Exquisite shelled crochet dress for girls

This is a dress that my friend saw on her Facebook page and said that I just *had to make it* for her granddaughter.  It is a really simple shelled dress, and in its simplicity lies the exquisiteness of this pattern.
The whole dress has shells, all the way from the top to the bottom – how lovely is that? 


As always, this pattern can be made to fit any sized child.  All you need to do is ensure you have the stitch count, and work it to fit the size that you are working with/for.

Please remember that as usual, I have lots of ideas and tweaks thrown in, so do read through all my wordsy explanations.  After all, I am taking the trouble of thinking all this through 🙂

crochet dress for girls

Skill level : Intermediate

Size made : For a 6 - 9 month old

Materials used to Crochet Shelled dress

Today I have used about one skein of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 3-ply acrylic yarn with a 3 mm crochet hook.

Stitches used to crochet exquisite shelled dress for girl (Using US terminology)
The stitches used in this pattern are simple and the pattern is repetitive.  However, there is calculation involved, and there are decisions and judgments that you will need to take/make. 

Fsc: Foundation Single Crochet : Learn or refresh your skill on how to crochet a fsc stitch

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self-explanatory videos on how to crochet a chainless DC start

In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start.

Picot stitch : Learn or refresh your skill on how to crochet a picot stitch 

Join two ends : Refresh your memory or learn How to join with single crochet or How to join with whip stitch

Here are sizing chart 1, chart 2 and chart 3 for general sizing.

Free Pattern for making shelled crochet dress for girls
Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc: Foundation Single Crochet                        ch : Chain

dc : Double crochet                                             sp(s) : Space(s)

st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                    hk : Hook

lp : Loop(s)                                                            yo : Yarn Over

sk : Skip                                                                  sc : Single crochet

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