My friend’s granddaughter saw a cute little crocheted dress and she wanted something similar in her size. My friend posted her request on Facebook and I took on the challenge. The fact is that the only thing this dress has in common with the original is that it has the same silhouette. Otherwise I took some big liberties and changed it around but I think for the better. The bobble hem and eyelet flower border are just right for the budding fashionista. The rainbow trim and straps add just the right amount of whimsy and the 2 x 2 rib bodice leaves room for growth. Add a t-shirt underneath in summer or turtleneck and tights in winter and you have an adorable look. I used Caron’s Simply Soft so you can throw it in the washer/dryer. Also, as my friend’s granddaughter, who’s skin is very sensitive was happy because it didn’t itch her.
Experience/Level of Difficulty: Intermeiate Measurements: Chest - 23" Length - 20" Equipment: Size 5 & 7 circular needle, tapestry needle. Size F crochet hook Gauge: 5 sts X 6.5 rows = 1 inch on size 8 double pointed needles Yarn: Caron's Simply Soft - Two 6oz skeins soft pink, 1 skein contrasting color Stitch Patterns: Make Bobble (MB) - (K1, P1, K1, P1) in next stitch, turn, K4, turn, K4, turn, K4 and lift 2, 3, & 4th stitch (one at a time) over first stitch and off needle. With size 7 needles, CO 141 stitches. Row 1 - P5 *(MB), K1 (remaining stitch of bobble), P9. Repeat from * end P5. Join (working in the round) Row 2, 4, 6, 8 - Knit Row 3 - P1, *YO, P2, P2tog, K1, P2tog, P2, YO, P1; repeat from * Row 5 - P2, *YO, P1, P2tog, K1, P2tog, P1, YO, P3; repeat from * end P2 Row 7 - P3, *YO, P2tog, K1, P2tog, YO, P5; repeat from * end P3 Row 9 - Purl Row 10 - Knit, increase 4 stitches evenly - 145 sts. Flower border Row 1 - Knit Row 2 and even rows - Knit Row 3 - K1, *K3, (K2tog) twice, YO, (K1, P1 K1) in next st, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K4: repeat from * Row 5 - K1, *K3, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K1, YO Sl 1, K1, PSSO, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K4; repeat from * Row 7 - K1, *K2, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K3; repeat from * Row 9 - K1, *K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K2; repeat from * Row 11 - K1, *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K1, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K2; repeat from * Row 13 - K1, *K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K5, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K2; rpeat from * Row 15 - K1, *K5, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K1, K2tog, YO, K6; repeat from * Row 17 - K1, *K6, YO, Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K7; repeat from * Knit even until work measures 14.25" or desired length. Decrease row - *K3, K2tog; repeat from * 36 times, 116 sts. Eyelet Pattern Row 1 - Knit Row 2 - Purl Row 3 - Knit Row 4 - *K2tog, YO; repeat from * Row 5 - Knit Row 6 - Purl Row 7 - Knit Change to size 5 needles and work in K2, P2 rib for 5 inches and then bind off. Mark position for straps about 3 inches in from sides. With CC, and size F crochet hook, crochet around edges as follows: Slip one, chain 1. When you get to the markers, chain 30 and then slip stitch back down the chain and continue around top in the slip one, chain 1 pattern until you get to the next marker. Crochet a chain with CC and weave in the eyelets. Weave in ends.