Hey everyone! I just wanted to share my latest project with you and ask for help as well. I wanted to make a t-shirt dress so searched and searched. I could not find a free pattern and the only hint I found was on a message board that said ‘use a metal needle for the first row’. Now did they mean a crochet needle (not sure what that is) or sewing needle?
When I am making up my own patterns it's pretty organic - I try stuff and rip it out and try something else and rip that out. I had an idea of what I wanted but how do I get there? So this is a bit of a disorganized tutorial.
First, I decided to try using a tapestry or upholstery needle to start the first row. I marked my hem every ½ inch. I then used the needle to pull the yarn thru doing a running stitch. When I reached my starting point I stretched the shirt tail to make sure there was plenty of yarn and then cut and tied the pieces together. Yeah, I know you aren’t supposed to use knots but what else was I to do?
Next I used the crochet hook and started making DCs in my stitches – I did two DCs in the front stitch and one in the back. I thought this looked pretty neat.
Then I crocheted around with a dc in both the front dc’s and a ch1 over the back dc. Next round I ss to the ch1 space and put 2 dc’s there and around, doing a ch1 over the first rows dc. Third round I alternated again, with a dc in each ch1 space and ch1 over the previous row’s dc.
Fourth round I alternated 2dc and a shell (dc ch2 dc) in the ch1 spots. Round 5 I did a (2dc ch2 2dc) in each previous rows shells and ch4 in between (not using the dc’s from the previous round. Round 6 I shelled on shell with (3dc 2ch 3dc) and ch5 in between.
Here I couldn’t decide what to do next so I ss up to the ch2 space, ch4 and ss in the same space. Then I chained 7 to the next ch2 space and repeated making my small loop.
Still wasn’t sure what to do next, I decided to make 7 dc in the loop. I didn’t like the look of the chain between the loops so I ended up with – 7dc in loop, ch1, (sc, c1, sc, c1, sc, c1) in the ch5 of the previous row. I repeated that around and finished off my yarn.
Next I made some long pieces of the yarn to fringe, adding the fringe only in the 7dc shells. I admit the dress did not turn out exactly like I imagined but as a first try I think it looks pretty great!
If you have made or know how to make a t-shirt dress, please let us know your hints and tips!!
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