French Riviera Shift Dress

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Whether you’re vacationing along the French Riviera or enjoying an ice cream at the beach, this retro-inspired shift dress will pair perfectly with some sunglasses and a boater hat as you soak up the sun this summer!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Extra Small/Small (Small/Medium, Medium/Large), 33 (37, 41)” / [84 (94, 104) cm] bust, 30.5 (31, 31.5)” / [77 (79, 80) cm] length

Shown in size Small/Medium.

Gauge: 14 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc.

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Lana Grossa Organico (100% Cotton; 98 yards [90 meters]/50 grams): Jeansblau (A, 7 (8, 10) balls), Weib (B, 6 (6, 7) balls)

Hook: US size I/9 (5.5 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, three 0.4” / [1 cm] buttons

Special Stitches

Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog)

Insert hook into next st, yo, draw up a lp (2 lps on hook), insert hook into next st, yo, draw up a lp (3 lps on hook), yo, pull through 3 lps on hook.

Pattern Notes

This dress is worked in rows from bottom to top.

The dress is worked in two parts, which are seamed together to create the final dress.

The peter pan collar is worked in rows along the neckline of the dress.

Pattern

Front

With A, ch 76 (84, 92).

Row 1: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 75 (83, 91) sts. Turn work. (77 (85, 93) sts)

Rows 2-6: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 36 (40, 44) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (77 (85, 93) sts)

Row 7: Change to B, rep Row 2.

Row 8: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 34 (38, 42) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (75 (83, 91) sts)

Rows 9-12: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 35 (39, 43) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (75 (83, 91) sts)

Rows 13-15: Change to A, rep Row 9.

Row 16: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 33 (37, 41) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (73 (81, 89) sts)

Rows 17-18: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 34 (38, 42) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (73 (81, 89) sts)

Rows 19-23: Change to B, rep Row 17.

Row 24: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 32 (36, 40) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (71 (79, 87) sts)

Rows 25-30: Change to A, ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 33 (37, 41) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (71 (79, 87) sts)

Row 31: Change to B, rep Row 25.

Row 32: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 31 (35, 39) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (69 (77, 85) sts)

Rows 33-36: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 32 (36, 40) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (69 (77, 85) sts)

Rows 37-39: Change to A, rep Row 33.

Row 40: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 30 (34, 38) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (67 (75, 83) sts)

Rows 41-42: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 31 (35, 39) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (67 (75, 83) sts)

Rows 43-47: Change to B, rep Row 41.

Row 48: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 29 (33, 37) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (65 (73, 81) sts)

Rows 49-54: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 30 (34, 38) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (65 (73, 81) sts)

Row 55: Change to B, rep Row 49.

Row 56: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 28 (32, 36) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (63 (71, 79) sts)

Rows 57-60: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 29 (33, 37) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (63 (71, 79) sts)

Rows 61-63: Change to A, rep Row 57.

Row 64: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 27 (31, 35) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (61 (69, 77) sts)

Rows 65-66: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 28 (32, 36) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (61 (69, 77) sts)

Rows 67-71: Change to B, rep Row 65.

Row 72: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 26 (30, 34) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (59 (67, 75) sts)

Rows 73-78: Change to A, ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 27 (31, 35) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (59 (67, 75) sts)

Rows 79-84: Change to B, rep Row 73.

Rows 85-88: Change to A, rep Row 73.

Row 89: Sl st in next 2 (4, 4) sts, ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 23 (25, 29) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (53 (57, 65) sts)

Row 90: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 22 (24, 28) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (51 (55, 63) sts)

Row 91: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 21 (23, 27) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (49 (53, 61) sts)

Row 92: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 20 (22, 26) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (47 (51, 59) sts)

Row 93: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 19 (21, 25) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (45 (49, 57) sts)

Row 94: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 18 (20, 24) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (43 (47, 55) sts)

Sizes – (Small/Medium, Medium/Large)

Row – (95, 95): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * – (19, 23) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (- (45, 53) sts)

Size – (-, Medium/Large)

Row 96: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * – (-, 22) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (- (-, 51) sts)

Row 97: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * – (-, 21) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (- (-, 49 sts)

All Sizes

Row 95 (96, 98): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 19 (20, 22) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (43 (45, 49) sts)

Row 96 (97, 99): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 17 (18, 20) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (41 (43, 47) sts)

Row 97 (98, 10): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip 1 st; rep from * 18 (19, 21) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (41 (43, 47) sts)

Row 98 (99, 101): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 16 (17, 19) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (39 (41, 45) sts)

Rows 99 (100, 102)-101 (103, 105): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 17 (18, 20) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (39 (41, 45) sts)

Left Shoulder

Row 102 (104, 106): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 4 (4, 5) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (14 (14, 16) sts)

Row 103 (105, 107): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 3 (3, 4) more times, sc in next st, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (13 (13, 15) sts)

Row 104 (106, 108): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 3 (3, 4) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (12 (12, 14) sts)

Row 105 (107, 109): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (11 (11, 13) sts)

Row 106 (108, 110): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (10 (10, 12) sts)

Row 107 (109, 111): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 1 (1, 2) more times, sc in next st, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (9 (9, 11) sts)

Rows 108 (110, 126)-114 (116, 118): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (9 (9, 11) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Right Shoulder

Attach yarn to 15 (15,17)th st of Row 101 (103, 105). Turn work.

Row 102 (104, 106): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 4 (4, 5) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (14 (14, 16) sts)

Row 103 (105, 107): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 3 (3, 4) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (13 (13, 15) sts)

Row 104 (106, 108): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 3 (3, 4) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (12 (12, 14) sts)

Row 105 (107, 109): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (11 (11, 13) sts)

Row 106 (108, 110): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (10 (10, 12) sts)

Row 107 (109, 111): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 1 (1, 2) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (9 (9, 11) sts)

Rows 108 (110, 126)-114 (116, 118): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2,3) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (9 (9, 11) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Back

With A, ch 76 (84, 92).

Rows 1-99 (100, 102): Rep Rows 1-99 (100, 102) of Front.

Sizes – (Small/Medium, Medium/Large)

Row – (101, 103): Rep Row – (100, 102).

Left Shoulder

Size Extra Small/Small only

Row 100: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 6 more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (18 sts)

Row 101: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 6 more times, sc in next st, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (18 sts)

Rows 102-109: Rep Rows 100-101.

Sizes – (Small/Medium, Medium/Large)

Rows – (102, 104) – – (111, 113): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * – (7, 8) more times, sc in next st. Turn work. (- (19, 21) sts)

All Sizes

Row 110 (112, 114): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 3 (3, 4) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (12 (12, 14) sts)

Row 111 (113, 115): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (11 (11, 13) sts)

Row 112 (114, 116): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (10 (10, 12) sts)

Row 113 (115, 117): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 1 (1, 2) more times, sc in next st, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (9 (9, 11) sts)

Row 114 (116, 118): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (9 (9, 11) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Right Shoulder

Attach yarn to 21 (22, 24)th st of Row 99 (101, 103). Turn work.

Size Extra Small/Small only

Row 100-Row 109: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 8 more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (21 sts)

Fasten off.

Sizes – (Small/Medium, Medium/Large)

Row – (102, 104): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * – (8, 9) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (- (22, 24) sts)

Row – (103, 105): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * – (8, 9) more times, sc in next st, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (- (22, 24) sts)

Rows – (104, 106) – – (111, 113): Rep Rows – (116, 118) – – (117, 119).

Fasten off.

All Sizes

Attach yarn to 13 (13,15)th st of Row 123 (125, 127). Turn work.

Row 110 (112, 114): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 3 (3, 4) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (12 (12, 14) sts)

Row 111 (113, 115): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2,3) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (11 (11, 13) sts)

Row 112 (114, 116): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st, sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2,3) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (10 (10, 12) sts)

Row 113 (115, 117): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, sc in next st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 1 (1, 2) more times, sc in next st, sc2tog across same st, skip next st, continue sc2tog in next st. Turn work. (9 (9 ,11) sts)

Row 114 (116, 118): Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in same st, skip next st, *2 sc in next st, skip next st; rep from * 2 (2, 3) more times, sc in next st/turning ch. Turn work. (9 (9, 11) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Assembly

Place Front on top of Back.

Flip this layout inside out, then seam along the ends of either side of the dress, working bottom to top to Row 88 of Front and Back of Dress.

Seam both Shoulders (Row 114 (116, 118), creates armhole.

Armhole Border

Rnd 1: Attach A at underarm seam of Dress, ch 1, sc in same st, 58 (61, 66) sc along border of Armhole, sl st in first sc of rnd. (59 (62, 67) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Neckline and Button Border

Row 1: Attach A in last st of Row 100 (102,104) of Left Shoulder of Back, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 9 sts, along the border of Left Shoulder. Turn work. (10 (10,10) sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 1, skip next st (creates buttonhole), sc in next 2 sts; rep from * twice more. Turn work. (10 (10, 10) sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 8 ch-sps/sts, 2 sc in corner st, 55 (65, 77) sc along the border of Neckline, 2 sc in corner, sc in next 9 (9, 9) sts. (77 (87, 99) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Peter Pan Collar

Left Side

Attach B in 45 (50, 56)th st of Row 3 of Neckline and Button Border. Turn work.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st [the 44 (49, 55)th st of Row 3 of Neckline and Button Border], 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st. Turn work. (8 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 7 sts, sc in next 3 sts of Row 3 of Neckline and Button Border. Turn work. (11 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 10 sts. Turn work. (11 sts)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 10 sts, sc in next 16 (20, 24) sts of Row 3 (3, 3) of Neckline and Button Border. Turn work. (27 (31, 35) sts)

Rows 5-6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 26 (30, 34) sts. Turn work. (27 (31, 35) sts)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 22 (26, 30) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, sc2tog. Turn work. (27 (31, 35) sts)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 23 (27, 31) sts. Turn work. (27 (31, 35) sts)

Row 9: Rep Row 7.

Row 10: Rep Row 8.

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Right Side

Attach B in the 32 (38, 44)th st of Row 3 of Neckline and Button Border.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st [the 33 (39, 45)th st of Row 3 of Neckline and Button Border], 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st. Turn work. (8 sts)

Rows 2-10: Rep Rows 2-10 of Left-side” Peter Pan Collar.

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Border

Attach B yarn in the last st of Row 4 of Peter Pan Collar Left Side.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc around the edge of Left Side of the Peter Pan Collar, sl st in the skipped st in between the two sides of the collar, sc around the edge of the Right Side of the Peter Pan Collar. (87 (95,103) sts)

Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.

Finishing

Seam the left end of the Neckline and Button Border to the Right Shoulder along bottom of Row 100 (102, 104).

Sew 1 button beneath each buttonhole.

Weave in all ends.

Block Dress to size and shape.

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