The Chanel Dress is a special crochet pattern for a few reasons. The first reason that it’s special is that it’s named after one of my daughters. When planning my designs for 2022, I knew that I would design a dress, and my dear daughter decided to ask for a dress “down to here [ankles],” so I had to oblige. You may recall the unboxing of the yarn with my twin girls, and the cardigan is in the works…
The second reason that the Chanel Dress is a special crochet pattern is that it’s my first design just for children! It was inspired by a women’s dress, and I wanted to test out the design idea on a small scale. Children’s garments are a great way to practice new techniques and stitches before committing to an adult garment. If you want to learn more about making a crochet garment, check out the Q&A I completed with the Creations by Courtney Community.
I envision the Chanel Dress becoming a wardrobe staple that can be worn throughout the year, especially as a crochet summer dress. As a backless dress with adjustable straps and positive ease in the waist, this dress can stay in rotation for a while for your little fashionista. Whether its summer or fall, remove or add a top and leggings based on the weather. The criss cross straps help add coverage of the back for those that prefer a more modest look, and the positive ease make it easy to add a shirt underneath.
You’ll love how this crochet girl’s dress is very easy to make with simple stitch, minimal shaping, and a fun faux cable for the waistband, and hem. Have fun choosing some cute buttons for the straps, and it may be helpful to attach the button in a way that can be removed and adjusted as the young lady grows.
For the pre-teens and young teens that may wear this crochet dress, be sure to take their chest measurements and choose the size that will provide appropriate coverage. If additional fabric is needed, I recommend extending the edging on each side, or always pairing the dress with a top.
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The Chanel Dress is made with King Cole Vogue DK, a 100% cotton yarn in a DK weight. Each skein comes in 113 yards / 103 meters per 1.75 ounces / 50 grams. This yarn was provided to me by King Cole Yarns, as I was one of five North American Brand Ambassadors from 2021 to 2022.
I have always enjoyed working with cotton yarns, and Vogue does not disappoint. As a 100% cotton, it did not shed as some worsted weight cottons may do. I really love the heathered coloring in each skein that creates a subtle striping effect when creating a larger fabric.
If you would like to get some King Cole Vogue DK to make your own version of the Chanel Dress, or to add to the stash (because it’s a great cotton yarn, in my opinion), find a local stockist HERE. It’s currently £1.99 through the LoveCrafts UK site with 5 of the 11 colors available.
- King Cole Vogue DK (100% cotton, 113 yds/ 103 m, 1.75 oz/ 50 g):
- Color A: Melba x 3 (4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins
- Color B: Petrol x 1 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins
- TOTAL: 484 (598, 741, 863, 978, 1152, 1287, 1381) yds / 442.6 (546.8, 677.6, 789.1, 894.3, 1053.4, 1176.8, 1262.8) m
- Hook US 7/ 4.50 mm
- Stitch Markers
- Yarn needle
- Measuring tape
- 4-6, 13 mm buttons
Approx. 15 hdc x 12 rows = 4″x 4″ [10 cm x 10 cm]
|Size||Chest Circumference||Bodice Length||Waist||Skirt Length|
|2||24”||7.5” [19.1 cm]||24” [61 cm]||12” [30.5 cm]|
|4||26”||8.5” [21.6 cm]||24.5” [62.2 cm]||14” [35.6 cm]|
|6||28”||10.5” [26.7 cm]||25.5” [64.8 cm]||16” [40.6 cm]|
|8||29.5”||12.5” [31.8 cm]||26.5” [67.3 cm]||17” [43.2 cm]|
|10||31”||14” [35.6 cm]||27.5” [69.9 cm]||18” [45.7 cm]|
|12||34”||15” [38.1 cm]||29” [73.7 cm]||20” [50.8 cm]|
|14||34.5”||15.5” [39.4 cm]||30.5” [77.5 cm]||22” [55.9 cm]|
|16||35.5”||16” [40.6 cm]||31.5” [80 cm]||23” [58.4 cm]|
2/2 tr-LC: left leaning 2 over 2 treble cross
2/2 tr-RC: right leaning 2 over 2 treble cross
CSDC: chainless starting double crochet
Dc: double crochet
Fhdc: foundation half double crochet
Fsc: foundation single crochet
FO: fasten off
Hdc: half double crochet
M: stitch marker(s)
Sl st: slip stitch
Sc: single crochet
Tr: treble crochet
YO: yarn over
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
2/2 tr-LC: over the next 4 stitches, skip next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, working in front of sts just made, tr in each of skipped sts.
2/2 tr-RC: over the next 4 stitches, skip next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, working behind sts just made, tr in each of the skipped sts.
CSDC: pull up a loop that is row height, holding loop in place and wrap yarn around hook (yarn over), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
- Pattern is written in US terms.
- Read entire pattern before beginning.
- Each size is color-coded to ease of reading in the ad-free PDF.
- The Chanel Dress is made in 6 parts: Bodice, Waistband, Skirt, Edging, Strap, and Finishing.
- CSDC can be replaced with ch 3.
- Ch 1 does not count as a st.
- Changes in size are listed in parentheses in the following format Size 2 (Size 4, Size 6, Size 8, Size 10, Size 12, Size 14, Size 16).
- If one number is listed, it applies to all sizes.
- Refer to the Schematic to choose the size that is slightly larger than the body measurements for positive ease. If a size is chosen that is less than the body measurements, then there will be negative ease.
- The Bodice length can be adjusted for fit by making fewer or more rows. Yarn amounts do not include any adjustments.
- The Waistband includes 3” of positive ease.
- The Waistband can be adjusted by making fewer or more fsc, but one will need to determine an equal number of dc before and after the treble cross stitches.
- The Skirt is worked in rows, and then worked in turned rounds.
- Straps length is designed for multiple buttons, so the straps can be adjusted for fit and any growth.
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