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Idlewild Dress – Children’s Part 2

Little girls crochet dress pattern in sizes 2-16 makes a perfect flower girl dress. Great for family photos too. Free pattern + video tutorial.


In Part 2 of the Idlewild Dress Crochet Along, we’ll crochet the bodice back and seam our front and back pieces together. Scroll down for the free kids’ pattern + video tutorial.

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Free crochet dress pattern in progress featuring Lion Brand Beautiful You yarn in the color Rooibus Tea.
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Part 2

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• Find all relevant Idlewild Dress resources on the main page
• View Part 1 of the children’s pattern + video tutorial
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Idlewild Dress: Part 2
Children’s Sizes – Free Pattern

Supplies:
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Lion Brand Beautiful You (Weight: 2/fine – 326 yds, 3.5 oz)
Aquatic (#165-105) – 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins [(approx. 140 (200, 240, 300, 360, 410, 440, 470) g]

Colors also pictured: 
Arrowood (#165-194) (child’s peplum top)
Rooibos Tea (#165-138) (women’s dress)

Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook
• Tapestry needle
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• An iron with steam setting or handheld steamer for blocking
T-pins or rustproof straight sewing pins for blocking

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Sizes + Measurements:
Sizes: 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16)
Fits: 20.5 (23, 25, 26.5, 28, 30, 31.5, 32.5)” bust
*Additional measurements included in printable PDF if desired.

Overall Pattern Notes:
• Ch 3 at beginning of row or round counts as a dc throughout.

• Pattern is written in smallest sizes with larger sizes following in parenthesis.

• Watch video tutorial above this pattern for extra instruction.

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BODICE BACK

Notes:

  • Bodice Back is worked just as the front until Row 17 (21, 25, 29, 35, 35, 37, 37).
  • If you modified the bodice length by working additional rows before the arm indent, do the same thing for the Back as you did for the front.
  • When beginning Foundation Row/Chain, leave a 25” tail of unworked yarn for seaming sides.

Make 1. 

Preferred Foundation Row 1 (RS): Fdc 49 (55, 59, 63, 67, 71, 75, 77). [49 (55, 59, 63, 67, 71, 75, 77) fdc]

Alternative Foundation Row: Ch 51 (57, 61, 65, 69, 73, 77, 79).

Alternative Foundation Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch to end of row; turn. [49 (55, 59, 63, 67, 71, 75, 77) dc]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, (sc, dc) in first dc, sk next dc, *(sc, dc) in next dc, sk next dc; rep from * across to last st, sc in tch; turn. [49 (55, 59, 63, 67, 71, 75, 77) sts]

Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each st; turn. 

Rep Rows 2 and 3 two (three, four, seven, nine, nine, nine, nine) more times. 

Rep Row 2 once more. 

There should be 8 (10, 12, 18, 22, 22, 22, 22) Rows including Foundation Row 1 and piece should measure approx. 2.25 (2.75, 3.5, 5.25, 6.25, 6.25, 6.25, 6.25)” high.

If a longer Bodice is desired, work additional repeats of Rows 2 and 3 ending with a Row 2 before moving on to Indenting for Armholes.

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Indent for Armholes:

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sl st in first 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5) sts, ch 3, PM in third ch, dc in next st, dc in each dc until 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4, 4) sts remain, PM; turn. [45 (51, 55, 59, 63, 67, 67, 69) sts]

Remaining rows are worked between marked stitches only, move markers up each row if desired.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, (sc, dc) in first dc, *sk next dc, (sc, dc) in next dc; rep from * across, sc in tch; turn. [45 (51, 55, 59, 63, 67, 67, 69) sts]

Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each st; turn. 

Rep Rows 2 and 3 two (three, four, three, four, four, five, five) more times.

Rep Row 2 once more.

Piece should have 16 (20, 24, 28, 34, 34, 36, 36) rows total. Keep yarn attached.

BACK

Rows 17 (21, 25, 29, 35, 35, 37, 37) – 22 (26, 30, 38, 42, 44, 46, 46): Continuing in pattern, rep Rows 3 and 2 of Bodice 3 (3, 3, 5, 4, 5, 5, 5) more times. Back should now have 22 (26, 30, 38, 42, 44, 46, 46) rows.

Now we’ll divide for the neck. With yarn attached:

First Side of Neck:

Decreasing
Note: In Row 2, marker is placed in dec because it can be hard to see. 

Row 1 (RS): Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in next 10 (10, 10, 10, 12, 14, 14, 14) dc, dc2tog; turn, leaving rem sts unworked. [12 (12, 12, 12, 14, 16, 16, 16) dc]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc2tog, PM in dec, dc in same st as second leg of sc2tog, *sk next dc, (sc, dc) in next dc; rep from * across, sc in tch; turn. [11 (11, 11, 11, 13, 15, 15, 15) sts]

Stop here for sizes 2, 4, 6, & 8.

Sizes 10, 12, 14, & 16 only:
Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in each st until 2 remain, dc2tog in st before marked st and marked st; turn. [- (-, -, -, 12, 14, 14, 14) dc]

Row 4 (WS): Rep Row 2. [- (-, -, -, 11, 13, 13, 13) dc]

All sizes:
Neckline should have a total of 2 (2, 2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 4) rows. Counting from bottom of Front, you should have 24 (28, 32, 40, 46, 48, 50, 50) total rows on this side.

Fasten off leaving a 25” tail for seaming.

Second Side of Neck:

Counting in from opposite edge, attach yarn in 13th (13th, 13th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 17th, 17th) st. There will be 19 (25, 29, 33, 33, 33, 33, 35) sts unworked at center of neckline. 

Decreasing
Row 1 (RS): Ch 2, dc in next st, (counts as dc2tog), dc in each st across; turn. [12 (12, 12, 12, 14, 16, 16, 16) dc]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, (sc, dc) in first dc, *sk next dc, (sc, dc) in next dc; rep from * across until 2 dc remain, sc2tog, leave tch unworked; turn. [11 (11, 11, 11, 13, 15, 15, 15) sts]

Stop here for sizes 2, 4, 6, & 8.

Sizes 10, 12, 14, & 16 only:
Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in each st until 2 remain, dc2tog in st before marked st and marked st; turn. [- (-, -, -, 12, 14, 14, 14) dc]

Row 4 (WS): Rep Row 2. [- (-, -, -, 11, 13, 13, 13) dc]

All sizes:
Neckline should have a total of 2 (2, 2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 4) rows. Counting from bottom of Front, you should have 24 (28, 32, 40, 46, 48, 50, 50) total rows on this side. Piece should measure approximately 6.75 (8, 9.25, 11.5, 13.25, 13.75, 14.25, 14.25) inches.

Fasten off leaving a 25” tail for seaming.

SEAMING FRONT + BACK

Shoulder Seams: Use tail from fastening off for seaming. With RS facing each other, sl st under both loops of the final row on both Front and Back. Rep on second side. 

Side Seams: With RS facing each other, use stitch markers to pin Front and Back together at sides. Take care to line up visual stripes of Bodice. With a tapestry needle, seam sides using the mattress stitch. 

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