeve caps, a waistband, and a repeat of the highlighting color at the bottom hem.

Even Jazzier Dress for a Little Girl Somewhere on the Planet

 

Pattern Notes

  • Hook Size: G for a 2-year old
  • Yarn Used: Red Heart Super Saver Economy. 
  • I’ve also made one with Pound of Love, which is softer and lighter.
  • This dress can be made as a tunic (fewer pattern repeats) or a dress (more pattern repeats).

YOKE

Yoke

Foundation Round: Leaving a 6-inch tail, ch 85.

Round 2: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *sc in next 20 ch, 3 sc in next ch,* Repeat across. Being careful not to twist, join w/ sl st to beg-sc to make a “round” with 4 corners.


The 4 sets of 3 sc’s make the four mitered corners of the neckline.

When you join with the sl st, and flatten it out, it looks more like a square than a circle.

Many thanks to Angela G, who asked about the second round.  🙂

Round 3: CH 1, 3 sc in corner, sc in in next 21 st. *3 sc in corner st, sc in next 22 st*. Repeat ** around. Join.

Round 4: Ch 1, 3 sc in corner, sc in next 23 st. *3 sc in corner st, sc in next 24 st.* Repeat ** around. Join.

Now that the corners are clearly seen …

Rounds 5-7: Ch 1, 3 sc in each corner and sc in each stitch along the four straight sides. Join.

Check off when round is complete:   5   6   7

Round 8 (creating armholes): Ch 1, sc across straight edge to next corner. At corner, ch 7, skip that whole straight edge, then sc at next corner. Sc in each st across until reaching next corner. Ch 7, skip that whole straight edge, then sc at next corner. Do not join.

Place a stitch marker here.

Round 9: Sc in each ch and each sc around. Do not join.

Round 10: Sc around. Do not join.

Round 11-22: Repeat Round 10.

Check off when round is complete: 11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22

Waistline Detail of Even Jazzier Dress

Round 23-24: Change color to black, repeat Round 10, join with sl st.

Round 25: Change back to white, repeat Round 10, join with sl st.

 

SKIRT

Round 26: Ch 2, sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around. Join with sl st.

Round 27: Ch 3. *Skip next st, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st.

Round 28: Sl st into ch-1 sp, ch 1, [sc, dc, sc] into same sp. [Sc, dc, sc] in next space and each space around. Join with sl st.

Round 29: Sl st to dc. *Ch 3, sc in next dc.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st.

Rounds 30: Ch 1, *[Sc, dc, sc] in each sp around. Join with sl st.

Rounds 31-38: Repeat Rounds 29 & 30 four more times.

 

The Last Rounds: For Tunic or Dress

Even Jazzier Dress

For Tunic

Change to black.

Rounds 39-40: Repeat Rounds 29 & 30.

Finish off. Add sleeves (see below).

For Dress

Repeat Rounds 29 & 30 until as long as you’d like it.

Change to black here for final repeat of Rounds 29 & 30.

Finish off. Add sleeves (see below).

SLEEVES

Left Sleeve

With black, begin the left sleeve (as if wearing dress and the initial 6” tail is at the back) with a sl st into front bottom of straight edge of armhole, where it meets the curve at the armpit.

Begin Sleeve Here

Row 1: Working up and around armhole, ch 1, sl st loosely into first 4 sts, sc into next 23 sts, sl st into next 5 sts. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sl st loosely into 4 sts, sc into 4 sts, hdc into 5 st, dc into 5 st, hdc into 5 st, sc into 4 sts, sl st loosely into 5 sts. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sl st loosely into 4 sts, sc into 4 sts, hdc into 5 sts, dc into 5 sts, hdc into 5 sts, sc into 4 sts, sl st loosely into 5 sts.

Finish off.Sleeve of Even Jazzier Dress

Right Sleeve

With black, begin the right sleeve (as if wearing dress and the initial 6” tail is at the back) with a sl st into back bottom of straight edge of armhole, where it meets the curve at the armpit.

Complete as left sleeve, rows 1-3.

Finishing Note

At the back of the dress, you will see the 6” tail you left at the beginning of your foundation chain. Use this tail to pull that little gap you see together, by slip stitching and weaving in the end.

 

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REALITY CHECK:  The neighbor’s black cat and I have made nice.  He used to … well, you know … mark his territory on my front porch and I would chase him away every time I saw him.  We’ve both grown older.  He’s no longer marking territory.  I’m no longer chasing him away.  We have a mutual understanding.  And a sort of bond that isn’t created in any other way than aging together through the tough times.  Where is he now?  Sitting in my Secret Garden where I can see him from my temporary office in my away-to-college-will-be-back-for-summer son’s room.

This was a long reality check.  But some reality is like that.

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