In Part 4 of the Idlewild Dress Crochet Along, we'll choose a sleeve option, add a simple neck edging and do a final blocking. Scroll down for the free children's pattern + video tutorial.
Remember you can find all the Idlewild Crochet Along resources, links to pattern stages and more photos here. That's where you'll find each of the previous sections of the free pattern!
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Idlewild Dress Video Tutorial
Because of file size limitations, I had to divide this video tutorial into two sections. Please watch the video below (A) and then go here to watch the second half (B). The pattern details for both videos can be found by scrolling down.
Links mentioned in the video:
• Click here to watch the second half of the above video (Part 4).
• Find all relevant Idlewild Dress resources on the main page
• View Part 1 of the children's pattern + video tutorial
• View Part 2 of the children's pattern + video tutorial
• View Part 3 of the children's pattern + video tutorial
• Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with stitch charts
• Join the Make & Do Crew Facebook group
• Purchase a kit with all the Lion Brand Beautiful You yarn + printed copy of pattern
Idlewild Dress: Part 4
Children's Sizes - Free Pattern
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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]
• Tapestry needle
• Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• An iron with steam setting or handheld steamer for blocking
• T-pins or rustproof straight sewing pins for blocking
Sizes + Measurements:
Sizes: S (M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Fits: 33.5 (36.5, 41, 45, 49.5, 52.5, 57, 61)" 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.
• If you have a pattern question or just need some extra encouragement, please join the Make & Do Crew Facebook group where there are several thousand other kind crocheters supporting each other.
Choose one of the two sleeve options below. See photos at end of pattern for each sleeve option. See more photos on main Idlewild pattern page of each sleeve option.
Option 1: Sleeveless
Skip to Finishing.
Option 2: Flutter Sleeves
• Flutter sleeve is worked in rows directly around armhole into raw edges of Bodice rows.
• Pattern refers to raw edges as “bumpy” (sc/dc bodice rows) and “smooth” (dc bodice rows).
PM in 3rd (3rd, 3rd, 3th, 5th, 4th, 5th, 5th) row above arm inset on both Front and Back of bodice. (This is a “smooth” dc row on both sides.)
With RS of bodice facing, attach yarn in st with first marker to begin working toward shoulder seam.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 3, dc in same smooth row edge, work 1 dc in each bumpy row edge and 2 dc in each smooth row edge ending in second marked st, sl st into next bumpy row edge past marker; turn.
Row 2 (WS - inc row): Do not ch 1, (sc, dc) in each st until tch remains, sc in tch, sl st to next bumpy row edge past marker, sl st into next smooth row edge; turn.
Row 3 (RS): Do not ch 3, dc in each st, 2 sl st into next smooth row edge; turn.
Row 4 (WS): Do not 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; 1 sl st in next bumpy row edge or armhole inset.
Rep Rows 3 and 4 once more. (For more pronounced sleeves, rep Round 3 and 4 an additional time.)
Fasten off. Rep on second armhole.
Attach yarn anywhere at back of neck.
Ch 1, rsc evenly around neck, sl st to first sc from beginning to join. Fasten off.
Armhole Finishing (optional and unnecessary if adding sleeves):
Attach yarn at bottom of armhole.
Ch 1, rsc evenly around armhole, sl st to first sc from beginning to join. Fasten off. Repeat on second armhole.
Blocking is critical to open up lace in skirt. Use T-pins (or rustproof sewing straight pins can work) to pin dress down, focusing on pinning each ch-2sp in the middle of each shell so as to accentuate it.
Lightly steam block your dress using an iron or steamer taking care not to touch iron to yarn. When blocking acrylic yarn, it’s best to understeam the piece and then repeat the process again rather than oversteam it and end up with a limp, stretched out item.
Turn dress over and repeat on back side. Once both sides are complete, lightly steam the sides of the skirt that were creased when blocking.
Bestow your handmade dress on your little lady and get your camera ready for some cuteness!
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