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Idlewild Dress – Women’s Part 3

Woman standing in a field wearing a crochet dress, patterned scarf and jean jacket.

In Part 3 of the Idlewild Dress Crochet Along, we’ll learn how to seamlessly add the beautiful lace skirt. Scroll down for the free women’s pattern + video tutorial.

Close up photo of in progress crochet dress and Lion Brand Beautiful You yarn in the color Spanish Villa.
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Remember you can find all the Idlewild Crochet Along resources, links to pattern stages and more photos here. Each time a new pattern stage is released, you’ll find it there!

Download the Skirt Stitch Chart For Extra Help

If you’ve been following the free pattern each week, I’m so glad! This week, if you find yourself needing some extra visual help on the skirt section, I think you might find the PDF a worthwhile investment.

In addition to being easy to print, the PDF contains stitch charts that illustrate the skirt rows really clearly. For my visual brain, I find stitch charts like this invaluable!

Click here to purchase the pattern PDF

Idlewild Dress Video Tutorial
Part 3

Links mentioned in the video:
• Find all relevant Idlewild Dress resources on the main page
• View Part 1 of the women’s pattern + video tutorial
• View Part 2 of the women’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 3
Women’s Sizes – Free Pattern

Supplies:
Lion Brand Beautiful You (Weight: 2/fine – 326 yds, 3.5 oz)
Rooibos Tea (#165-138) – 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10)* skeins [(approx. 454 (512, 584, 657, 728, 793, 874, 951) g] 
*If you prefer a longer dress, purchase an extra skein. 

Colors also pictured in child size: 
Aquatic (#165-105)
Arrowood (#165-194)

• 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

Purchase a kit with all the yarn you’ll need to crochet your dress, plus a printed copy of the pattern PDF. ⇨

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.

SKIRT

Notes:
• Skirt is worked in turned rounds. See charts at end of pattern PDF for additional visual guidance. 

• To create a shorter dress or top, work fewer repeats of Rounds 4-7, taking care to end with either a Round 5 or 7.

• To help stay on track, PM in first st of each round and move it up as rounds progress. The ending of some rounds will overlap the beginning of the round slightly.

• Skirt will lengthen considerably once blocked, so consider lightly steam blocking it when you’ve completed three quarters of the total rounds to see if you’d like to adjust the length. (Do not touch iron or steamer to dress while blocking.)

• V-Loop = (sc, ch 3, sc) in Round 2 or (sc, ch 4, sc) in all other rounds. When working into the V-Loop, work into the ch-sp.

With RS of Bodice facing, attach yarn in either side seam at bottom edge.

Round 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in underside of each ch or fdc around Bodice bottom skipping 2 sts at each seam that were lost to seaming, do not work a st into the seam, sl st to first sc from beginning of round to join; turn. [154 (170, 190, 210, 230, 246, 266, 286) sc]

Sizes S, L, & 5X only:
Round 2 (WS): PM, ch 4 (counts as 1 sc and ch 3), *sk 3 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3; rep from, * 3 more times, sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, **sc in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts; rep from ** around, sl st to first ch from beginning of round to join; turn. [75 (-, 93, -, -, -, -, 141) ch-3 loops]

Sizes M, 2X, & 4X only:
Round 2 (WS): PM, ch 4 (counts as 1 sc and ch 3), *sk 3 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3; rep from, * one more time, sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, **sc in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts; rep from ** around, sl st to first ch from beginning of round to join; turn. [- (84, -, -, 114, -, 132, -) ch-3 loops]

Sizes 1X & 3X only:
Round 2 (WS): PM, ch 4 (counts as 1 sc and ch 3), sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, *sc in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts; rep from * around, sl st to first ch from beginning of round to join; turn.  [- (-, -, 105, -, 123, -, -) ch-3 loops]

All Sizes:
Round 3 (RS): Sl st into first chLoop, PM, ch 1, sc in same chLoop, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in next V-Loop, sc in next chLoop, ch 4, *sc in next chLoop, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in next V-Loop, sc in next chLoop, ch 4; rep from * around, sl st to first sc from beginning of round to join; turn. [25 (28, 31, 35, 38, 41, 44, 47) shells and chLoops]

Round 4 (WS): Sl st 2 into last chLoop made in Round 3, PM, *ch 4, sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 4, (sc, ch 4, sc) in next chLoop; rep from * around, working last (sc, ch 4, sc) in chLoop round began in, sl st to first ch to join; turn. [75 (84, 93, 105, 114, 123, 132, 141) ch-4 loops]

Round 5 (RS): PM, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in first V-Loop, *sc in next chLoop, ch 4, sc in next chLoop**, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in next V-Loop; rep from * ending final rep at **, sl st to third ch from beginning of round to join; turn.

Round 6 (WS): Sl st into first chLoop, PM, ch 1, (sc, ch 4, sc) in first chLoop, ch 4, sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 4, *(sc, ch 4, sc) in next chLoop, ch 4, sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 4; rep from * around, sl st to first sc from beginning of round to join; turn. 

Round 7 (RS): Sl st into first chLoop, PM, ch 1, sc in first chLoop, ch 4, sc in next chLoop, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in next V-Loop, *sc in next chLoop, ch 4, sc in next chLoop, (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in next V-Loop; rep from * around,  sl st to first sc from beginning of round to join; turn.

Rep Rounds 4-7 nine times, then Rounds 4-5 once more. You may find it easier to count the shells instead of the total number of rounds. Once complete, your skirt will have 22 visual rounds of shells. If extra length is desired, continue repeating Rounds 4-7, taking care to end with a Row 5 or 7.

Ready to finish your dress?

Grab the the pattern PDF and you’ll have instant access to the full pattern so you can keep up your crochet momentum. Otherwise, we’ll see you back next week for Part 4 of the Idlewild Crochet Along where we’ll learn how crochet the sleeves, block the dress and trim the neckline.

(Remember, you can always find each new CAL stage linked on the main Idlewild Dress page here.)

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