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Flower dress

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Directions are for size 2 with any changes for sizes 4 and 6 in
parentheses.  Dress takes about 5 (6, 7) ounces white, 1 (1, 2) ounces avocado and 2 (2, 3) ounces yellow 3-plv sport weight yam.  Use aluminum crochet hooks sizes E, F and G; three ½-inch buttons; and a large eye tapestry needle. (Photograph shows back of dress.)

  Abbreviations:

st (stitch)
ch (chain)
sc (single crochet)
dc (double crochet)
Sl St (slip stitch)
rnd (round)
sp (space)
inc (increase)

Gauge: Size E hook-11 sts equal 2 inches
4 Rows equal 1 ½ inches

Yoke: With size E hook and white yarn, loosely ch 62.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, * 2 dc in next ch, dc in next 4 ch, repeat from * across to last 3 ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in next 2 ch --72 dc (always count beginning ch as one dc), ch 3, turn.

Row 2: Sk first dc, dc in next dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, repeat from * to last 4 sts, ending with 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch 3-- 12 dc inc, ch 3, turn.

Row 3: Sk first dc, dc in next 2 dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc, repeat
from * across, ending with 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch 3, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Sk first dc, dc across, inc 12 dc evenly spaced as before, ch 3, turn.
Repeat last Row 8 (9, 11) times.

Size 4 Only: Repeat last Row -inc 6 sts evenly spaced-204 (222, 240) sts,

Next Row: Ch 1, turn, sk first st, sc in 28 (31, 34) sts for back, ch 5 (6, 7) for underarm, sk next 44 (47, 50) sts for sleeve, sc in next 58 (64,70) sts for front, ch 5 (6, 7) for other underarm, sk next 44 (47, 50) sts for other sleeve, sc in last 29 (32, 35) sts for other side of back, join-126 (140, 154) sts, including ch sts, fasten off.

Skirt:

Make 11 (12, 13) squares with size E hook for 1 rnd E squares.
Make 22 (12, 26) squares with size F hook for 2 (1, 2) rnds F squares.
Make 11 (24, 26) squares with size G hook for 1 (2, 2) rnds G squares.

Summer Flower Square: With avocado, ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 4, * dc in ring, ch 1, repeat from * 6 times, join in third ch of ch 4, fasten off.

Rnd 2: Join yellow in any ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch, 1, * 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, repeat from * 6 times, join-8 sps, fasten off.

Rnd 3: Join. white in any ch 1 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp for corner, ch 1, * 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next sp - another corner, ch 1, repeat from * twice, 3 dc in last sp, ch 1, join in top of starting ch 3, faster) off.

With white, overcast squares together through back lps of sts only.  Front lps of sts form ridges on right side of work.

Assemble Skirt--
Rnd 1: Sew, 11 (12, 13) size E squares together, end to end, to form ring.

Rnd 2: Sew ring of 11 (12, 13) size F squares.

 Join rnd 2 to rnd 1 along one long edge, matching corners of squares and easing in fullness.

Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2, joining size F (G, F) squares.

Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2, joining size G (G, G) squares.

Size 6-
Rnd 5: Repeat rnd 2, joining size G squares.

Sew skirt to yoke, easing in fullness. 

Neck Edging: With white, work 3 sc in corner, sc around neck and opening.
Work one more Row sc on left back opening only.  Fasten off.

Lower Edging: With white, sl st in st at center back of lower edge.  Working in back lps of sts only, sc in each st and each ch 1 around, join, Ch 1, working in both lps of sts, sc in each st around, join, fasten off.

Length from underarm is 11 ½ (12 ½, 14 ½) inches.

Sew 3 buttons evenly spaced on back left edge.  Use corresponding dc sts along right back edge for buttonholes.

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