As promised, this is the Delilah crochet dress pattern that you saw on my Instagram @cozzycrochet. Here I have used Ganga Merino wool which is easily available in India. The orange yarn is Vardhaman millennium. Let’s get to it!
Size: 12 months
Terminology: American crochet terms.
- St: stitch
- Ch: chain
- Sc: single crochet
- Dc: double crochet
- Hdc: half double crochet
- sl st: slip stitch
Make a chain long enough to fit snugly around the baby’s neck. If you want it very close to the neck, measure around the neck of baby and chain only that long. However, you will need to make the body part longer by a couple rows.
DONOT join the chain, we are going to put a button at the back, so that it is easier to get the dress on and off.
R1: Make 1 dc in the third chain from the hook. 1dc in each of the next ch till end of chain.
R2: Ch5 and turn. Skip next dc and make 1dc in the next st. *ch2, skip 1dc, make a dc in the next st*. Repeat till end of row.
R3: Ch2 and turn. *Make 1dc in each of the next 4sts. 2dc in the 5th st. * (the 2dc in every 5 stitchs is the increase) Repeat till end. Ch2 and turn.
R4: Same as Row 2.
R5: Ch 2 and turn. *Make 1dc in each of the next 5 sts. 2 dc in the 6th st* (making an increase every 6th st), repeat *till the end. Ch2 and turn.
R6: Same as Row 2.
R7: Ch 2 and turn. 1dc in the next 6 sts. 2 dc in the 7th st (making an increase every 7th st), repeat till the end. ##
R8: Same as Row2. Join with slip stitch to the 1st dc of the row. From here on we will work in rounds.
## I stopped after R7 because my work was long enough and wide enough to cover a 1year olds chest and shoulders. If you want to adapt the pattern to make it smaller, stop at whatever row you feel is wide enough to cover the shoulders. To make the pattern for bigger size, do a couple rows extra until it fits. ##
At this point you need to lay the piece so that the opening in back is exactly at the centre of the front. Now, measure 3 ¾ inches on each side for armholes. Place a stitch marker to join the front to back.
R9: *1dc in each of next 9 sts. 2dc in the next st *(increasing every 10 st) till you reach the stitch marker. Skip the stitches for arm hole, continue with pattern in * till next stitch marker, and skip the stitches for arm hole. Continue with pattern till end.
#If you feel that the chest part isn’t long enough, make a few rows of 1hdc in each stitch till desired length is achieved. #
R10: *Ch5, skip 2 sts, sc into next st.* (sc into every 3rd st) Repeat till end of round.
R11: ch5 and sc into the next ch5 loop from previous row. Repeat till end of round.
R12: same as R11.
At this point you can use any crochet pattern you like to make the skirt part. I chose a design in saw in THIS youtube video. You can use any frilly or lacy crochet pattern like pineapple motifs. Just make sure you either make it wide enough from start to have that natural folding or kind of gathering at the top and A-line structure, or increase the skirt row wise to make it roughly A-line.
You can use any crochet design to make the flower. I used THIS flower pattern to make mine. I did not make it layered because it was too big as it is.
Using a tapestry needle attach a button at the back to the corner of R1. Sl st around the neck and armhole opening to make it neater.
Weave in the ends with a tapestry needle.
I made the headband by making an icord of 4stitches. If you do not know knitting, you can make a simple crochet chain long enough to fit the head,and join with sl st in first chain. 1hd crochet in each stitch till end. Make a flower using the pattern given above and attach to the belt using a tapestry needle. Weave in all ends.