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Free Crochet Pattern
Open Back Dress


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Abbreviations


WS.      Wrong Side

RS.       Right Side

ch.       Chain

sc.        Single Crochet

hdc.     Half Double Crochet

dc.       Double Crochet

rpt.      Repeat

sl st.    Slip Stitch

Inc.      Increase

DNT.    Do Not Turn


Shell Group.

(2dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch or space.


vst.  (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in same stitch or space.


Base of ch. Work in first stitch


To fit size approx: 12 Inch chest premature baby


Finished length from shoulder approx 10.5 Inches


Materials

60 grams of Stylecraft Special DK in Color 1

25 grams of Stylecraft Special DK in Color 2


OR

2.15oz of Worsted Weight #3 in color 1

1oz of Worsted Weight #3 in color 2


4.00mm crochet hook

3 small Buttons


GAUGE - 5hdc and 3 rows measures approx 1 inch


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Back is left open from yoke downwards for easy access.


Worked in one piece starting with the yoke.


With color 1 ch42, (RS) 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 1hdc in each of next 4ch, 3hdc in next ch, 1hdc in each of next 6ch, 3hdc in next ch, 1hdc in each of next 14ch, 3hdc in next ch, 1hdc in each of next 6ch, 3hdc in next ch, 1hdc in each of next 5ch. Turn. (48hdc)


Row 2 - (Inc Row) ch2, 1hdc in base of ch2, * 1hdc in each hdc to 3hdc group, 1hdc in next hdc, 3hdc in centre hdc on hdc group, *  rpt from * to * to last 3hdc group, 1hdc in next hdc, 3hdc in centre hdc on 3hdc group, 1hdc in each hdc to end. Turn. (56hdc)


Rpt Row 2 until nine rows have been worked in all, you should have 112hdc at the end of Row 9.


Row 10 - (Divide for armholes) ch2, 1hdc in base of ch2, 1hdc in each of next 13hdc, 2hdc in next hdc, skip 24hdc, (armhole) 2hdc in next hdc, 1hdc in each of next 32hdc, 2hdc in next hdc, skip 24hdc, (armhole) 2hdc in next hdc, 1hdc in each of next 14hdc. Fasten off. Turn. (68hdc)


Commence Skirt - Using color 2 and working in back loop of stitch only (RS) ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, * skip 1hdc, shell in next hdc, (see abbrev) skip 1hdc, 1sc in next hdc, * rpt from * to * to end, working last sc in top of ch2. Turn. (17, shell groups)


Work through both loops of stitch from now on.


Pattern Row 1 - ch4, skip 2dc, 1sc in ch1 space of shell group, * ch1, skip 2dc, vst in next sc, (see abbrev) ch1, skip 2dc, 1sc in ch1 space of shell group * rpt from * to * to last 2dc and sc, ch1, skip 2dc, 1dc in last sc. Turn.    


Pattern Row 2 - ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, * skip ch1 space, shell in next sc, skip ch1 space, 1sc in next ch1 space on vst, * rpt from * to * to last sc and ch4 to turn, shell in sc, 1sc in 3rd of ch4. Turn.


Rpt Pattern Rows 1 & 2 until 10 shell group rows have been worked in all, your work should measure approx 10.5 Inches from shoulder. Fasten off. Turn.


Bottom Edging & Button/Buttonhole Bands -

With WS facing and color 1, ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, * 1sc in each of next 2dc, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch1 space, 1sc in next 2dc, sl st in sc, * rpt from * to * to end working 3sc in last sc not a sl st, work 39sc evenly in row ends up first back edge, 3sc in corner, working along cast on edge work 1sc in each of the starting ch around neck, 3sc in corner, work 39sc evenly in row ends down second back edge, work 1sc in base of ch1, sl st to first sc on beginning of row. Turn.


Buttonhole Row - ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, 1sc in each of next 28sc, * ch2, skip 1sc, 1sc in each of next 5sc, * rpt from * to * once, ch2, skip 1sc, 3sc in next sc, 1sc in each sc around neck, 3sc in corner, 1sc in each sc down second back edge. Turn.


Next Row - ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, 1sc in each sc to neck edge, work (1sc, 1sl st) in corner, sl st in each sc around neck edge to next corner, work (1sl st, 1sc) in corner, 1sc in each sc and ch2 space down back edge to end. Fasten off.


Sleeves x 2 - With WS facing, rejoin color 1 around side of hdc where you divided at base of armhole, ch2, 1hdc around same stitch, 1hdc in each of next 24sc, 1hdc around side of hdc under arm on opposite side of sleeve, sl st to first hdc on beginning of row. Turn. (26hdc)


Next Row - ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, * (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next hdc, skip 1hdc, * rpt from * to * to end, sl st to first sc on beginning of row. Turn. (12, ch2 spaces) Fasten off.


Finishing - Close small gaps under arms, weave in any loose ends of yarn and trim off, attach small buttons to correspond with buttonholes.

(Optional) decorate with an animal motif.


Hope you enjoy this free baby crochet pattern for an open back dress.

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