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Free Crochet Pattern
Sunshine Dress


USA Format


Abbreviations


WS.   Wrong Side

RS.    Right Side

ch.     Chain

sc.     Single Crochet

dc.     Double Crochet

trc.     Treble Crochet

rpt.     Repeat

sl st.   Slip Stitch

Inc.     Increase


fptrc. Work trc around front post of the trc on row below

bptrc. Work trc around back post of the trc on row below


Base of ch. Work in first stitch


ch3 counts as first dc


Size to fit approx:- 18 Inch Chest, 3-6 months Baby


Finished length from shoulder approx 13 Inches


Materials

40 grams of Stylecraft Special DK in saffron (1081) Color 1

90 grams of Stylecraft Special DK in White (1001) Color 2


OR

1.5oz of Worsted Weight #3 in color 1

3.20oz of Worsted Weight #3 in color 2

4.00mm crochet hook, 3 small buttons


GAUGE - 5dc and 2.5 rows measures approx 1 Inch


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Worked in one piece starting from yoke


With 4.00mm hook and color 1, ch58, (RS) 1dc in 4th ch from hook, 1dc in the next 6ch, (back) 3dc in next ch, 1dc in next 9ch, (shoulder) 3dc in next ch, 1dc in the next 18ch, (front) 3dc in next ch, 1dc in the next 9ch, (shoulder) 3dc in next ch, 1dc in the next 8ch. (back) Turn. (63dc + ch3)


Rows 2 to 8 - ch3, * 1dc in each dc to 3dc group, 1dc in next dc, 3dc in centre dc on 3dc group, * rpt from * to * to last 3dc group, 1dc in next dc, 3dc in centre dc on 3dc group, 1dc in each dc to end, 1dc in top of ch3.


You should have 119dc + ch3 at the end of Row 8. Fasten off.


Row 9 - (Divide for armholes & Inc) - Join in color 2, ch3, 1dc in next dc, * 2dc in next dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc, * rpt from * to * four more times, skip 25dc, (sleeve) rpt from * to * twelve more times, skip 25dc, (sleeve) rpt from * to * to last dc and ch3, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in top of ch3, sl st to top of ch3 on beginning of row to make a round Turn. (92dc + ch3)


Commence Skirt - (WS) ch3, 1dc in each of next 2dc, * ch2, skip 1dc, 2dc in next dc, bptrc (see abbrev) around next dc, 2dc in next dc, * rpt from * to * to last 2dc, ch2, skip 1dc, 2dc in last dc, sl st to top of ch3 on beginning of row. Turn. (23, ch2 spaces)


Next Row - ch3, skip first 2dc, * 6dc in ch2 space, skip 2dc, fptrc (see abbrev) around next trc, skip next 2dc, * rpt from * to * to last ch2 space and 2dc, 6dc in ch2 space, skip 2dc, sl st to top of ch3 on beginning of row. Turn. (23, 6dc groups)


Pattern Row 1 - ch3, 1dc in each of next 2dc, * ch2, skip 2dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc, bptrc around next trc, 1dc in each of next 2dc, * rpt from * to * to last 4dc, ch2, skip 2dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc, sl st to top of ch3 on beginning of row. Turn.


Pattern Row 2 - ch3, skip first 2dc, * 6dc in ch2 space, skip 2dc, fptrc around next trc, skip next 2dc, * rpt from * to * to last ch2 space and 2dc, 6dc in ch2 space, skip 2dc, sl st to top of ch3 on beginning of row. Turn.


The last 2 rows form the pattern, rpt both rows until 15 rows have been worked from yoke or work measures from shoulder approx 11 inches. Fasten off. Join in color 1 and rpt Pattern Rows 1 & 2 once. Fasten off. Join in color 2 and rpt Pattern Rows 1 & 2 once. Fasten off.


Sleeves x 2 - Join in color 1 under arm to centre dc of 3dc group from yoke, ch3, 1dc in each of next 25dc, 1dc in centre dc of 3dc group on opposite side of sleeve, sl st to top of ch3 on beginning of row. Fasten off.  (26dc + ch3)


Next Row - Join in color 2, ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, 1sc in each dc to end, sl st to first sc on beginning of row. Fasten off.  (27sc)


Button/Buttonhole Band - Working on WS join in color 1 to base of left hand side of back edge, ch1, work 1sc in base of ch1, 17sc evenly in row ends to corner, 3sc in corner, 1sc in each ch around neck edge to next corner, 3sc in corner, 18sc evenly in row ends down back edge to end. Turn.


Next Row - (Buttonholes) ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, 1sc in next sc, * ch2, skip 1sc, 1sc in next 7sc, * rpt from * to * once, ch2, skip 1sc, 1sc in last sc. Turn. (3 buttonholes made).


Next Row - ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, 1sc in each ch2 space and sc to end. Fasten off.


Return to first back edge and starting from corner and working from neck downwards, with RS facing ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, 1sc in each sc to end. Turn.


Starting with ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, work 1sc in each sc to end. Fasten off.


Finishing - Close small gaps underarms, weave in and trim off any loose threads of yarn. Turn through to RS side, sew on buttons to correspond with buttonholes.


Motif - (Made in rounds without turning) Using color 1 ch4, sl st to first ch to form a ring, ch1, work 12sc in ring, sl st to first sc. Fasten off.


Next Row - Join in color 2 with a sl st, * ch10, skip 1sc, sl st in next sc, * rpt from * to * to last sc, ch10, skip last sc, sl st to first sl st. (6, 10ch spaces)


Next Row - * sl st in 10ch space, work (ch3, 5dc, ch2, 6dc) in same space, sl st to next sl st, * rpt from * to * to end, sl st to first sl st. Fasten off. (6 petals)


Finishing- Use loose threads of yarn to sew flower to centre of yoke on the front of the dress.


Enjoy this free baby crochet pattern for a sunshine dress.

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