Crochet V-Shell Baby Dress

Crochet V-Shell Baby Dress – This beautiful little dress is part of my V & shell collection and is a lovely addition to your baby girls wardrobe, the pattern is free and available below.

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Crochet V-Shell Baby Dress USA

Pattern Number CNC188

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Abbreviations USA
RS.      Right Side

st.       Stitch(es)
ch.      Chain
sc.      Single Crochet
hdc.    Half Double Crochet
dc.      Double Crochet
sl st.   Slip Stitch
rpt.     Repeat
DNT.   Do not Turn.

shell.    (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch

vst.       (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in same stitch

Base of ch. Work in first stitch

ch3 counts as first dc
ch5 counts as first dc and ch2

Size to fit approx:  16 Inch chest, 0-3 month baby
Finished length from shoulder approx 13.5 Inches
Sleeve length from under arm approx 1 Inch

Materials
For great results it is always best to use the recommended yarn, I have used approximately:-

150 grams of King Cole Big Value Baby DK yarn
Small amount King Cole Big Value Baby DK in color 2 (Flower)

An equivalent yarn would be a light worsted #3

4.00mm & 4.50mm Clover crochet hooks

3 Medium Buttons, small amount of 6mm wide ribbon

GAUGE – 4dc & 2.5 rows measures approx 1 inch

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Worked in one piece, starting with yoke.

With 4.00mm hook ch55, (RS) 1dc in 4th ch from hook, 1dc in the next 6ch’s (back), 3dc in next ch, 1dc in next 8ch’s (shoulder), 3dc in next ch, 1dc in the next 17ch’s (front), 3dc in next ch, 1dc in the next 8ch’s. (shoulder), 3dc in next ch, 1dc in the next 8ch’s (back). Turn. (60dc + ch3)

2nd Row – (Inc Row) ch3, * 1dc in each dc to next 3dc group, 1dc in next dc, 3dc in centre dc of 3dc group, * rpt from * to * to last 3dc group, 1dc in next dc, 3dc in centre dc of 3dc group, 1dc in each dc to end, work 1dc in top of ch3. Turn. (68dc + ch3)

3rd to 7th Row – rpt 2nd Row each row will increase by 8 stitches and you should have at the end of the 7th Row. Turn. (108dc + ch3)

8th Row – ch3, 1dc in next 4dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 3dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 5dc, 5dc in next dc, 1dc in next 7dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 6dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 7dc, 5dc in next dc, 1dc in next 9dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 11dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 9dc, 5dc in next dc, 1dc in next 7dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 6dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 7dc, 5dc in next dc, 1dc in next 5dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 3dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 4dc, 1dc in top of ch3. Turn. (134dc + ch3)

Change to 4.50mm hook.

Commence Skirt (Divide for Armholes) ch3, (1dc, ch1, 2dc) in next dc, * skip 1dc, 1 shell (see abbrev) in next dc, * rpt from * to * 7 more times, skip 1dc,  work 2dc in next dc, ch1, skip next 28dc, work 2dc in next dc, rpt from * to * 18 more times, skip 1dc, work 2dc in next dc, ch1, skip 28dc, work 2dc in next dc, rpt from * to * 9 more times to 3tch, skip 3tch, sl st to top of ch3 on the beginning of row to make a round. Turn. (38 shell groups including each of the 2 shells under arms)

Helpful Tip:          Dividing Armholes Pictorial

First Row – ch1, sl st in each st to ch1 space on shell, ch5, 1dc in same ch1 space, work 1vst (see abbrev) in ch1 space of each shell to end, sl st to 3rd of ch5 on beginning of row. Turn. (38vst)

Second Row – ch1, sl st to ch2 space on vst, (ch3, 1dc, ch1, 2dc) in same ch2 space, 1 shell in each ch2 space of vst to end, sl st to top of ch3 on beginning of row. Turn.

Rpt First & Second Rows until 17 rows have been worked in all from yoke.

Work First Row once. Turn.

Next Row – ch1, * work (1sc, 5dc, 1sc) in ch2 space on vst, * rpt from * to * to end, sl st to first sc. You should now have 19 pattern rows worked in all.

Fasten off. Change to 4.00mm hook.

Sleeves x 2 – With RS facing, rejoin your yarn to side of dc on skirt under arm, ch3, work 1dc in same space, 1dc in each dc around sleeve, 2dc in side of dc on opposite side of sleeve, sl st to top of ch3 on beginning of row. DNT. (31dc + ch3)

Next Row – ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, skip 1dc, * work (1sc, 3dc, 1sc) in next dc, skip 2dc, * rpt from * to * to end, sl st to first sc on the beginning of row. (10 groups)

Fasten off. Continue with 4.00mm hook from now on.

Button/Buttonhole Bands – Starting at lower edge on right hand back edge, with RS facing, rejoin yarn to side of dc on first row of skirt, ch1, 1sc in same space, work 17 more sc evenly up back edge to corner, 3sc in corner, 1sc in each ch around the neck edge, 3sc in corner, 18sc evenly down left back edge. Turn.

Next Row – ch1, work 1sc in each of next 19sc to neck edge. Turn. (20sc)

Rpt last row once working from neck edge down to end.

Fasten off.

Buttonholes – Return to first side of back edge, rejoin yarn to the centre sc on neck edge, ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, * ch2, skip 1sc, 1sc in next 7sc, * rpt from * to * once more, ch2, skip 1sc, 1sc in each sc to end. Turn. (3 buttonholes)

Starting with ch1, 1sc in base of ch1, work 1sc in each sc and ch2 space to end. (20sc)

Fasten off.

Flower AppliquePlease Click HERE for flower.

Finishing – Close small gap under arms, weave in and trim off any loose ends of yarn, sew on buttons to correspond with buttonholes, thread ribbon through stitches under yoke, attach flower to front of dress.

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Crochet V-Shell Baby Dress UK

Pattern Number CNC188

Abbreviations UK
RS.       Right Side

st.        Stitch(es)
ch.       Chain
dc.       Double Crochet
htr.      Half Treble Crochet
tr.        Treble Crochet
ss.       Slip Stitch
rpt.      Repeat
DNT.    Do not Turn.

shell.   (2tr, 1ch, 2tr) into same stitch

vst.      (1tr, 2ch, 1tr) into same stitch

Base of ch. Work into first stitch

3ch counts as first tr
5ch counts as first tr and 2ch

Size to fit approx:   16 Inch chest, 0-3 month baby
Finished length from shoulder approx 13.5 Inches
Sleeve length from under arm approx 1 Inch

Materials
For great results it is always best to use the recommended yarn, I have used approximately:-

150 grams of King Cole Big Value Baby DK yarn
Small amount King Cole Big Value Baby DK in colour 2 (Flower)

An equivalent yarn would be a light worsted #3

4.00mm & 4.50mm Clover crochet hooks

3 Medium Buttons, small amount of 6mm wide ribbon

TENSION – 4tr & 2.5 rows measures approx 1 inch

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Worked in one piece, starting with yoke.

With 4.00mm hook make 55ch, (RS) work 1tr into 4th ch from hook, 1tr into the next 6ch’s (back), 3tr into next ch, 1tr into next 8ch’s (shoulder), 3tr into next ch, 1tr into the next 17ch’s (front), 3tr into next ch, 1tr into the next 8ch’s. (shoulder), 3tr into next ch, 1tr into the next 8ch’s (back). Turn. (60tr + 3ch)

2nd Row – (Inc Row) 3ch, * 1tr into each tr to next 3tr group, 1tr into next tr, 3tr into centre tr of 3tr group, * rpt from * to * to last 3tr group, 1tr into next tr, 3tr into centre tr of 3tr group, 1tr into each tr to end, work 1tr into top of 3ch. Turn. (68tr + 3ch)

3rd to 7th Row – rpt 2nd Row each row will increase by 8 stitches and you should have at the end of the 7th Row. Turn. (108tr + 3ch)

8th Row – 3ch, 1tr into next 4tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 3tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 5tr, 5tr into next tr, 1tr into next 7tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 6tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 7tr, 5tr into next tr, 1tr into next 9tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 11tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 9tr, 5tr into next tr, 1tr into next 7tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 6tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 7tr, 5tr into next tr, 1tr into next 5tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 3tr, 2tr into next tr, 1tr into next 4tr, 1tr into top of 3ch. Turn. (134tr + 3ch)

Change to 4.50mm hook.

Commence Skirt (Divide for Armholes) 3ch, (1tr, 1ch, 2tr) into next tr, * miss 1tr, 1 shell (see abbrev) into next tr, * rpt from * to * 7 more times, miss 1tr,  work 2tr into next tr, make 1ch, miss next 28tr, work 2tr into next tr, rpt from * to * 18 more times, miss 1tr, work 2tr into next tr, make 1ch, miss 28tr, work 2tr into next tr, rpt from * to * 9 more times to 3tch, miss 3tch, ss to top of 3ch on the beginning of row to make a round. Turn. (38 shell groups including each of the 2 shells under arms)

Helpful Tip:          Dividing Armholes Pictorial

First Row – 1ch, ss into each st to 1ch space on shell, 5ch, 1tr into same 1ch space, work 1vst (see abbrev) into 1ch space of each shell to end, ss to 3rd of 5ch on beginning of row. Turn. (38vst)

Second Row – 1ch, ss to 2ch space on vst, work (3ch, 1tr, 1ch, 2tr) into same 2ch space, 1 shell into each 2ch space of vst to end, ss to top of 3ch on beginning of row. Turn.

Rpt First & Second Rows until 17 rows have been worked in all from yoke.

Work First Row once. Turn.

Next Row – 1ch, * work (1dc, 5tr, 1dc) into 2ch space on vst, * rpt from * to * to end, ss to first dc. You should now have 19 pattern rows worked in all.

Fasten off. Change to 4.00mm hook.

Sleeves x 2 – With RS facing, rejoin yarn to side of tr on skirt under arm, make 3ch, work 1tr into same space, 1tr into each tr around sleeve, 2tr into side of tr on opposite side of sleeve, ss to top of 3ch on beginning of row. DNT. (31tr + 3ch)

Next Row – 1ch, 1dc into base of 1ch, miss 1tr, * work (1dc, 3tr, 1dc) into next tr, miss 2tr, * rpt from * to * to end, ss to first dc on beginning of row. (10 groups)

Fasten off. Continue with 4.00mm hook from now on.

Button/Buttonhole Bands – Starting at lower edge on right hand back edge, with RS facing, rejoin yarn to side of tr on first row of skirt, make 1ch, 1dc into same space, work 17 more dc evenly up back edge to corner, 3dc into corner, 1dc into each ch around neck edge, 3dc into corner, 18dc evenly down left back edge. Turn.

Next Row – 1ch, work 1dc into each of next 19dc to neck edge. Turn. (20dc)

Rpt last row once working from neck edge down to end.

Fasten off.

Buttonholes – Return to the first side of back edge, rejoin yarn to centre dc on neck edge, work 1ch, 1dc into base of 1ch, * 2ch, miss 1dc, 1dc into next 7dc, * rpt from * to * once more, 2ch, miss 1dc, 1dc into each dc to end. Turn. (3 buttonholes)

Starting with 1ch, 1dc into base of 1ch, work 1dc into each dc and 2ch space to end. (20dc)

Fasten off.

Flower Applique Please Click HERE for flower.

Finishing – Close small gap under arms, weave in and trim off any loose ends of yarn, sew on buttons to correspond with buttonholes, thread ribbon through stitches under yoke, attach flower to front of dress.

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