Little black dress for womens

Women's dress crochet pattern

Dress crochet patternSIZE 8 (10: 12: 14: 16)

YOU WILL NEED

Cascade Ultra Pima (100% cotton, 100g/200m), 1 ball of White (3728) for all sizes, see table for quantities of Black (3754)

A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook

A 4mm (US G/6) hook

TENSION

17 sts and 23 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over dc in rows using a 4mm hook or size required to achieve tension.

1 motif from the central panel measures 3x15cm (1x6in) and the completed panel measures 12.5cm (5in) wide.

NOTES

Front and Back pieces are worked separately from the bottom up.

Front is made up of 3 pieces: 2 side black pieces and 1 central panel formed from black and white shapes sewn together.

Edgings are added onto the Neckline and Armholes once the pieces have been seamed together.

Each decrease is made by skipping a st.

BACK

With a 4mm hook, ch91 (95: 101: 109: 113).

Foundation row (RS) Dc in second ch from hook and into each ch to end, turn. [90 (94: 100: 108: 112) sts]

Rows 1-11 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 12 Ch1, 2dc, skip one st, dc in each st to last 3 sts, skip one st, dc in last 2 sts, turn. [88 (92: 98: 106: 110) sts] Repeat Rows 1-12 another 8 (8: 8: 9: 9) times. [72 (76: 82: 88: 92) sts]

Work 12 (12: 12: -: -) more rows without shaping.

SHAPE BACK ARMHOLES

Row 1 (WS) Ch1, dc in each st to last 3 (4: 4: 5: 5) sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [69 (72: 78: 83: 87) sts]

Row 2 Ch1, dc in each st to last 3 (4: 4: 5: 5) sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [66 (68: 74: 78: 82) sts]

Row 3 Ch1, dc in each st to last 2 (2: 3: 3: 3) sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [64 (66: 71: 75: 79) sts]

Row 4 Ch1, dc in each st to last 2 (2: 3: 3: 3) sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [62 (64: 68: 72: 76) sts]

Row 5 Ch1, dc in each st to last 1 (1: 2: 2: 2) st(s), turn leaving rem sts unworked. [61 (63: 66: 70: 74) sts]

Row 6 Ch1, dc in each st to last 1 (1: 2: 2: 2) st(s), turn leaving rem sts unworked. [60 (62: 64: 68: 72) sts]

Work 34 (36: 38: 40: 42) rows without shaping.

SHAPE BACK NECK

Row 1 (WS) Ch1, 16 (17: 18: 18: 19)dc, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [16 (17: 18: 18: 19) sts]

Row 2 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 3 Ch1, 12 (13: 14: 14: 15)dc, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [12 (13: 14: 14: 15) sts]

Row 4 Ch1, dc in each st to end.

Fasten off.

Skip central 28 (28: 28: 32: 34) sts and rejoin yarn with WS facing in next st.

Rows 1-2 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. [16 (17: 18: 18: 19) sts]

Row 3 Ss in each of first 5 sts, ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. [12 (13: 14: 14: 15) sts]

Row 4 Ch1, dc in each st to end.

Fasten off.

FRONT RIGHT PIECE

With a 4mm hook, ch35 (37: 40: 44: 46).

Foundation row (RS) Dc in second ch from hook and into each ch to end, turn. [34 (36: 39: 43: 45) sts]

Rows 1-11 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 12 Ch1, 2dc, skip one st, dc in each st to end, turn. [33 (35: 38: 42: 44) sts]

Repeat Rows 1-12 another 8 (8: 8: 9: 9) times. [25 (27: 30: 33: 35) sts]

Work 12 (12: 12: -: -) more rows without shaping.

SHAPE RIGHT ARMHOLE

Row 1 (WS) Ch1, dc in each st to last 3 (4: 4: 5: 5) sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [22 (23: 26: 28: 30) sts]

Row 2 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 3 Ch1, dc in each st to last 2 (2: 3: 3: 3) sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [20 (21: 23: 25: 27) sts]

Row 4 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 5 Ch1, dc in each st to last 1 (1: 2: 2: 2) st(s), turn leaving rem sts unworked. [19 (20: 21: 23: 25) sts]

Work 18 (20: 22: 24: 26) rows without shaping.

SHAPE RIGHT NECK

Row 1 (RS) Ch1, dc in each st to last 2 sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [17 (18: 19: 21: 23) sts]

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in each st to end, turn.

Rows 3-6 Repeat Rows 1-2 twice more. [13 (14: 15: 17: 19) sts]

Row 7 Ch1, dc in each st to last 1 (1: 1: 1: 2) st(s), turn leaving rem sts unworked. [12 (13: 14: 16: 17) sts]

Row 8 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Repeat Rows 7-8 another 0 (0: 0: 2: 1) times. [12 (13: 14: 14: 15) sts]

Work 13 (13: 13: 9: 11) more rows without shaping. Fasten off.

FRONT LEFT PIECE

Work as for Front Right Piece to Row 11. [34 (36: 39: 43: 45) sts]

Row 12 (RS) Ch1, dc in each st to last 3 sts, skip one st, dc in last 2 sts, turn. [33 (35: 38: 42: 44) sts]

Repeat Rows 1-12 another 8 (8: 8: 9: 9) times. [25 (27: 30: 33: 35) sts]

Work 12 (12: 12: -: -) more rows without shaping.

SHAPE LEFT ARMHOLE

Row 1 (WS) Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 2 Ch1, dc in each st to last 3 (4: 4: 5: 5) sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [22 (23: 26: 28: 30) sts] 

Row 3 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 4 Ch1, dc in each st to last 2 (2: 3: 3: 3) sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [20 (21: 23: 25: 27) sts]

Row 5 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Row 6 Ch1, dc in each st to last 1 (1: 2: 2: 2) st(s), turn leaving rem sts unworked. [19 (20: 21: 23: 25) sts]

Work 18 (20: 22: 24: 26) rows without shaping.

SHAPE LEFT NECK

Row 1 (WS) Ch1, dc in each st to last 2 sts, turn leaving rem sts unworked. [17 (18: 19: 21: 23) sts]

Row 2 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Rows 3-6 Repeat Rows 1-2 twice more. [13 (14: 15: 17: 19) sts]

Row 7 Ch1, dc in each st to last 1 (1: 1: 1: 2) st(s), turn leaving rem sts unworked. [12 (13: 14: 16: 17) sts]

Row 8 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Repeat Rows 7-8 another 0 (0: 0: 2: 1) times. [12 (13: 14: 14: 15) sts]

Work 12 (12: 12: 8: 10) more rows without shaping. Fasten off.

FRONT CENTRE PANEL

GEOMETRIC MOTIF

Make 8 in White and 8 in Black.

With a 4mm hook, ch2.

Row 1 Dc in second ch from hook, turn. [1 st]

Row 2 Ch1, 2dc in next st, turn. [2 sts]

Row 3 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. [2 sts]

Row 4 Ch1, 2dc in next st, 1dc, turn. [3 sts]

Row 5 Ch1, 2dc, 2dc in next st, turn. [4 sts]

Row 6 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. [4 sts]

Row 7 Ch1, 3dc, 2dc in next st, turn. [5 sts]

Rows 8-28 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. [5 sts]

Row 29 Ch1, 3dc, skip 1 st, dc in next st, turn. [4 sts]

Row 30 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. [4 sts]

Row 31 Ch1, 2dc, skip 1 st, dc in next st, turn. [3 sts]

Row 32 Ch1, skip 1 st, 2dc, turn. [2 sts]

Row 33 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. [2 sts]

Row 34 Ch1, skip 1 st, dc in next st, turn. [1 st] Fasten off.

Using mattress stitch, sew the shapes together, arranging the pieces as shown in the photographs.

UPPER PART MOTIF

Make 2 in White and 2 in Black.

With a 4mm hook, ch2.

Work as Rows 1-7 of Geometric Motif.

Work 7 (7: 7: 9: 9) rows without shaping. Fasten off.

UPPER EDGE OF CENTRE PANEL

Using mattress stitch, sew the Upper Part motifs together, arranging the pieces as shown in the photographs. Sew the motifs to the top of the Front Centre Panel.

Join Black to upper edge of the Front Centre Panel.

Rows 1-3 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. Fasten off.

LOWER PART MOTIF

Make 2 in White and 2 in Black.

With a 4mm hook, ch5.

Rows 1 to 5 (7: 9: 9: 11) Ch1, 5dc, turn. [5 sts]

Continue as for Rows 29-34 of the Geometric Motif.

Fasten off.

LOWER EDGE OF CENTRE PANEL

Using mattress stitch, sew the 4 Lower Part motifs together, arranging the pieces as shown in the photographs. Sew the motifs to the lower edge of the Front Centre Panel.

Working from the bottom up, work 5 rows in dc as follows:

With Black yarn, ch21.

Row 1 Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [20 sts]

Rows 2-5 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. Fasten off.

Sew this piece to the lower edge of the Front Centre Panel.

TO FINISH

Weave in all ends.

Using mattress stitch, sew the 3 Front pieces together. Then sew Front and Back together at sides and shoulders.

EDGING

With RS facing and using a 3mm hook, join yarn at underarm for the armholes and on the right shoulder for the neck.

Rounds 1-2 Ch1, dc evenly around the neck or armholes, ss to first dc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Diagram

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