It’s already December you guys and the holidays are just around the corner, with bright twinkling lights and the smell of freshly cut pine trees. This time of year just reminds me of lots of sweet treats and fancy cocktails.
And to celebrate the festivity, I wanted to make a fun and sparkly dress, a cocktail dress to be exact to mark the occasion.
So here is a shimmery, glittery, and versatile crochet cocktail dress for the upcoming holiday parties we will be heading to this season. It’s a free pattern that also comes with a step-by-step video tutorial for all sizes.
This cocktail slash party dress drapes nicely while still keeping you nice and warm. And it also comes with easily adjustable instructions.
This pattern tutorial is also available on my YouTube channel where it is worked up in size Medium. However, If you would like a printable ad-free PDF copy of this pattern, it is available for purchase in my pattern store. Or just add this to your Ravelry queue here.
The idea behind making a classy crochet dress is its simplicity and versatility. That was key to what I was aiming for. It comes with an easy repetitive pattern, with basic stitches throughout the entire body piece.
This pattern instruction also comes with a step-by-step measure-as-you-go guide. It can be made exactly to fit your desired size.
This Christmas, I’ll be heading up to Leavenworth with the family for some sledding and bavarian adventure, and wanted to incorporate some frosty elements into this dress to keep up with the holiday theme.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to share some fun pictures with you before the year ends ! Where will you be heading to this Xmas?
COCKTAIL DRESS CONSTRUCTION
This dress is worked from side to side, first working on one half of the front panel. The overall pattern of this dress is worked up in a 4-row set. The one “Shiny” factor that adds all the glamour to this crochet dress is the silver tinsel yarn that pops up in this “knit-like” stitch.
These 2 yarns that are both in the color Light Gray really compliments each other really well without overpowering one another. It’s all about the proper blend! Hah!
Once you have mastered these 4 rows, the entire body panel is then worked up in repeat sets rows, while joining the second half panel through the neckline onwards.
Finally, the sleeves are extended and ties are added to the back. But this is completely optional if you like that extra embellishment!
This crochet dress can easily be adjusted to fit your preferred size when measured and crocheted along the way. And if you choose to measure along, check out how much yarn you actually need with this yarn calculator here.
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Tools And Materials:
Yarn Weight: Category 4
Brand: Cotton Crème Loops & Threads / Red Heart Super Saver Metallic
Color: Light Grey / Light Gray (Silver)
Gauge:14 Hdc x 12.5 Rows = 4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm
No. yarns Light Grey: XS [S/ M /L/ XL] [2XL/ 3XL /4XL/ 5XL] = 3 [3/ 4 / 4/ 5] [5/ 5/ 6/ 6] / Silver – 2 skeins for all size
Tools: tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors, stitch markers, (Optional) decorative beads
Skill: Easy +
Things to Note:
Prepare pattern gauge to get the right size.
Turning chain does not count as a stitch unless mentioned otherwise
Special stitch – FPHdc: Half Double Crochet through the Front Post. (Yo, placing your hook behind and through the next post and completing a Hdc St.)
I will be referring to the Silver yarn as Yarn A and Light Gray as Yarn B
Your body measurement
Sizes: XS [S/ M /L/ XL] [2XL/ 3XL /4XL/ 5XL]
Bust: 30 [34/ 38/ 42/ 46] [50/ 54/ 58/ 60]” or 76 [86/ 96.5/ 106.5/ 117] [127/ 137/ 147/ 152.4] cm
These measurements are only estimates, and is best to measure your work/body along the way. Dress has a positive ease of 2 in/ 5cm
* I am wearing size Medium in these pictures here for reference
Shimmery Crochet Cocktail Dress | Free Written Pattern
PART 1: Front Panel
• Working from side to side, measure the length from your shoulder down to mid-thigh (or your pref length) and multiply by 3.5. Measurements given below are only estimates.
• ie: 30”x 3.5 = 105 chains. (Note that there will be a shoulder strip of 1.3in / 3.3cm to take into consideration)
• For ref I am 5’3” (160cm) and this Dress reaches my mid-thigh in size M.
Prepare Yarn A
1. Foundation: Ch 105[109/ 112/ 116/ 119] [123/ 126/ 130/ 133] + 1 to start the next row
2. Row 1: Sc each Ch across, Ch 1 turn
3. Row 2: FPHdc across, Hdc on the last St, Switch to Yarn B, Ch 1 turn, Snip off Yarn A. (See how to switch yarns and Stitch over excess yarn here)
4. Row 3: Sc each St across, Ch 1 turn
5. Row 4: Sc each St across, Switch to Yarn A, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn B.
6. Row 5: Sc each St across, Switch to Yarn B, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn A.
7. Row 6: FPHdc across, Hdc on the last St, Ch 1 turn.
8. Row 7: Hdc each St across, Ch 1 turn
9. Row 8: Hdc each St across, Switch to Yarn A, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn B.
10. Row 9: Sc each St across, Switch to Yarn B, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn A.
11. Next Rows: Rep Row 6 – 9 for 3 [4 /4 /5 /6 ] [6 /9 /8 /8] more times
12. Next Row(s): (ref to your size)
• XS/ L/ 3XL – Rep Row 6
• M/ 2Xl/5XL – Rep Row 6 – 8
• S/XL/4XL – Bind off
You may also measure around your widest body area ie Bust/ Hips to get your pref width. Then plus 2” / 5cm, divide into 4. ie 40” + 2 ÷ 4 = each panel should be10.5in / 26.7cm
13. Bind off
Part 2: Shoulder Strip
1. Turn to the front panel RS up, and insert your hook through the top right first row’s post and Ch 1,
2. Row 1: With Yarn A, Sc each row’s post across, Ch 1 turn
3. Row 2: FPHdc across, Hdc on the last St, Ch 1 turn
4. Row 3: Sc across, Ch 1 turn
5. Row 4: FPHdc across, Hdc on the last St, bind off
Part 3: Add a Second Front Panel
Measure between 8 -10in /20 – 25cm (or your pref neckline length) from the middle of the shoulder strip downwards on the Foundation Row and place a SM.
1. Foundation Row: Insert your hook through the St at the SM on the WS and with Yarn A, Chain the same number Sts from the top down to the SM (excluding the Shoulder portion), Ch 1 to start the next row
2. Row 1: (RS) Sc each Ch across and across the entire front panel
3. Next Rows: Rep all steps in Part 1 (Row 2 onwards) and all of Part 2.
4. Bind Off
Part 4: Back Panel
Prepare Yarn A
1. Foundation: Chain the same number of chains as you did on the Front panel.
2. Row 1: Sc each St across, Switch to Yarn B, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn A
3. Row 2: FPHdc across, Hdc on the last St, Ch 1 turn.
4. Row 3: Hdc each St across, Ch 1 turn
5. Row 4: Hdc each St across, Switch to Yarn A, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn B
6. Row 5: Sc each St across, Switch to Yarn B, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn A
7. Next Rows: Rep Rows 2 – 5 for the same number of times as you did on the Front Panel. Bind off
Make a Second Panel
8. Foundation Row: Insert your hook through the same No of Sts as you did on the Front Panel (WS) on the Foundation Row and with Yarn A, Chain the same number Sts, Ch 1 to start the next row,
9. Row 1: Sc each Ch across and across the entire back panel
10.Next Rows: Rep all steps in Part 4 (Row 2 onwards). Bind Off
Part 5: Seaming Shoulders
1. Place the front and back panel on top of each other, WS facing outwards
2. Insert your hook through both shoulder panels side, draw up a loop, and Ch 1 and Sc each St across.
3. Bind off and rep on the other side.
Part 6: Seaming Sides
1. Turn to the side of the body panel (WS) and place a SM on the 25 [26/ 28/ 30/ 32] [33/ 35/ 37/ 39] St from the top panel down or your pref armhole width.
2. Next, place a SM on the 10th St from the bottom up for the slit (optional)
3. Insert hook through the 1st SM, draw up a loop, and Ch 1
4. Sc each St of both panels together until the last SM.
5. Bind off and rep on the other side.
Part 7: Sleeves
Depending on which row you ended with, we will cont with the following 4-row pattern. In Image 1, my last row is the Sc in Yarn A. I will proceed with the FP Hdc in Yarn B.
1. Turn the armhole opening to the “Correct side” based on your row and insert hook anywhere along the seams, draw up a loop, Ch 1
2. Rnd 1: (Cont your following pattern) FP Hdc each St across until the top shoulder strip. Hdc 5 along that row, cont to FP Hdc in the round, Slst to close, Ch 1 turn
3. Rnd 2: Hdc each St in the round, Ch 1 turn
4. Rnd 3: Hdc each St in the round, Switch to Yarn A, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn B.
5. Rnd 4: Sc each St in the round, Switch to Yarn B, Ch 1 turn. Snip off Yarn A.
6. Next Rnd: Rep Rnd 1 – 4 for 3 more rounds or until your pref length. This Sleeve should reach your elbow when done.
7. Next 2 Rnd: With Yarn A, Sc2tog each St in the round, Ch 1 turn, (Rep for 1 more rnd)
8. Bind off and rep on the other sleeve.
Part 8: Bottom Edging
1. Prepare Yarn A. Turn to the bottom of the body panel (RS) and Sc each row’s post. If your last St on the body panel was not a Sc in Yarn A, then proceed to Sc along the Slit as well.
2. Rep on the other side. Bind off
Part 9: Ties (Optional)
1. If you pref to add ties, Pull 2 arms length worth of yarn (ref image 2)
2. Hold on to the end of the pulled yarn. Insert your hook through the back shoulder strip on the 1st Row. (ref image 3)
4. Wrap the long end of the yarn around your left hand, and hold on to the pulled yarn with your left thumb and middle/ring finger (image 4)
5. Wrap yarn over hook from the front to the back (image 5)
6. Yarn over (image 6)
7. Pull through 2 loops. (image 7)
8. Rep Steps 5 – 8 until the end of the pulled yarn.
9. Snip of yarn and optionally you can draw through a decorative bead and tie a knot to secure. Trim off access.
10. Rep on the other side
11. Bind off and weave in all loose ends.
If you are looking for the entire tools used to make this Shimmery Crochet Cocktail Dress pattern, I’ve listed them all right here:
♥ Cotton Crème Loops & Threads (Light Grey)
♥ Red Heart Super Saver Metallic (Light Gray/ Silver)
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