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Princess Buttercup Crochet Sundress

Designed by Kristin Omdahl

 

 

 

Princess Buttercup Crochet Sundress
This adorable and feminine sundress is worked entirely in strips that you join as you go. The width of the plain wedge strips determines the width in the sizing chart, so it is very easy to modify sizing beyond what's listed in the pattern by merely widening or narrowing strips! Additional adjustments may be made by loosening or tightening the corset ties.

Wear this over your bikini for a stylish cover-up or choose a matching or contrasting slip for a gorgeous dress. Dress it up with wedges and jewelry for a night on the town, or a floppy sunhat and big bag for a daytime walkabout.

Skill Level

    Intermediate

Abbreviations

    ch-chain; dc-double crochet; dc2tog-double crochet 2 stitches together; rep-repeat; rnd-round; RS-Right Side; sc-single crochet; sl st-slip stitch; sp-space; st(s)-stitch(es)

Sizes

    Small, Medium, Large
    To fit bust sizes 34-38 (40-44, 46-52)" [86-96 (101-112, 117-132) cm]. Corset ties allow for an adjustable fit.
    Length 29" [73.5 cm] To adjust length, add additional 6-row repeats of floral motif at an increase rate of 2¾" [7 cm] per repeat.

    NOTE Body flares below bust so it is not body hugging or fitted. Size shown is small.

Materials Needed:

Gauge:

    1 Flower Strip = 4" (10 cm) wide, after blocking
    6 rows stitch pattern (one repeat) = 2¾" [7 cm] long, after blocking
    16 dc = 4" (10 cm)
    Take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviations:

    2-dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook into st indicated and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into same st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
    3-dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook into st indicated and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, (yarn over and insert hook into same st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops) 2 times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Pattern Notes:

    Dress is made in strips that are joined as you go. The Floral Motif Strips are made first and individually. The Wedge Strips are joined as you go on each side to the existing Floral Motif Strips.

Directions:

    Front-and-Back Floral Motif Strip (make 2)
    NOTE: These strips are worked from lower front hem up across shoulder and down to lower back hem. The ch-5 at the beginning of each row is a loop for joining strips later on, and does not count as a stitch.
    Row 1: Ch 18, dc in 6th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—13 dc.
    Row 2: Ch 5 (does not count as a st here and throughout), dc in each of next 5 sts, ch 3, skip 1 st, 3-dc cluster in next st, ch 3, skip next st, dc in each of next 5 sts, turn.
    Row 3: Ch 5, dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 3, 2-dc cluster in side of last st worked, skip 3 sts, sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next st, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2-dc cluster in side of last st worked, skip 3 dcs, dc in each of next 2 dc, turn.
    Row 4: Ch 5, dc in first 2 dc, ch 7, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in next 3 scs, ch 7, skip next ch-3 sp, dc in each of next 2 dc, turn.
    Row 5: Ch 5, dc in first 2 dc, 3 dc in next ch-7 sp, ch 3, skip next sc, 3-dc cluster in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc, 3 dc in next ch-7 sp, dc in each of next 2 dc, turn.
    Row 6: Ch 5, dc in first 5 dc, dc in next ch-3 sp, dc in next st, dc in next ch-3 sp, dc in next 5 dc, turn—13 dc.
    Row 7: Ch 5, dc in each dc across, turn.
    Rows 8-96: Rep Rows 2-7 fourteen more times, then Rows 2-6 once more. Fasten off.

    Back Center Floral Motif Strip (make 1)
    Rep Rows 1-7 of first Floral Motif.
    Rows 8-42: Rep Rows 2-7 five more times, then Rows 2-6 once more. Fasten off.

    Front Center Floral Motif Strip (make 1)
    Rep Rows 1-7 of first Floral Motif.
    Rows 8-30: Rep Rows 2-7 three more times, then Rows 2-6 once more. Fasten off.

    Underarm Side Floral Motif Strip (make 2)
    Rep Rows 1-7 of first Floral Motif.
    Rows 8-36 Rep Rows 2-7 four more times, then Rows 2-6 once more. Fasten off.

    Wedge Strip (make 8)
    NOTE: This strip is crocheted in rows, working from hem toward shoulder and simultaneously joining as you go to one Floral Motif Strip up the left side and another Floral Motif Strip up the right side. When all 8 wedge strips are complete, the dress will be joined in a tube. Refer to the diagram for assembly.

    Size Small Only
    Row 1: Ch 12, sl st in first ch-5 sp on left adjacent strip, ch 2, turn, skip 4 ch, 1 dc in each of 10 remaining chs—10 dc.
    Row 2: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on right adjacent strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across—10 dc.
    Row 3: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left adjacent strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across—10 dc.
    Rows 4-6: Rep Rows 2-3 once, then Row 2 once more.
    Row 7: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 6 sts, dc2tog—8 dc.
    Row 8: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on right strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across.
    Row 9: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across.
    Rows 10-12: Rep Rows 8-9 once, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 13: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, dc2tog—6 dc.
    Rows 14-18: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 19: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, dc2tog—4 dc.
    Rows 20-24: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 25: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, (dc2tog) two times—2 dc.
    Row 26-30: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 31: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog—1 dc.
    Repeat Rows 8 and 9 as necessary to reach top of shorter strip, ending with Row 8. Omitting the sl st join on the side of the shorter strip, continue joining to the Front-and-Back Floral Motif Strip as established to top of shoulder (halfway point of longest strip). Fasten off.

    Size Medium Only
    Row 1: Ch 14, sl st in first ch-5 sp on left adjacent strip, ch 2, turn, skip 4 ch, 1 dc in each of 12 remaining chs—12 dc.
    Row 2: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on right adjacent strip, turn, 1 dc in each st across—12 dc.
    Row 3: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left adjacent strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across—12 dc.
    Rows 4-6: Rep Rows 2-3 once, then Row 2 once more.
    Row 7: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 8 sts, dc2tog—10 dc.
    Row 8: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on right strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across.
    Row 9: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across—10 dc.
    Rows 10-12: Rep Rows 8-9 once, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 13: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 6 sts, dc2tog—8 dc.
    Rows 14-18: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 19: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, dc2tog—6 dc.
    Row 20-24: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 25: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, dc2tog—4 dc.
    Rows 26-30: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 31: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, (dc2tog) two times—2 dc.
    Repeat Rows 8 and 9 as necessary to reach top of shorter strip, ending with Row 8. Omitting the sl st join on the side of the shorter strip, continue joining to the Front-and-Back Floral Motif Strip as established to top of shoulder (halfway point of longest strip). Fasten off.

    Size Large Only
    Row 1: Ch 16, sl st in first ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, skip 4 ch, 1 dc in each of 14 remaining chs—14 dc.
    Row 2: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on right adjacent strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across—14 dc.
    Row 3: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left adjacent strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across—14 dc.
    Rows 4-6: Rep Rows 2-3 once, then Row 2 once more.
    Row 7: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 6 sts, dc2tog—12 dc.
    Row 8: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on right strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across.
    Row 9: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each st across.
    Rows 10-12: Rep Rows 8-9 once, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 13: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 8 sts, dc2tog—10 dc.
    Rows 14-18: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 19: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 6 sts, dc2tog—8 dc.
    Row 20-24: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 25: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, dc2tog—6 dc.
    Row 26-30: Rep Rows 8-9 two times, then Row 8 once more.
    Row 31: Ch 2, sl st in next ch-5 sp on left strip, ch 2, turn, dc2tog, 1 dc each of next 2 sts, dc2tog—4 dc.
    Repeat Rows 8 and 9 as necessary to reach top of shorter strip, ending with Row 8. Omitting the sl st join on the side of the shorter strip, continue joining to the Front-and-Back Floral Motif Strip as established to top of shoulder (halfway point of longest strip). Fasten off.

    Hem
    With RS facing, and working into foundation chains along the lower edge of strips, join yarn with sc in ch at base of first dc of any wedge strip,*ch 5, dc at midpoint of same wedge strip, ch 5, dc in last st on same strip, ch 5, dc in first st on next flower motif strip,( ch 5, skip 3 sts, dc in next st) 3 times**, ch 5, dc in first dc of next wedge strip; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, ch 2, dc to first st at beg of rnd to join—56 ch-5 spaces.
    Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same sp, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp; rep from * around, ending ch 2, dc to first st at beg of rnd to join.
    Rnds 3-7: Rep Rnd 2. Do not fasten off.

    Edging
    Row 1: Ch 28, dc in 4th ch from hook, *ch 11, skip next 11 ch, 2 dc in next ch; rep from * once more, turn.
    Row 2: Sl st in sp between first 2 dcs, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), sl st in next ch-5 sp on Rnd 7 of hem, dc in same sp between 2 dcs on current row, *ch 5, sc under next 2 ch-11 sps, ch 5, skip next dc, 2 dc in sp before next dc; rep from * once more, turn.
    Row 3: Sl st in sp between first 2 dcs, ch 3, dc in same sp, *ch 11, skip next (ch 5, sc, ch 5, dc), 2 dc in sp before next dc; rep from * once more, turn.
    Row 4: Sl st in sp between first 2 dcs, ch 3, sl st in next ch-5 sp on Rnd 7 of hem, dc in same sp between 2 dcs on current row, *ch 11, skip next ch-11 sp, skip next dc, 2 dc in sp before next dc; rep from * once more, turn.
    Row 5: Ch 8, sl st in 6th ch from hook to form ring, ch 2, sk next dc, 2 dc in sp before next dc, ch 5, sc under next 2 ch-11 sps, ch 5, skip next dc, 2 dc in sp before next dc; rep from * once more, turn.
    Row 6: Sl st in sp between 2 dcs, ch 3, sl st in next ch-5 sp on Rnd 7 of hem, dc in same sp between 2 dcs on current row, *ch 11, skip next ch-11 sp, skip next dc, 2 dc in sp before next dc; rep from * once more, [2-dc cluster, (ch 2, 2-dc cluster) 5 times] in ch-6 ring from Row 5, skip next row-end st, sl st in next row-end st, turn; (sl st, ch 3, 2-dc cluster, ch 3, sl st) in each of next 5 ch-2 sps. Row 7: Rep Row 3.
    Rep Rows 2-7 until you have worked and joined to all ch-5 sps around hem of dress. On last row, join with sl st between both sets of 2 dc on either side of the ch-11 sps.
    Fasten off. Weave in loose ends. Block to finished measurements.

    Corset Tie (make 1)
    Beginning with a slip knot on hook, chain until tie measures 3 feet (9.2 m) long. Fasten off. Weave through ch-5 sps on both interior sides of front shoulder straps (in the same fashion as lacing a sneaker) and work your way down the center front strip. Cinch to fit after putting dress on, and tie in a bow to secure.


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