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Vintage 1944 Fancy Crochet Dress #C197
Start at the neck to crochet this dress in an easy, jiffy stitch…after the yoke, no increasing or decreasing is necessary. This will become one of your favorite patterns!
SIZES: 2 & 4.
Directions for size 2 with changes for size 4 in brackets.
J & P Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen, 3 balls of White or 4  balls of any color
#6 Steel Crochet Hook
4 Small Pearl Buttons
Length from shoulder to bottom of skirt: 14” [16”]
Width at hem: 42” [48”]
10 sc = 1”;
4 rows = ¾”
Starting at neck edge, ch 99  to meas 12” [12 ½”].
1ST ROW: 2 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, * sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in next ch. Rep from * across. There are in all 118  sc. Ch 4, turn.
2ND ROW: Sk 1st sc, * dc in next sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc. Rep from * across, end with dc in last sc. There are in all 59  sps. Ch 1, turn.
3RD ROW: Sc in 1st dc, * sc in sp, sc in next dc. Rep from * across, inc 19  sc evenly apart. [NOTE: TO INC A SC, MAKE 2 SC IN 1 SP.] Ch 4, turn.
Rep 2nd & 3rd rows alternately until 8  rows are made.
NEXT ROW: Rep 3rd row. There are in all 194  sc.
Now work as follows:
1ST ROW: Ch 4, tr in 2nd sc & in each sc across. Ch 4, turn.
2ND ROW: Tr in next tr, * sk 1 tr, in next tr make 5 tr with ch 1 between trs [shell is made], tr in next 2 tr, shell in next tr, tr in next 2 tr. Rep from * across, end with tr in last 2 tr. There are in all 55  shells. Ch 4, turn.
3RD ROW: Tr in next tr, * shell in center st of next shell [shell over shell is made], tr in next 2 tr. Rep from * across. Ch 4, turn.
Rep 3rd row until piece meas 4 ½” [5”] deep inc Yoke; turn, omit turning ch at end of last row.
WORK IS NOW DONE IN RNDS.
1ST RND: Sl st in next tr, ch 4, * shell over next shell, sk next 2 tr of shell, tr in next 2 tr. Rep from * around, end with tr in last tr, sk turning ch below, sl st in 4th st of ch-4 1st made on this rnd. Ch 4, turn.
NEXT RND: Tr in next tr, * shell over next shell, sk next 2 tr of shell, tr in next 2 tr. Rep from * around, end with shell, sl st in 4th st of ch-4. Ch 4, turn.
FOLLOWING RND: Shell over next shell & work in pat until 9  shells in all are made; make tr in next tr [this is Right Back], sk next tr & next 9  shells & the following tr for Right Sleeve, make tr in next tr, shell over next shell & cont in pat until 19  shells more are made; make tr in next tr [Front Section], sk next tr & next 9  shells & the following tr [Left Sleeve]; make tr in next tr, & work in pat across rem [Left Back], end with tr in last tr. Join.
Work in rnds over these 37  shells turning at end of each rnd as before until dress meas 12” [14”] from bottom of Yoke, or length desired. Fasten off.
Work in pat over sleeve sections for 2 rnds, joining rnds & turning at end of each rnd as before.
Work 3 rnds of sc, hold work in to meas about 6 ½” [7”]. Fasten off.
Work a row of sc along back opening, making 4 ch-6 loops on right side.
Sew buttons to correspond.
* repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
* * repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Bl back loop(s)
Bp back post
Bpdc back post double crochet
Bpsc back post single crochet
Bptr back post treble/triple crochet
Ca color A
Cb color B
Cc contrasting color
Ch chain stitch
Ch refers to chain or space previously
made: e.g ch-1 space
ch-sp chain space
Dc double crochet
Dc2tog double crochet 2 stitches together
Dtr/Dtrc double treble/triple crochet
fl front loop(s)
Fp front post
Fpdc front post double crochet
Fpsc front post single crochet
Fptr front post treble/triple crochet
Hdc half double crochet
Mc main color
O over (yarn over)
P picot or purl
Pat(s) or patt pattern(s)
Pc st or Pc popcorn stitch
Pm place marker
PSSO pass slip stitch over
Rs right side
Sc single crochet
Sc2tog single crochet 2 stitches together
Sdc short double crochet (half double crochet)
Sl st slip stitch
Tch or t-ch turning chain
Tbl through back loop
Tr or Trc treble/triple crochet
Trtrc or T Trc triple treble/triple crochet
Ws wrong side
YB yarn back
YF yarn forward
Yo yarn over
Yoh yarn over hook