Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress

 This week I want to share with you my Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress.   An idea came to me a while ago for this dress and for the first time in a long time, this dress ended up exactly as I saw it in my mind.   I think I was browsing Pinterest on day and looking at all the granny squares and I have seen this pattern for many blankets, cardigans, jackets, bags and even some skirts and dresses, but they are almost always as squares put together and meant to be worn in the winter.   The weather is lovely in the UK at the moment and I had some amazing 4ply (sport weight) wool lying around in my stash that I wanted to use to create this dress.

The dress worked up quickly, although I always find that the granny stitch does and having Lily around meant I could occasionally try it on her to check it was fitting (even if she acted like I was torturing her!)   The body and skirt part were the easy part, and I was really pleased that the number of rows I picked for each stripe worked out being the perfect length for both sections.   I love the finishing neck and hem lines in the white shells, it reminds me of fluffy clouds around a rainbow in the sky.    It was actually the straps that I spent most of the time playing around with trying to get them how I wanted them to be, but I am now really pleased with them even if they do fall down a bit on Lily.   (I purposely made it slightly too big so that it would last all summer for her, she seems to be growing all the time at the moment.)   Although there are a lot of strands of the straps  did show through the shell decorative edge, I knew I wanted a button or something to mark the front of the straps and the white flower with the red button really works well.   I did try other colour buttons but the red definitely looked the best.

I have written up the pattern for this dress and it is really simple.   In  fact this pattern is so simple and fun to make that I might well make more in different colour combinations and I love the idea of making it adult sized, although that would require a lot more wool!  f you would like to try this pattern then please follow this link to find it here.   I would love, as always, to see any pictures you make of this dress, but for now here is one of Lily enjoying it (she calls it pretty!).

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress as much as I enjoyed making it.  See you next week.

Vicky x

 Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress


1.    Materials and Resources

·        3mm hook

·        4ply/Sport weight yarn 60g of each colour (I used Women's Institute Soft and silky in Red, Pink, Yellow, Green, Turquoise, Pale Blue, Lilac and White)

·        3 14mm buttons in red

·        Needle to sew in ends


2.  Stitch List

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        ch – chain

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        trc - treble crochet

·        hdc - half double crochet

·        Shell Stitch - *5Dc in same stitch, Skip 3, sc, skip 3* rep from * to *

·        Granny Stitch - *3 DC in same stitch, ch1, sk 1* rep from * to *

3.  Notes


  • 6 Granny Clusters wide and 12 rows long in a 10cm square


  • This is to fit approximately age 2-3 however, it is easy to adjust the size by increasing or decreasing the starting chain in multiples of 6 .
  • You need to have an even number of clusters in the body to make the points on the square evenly spaced.
  • You can extend the amount of rows in the body and skirt as required to increase the length of the dress.
  • It helps keep everything looking even if you turn at the end of each row.
  • Work 2 stripes of each colour in the body and 4 stripes of each colour in the skirt portion ( you can adjust this if you make the skirt longer.)

 4.  Pattern Starting at the top in red





ch 108, sl st to form a ring, ch 2


2 DC in same st as ch2, ch1, sk 2 stitches, *3DC in same stitch, ch1, sk 2* rep to end of round and sl st into the top of the ch2 and turn


2 DC in same st as ch2, ch1, *3DC in ch1 sp, ch1, sk 2* rep to end of row and sl st into the top of ch2 and turn


rep row 2  in pink


rep row 2  in yellow


rep row 2  in green


rep row 2  in turquoise


rep row 2  in pale blue


rep row 2  in lilac


in red ch2, 2DC in same stitch, ch 1 *(3DC in ch1 sp, ch2, 3DC in same ch1 sp to form a corner), [ch1, 3DC in ch1 sp] 8 times*, rep * to * 2 more times, then (3DC in ch1 sp, ch2, 3DC in same ch1 sp to form final corner), [ch1, 3DC in ch1 sp] 7 times and sl st in starting ch2 and turn


in red work as row 16 with a corner in every ch2 sp and a 3DC in each ch1 sp


Rep row 17 in red


Rep row 17 in pink


Rep row 17 in yellow


Rep row 17 in green


Rep row 17 in turquoise


Rep row 17 in pale blue


Rep row 17 in lilac


in white, sc in each dc and sc in each ch1 sp, sl st into beginning of row and ch1


shell stitch row -* sc, sk3, 5DC in sc, sk3* rep to end and cast off


Neck edge




in white sc around (1sc in each 3dc cluster and 3sc in each ch2 gap, sl st to join and ch 1


shells stitch row - *sc, sk3, 5DC in sc, sk 3* rep to end and cast off


Straps - Making sure you work out where the front is (it is best to fold the dress in half (see image below) and position the straps from there, I used 3 shells for the arm space)




attach each main colour to the inside of the base of a shell with a sl st and then ch 49 (it is easiest to to this part for all 7 colours and pulling up a long loop and cutting the strand of yarn before proceeding)


Once you have all 7 colours ch then you need to twist the strands together, then holding the chains twisted, sl st each end to the opposite base of the shell on the inside of the dress.


Sew in all ends (it doesn't matter if you can see the strands showing through the shell as a flower and button will go in front)


Flower (make 2)




In white ch4 and sl st to form a ring, ch3


sc in ring, *ch2, sc in ring* rep 3 more times and then sl st in to starting ch at the base to form 5 loops


*sc, ch2 trc, ch2, sc* rep 4 more times in each loop


*sc, hdc in ch2 sp, DC ch2 DC in trc, hdc, sc in ch2 sp, sl st into sc from previous round* rep 4 more times in each loop


cast off sew in ends and attach to the front of each strap

sew red button in the middle of the flower to finish the dress


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