Alice in Wonderland Newborn Dress


How many of you are Wonderland enthusiasts? I know that love has been rekindled recently thanks to the new movie “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. A couple of weeks ago I had someone ask me to crochet them an “Alice in Wonderland” dress for a newborn shoot and of course I had to oblige. I just cannot resist those special requests (to make your own, just email me at familybugs@gmail.com!). And of course, anytime I crochet a new creation, I also have to design the pattern for how to make it. It’s sort of like an impulsive disease or something:-) So, without further ado, the newborn size of my Alice in Wonderland dress is now available for free for all of my wonderful readers! The other sizes will be coming soon (hopefully later in this month) and will be available for purchase in my ETSY store:-)

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Hook size H (5.00 MM), F (3.75 MM)
  • 
Worsted weight yarn, in two colors (For an actual Alice in Wonderland replica, light blue and white).

APPROXIMATE FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

  • Skirt Length – 6”
  • Bodice Length – 3.5”
  • Top of sleeves to bottom of skirt (entire dress length) – 12”
  • Width of waste – 12” around
  • Width of bottom of skirt – 21” around
  • Arm hole – 3” around

GAUGE (with h hook)

  • Row 1: Ch 21, sc in second chain and all the way across (20) ch 1, turn.
  • Row 2: sc in each sc across (20). Ch 2, turn.
  • Row 3: dc in each sc across (20). Ch 1, turn.
  • Row 4: repeat row 2
  • Row 5: repeat row 3
  • Row 6: sc in each space across (20) finish off.
  • Your swatch should measure 2.25 x 6 inches. If it is smaller than that use a larger hook and try again. If it is larger, use a smaller hook.

SKIRT

Designer notes: Dress is worked from the bottom up. Using white (or color of bottom skirt ruffle) Ch 78

RND 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way across. (77) Being careful not to twist, Ss to first sc to join into a large circle.

RND 2: (Scallop round) Repeat the following around *skipping the next 2 stitches, work 7 dc in the third. Skip the next two sc and and ss in the third.* There should be a total of 13 scallops. End this round with a ss in the same stitch that you started from.

Finish off.

Working on the other side of the beginning chain (which is the opposite side of the scallop trim you just made), insert the light blue (or main skirt color) in front loop only.

RND 3: (Ruffle round) Ch 3, ss in the second space. Repeat the following all the way around *Ch 3, skip next space and ss in the second*. Ss to first to join (39 ruffles). Ch 2 (does not count as dc here or throughout pattern), turn.

RND 4: Working in the back loop this time, Dc 77 all the way around. Ss to first to join (76).

RND 5: Ch 2, turn. Dc2tog, Dc 15, dc2tog, dc 15, dc2tog, dc 23, dc2tog, dc 15. Ss to first to join (73)

RND 6: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7, dc2tog, dc 14, dc2tog, dc 7, dc2tog, dc 14, dc2tog, dc 14, dc2tog, dc 6. Ss to first to join (67)

RND 7: Ch 2, turn. Dc2tog, Dc 18, change to white and in BLO (Back loops only), dc2tog, dc 24, dc2tog, change back to light blue and in both loops again, dc 19. Ss to first to join (63)

RND 8: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8, dc2tog, Dc 9, change to white, dc2tog, dc 22, dc2tog, change back to light blue, dc 9, dc2tog, dc 8. Ss to first to join (62)

RND 9: Ch 2, turn. Dc2tog, Dc 16, change to white, dc2tog, dc 20, dc2tog, change back to light blue, dc 17. Ss to first to join (63)

RND 10: Ch 2, turn. Dc 8, dc2tog, Dc 8, change to white, dc2tog, dc 18, dc2tog, change back to light blue, dc 8, dc2tog, dc 7. Ss to first to join (62)

RND 11: Ch 2, turn. Dc2tog, Dc 14, change to white, dc2tog, dc 16, dc2tog, change back to light blue, dc 14, dc2tog. Ss to first to join (63)

RND 12: Ch 2, turn. Dc 7, dc2tog, Dc 6, change to white, dc2tog, dc 14, dc2tog, change back to light blue, dc 6, dc2tog, dc 7. Ss to first to join (45)

RND 13: Ch 2, turn. Dc2tog, Dc 12, change to white, dc2tog, dc 12, dc2tog, change back to light blue and in both loops again, dc 14. Ss to first to join (42)

RND 14: Ch 2, turn. Dc 15, change to white, dc2tog, dc 10, dc2tog, change back to light blue, dc 13. Ss to first to join (40)

BODICE

OPTION: You can work the bodice in the round (as with the skirt), joining with a slip stitch and turning your work, OR, you can leave out the slip stitch that joins each round, leaving it opened in the back and working in button holes later. If you choose the latter option, don’t forget to leave out the slip stitch at the end of each round, and follow the directions on the last page about making button holes:-)

RND 15: Ch 2, turn. Dc 14, change to white, dc 12, change back to light blue, dc 14. Ss to first to join (40)

RNDs 16-20: Repeat RND 15

STRAPS

With white and H hook, make two: Ch 17. Dc in third ch from hook, Dc in each stitch across (15). Finish off. Attach both Dc chains into the bodice with 8 stitches in between in front and back; 7 stitches in the underarm.

SLEEVES

RND 1: Working with the light blue, Insert hook in the back corner where the strap meets the bodice. Draw up a loop and ch 1, working around the strap, sc 2. Work 2 hdc both in the next space, work 2 hdc both in the next. Work 2 dc in each of the next 8 stitches, work 2 hdc in the next, and sc 3 (note the image – >). (26 stitches)

RND 2: Turn, do NOT ch any, Skip first sc (note the image <-) and sc 2, hdc 4, dc 12, hdc 4, sc 3 (26).

RND 3: Repeat RND 2

RND 4: Turn, do NOT ch any, Skip first sc and sc 2, hdc2tog twice, dc2tog 6 times, hdc2tog twice, sc 3 (15).

RND 5: Turn, do NOT ch any, Skip first sc, sc 2, sc2tog 5 times, sc 3 (10)
Designer’s note: For a chubbier-armed infant, leave out RND 5. RND 6 will have a total of 17 stitches.

RND 6: Ch 1, turn, sc all the way around the sleeve, ss to first to join. (12) Finish off.

APRON RUFFLES

Locate the FLO from RND 4 of the skirt. Insert hook and draw up a loop. Repeat the following all the way across: *Skip 2 stitches, work 7 dc in the next, skip 2 stitches, ss* for a total of 5 ruffles along the bottom of the apron. Finish off and weave in ends.

HEART EMBELISHMENT

Ch 4, in the fourth ch from hook work the following: Htrc, dc, hdc 2, sc, ch 1, sc, hdc 2, dc, htrc, ch 3, ss. Finish off:-)

BUTTON CLOSURE

Optional: if you left the back open instead of working the slip stitches at the end of each row, here is how to finish that off.
Insert your hook in the back center, in between the two sides. Ch 1.

ROW 1: Choose which side is going to have the button holes and work 2 sc each dc row and 1 sc in the sc rows. Go all the way up to the neckline. Chain three and turn.

ROW 2: Skip the next two sc and sc in the third (this is your first button hole). Sc 3-4 more. Chain 2, skip two sc and sc in the third (there is another button hole). Sc 3-4 more, depending on how close together you want your button holes all the way back down to the skirt. Sc in the first sc that you made.

ROW 3: Without removing your hook or changing anything start on the other side, working 2 sc in the side of every dc row, and 1 sc in the side of every sc row. All the way to the neckline. Ch 1, turn.

ROW 4: Sc in each sc all the way back down to the skirt. Finish off. Sew on your buttons, making sure that they line up with your holes.

Instagram Challenge


At the beginning of this month I started an Instagram challenge to help grow my little crochet business. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve definitely learned a little bit along the way. I looked up several different Instagram challenges on pinterest and am sort of meshing them together according to my goals and what I want to post.

If you would like to join in, you can just go check out the Facbook Group that I made. I’ve been posting prompts every day except for Saturdays and Sunday. I don’t post a prompt on Sunday because those are crazy weird days for me and I usually don’t get online at all. So, to make up for it, I post two of them on Saturdays (or Mondays if I forget):-)

And for those of you who may be interested in the prompts so far, or who want to play catch-up, or are just curious I’m going to post them below as well for you guys!

Day 1: Post a picture of your workspace and talk about your tools/materials/current project.

Day 2: Post an inspirational quote (preferably one that relates to your craft)

Day 3: Post about yourself. Include a selfie or a picture of your family and talk about who you are and why you do it. Why do you work so hard to sell the hand-crafted goodness?

Day 4: Post one of your products! Make sure you link back to your shop!!

Day 5: Share someone else’s content. While this may seem counter-productive, it really isn’t. Social media is all about the sharing aspect and sometimes, you’ve gotta give some love in order to receive it

Day 6: Time for a bit of research! Share a statistic that is relevant to your craft.

Day 7: TBT (Throw Back Thursday)! This one is hard for me, because my first creations were just awful! There was so much that I didn’t know about my craft five years ago, and I really don’t like putting that on display. However, it also shows how much I’ve grown and developed since then and only adds to my credibility