Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Winter Crochet Snowflake Dress & Headband


This week I want to share with you another of my Winter Collection clothing that I made for Lily, the Winter Snowflake Dress & Matching headband.   These were actually made before the cardigan I shared with you last week.

I have had in mind for quite a while now that I wanted to create a mixed media dress.   Ever since I started lining crocheted bags with my sewing machine this idea has been playing around in my head.   I wanted to create a dress that has a crocheted top and a fabric bottom.   I love creating crocheted dresses, but when they are all made out of yarn they do have a tendency to be very heavy, which a child may not like and therefore not wear.   This is especially  a problem the larger and longer the dress gets, or the warmer you want it, especially for winter items.  Having the top crocheted and the bottom fabric seemed to solve this idea.

I had bought a few balls of the fancy yarn that Aldi had on special earlier this year and I knew I wanted to use the sparkly silver for this dress.   Its perfect for winter and reminds me of the snowflakes sparkling on the trees.   When paired with the amazing blue and white spotted fabric I found in my local hobbycraft it worked perfectly.  Even the snowflake yarn I picked up at Aldi the same day I was working on the dress fitted perfectly with the colour scheme and all seemed to bring this dress together.

The top portion is crocheted in half double crochet and is made where you divide the sleeves as you go.   Its quite a simple top nothing fancy in the stitching, I really wanted the yarn to be the star of this piece.   The sleeves are short, I wanted to give options to allow a top worn underneath, or a cardigan over the top or both or neither depending on the situation it was worn in.   The back of the dress has a opening which is closed by a small button to enable the dress to easily be put on and off.   To complete the silver section there is a row of edging in the snowflake (blue and white) yarn which just works perfectly.   I also used this yarn to create a snowflake motive to put on the dress to remind you that it is a winter piece.   The pattern I used for the snowflake is the same as in the snowflake cardigan, the motive found on Attic24's blog, this is then sewn to the dress.

Once the crocheted portion of the dress was finished, I had to figure out the skirt part.   Like a lot of little girls, Lily loves it when she is able to twirl with a dress on and make the skirt float around her, sothis dress had to have a circle skirt on the bottom to enable her to do this.   After figuring out the measurements needed, creating the circle skirt was a lot easier than I imagined it to be and within about 20 mins the skirt was cut out and ready to be sewn to the top.   I had found some amazing silver thread for my sewing machine, which was perfect for this project.   I used it to sew the crocheted top to the material skirt, and also to hem the bottom of the dress too.   I used my sewing machine to sew both parts of the skirt and it really did make it quick and easy.   However, they could just as easily be sewn by hand if you have neat stitching or no sewing machine to hand.

Once the dress was finished I immediately knew it needed an accessory to just finish it off and what better for a little girl than a headband.   This was constructed similarly to the dress, using the silver yarn as the base and finishing the details with the snowflake yarn.   It only took about 30 mins to make the headband and probably only around 4-5 hours to complete the dress, which has got to be one of the quicker clothing projects I have ever made.  Lily loves her dress and headband and so do I.   The colours all work perfectly together and really give it the lovely winter snowflake feel I was going for.   I love the simplicity of the dress and how light weight it is with the fabric bottom and I definitely intend to make more dresses with a crocheted top and fabric base.   In fact I have a Christmas idea floating in my head right now.

If you would like to make your own Snowflake dress and headband, then you can find the pattern for a child around age 4-5 here. I'll be working on a post on how to adjust sizing for clothing early next year, so if you want a different size, then watch this space.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and will join me next week for more crocheted projects,

Vicky x

Winter Snowflake Dress & Hair Band

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Aldi So Crafty Fancy Yarn – 3 x 50g balls in silver

·        25g of Aldi Rainbow Yarn in snowflake

·        5mm & 4mm hook

·        1 15mm button in blue

·        1 x 1.5m piece of cotton fabric (I chose blue with white spots)

·        Silver sewing thread

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        sl st – slip stitch

 

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        The Gauge for the Crochet section of the dress is 16 stitches and 12 rows of hdc in a 10cm square

·        This dress is designed to fit a child approximately age 4 to 5

·        The crochet section of the dress is made first and then the bottom portion is made and they are joined together.

·        I used a sewing machine to join the top and the bottom, but you could also sew by hand if required.

·        Where an instruction is put inside brackets ( ) then that instruction is to be completed in the same stitch.

·        All instructions with ( ) brackets from row 4 onwards to be worked in the ch 1 gap from the previous round

·        Turning at the end of each row ensures that the seam created stays straight down the back of the top

 

4.  Pattern

Top – work in silver 4mm hook

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 61

 

2

Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and to end, ch 1 turn

60

3

10 hdc, (hdc, ch 1 , hdc), 8 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 20 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 8 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 10 hdc, ch 1 turn

64 hdc & 4 ch 1

 

From this point on, work all instructions in ( ) in the ch 1 gap left from the previous round

 

4

11 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 10 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 22 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc),10 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 11 hdc, ch 1, turn

68 hdc & 4 ch 1

5

12 hdc , (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 12 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 24 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 12 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 12 hdc, ch 1, turn

72 hdc, & 4 ch 1

6

13 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 14 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 26, hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 14 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 13 hdc, ch 1,  turn

76 hdc & 4 ch 1

7

14 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 16 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 28 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) , 16 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 14 hdc, ch 1, turn

80 hdc & 4 Ch 1

8

15 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 18 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 30 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 18 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 15 hdc, ch 1, turn

84 hdc & 4 ch 1

9

15 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 20 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 32 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 20 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) 16 hdc, sl st, ch 1  DO NOT TURN

88 hdc & 4 ch 1

 

From now on work in the round not in rows

 

10

17 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc). 22 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 34 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 22 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 17 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

92 hdc, & 4 ch 1

11

18 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 24 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 36 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 24 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc),18 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

96 hdc & 4 ch 1

12

19 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 26 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 38 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 26 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 29 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

100 hdc & 4 ch 1

13

20 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 28 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 40 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 28 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 20 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

104 hdc & 4 ch 1

14

21 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 30 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 42 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 30 hdc (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 21 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

108 hdc & 4 ch 1

15

22 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 32 hdc (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 44 hdc (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 32 hdc (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 22 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

112 hdc & 4 ch 1

16

23 hdc, fold in half so the next 2 ch 1 gaps are  next to each other and put a hdc through both ch 1 gaps, this forms the first sleeve, 42 hdc, fold the next 2 ch 1 gaps together and put a hdc through both of these stitches to create the second sleeve, 23 hdc, sl st and ch 1, turn

88 hdc in main top plus 2 sleeves

17-25

Hdc around, sl st and ch 1, turn

88 hdc

 

Sl st and cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Neck edging – work in snowflake

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Sc around the top edge of the neck of the dress and down the back opening.   Put a (sc, ch 3, sc) in the top corner on the right hand side of the dress to create a button hole

 

 

Sl st to start and cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Sew button opposite side of button hole.

 

Bottom & Sleeve edging – work in snowflake

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Sc around bottom edge of the dress

 

 

Sl st to start and cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Repeat for both sleeves

 

 

To make the skirt

 

1.     Take your fabric and fold it into quarters, place to two folded edges nearest to you.

2.     With a tape measure held at the corner of the two folds measure two points, the first 3” from the top and the second 16” from the top.  

3.     Using multiple marks turn the measurements into a semi circle which should look like this.



4.      Cut along the curves at both the 16” and 3” lines and when you open out the fabric you should have a perfect circle skirt.

5.     Next you need to hem the bottom of the skirt, I did about ½” hem and sewed it in the silver thread.

6.     Finally to finish pin the top of the skirt underneath the crochet top so the top shows over the top of the skirt when finished and using the silver thread sew together.

7.     To finish off the dress I made a snowflake in the snowflake yarn  and a 5mm hook and sewed it to the top left of the dress.   The snowflake pattern is from attic24’s blog here https://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html

 

5.  Pattern

Headband – work in silver 4mm hook

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 64, sl st to join into the round

64

2

Hdc around, sl st , turn

64

3-6

Rep row 2

64

 

Sl st and cast off

 

7

In snowflake yarn, sc around both edges

64

 

Sl st and cast off, sew in ends

 

 

To finish off,  I made a snowflake in the snowflake yarn  and a 5mm hook and sewed it to the headband.   The snowflake pattern is from attic24’s blog here https://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html

 

 

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