Land of Sweets Candy Cane Dress

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Inspired by the dancing candy canes in the Nutcracker ballet, this sweet dress would make a wonderful handmade present for any little girl this Christmas. She’ll love donning this frock as she twirls around the Christmas tree, dreaming of the Land of Sweets.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 9-12 (18-24) Months, Finished Measurements 14 (16.25)” / [36 (41) cm] Dress length x 19.5 (21.5)” / [49 (55) cm] Dress width

Shown in size 9-12 Months.

Gauge: 16 sts and 17 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Sc.

Materials

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport (100% Merino Wool; 136 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): 0893 Ruby (A), 5 (6) balls; 0871 White (B), 1 (2) balls

*Categorize your yarn by choosing the appropriate size below

Hook: US size 7 (4.5mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch marker

Abbreviations

blsc – back loop single crochet

ch – chain stitch

fsc – foundation single crochet

lp(s) – loop(s)

sl – slip

sc –  single crochet

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

sc3tog – single crochet 3 together

st(s) – stitch(es)

Special Stitches

Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog)

Insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a lp (2 lps on hook). Insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a lp (3 loops on hook). Insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a lp (4 lps on hook), yo, pull through 4 lps on hook.

Back Loop Single Crochet (blsc)

Insert hook in next st, but not through both lps, only through the back loop, yo, draw up a lp (2 lps on hook), yo, pull through 2 lps on hook.

Foundation Single Crochet (fsc)

Insert hook in the base of the previous st, draw up a lp (2 lps on hook), yo, pull through 1 lp (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 lps on hook.

Pattern Notes

The Bodice is worked flat in rows from bottom to top in two parts and seamed together. The Skirt is worked in the round from top to bottom along the bottom of the Bodice. The Sleeves and Pockets are worked flat in rows and seamed onto the dress.

Pattern

Bodice (Front)

With A, ch 45 (51).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 43 (49) sts, turn. (44 (50) sts)

Row 2: Sl st in next 44 (50) sts, turn. (44 (50) sts)

Row 3: Change to B, ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 43 (49) sl sts, turn. (44 (50) sts)

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Row 5: Change to A, rep Row 3.

Row 6: Rep Row 2.

Row 7: Change to B, rep Row 3.

Row 8: Rep Row 2.

Row 9: Change to A, rep Row 3.

Row 10: Rep Row 2.

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 11: Change to B, rep row 3.

Row 12: Rep Row 2.

Row 13: Change to A, rep Row 3.

Row 14: Rep Row 2.

All Sizes

Row 11 (15): Change to B, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 40 (46) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (42 (48) sts)

Row 12 (16): Sl st in next 42 (48) sts, turn. (42 (48) sts)

Row 13 (17): Change to A, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 38 (44) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (40 (46) sts)

Row 14 (18): Sl st in next 40 (46) sts, turn. (40 (46) sts)

Row 15 (19): Change to B, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 36 (42) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (38 (44) sts)

Row 16 (20): Sl st in next 38 (44) sts, turn. (38 (44) sts)

Row 17 (21): Change to A, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 34 (40) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (36 (42) sts)

Row 18 (22): Sl st in next 36 (42) sts, turn. (36 (42) sts)

Row 19 (23): Change to B, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 32 (38) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (34 (40) sts)

Row 20 (24): Sl st in next 34 (40) sts, turn. (34 (40) sts)

Row 21 (25): Change to A, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 30 (36) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (32 (38) sts)

Row 22 (26): Sl st in next 32 (38) sts, turn. (32 (38) sts)

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 27: Change to B, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 34 sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (36 sts)

Row 28: Sl st in next 36 sts, turn. (36 sts)

All Sizes

Row 23 (29): Change to B (A), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 31 (35) sl sts, turn. (32 (36) sts)

Row 24 (30): Sl st in next 32 (36) sts, turn. (32 (36) sts)

Row 25 (31): Change to A (B), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 26 (32): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 27 (33): Change to B (A), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 28 (34): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 29 (35): Change to A (B), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 30 (36): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 31 (37): Change to B (A), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 32 (38): Rep Row 24 (30).

Strap (Right)

Row 33 (39): Change to A (B), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 6 (7) sl sts, turn. (7 (8) sts)

Row 34 (40): Sl st in next 7 (8) sts, turn. (7 (8) sts)

Row 35 (41): Change to B (A), ch 1, 2 sc in same sl st, sc in next 6 (7) sl sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 36 (42): Sl st in next 8 (9) sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 37 (43): Change to A (B), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 7 (8) sl sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Strap (Left)

Attach A (B) in the 7th (8th) st of Row 32 (38) of Bodice (Front), turn.

Row 33 (39): Ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 6 (7) sl sts, turn. (7 (8) sts)

Row 34 (40): Sl st in next 7 (8) sts, turn. (7 (8) sts)

Row 35 (41): Change to B (A), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 5 (6) sl sts, 2 sc in next sl st, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 36 (42): Sl st in next 8 (9) sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 37 (43): Change to A (B), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 7 (8) sl sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Bodice (Back)

With A, ch 45 (51).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 43 (49) sts, turn. (44 (50) sts)

Row 2: Sl st in next 44 (50) sts, turn. (44 (50) sts)

Row 3: Change to B, ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 43 (49) sl sts, turn. (44 (50) sts)

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Row 5: Change to A, rep Row 3.

Row 6: Rep Row 2.

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 7: Change to B, rep Row 3.

Row 8: Rep Row 2.

Button Flap

Row 7 (9): Change to B (A), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 18 (21) sl sts, 6 fsc, turn. (25 (28) sts)

Row 8 (10): Sl st in next 25 (28) sts, turn. (25 (28) sts)

Row 9 (11): Change to A (B), rep Row 7 (9).

Row 10 (12): Rep Row 8 (10).

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 13: Change to A, rep Row 7 (9).

Row 14: Rep Row 8 (10).

All Sizes

Row 11 (15): Change to B, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 23 (26) sl sts, turn. (24 (27) sts)

Row 12 (16): Sl st in next 24 (27) sts, turn. (24 (27) sts)

Row 13 (17): Change to A, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 22 (25) sl sts, turn. (23 (26) sts)

Row 14 (18): Sl st in next 23 (26) sts, turn. (23 (26) sts)

Row 15 (19): Change to B, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 21 (24) sl sts, turn. (22 (25) sts)

Row 16 (20): Sl st in next 22 (25) sts, turn. (22 (25) sts)

Row 17 (21): Change to A, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 20 (23) sl sts, turn. (21 (24) sts)

Row 18 (22): Sl st in next 21 (24) sts, turn. (21 (24) sts)

Row 19 (23): Change to B, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 19 (22) sl sts, turn. (20 (23) sts)

Row 20 (24): Sl st in next 20 (23) sts, turn. (20 (23) sts)

Row 21 (25): Change to A, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 18 (21) sl sts, turn. (19 (22) sts)

Row 22 (26): Sl st in next 19 (22) sts, turn. (19 (22) sts)

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 27: Change to B, ch 1, sc2tog in sl sts, sc in next 20 sl sts, turn. (21 sts)

Row 28: Sl st in next 21 sts, turn. (21 sts)

All Sizes

Row 23 (29): Change to B (A), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 18 (20) sl sts, turn. (19 (21) sts)

Row 24 (30): Sl st in next 19 (21) sts, turn. (19 (21) sts)

Row 25 (31): Change to A (B), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 26 (32): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 27 (33): Change to B (A), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 28 (34): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 29 (35): Change to A (B), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 30 (36): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 31 (37): Change to B (A), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 32 (38): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 33 (39): Change to A (B), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 34 (40): Rep Row 24 (30).

Strap (Right)

Row 35 (41): Change to B (A), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 6 (7) sl sts, turn. (7 (8) sts)

Row 36 (42): Sl st in next 7 (8) sts, turn. (7 (8) sts)

Row 37 (43): Change to A (B), ch 1, 2 sc in same sl st, sc in next 6 (7) sl sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 38 (44): Sl st in next 8 (9) sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 39 (45): Change to B (A), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 7 (8) sl sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 40 (46): Rep Row 38 (44).

Row 41 (47): Change to A (B), rep Row 39 (45)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Bottom Flap

Attach B (A) in the 25th (28th) st of Row 6 (8) of Bodice (Back), turn.

Row 7 (9): Ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 24 (27) sl sts, turn. (25 (28) sts)

Row 8 (10): Sl st in next 25 (28) sts, turn. (25 (28) sts)

Row 9 (11): Change to A (B), rep Row 7 (9).

Row 10 (12): Rep Row 8 (10).

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 13: Change to A, rep Row 7 (9).

Row 14: Rep Row 8 (10).

All Sizes

Row 11 (15): Change to B, ch 1, sc in sl st, sc in next 22 (25) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (24 (27) sts)

Row 12 (16): Sl st in next 24 (27) sts, turn. (24 (27) sts)

Row 13 (17): Change to A, ch 1, sc in sl st, sc in next 21 (24) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (23 (26) sts)

Row 14 (18): Sl st in next 23 (26) sts, turn. (23 (26) sts)

Row 15 (19): Change to B, ch 1, sc in sl st, sc in next 20 (23) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (22 (25) sts)

Row 16 (20): Sl st in next 22 (25) sts, turn. (22 (25) sts)

Row 17 (21): Change to A, ch 1, sc in sl st, sc in next 19 (22) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (21 (24) sts)

Row 18 (22): Sl st in next 21 (24) sts, turn. (21 (24) sts)

Row 19 (23): Change to B, ch 1, sc in sl st, sc in next 18 (21) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (20 (23) sts)

Row 20 (24): Sl st in next 20 (23) sts, turn. (20 (23) sts)

Row 21 (25): Change to A, ch 1, sc in sl st, sc in next 17 (20) sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (19 (22) sts)

Row 22 (26): Sl st in next 19 (22) sts, turn. (19 (22) sts)

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 27: Change to B, ch 1, sc in sl st, sc in next 19 sl sts, sc2tog, turn. (21 sts)

Row 28: Sl st in next 21 sts, turn. (21 sts)

All Sizes

Row 23 (29): Change to B (A), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 18 (20) sl sts, turn. (19 (21) sts)

Row 24 (30): Sl st in next 19 (21) sts, turn. (19 (21) sts)

Row 25 (31): Change to A (B), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 26 (32): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 27 (33): Change to B (A), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 28 (34): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 29 (35): Change to A (B), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 30 (36): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 31 (37): Change to B (A), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 32 (38): Rep Row 24 (30).

Row 33 (39): Change to A (B), rep Row 23 (29).

Row 34 (40): Rep Row 24 (30).

Left Strap

Attach B (A) in the 7th (8th) st of Row 34 (40) of Bodice (Bottom Flap), turn.

Row 35 (41): Ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 6 (7) sl sts, turn. (7 (8) sts)

Row 36 (42): Sl st in next 7 (8) sts, turn. (7 (8) sts)

Row 37 (43): Change to A (B), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 5 (6) sl sts, 2 sc in next sl st, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 38 (44): Sl st in next 8 (9) sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 39 (45): Change to B (A), ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 7 (8) sl sts, turn. (8 (9) sts)

Row 40 (46): Rep Row 38 (44).

Row 41 (47): Change to A (B), rep Row 39 (45)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Bodice Assembly

Follow Assembly Diagram.

Place Bodice (Front) on top of the Bodice (Back).

Flip this layout inside out, then seam along the ends of either side of the bodice, working bottom to top, until you reach Row 11 (15) of the front and back of bodice (creates armhole).

Seam the ends of the Strap (Right) together along Row 41 (47).

Seam the ends of the Strap (Left) together along Row 41 (47).

Flip seamed bodice right side out.

Skirt

Rnd 1: Attach A to 22nd (25th) st of Row 1 of Bodice (Back), ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * all around bottom of seamed Bodice. Do not sl st in first sc of this rnd. (132 (150) sts)

Rnds 2-42 (50): Beg in first st from the previous rnd, sc in next 132 (150) sts. Do not sl st in first sc of this rnd. (132 (150) sts)

Rnd 43 (51): Beg in first st from the previous rnd, blsc in next 132 (150) sts, sl st in first blsc of this rnd. (132 (150) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Neckline Border

Attach A along the side of Row 7 (9) in first st of Bottom Flap, sc in next 13 (18) sts along side of Bottom Flap, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner st, sc in next 62 (74) sts along Neckline, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner st, sc in next 13 (18) sts along side of Button Flap. (92 (114) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Sleeves (make 2)

With A, ch 25 (27).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 23 (25) sts, turn. (24 (26) sts)

Size (9-12) Months only

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 flsc in same st, flsc in next 23 sts, turn (ridge creates cuff). (24 sts)

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 flsc in same st, flsc in next 23 (24) sts, 2 flsc in next st, turn (ridge creates cuff).  (28 sts)

All Sizes

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 22 (26) sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (26 (30) sts)

Rows 4-6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 25 (29) sts, turn. (26 (30) sts)

Row 7: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 24 (28) sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (28 (32) sts)

Rows 8-10: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 27 (31) sts, turn. (28 (32) sts)

Row 11: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 26 (30) sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (30 (34) sts)

Rows 12-14: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 29 (33) sts, turn. (30 (34) sts)

Row 15: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 28 (32) sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (32 (36) sts)

Rows 16-18: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 31 (35) sts, turn. (32 (36) sts)

Row 19: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 30 (34) sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (34 (38) sts)

Rows 20-22: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 33 (37) sts, turn. (34 (38) sts)

Row 23: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 32 (36) sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (36 (40) sts)

Rows 24-26: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 35 (39) sts, turn. (36 (40) sts)

Row 27: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 34 (38) sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (38 (42) sts)

Rows 28-30: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 37 (41) sts, turn. (38 (42) sts)

Row 31: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 36 (40) sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (40 (44) sts)

Rows 32-35: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 39 (43) sts, turn. (40 (44) sts)

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 36: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 42 sts, 2 sc in next st, turn. (46 sts)

Rows 37-39: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 45 sts, turn. (46 sts)

All Sizes

Row 36 (40): Ch 1, sc3tog, sc in next 34 (40) sts, sc3tog, turn. (36 (42) sts)

Row 37 (41): Ch 1, sc3tog, sc in next 30 (36) sts, sc3tog, turn. (32 (38) sts)

Row 38 (42): Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 31 (37) sts, turn. (32 (38) sts)

Row 39 (43): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 28 (34) sts, sc2tog, turn. (30 (36) sts)

Row 40 (44): Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 29 (35) sts, turn. (30 (36) sts)

Row 41 (45): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 26 (32) sts, sc2tog, turn. (28 (34) sts)

Row 42 (46): Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 27 (33) sts, turn. (28 (34) sts)

Row 43 (47): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 24 (30) sts, sc2tog, turn. (26 (32) sts)

Row 44 (48): Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 25 (31) sts, turn. (26 (32) sts)

Row 45 (49): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 22 (28) sts, sc2tog, turn. (24 (30) sts)

Row 46 (50): Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 23 (29) sts, turn. (24 (30) sts)

Row 47 (51): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 9 (12) sts, sc2tog, sc in next 9 (12) sts, sc2tog, turn. (21 (27) sts)

Row 48 (52): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 17 (23) sts, sc2tog, turn. (19 (25) sts)

Row 49 (53): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 15 (21) sts, sc2tog, turn. (17 (23) sts)

Size (18-24) Months only

Row 54: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 19 sts, sc2tog, turn. (21 sts)

All Sizes

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Pockets (make 2)

With A, ch 12 (13).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 10 (11) sts, turn. (11 (12) sts)

Row 2: Sl st in next 11 (12) sts, turn. (11 (12) sts)

Row 3: Change to B, ch 1, 2 sc in same sl st, sc in next 9 (10) sl sts, 2 sc in next sl st, turn. (13 (14) sts)

Row 4: Sl st in next 13 (14) sts, turn. (13 (14) sts)

Row 5: Change to A, ch 1, 2 sc in same sl st, sc in next 11 (12) sl sts. 2 sc in next sl st, turn. (15 (16) sts)

Row 6: Sl st in next 15 (16) sts, turn. (15 (16) sts)

Row 7: Change to B, ch 1, sc in same sl st, sc in next 14 (15) sl sts, turn. (15 (16) sts)

Row 8: Rep Row 6.

Row 9: Change to A, rep Row 7.

Row 10: Rep Row 6.

Row 11: Change to B, rep Row 7.

Row 12: Rep Row 6.

Row 13: Change to A, rep Row 7.

Row 14: Rep Row 6.

Row 15: Change to B, rep Row 7.

Row 16: Rep Row 6.

Row 17: Change to A, rep Row 7.

Row 18: Re Row 6.

Row 19: Rep Row 7.

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Assembly

Follow Assembly Diagram.

Pockets

Place both Pockets on front of Skirt of the dress. Sew pockets in place.

Sleeves

Flip each Sleeve inside out (cuff inside) and seam along the ends of the rows from Rows 1-35 (39).

Seam each Sleeve onto the Bodice at the armholes along Rows 36 (40)-49 (54) of Sleeve.

Flip seamed Dress right side out.

Finishing

Block Dress to size and shape.

Sew 3 buttons onto Bottom Band, 1 button underneath each button hole.

Weave in all ends.

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