In a second fail for this week, I attempted to crochet a dress without actually paying attention to what I was doing.
I had Pinned a lovely little pinafore about a year ago and when looking for a quick project, I remembered this one. I thought it would be a nice, easy, brainless crochet-on-the-couch-in-the-evening type thing to take a break from a bigger blanket I am making.
Well, I made it. And it looks sort of like the original picture, but to me is too long and narrow to fit a 6-9 month old baby.
It also looks wonky. Really, really wonky. Why? Well, allow me enlighten you!
This is why you should pay attention to how many stitches are supposed to make up each row, not just reading the row instructions and winging it.
Exhibit left is What Should Not Be Done When Reading a Pattern. I was meant to decrease at the start and end of a row, then single crochet in four rows. Then repeat.
As you can see, I did that but didn’t count the total number of stitches, so kept decreasing too early. It looks ridiculous.
Exhibit right (the back of the dress) is what it is meant to look like.
Dear Stacey, please always regularly check as you’re going along that your project is as it should be.
I also just could not get the hang of the ribbed edging (the original pattern was a knit one, and this one was converted into crochet), so I did a row of double crochet around the outside, and a final sc row.
It is too late now to pull it all apart, so I shall wait until Pepper is old enough to wear it, and adjust accordingly. I’m thinking of crocheting panels into the sides of the skirt to make it wider. The bib part I just don’t know. I also didn’t do the straps as the pattern suggested, it said to ensure they were at least 11inches and that just seemed way too long, especially considering their picture did not look like mine did. so I hurriedly did some straps and again will adjust when I see how long they need to be.
So don’t let me put you off, if you are looking for a sweet little project to do over the weekend, have a go. I’m sure if I had crocheted it correctly, it would be rad. I would really like it in toddler size, so will have another go at it one day!
(the original is at the pinned post I mentioned earlier, or here.)