Buttons & Bows Dress

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A basic baby dress gets an update with a ribbed center panel, decorative buttons and sewn-on bows. With its short sleeves and pastel colors, this dress is ready for spring.

Size: Finished Chest Size 17 (18, 19, 20)” to fit size 6 (12, 18, 24) months

Gauge: 16 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stitch Pattern after blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Light weight yarn Deborah Norville Everyday Baby (100% acrylic; 308 yards [282 meters]/100 grams): 101-14 Aqua, 2 (2, 3, 3) balls

Hooks: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) for body; US size G/7 (4.0 mm) for ribbing

Notions: Tapestry needle; four 3/4” (19 mm) buttons; two 3” wide bows

Abbreviations

Bloback loop only

Special Stitches

Extended single crochet (esc): Insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop on hook, yo, pull though final 2 loops on hook.

Extended single crochet two together (esc2tog): Insert hook in first st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop on hook, insert hook into next st, yo, pull through 1 loop on hook, yo, pull through final 3 loops on hook.

Pattern Notes

When working collar and sleeve ribbing, attach ribbing to body by using a sc2tog in last st and body. Skip every other row or stitch of body when sc2tog to create an even rib.

Pattern

Back Ribbing

With smaller hook, ch 7.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn – 6 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in blo in each sc across, turn.

*Rep Row 2 until piece meas 10½ (11, 11½, 12)”, ending with a WS row.

Back

Change to larger hook.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 42 (44, 46, 48) evenly across ribbing, turn – 42 (44, 46, 48) sts.
Rows 2-8: Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, esc2tog, esc in each st to last 2 sts, esc2tog, turn – 40 (42, 44, 46) sts.

Rows 10-17: Rep Rows 2-9 – 38 (40, 42, 44) sts.

Rows 18-25: Rep Rows 2-9 – 36 (38, 40, 42) sts.

Rows 26-33: Rep Rows 2-9 – 34 (36, 38, 40) sts.

Sizes 18 (24) months only

Work 4 (6) rows even in esc.

All Sizes

Armhole Shaping

Row 1: Sl st in first 2 (3, 3, 4) sts, ch 1, esc in each st to last 2 (3, 3, 4) sts, leave last 2 (3, 3, 4) sts unworked, turn – 30 (30, 32, 34) sts.

Rows 2-12 (14, 15, 16): Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn.

Neck Shaping

Row 1: Ch 1, esc in next 9 (9, 10, 11) sts, leave rem sts unworked – 9 (9, 10, 11) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, esc2tog, esc in each st to end – 8 (8, 9, 10) sts.

Join yarn at opposite side and repeat neck shaping.

Front

Center Panel

Work ribbing same as Back until piece meas 5” from beginning.

Change to larger hook.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc 20 evenly across long side of ribbing, turn – 20 sts.
Rows 2-8: Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, esc2tog, esc in each st to last 2 sts, esc2tog, turn – 18 sts.

Rows 10-17: Rep Rows 2-9 – 16 sts.

Rows 18-25: Rep Rows 2-9 – 14 sts.

Rows 26-33: Rep Rows 2-9 – 12 sts.

Rows 34-43: Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn.

Fasten off.

Side Panel (make 2)

Work ribbing same as Back until piece meas 2¾ (3, 3¼, 3½)” from beginning.

Change to larger hook.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 11 (12, 13, 14) evenly across long side of ribbing, turn – 11 (12, 13, 14) sts.

Rows 2-33: Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn.

Sizes 18 (24) months only

Work 4 (6) rows even in esc.

Armhole Shaping

Row 1: Sl st in first 2 (3, 3, 4) sts, ch 1, esc in each st to end – 9 (9, 10, 10) sts.

Rows 2-8 (2-10, 2-11, 2-12): Ch 1, esc in each st across, turn.

Neck Shaping

Sizes 6 (12, 24) months only

Row 1: Ch 1, esc in each st to last 2 sts, esc2tog, turn – 8 (8, 9) sts.

Size 18 months only

Row 1: Ch 1, esc2tog, esc in each st to end, turn – 9 sts.

All Sizes

Work 5 rows even in esc.

Fasten off.

Front Ribbing (make 2)

With smaller hook, ch 4.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 sts, turn – 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in blo in each st across.

Rep Row 2 until piece meas 11¾”.Sew side panels to

Sew side panels to center panel. Sew Front ribbing at seams as shown in photo.

Block. Sew Front to Back at shoulder seams.

Sleeve

With larger hook, join yarn at corner of Left Front armhole.

Row 1: Ch 1, esc in next 28 (32, 34, 36) sts evenly to Back armhole corner, turn – 28 (32, 34, 36) sts.

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, esc in each st across.

Row 4: Ch 1, esc2tog, esc in each st to last 2 sts, esc2tog, turn – 26 (30, 32, 34) sts.

Row 5: Ch 1, esc2tog, esc in each st to last 2 sts, esc2tog, turn – 24 (28, 30, 32) sts.

Row 6: Rep Row 5 – 22 (26, 28, 30) sts.

Sizes 18 (24) months only

Work 2 (4) rows even.

Change to smaller hook.

Sleeve Ribbing

Ch 4.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc2tog last ch and last esc of Row 6 of Sleeve – 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in blo in each st across.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in blo in first 2 sts, sc2tog last st and second esc of Row 6 of Sleeve.

Rep Rows 2-3 until you have worked around Sleeve edge.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Use tail to sew underarm and side seam.

Repeat Sleeve for right side, joining yarn at corner of Back Right armhole.

Collar

With smaller hook, join yarn at Right Shoulder seam.

Ch 4.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc2tog last ch and next row of Body – 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in blo in each st across.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in blo in first 2 sts, sc2tog last st and next row of Body.

Rep Rows 2-3 around Neck Edge, working sc2tog in every other st or row of Body.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Use tail to sew ribbing together.

Finishing

Sew buttons in place using photo as guide. Attach bows to shoulders.

Weave in ends. yarn ball

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