Dare to Flair Toddler Dress

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Your little one’s summer style has never looked so chic. The paneled construction and dramatic flair are enhanced by the reverse single crochet used to connect the panels, creating a slight ridging at the seams. While this enchanting design looks like it would take advanced skill and long hours to master, the tunisian simple stitch means that even relatively new crocheters can tackle this pattern—plus, it’s a great on-the-go project.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 2T (4, 6, 8) finished bust size 23 (25, 27, 29)” / [59 (63.5, 68.5, 73.5) cm] to fit bust 21 (23, 25, 26½)” / [53 (59, 63.5, 67) cm], 17 (21 ½, 23 ½, 26)” / [43 (54.5, 60, 66) cm] length from shoulder to hem

Shown in size 2T

Gauge: 16 sts and 13 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Tss after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Fine weight yarn Lisa Souza Hardtwist (100% Superwash Merino; 500 yards [457 meters]/151 grams): Emerald City, (1 (2, 2, 2) balls

Hook: US size I/9 (5.5 mm) Tunisian hook; US size I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook

Notions: tapestry needle

Abbreviations

Return Pass (RP): Ch 1, *yo, pull through 2 lps; rep from * until only 1 lp rem on hook.

Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss): Insert hook vertically from right to left under vertical bar, yo, pull up a lp.

Reverse Single Crochet: Working in the opposite direction as normal, insert hook in next st from front of fabric, yo and pull through a lp, yo and pull through 2 lps.

Pattern Notes

Each row is worked as a forward pass and a return pass.

Panels and triangles are made separately, then seamed together; see diagram for placement.

Shoulder panels are created to begin at front hem and end at back hem, going over the shoulder and thus, eliminating the shoulder seam.

Pattern

Shoulders Panel (make 2)

Ch 8 (8, 10, 12).
Row 1: Insert hook in second ch from hook, yo, pull up a lp, *insert hook in next ch, yo, pull up a lp; rep from * across. RP – 8 (8, 10, 12) Tss.
Rows 2-110 (138, 152, 168): Tss in each st across. RP.

Row 111 (139, 153, 169): Sc in each Tss across, fasten off – 8 (8, 10, 12) sc.

Underarm Panel (make 2)

Ch 8 (10, 12, 12).
Row 1: Insert hook in second ch from hook, yo, pull up a lp, *insert hook in next ch, yo, pull up a lp; rep from * across. RP – 8 (10, 12, 12) Tss.
Rows 2-41 (55, 59, 67)
: Tss in each st across. RP.

Row 42 (56, 60, 68): Sc in each Tss across, fasten off – 8 (10, 12, 12) sc.

Bodice Panel (make 2)

Ch 22 (24, 24, 26).
Row 1: Insert hook in second ch from hook, yo, pull up a lp, *insert hook in next ch, yo, pull up a lp; rep from * across. RP – 22 (24, 24, 26) Tss
Rows 2-47 (57, 63, 69): Tss in each st across. RP.

Row 48 (58, 64, 70): Sc in each Tss across, fasten off – 22 (24, 24, 26) sc.

Triangles (make 8)

Ch 15 (18, 21,24)

Row 1: Insert hook in second ch from hook, yo, pull up a lp, *insert hook in next ch, yo, pull up a lp; rep from * across. RP – 15 (18, 21, 24) Tss.
Row 2: Tss in each st across. RP.

Row 3: Tss in each st across to 1 st before end, leave last st unworked. RP – 14 (17, 20, 23) Tss.

Row 4: Rep Row 2

Rows 5-28 (34, 40, 46): Rep Rows 3-4, 12 (15, 18, 21) more times – 2 (2, 2, 2) Tss.

Joining

Working from the hem upward with RS facing, reverse single crochet the pieces together in the following order, using schematic as a guide: triangle to bodice panel, shoulder panel to triangle and bodice, triangle to shoulder panel, underarm panel to triangle and shoulder panel, triangle to underarm panel, opposite end of already joined shoulder panel to triangle and underarm panel, triangle to shoulder panel, second bodice panel to triangle and shoulder panel, triangle to second bodice panel, second shoulder panel to triangle and second bodice, triangle to second shoulder panel, second underarm panel to triangle and second shoulder panel, triangle to second underarm panel, opposite end of second shoulder panel to triangle and underarm panel, triangle to second shoulder panel, first bodice to triangle and second shoulder panel.

Finishing

Evenly work reverse single crochet around neck opening, arm holes, and hem.

Weave in ends. Block if desired. yarn ball

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