A Crochet Dress for Girls
I’m so happy to share with you a pattern of mine that was recently published in the Winter 2014 issue of Crochet! This crochet dress for girls is actually also my first pattern ever in this magazine. Notably, this is also the first magazine or yarn company project that I have ever gotten to choose the final name for! Every other project I’ve done for a publisher, they have changed the name I gave it. Many thanks to Ellen Gormley, editor of Crochet! magazine, for that privilege!
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This is a girl’s cabled crochet dress in sizes 12 mo, 2, 4, and 6. The yarn is Universal’s Uptown DK, so it is easy care and so reasonably-priced! Have ever used Uptown DK? It is so soft! I have some left here at home from making this and will probably use it to make myself a cardigan. Really, a nice yarn. I used colors #104 Bashful (2, 3, 3, 4 skeins) and #102 Lily.
The cable detail
The crochet cable detail on the wearer’s left is really a pretty simple cable pattern, but I’ve set it up so that there are three cables at the bottom, and only one at the top. The two outside cables only go partway up the dress. This took some pondering to decide how to write the instructions for this cable into the shaping instructions for the dress.
I actually decided to keep them separate, so the shaping instructions say something like, “work the next row of the cable instructions” instead of including them in the shaping. Doing otherwise would have been much too complicated for anyone to follow! I was proud of myself for working that out and feel really good about the finished pattern. A competent tech editor, Charles Voth, also thoroughly checked over my work, so that helps too.
I hope you all love this sweet crochet dress for girls! I want to see bunches of projects on Ravelry, y’all, so get stitching!