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Lemon Drop Dress

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The Lemon Drop Dress is a free, easy crochet pattern for a toddler's dress. It can be worn as a cute dress or jumper and features crochet stitches that look like flowers.

Lemon Drop Dress

Materials:

  • One size US H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • NaturallyCaron.com Spa (75% Microdenier Acrylic/25% Bamboo): Shown in: #0004 Green Sheen (A), 3 1/2 (4, 5) oz, #0003 Soft Sunshine (B), 2 (2 1/2, 3) oz
  • Pattern
     

Lemon Drop Dress 2  Lemon Drop Dress 3

Lemon Drop Dress 4  Lemon Drop Dress 5


SIZES
3–6 months (12–18 months, T2–T4)
Note: Model is size 12–18 months

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 18 (22, 25 1/2)"/45.5 (56, 65) cm
Length: 16 (17, 18)"/40.5 (43, 45.5) cm

GAUGE
In Trellis Stitch, using US H/8 (5 mm) hook, 22 sts and 17 rows = 4"/10 cm.
In Floral Bodice pattern, using US H/8 (5 mm) hook, 7 pattern repeats = 13"/33 cm and 6 rows = 4"/10 cm

ABBREVIATIONS
Right side (RS)
Wrong side (WS)

STITCHES USED
chain (ch), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (slip st), treble crochet (tr)

SPECIAL TERMS

Beginning petal (begPetal): Yarn over twice, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over twice, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Petal: Yarn over twice, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; *yarn over twice, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; repeat from * once more; yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Open petal: Work as for petal to last yarn over, do not work final yarn over (3 additional loops remain on hook).

Open beginning petal (begPetal): Work as for begPetal to last yarn over, do not work final yarn over (2 additional loops remain on hook).

Treble crochet 2 sts together (tr2tog): Yarn over twice, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over twice, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

PATTERN STITCHES

Trellis Stitch Pattern (multiple of 4 sts + 3)
Row 1: Ch 1, sl st in first st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, sl st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * across, turn.
   Repeat Row 1 for Trellis Stitch Pattern.

Floral Bodice Pattern (multiple of 10 sts + 1)
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 3, skip next 4 sts; (petal, ch 7, petal) in next st, ch 3, skip next 4 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * across, turn.
Row 2 (lower 4 petals): Ch 8, *begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space, ch 4**, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook (3 loops remain on hook); open petal in first ch of next ch-3 (6 loops remain on hook); open petal in last ch of next ch-3 (9 loops remain on hook); yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4; repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, tr in last sc, turn.
Row 3 (upper 2 petals): Ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook; ch 3, sc in next sc (between next 2 petals), ch 3, *(petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3; repeat from * across, petal in tip of last petal), turn.
Row 4: Ch 7, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook, *open petal in first ch of next ch-3 (6 loops remain on hook); open petal in last ch of next ch-3 (9 loops remain on hook); yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook**, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space, ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook (3 loops remain on hook); repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, dc in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, *sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3; repeat from * across, sc in tip of last petal, turn.
   Repeat Rows 2–5 for Floral Bodice Pattern.

NOTE
When instructed to work in the fourth ch from hook, work in the back bar of the chain for best effect.

 

Instructions:

FRONT

Beginning at hemline, with A, ch 72 (84, 92).

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—71 (83, 91) sc.

Work in Trellis Stitch Pattern until piece measures 1"/2.5 cm from beginning. Fasten off.

Floral Band
Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, join B with sl st in first st; ch 7, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook (3 loops remain on hook), skip next 2 (3, 2) sts, open petal in next st (6 loops remain on hook), skip next 3 sts, open petal in next st (9 loops remain on hook), yarn over and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, *skip next 2 sts, tr in next st, ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook (3 loops remain on hook), skip next 2 sts, open petal in next st (6 loops remain on hook), skip next 3 sts, open petal in next st (9 loops remain on hook), yarn over and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook; repeat from *, ending last repeat with skip next 2 (3, 2) sts, tr in last st—7 (8, 9) pattern repeats.
Row 2: Ch 6 (7, 6), turn; (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4-petal group, *ch 2, tr in next tr, ch 2, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4-petal group; repeat from * across, ending with ch 2 (3, 2), tr in tip of last petal, turn. Fasten off.

Shape Sides
Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, join A with sc in first st; 2 (3, 2) sc in first ch-space, *sc in next st, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next st, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in next tr, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * across, ending with sc in next st, 3 sc in last ch-3 space, sc in next sc, 2 (3, 2) in last ch-space, sc in fourth ch of turning ch, turn—71 (83, 91) sts.
Rows 2 and 3: Work in Trellis Stitch pattern.
Note: In the following rows, each ch, slip st, and hdc count as a stitch.
Row 4 (decrease row): Ch 1, sc in first st, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, skip next st, sc in last st, turn—69 (81, 89) sts.
 Rows 5 and 6: Ch 1, sc in first st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn.
Row 7 (decrease row): Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, *slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, skip next st, sc in last st, turn—67 (79, 87) sts.
Rows 8 and 9: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, *slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st; repeat form * across, ending with sc in last st, turn.
Row 10 (decrease row): Ch 1, sc in first st, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, skip next st, sc in last st, turn—65 (77, 85) sts.
Rows 11 and 12: Ch 1, sc in first st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * across to last st, sc in last st, turn.
Row 13 (decrease row): Ch 1, skip first st, slip st in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in last st, turn—63 (75, 83) sts.
Rows 14 and 15: Ch 1, sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * across, turn.
Rows 16–27: Repeat Rows 4–15—55 (67, 75) sts.
Rows 28–33 (28–36, 28–33): Repeat Rows 4–9 (4–12, 4–9)—51 (61, 71) sts.
    Repeat last row until piece measures 11 1/2 (12, 12 1/2)"/29 (30.5, 32) cm from beginning.
    Fasten off.

Floral Bodice
Join B with slip st in first st.
Rows 1–4: Work Floral Bodice Pattern for 4 rows—5 (6, 7) repeats.
 
Shape Neck and First Shoulder
Size 12–18 months only:
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, petal in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 1, slip st down side of petal just made; work 7 sc evenly spaced across next 2 petals; (slip st, ch 3, begPetal) in center of next 4 lower petals, [ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals] twice, dc in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 6: Ch 7, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space; ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook; open petal in first ch of next ch-3; open petal in last ch of next ch-3; yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space; ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook; open petal in first ch of next ch-3, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, tr in last ch of next ch-3; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, slip st to first sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, petal in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 4, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next petal, sc in next ch-3 space, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—11 sc.
Rows 10 and 11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
    Fasten off.

Sizes 3–6 months (T2–T4) only:
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, [ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals] 1 (2) times, ch 3, sc in next sc; work 7 sc evenly spaced across next 2 petals (center flower) to next sc; sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, [ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals] 1 (2) times, dc in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 6: Ch 7, *begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space; ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook; open petal in first ch of next ch-3; open petal in last ch of next ch-3; yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4; repeat from * 0 (1) more time(s), begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 7: Ch 3 (7), *(petal, ch 3 (7), petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3; repeat from * 0 (1) more time(s), petal in top of turning ch, turn.

Size 3–6 months only:
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 4, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in top of last petal, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—10 sc. Fasten off.

Size T2–T4 only:
Row 8: Ch 7, *open begPetal in fourth ch from hook, open Petal in first ch of next ch-3; open petal in last ch of next ch-3; yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, beg Petal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space**, ch 4; repeat from * to **, turn.
Row 9: Ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, dc in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, skip next petal, ch 4, sc in next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next petal, turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—14 sc. Fasten off.

Shape Neck and Second Shoulder
 Join B with slip st in first sc at unworked end of Row 5. Repeat Rows 6–9 (6–11, 6–11) to shape neck and second shoulder.

BACK

Work as for Front to Floral Bodice.
Work Floral Bodice Pattern for 6 (6, 8) rows—5 (6, 7) repeats.

Shape Neck and First Shoulder
Size 3–6 months only:
Row 7: Ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, tr2tog over next sc and center of next 4 lower petals; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, skip next petal, ch 4, sc in top of last petal, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—10 sc. Fasten off.

Size 12–18 months only:
Row 7: Ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, tr2tog over next sc and center of next lower 4 petals; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in top of next petal, ch 4, sc in top of last petal, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—11 sc.
Rows 10 and 11: Sc in each sc across, turn.
     Fasten off.

Size T2–T4 only:
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, dc in tip of next petal; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, skip next petal, ch 4, sc in next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in last petal, turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—14 sc.
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off.

Shape Neck and Second Shoulder
Join B with slip st in first st at unworked end of Row 6 (6, 8). Repeat Rows 7–9 (7–11, 9–12) for neck and second shoulder. Fasten off.

FINISHING

With right sides together, sew shoulder seams. Sew side seams, from lower edge to lower edge of floral bodice. Turn dress right side out and block lightly.

Neck and Armhole Trim
Work sc trim around neck, and both armholes as follows: With RS facing, join B with sc in seam, work sc evenly spaced around edge; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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