Hi everyone! I have super exciting news today. Most of you are very familiar with my free crochet patterns available here on my blog. I put most of my crochet and designing time into them. But here and there I find some extra time to make very special crochet patterns. I call them premium crochet patterns. I have just published one of those, which is super exciting and I would like to tell you more about it.
Watch my latest video sharing tips and tricks about my latest crochet pattern Little Ladybug.
Let’s talk about the pattern.
The pattern is written in 4 different sizes. I am very used to making baby garments in sizes up to 12 months. However many of you were requesting bigger sizes. After all, with years kids are growing and love to crochet is not getting any weaker.
I can’t even tell you how many times I wrote patterns for larger sizes, but they have never ever made it to the testing round. Now I can proudly say that we are opening a new chapter. This adorable crochet baby dress is available in sizes up to three years. Hopefully, more patterns with larger sizes will follow in the future.
My initial idea was to use a Paintbox Yarn in two different colors and yarn weights. Color one and Aran weight yarn for the top, color two and Aran weight yarn for the middle part and both colors in DK weight yarn for the skirt. Both, the top and the middle part came out very thick and heavy which I did not end up liking that much. So I switched to the DK weight yarn.
The dress is now entirely made just with the DK weight yarn. The fabric is soft and flowy. Just like I imagined it to be. I think it came out super beautiful.
3. Stitch Pattern
The stitch pattern on the skirt is a mix of yarn in two different shades and a bunch of double, half double crochet stitches and chains.
The pattern will ask you to cut the yarn after each round and start the next one with a new color. The bad side of this technique is that you will end up with a bunch of yarns. We all know they can be a nightmare, especially because you have to hide them between the stitches very carefully or else they will start unraveling and messing with your work.
One of my testers gave a great tip on how to solve that problem and that is by blocking the round you are currently not working on with a stitch marker. Let’s say that this round is made with color one. Lift the new round, made with color two, to a proper hight and continue with your work. Then when you finish with that round, block that round with a stitch marker. Continue with the color one.
But let me explain why I did not use that technique as my main technique in the pattern and stayed with my crazy yarn end technique instead. I was trying really hard to hide those yarn transitions, so going from one round to another. In fact, I made a couple of dresses just to figure out the best way to implement the recommended technique.
After a couple of tries, I finally found trick how to hide the transitions. In short, with every new round, you make you have to move for one set of stitches. Pushing the beginnings of the rounds further and further away from where the original seam. Pulling color one to your right and color two to your left.
I decided to mention this technique here, in the video and in my PDF pattern because it’s a really great idea and it will save you a lot of time and energy. But since it can be a bit challenging to do it right, I’ve decided to leave the instructions the way they were and mention this technique as a great alternative.
The straps are tied together in a beautiful bow on the top of the shoulders. Some testers reported that they were falling off the shoulders. Therefore I’ve changed the pattern a bit and placed the straps on the back a little closer together. They should stay in place now, but if you still have that problem, just position them even closer together and they should be fine.
5. Skill level
The pattern is labeled as an intermediate skill level pattern. Honestly, that is only because of the stitch pattern used for the skirt. It’s super easy once you get a hang of it, but it has a tiny learning curve.
In the PDF pattern are included written instructions and step by step photos to help you understand the stitch pattern. But you might keep that in mind, especially if you are a beginner level crocheter.