The Little Sweetie Dress

Scarlett Christmas dress 2014 back 1This is my latest Crochetion. I made this for my 3 year old daughter for Christmas. I used approximately 3 and one half skeins of yarn. 1 1/2 skein of Red Heart White and 2 skeins of Red Heart Cherry Red. I used a 5mm/Size H crochet hook. The tutorial I followed was also from Red Heart. It’s called The Sweetie Dress. I deviated from the pattern somewhat since the tutorial was for a six month size and I wanted a 3T size. I also belted it at the waist as it seemed to hang too far out for my taste. The belt I made is very simple: Chain 150 and weave in around the waist area. In this case I actually used two strands of yarn. One strand of the Red Heart Cherry Red and one strand of Premier Yarns in City Life. I wanted it to have some sparkle somewhere so I figured it may as well be on the belt. The reason I made the chain so long is not only because I wanted it to go all the way around the dress and be weaved into the dress, but also because I wanted to make a bow at the back. Looking at it now, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t have made the chain at about 200 instead of 150 just to make a bigger bow.

Scarlett Christmas dress 2014 front 1

I closed the back with ladybug shaped buttons. They are not traditionally Christmas-y, but it was all I could find at the moment that matched the dress colors. I also added red ribbons to the middle of the yoke, on the top of the arms and at the bottom of the skirt: one on each side tied into the trim. Another way I deviated from the pattern was that when making the large triangle spaces for the skirt, I did not chain 2 when I finished one before beginning the next. This made my triangles somewhat smaller than on the tutorial. I did this because I didn’t want the skirt part of the dress to be see-through. With the larger triangles, I felt that I might have to sew a lining in the dress for modesty’s sake and I didn’t have the time or the inclination to hand sew the lining at this time. However, now that I’ve seen my daughter in the dress, I’m thinking about adding some crinolines underneath it to give it some more poofy-ness. I had a red and white dress that I absolutely adored when I was a little girl that had those on it and everyone of the crinolines had a bell on it so that I jingled whenever I walked. I’m thinking about doing that for this dress. I think it would make a nice touch for a Christmas dress.

If you would like to purchase a custom made version of this dress for your little princess, please see my Etsy site: Mystic Myrelle

I think the dress turned out super precious and I will probably reuse this pattern again for other dresses for my daughter. I will probably tinker with it a little as well just to make it custom fit for her as well. I hope you all like it. I will post the video of the tutorial below.

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Pink Camo Baby Booties and Pattern

girl's 6-12 mo pink camo booties with white bowThis is my first post here on this blog, Crochetions, which I intend to make a gallery of my crochet work along with the patterns. I will also list everything I make on my Etsy site if someone is interested in a purchase. *Just a side note: Anything I make I can make in any size and in any color/color combo. So, if anyone needs something custom just ask. I will be more than happy to oblige.*

These are booties for a girl ages 6-12 months. They were made with Red Heart worsted weight yarn in Pink Camo. The bows were made with Red Heart worsted weight white yarn. I will list the pattern here. I had to make a very small change in the pattern. I don’t know if there was a typo on the pattern (on the inside of the yarn wrapper) or what, but I had to adjust in order to make the booties symmetrical on each side where the stitches start to reduce to make the ankle area. I will list the pattern below and note the change I made to it. It is a Red Heart Yarns pattern. Please take a look at them on my Etsy site if you wish to purchase: Pink Camo Baby Booties with White Bows

BABY BOOTIES

Difficulty: Easy

Should fit most babies 6-12 months.

Foot Length: 4″

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Red Heart Super Saver yarn-1 skein *the pattern calls for 970 Dress Blues but you can use any color you prefer*

5mm/Size H Crochet Hook

Gauge- 14 stitches = 4″ in half-double-crochet *Check your gauge. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.*

Special Instructions:

There are some places on these booties that call for a reduction in size in order to move from the foot area to the ankle area. In order to do that, the pattern calls for this: dc2tog. Instead of using this abbreviation I will tell you to double crochet two stitches together. Here’s how it works:

1. Yarn over

2. Insert needle through the stitch and pull through. Stop.

3. Yarn over and insert needle through the stitch and pull through.

4. Yarn over and pull through all three loops.

That is how you combine more than one double crochet stitch in order to produce a reduction effect in your work. This is only one way to do it. There are many others.

PATTERN:

Chain 9

Round 1: Work 2 double crochet in the third chain from the hook.

Double crochet in the next 5 stitches.

In the last stitch work 6 double crochet all into that same stitch. *DO NOT CHAIN ONE AND TURN*

Turn your work so that you will be going around the corner and working on the other side.

Double crochet in the next 5 stitches.

Work 3 double crochet all into the next stitch.

Slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain to join.

Round 2: Chain 2

Work a half-double crochet into the same stitch as the chain 2 you just made.

Work 2 half-double crochet into the next 2 stitches.

Half-double crochet in the next 5 stitches.

Work 2 half-double crochet into the next 6 stitches.

Double crochet in the next 5 stitches.

Half-double crochet in the next 3 stitches.

Slip stitch to join.

Round 3: Chain 2.

Half-double crochet in the same stitch as the chain 2 you just made.

Work a half-double crochet in each stitch around only in the back loop.

Slip stitch to join.

Round 4: Chain 2.

Half-double crochet in the next 8 stitches.

Double crochet two stitches together 8 times. *16 stitches*

Half-double crochet in the next 9 stitches.

Slip stitch to join.

Round 5: Chain 2.

Work a half-double crochet in the next 7 stitches.

Double crochet two stitches together 4 times. *8 stitches*

Work a half-double crochet in the next 10 stitches.

Slip stitch to join.

Round 6: Chain 2.

Half-double crochet in the next 6 stitches.

*Here’s where I changed the pattern. The pattern says to double crochet 2 stitches together 2 times, but that would have made one side more reduced than the other. So I double crocheted 2 more stitches together to make it a total of 3 times.*

Double crochet 2 stitches together 3 times.

Half-double crochet in the next 11 stitches.

Slip stitch to join.

Round 7: Chain 2.

Double crochet in each stitch around.

Slip stitch to join.

Round 8: Chain 2.

Half-double crochet in each stitch around.

Slip stitch to join.

Round 9: Chain 1.

Single crochet in each stitch around.

Slip stitch to join.

Round 10: Slip stitch in each stitch around.

Fasten off.

HOW TO MAKE THE BOWS:

Chain 80.

Fasten off.

Beginning and ending at the front of the bootie, weave in one tie in and out around the bootie at Round 7. *I sort of guesstimated where Round 7 was. I don’t think you have to be precise with it. Just so it’s moderately centered vertically and horizontally.*