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The little black dress free crochet pattern

By April 27, 2019 May 24th, 2019 One Comment

 

 

 

 

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Are you ready for this? The little black dress that’s perfect for just about any special occasion. And the best part! You made your own dress with some yarn and a hook. How cool is that?  Showing up at the party wearing your own handmade creation certainly justifies all that extra yarn you keep buying, right?

Every girl needs a little black dress, it’s just a classic garment to have in your wardrobe, why not make it crochet and really show off your fiber skills?  Just don’t be too surprised when your friends start asking for you to make them one.

Inspiration

When designing my Trendy Crochet Tunic, I realized that I could make my garments have a perfect fit with just some simple shaping. And I knew a design similar to the trendy tunic would make an amazing dress. That’s what inspired me to design this dress, I wanted that classic form-fitting cocktail dress appearance, but in crochet!

Shaping

If you’ve made the trendy tunic, this dress will be a cinch to make. (If you haven’t, check out the free pattern here. ) You’ll see the similarities in the stitch pattern and shaping. Each row of shaping is worked exactly the same and only on the single crochet rows.

I know shaping can sound scary, but don’t worry, as long as you can single crochet 2 together, you can make this dress. Ive written out each row very specifically so you will know exactly when to increase and when to decrease. It’s really that simple.

Making adjustments

You can make some adjustments to the pattern to suit your body type. I wrote this one to have little to no positive ease. So it’s going to be pretty form fitting, as a little black dress should be. However, for those of us who don’t have an hourglass figure (myself included) you can simply omit increase or decrease rows for a better fit.

Let me give you an example. My hips and waist are just about the same circumference as I carry extra weight around the midsection. If I were to follow the pattern that corresponds with my waist measurement, the hips would be too large. In this instance I would determine which size corresponds to my hip measurement and crochet according to the pattern. Once I get to the waist shaping (decrease rows) I would simply omit a few of the decrease rows. You get the idea.

If you need to do this, just measure your panels as you work through the project to make sure you’re on the right track. If your figure is more like that of my model (daughter) this pattern should work out beautifully exactly how it’s written.

The Yarn

You guessed it, Jeans yarn again. It’s just my favorite to work with as it works so well for garments. It’s 100% acrylic, yet doesn’t have that fuzzy consistency that some acrylics do.  I find that Jeans has a nice springy quality, almost like merino wool. It doesn’t stretch out on you and holds its shape nicely making it a really good option for this form-fitting design. Use this link to order your Jeans yarn from lion brand.com.

Now grab your hook and lets get started on what will soon to be your favorite little black dress!

The Pattern

Finished Measurements (each panel)

Bust- 16.25 (18.5, 20, 22, 24.5) inches – 41 (47, 51, 56, 62) cm.Waist- 13.5 (15.5, 17.25, 19, 22) inches – 34 (39, 44, 48, 56) cm.Hips- 18.5 (20.75, 22.5, 24, 27) inches – 47 (53, 57, 61, 68) cm.Length- 28 (28, 28, 29.5, 30) inches – 71 (71, 71, 75, 76) cm.

Supplies

• H- (5 mm) crochet hook.

• 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) balls Lion brand’s jeans yarn 100 % acrylic yarn in color “stovepipe.” 3.5 oz (100g)/246 yards (225 m) per ball.

• Tapestry needle

Gauge

14 dc sts x 10.5 rows in pattern = 4 inches (10 cm)

Notes

  • –  Pattern is written in sizes S (M, L, XL, 2X).
  • –  Model is 5’ 3” tall with a 34” bust shown wearing size S.
  • –  Change color by picking up strand of new color and it pulling through both loops of the last yarn over of the previous color.
  • –  Back and front panels are worked back and forth in rows from lower edge upwards.
  • –  Gauge is crucial for this project.
  • –  Measurements are based on the craft yarn council standards.-This pattern requires a good amount of shaping. However, you can adjust the amount of inc/dec rows as needed for you body type. Check finished measurements to determine appropriate sizing.

Special Stitches

Dc2tog- Yo, insert hook and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo and draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook) yo, draw through all 3 loops.

Sc2tog– Insert hook and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next st and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, draw through all 3 loops.

Abbreviations

Ch- chain Sl st- slip stitch
Dc– double crochet Sk– skip
Dc2tog– double crochet 2 together Yo– yarn over
Sc2tog– single crochet 2 together Beg– beginning
Sc– single crochet Inc– increase
Hdc– half-double crochet Dec– decrease
St(sts)- stitch(es)

 

Instructions

Back Panel

Ch 68 (76, 82, 88, 98)

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (turning ch counts as a st, here and throughout) and each ch across. – 66 (74, 80, 86, 96) dc.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st, here and throughout) turn, sc in each st across. 66 (74, 80, 86, 96) sc.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 66 (74, 80, 86, 96) dc.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. – 66 (74, 80, 86, 96) sc.

Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across.

Rows 6-23 (23, 23, 27, 29): Continue in pattern, alternating dc rows with sc rows, ending on a dc row. 

Row 24 (24, 24, 28, 30): (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. – 64 (72, 78, 84, 94) sc.

Row 25 (25, 25, 29, 31): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 64 (72, 78, 84, 94) dc. 

Row 26 (26, 26, 30, 32): (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. – 62 (70, 76, 82, 92) sc.

Row 27 (27, 27, 31, 33): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 62 (70, 76, 82, 92) dc.

Row 28 (28, 28, 32, 34): (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. – 60 (68, 74, 80, 90) sc.

Row 29 (29, 29, 33, 35): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 60 (68, 74, 80, 90) dc. 

Row 30 (30, 30, 34, 36): (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. – 58 (66, 72, 78, 88) sc. 

Row 31 (31, 31, 35, 37): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 58 (66, 72, 78, 88) dc.

Row 32 (32, 32, 36, 38): (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. – 56 (64, 70, 76, 86) sc. 

Row 33 (33, 33, 37, 39): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 56 (64, 70, 76, 86) dc.

Row 34 (34, 34, 38, 40): (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. – 54 (62, 68, 74, 84) sc.

Row 35 (35, 35, 39, 41): (dec row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, dc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in last st. – 52 (60, 66, 72, 82) dc. 

Row 36 (36, 36, 40, 42): (dec row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, sc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in last st. – 50 (58, 64, 70, 80) sc.

Row 37 (37, 37, 41, 43): (dec row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, dc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 dc in each st across to last 3 sts, dc2tog in next 2 sts, dc in last st. – 48 (56, 62, 68, 78) dc.

Row 38 (38, 38, 42, 44): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 48 (56, 62, 68, 78) dc.

Row 39 (39, 39, 43, 45): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. – 48 (56, 62, 68, 78) sc.                

Rows 40 (40, 40, 44, 46) – 43 (43, 43, 47, 49): Repeat previous 2 rows; two more times.

Row 44 (44, 44, 48, 50): (inc row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last st. – 50 (58, 64, 70, 80) dc.

Row 45 (45, 45, 49, 51): (inc row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last st. – 52 (60, 66, 72, 82) sc.

Row 46 (46, 46, 50, 52): (inc row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last st. – 54 (62, 68, 74, 84) dc.

Row 47 (47, 47, 51, 53): (inc row) Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last st. – 56 (64, 70, 76, 86) sc.

Row 48 (48, 48, 52, 54): (inc row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last st. – 58 (66, 72, 78, 88) dc

Row 49 (49, 49, 53, 55): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. – 58 (66, 72, 78, 88) sc.

Row 50 (50, 50, 54, 56): Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 58 (66, 72, 78, 88) dc.

Rows 51 (51, 51, 55, 57) – 59 (59, 59, 63, 65): Continue in pattern, alternating dc rows with sc rows, ending with a dc row. 

Armhole shaping

Row 1: Do not ch, turn, sl st in first 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) sts, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st to last 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts, leave last 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts unworked. – 46 (52, 56, 60, 68) sc

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch-1) turn, skip next st, *dc in next st, ch 1, skip next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, dc in each of last 2 sts. – 24 (27, 29, 31, 35) dc and 22 (25, 27, 29, 33) ch-1 spaces.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in each dc and each ch-1 space across, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-4 of previous row. – 46 (52, 56, 60, 68) dc.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. – 46 (52, 56, 60, 68) sc.

Row 5-13: Repeat rows 2-4; 3 times.

Right Shoulder

Row 1: Ch 3, turn, dc in each of next 9 (10, 11, 12, 13) sts, leaving remaining sts unworked for right shoulder and front neck. – 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) dc.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) dc. 

Fasten off.

Left Shoulder

From RS, skip next 26 (30, 32, 34, 40) unworked sts following last st of Row 1 of right shoulder, join yarn with sl st in next st. 

Row 1: Ch 3, dc in next 9 (10, 11, 12, 13) sts. – 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) dc.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across. – 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) dc.

Fasten off. 

Front Panel

Follow instructions exactly as back panel. 

Joining pieces

  • With both panels wrong sides facing out.  Sew shoulder seams. 
  • From bottom up, sew both panels together using the mattress st, leaving armhole openings un-sewn. 
  • Turn dress right side out and proceed to border.

Armhole Border

*Note: Aim to work approximately 1 sc st in each sc row end and 2 sc sts in each dc row end. The exact amount of sc sts worked into the armhole will vary by size. What is crucial is that the sts are evenly spaced and not too crowded around the armhole.*

Attach a new strand of yarn with a sl st at underarm. 

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, work sc sts evenly around entire armhole opening, sl st to beg ch-1 to join. 

Fasten off. Repeat for other side.

Neck Border

Attach a new strand of yarn with a sl st into the first dc st of the right corner (facing you) of the back of the neck. 

Round 1: Sl st in next dc, *1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc in next st, sl st in each of next 2 sts; repeat from * across back panel until reaching shoulder (row ends), work sc sts evenly into row ends at shoulder; repeat from * for front and opposite shoulder, sl sl to beg sl st. 

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

 

 

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