Craziness

Happy Thursday! We are almost through another week my friends.  Why is it that the work week goes soooo slowly, but the weekends it feel like you blink and they’re gone—and this is the weekend that we lose an hour! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always have so many things on my agenda for the weekend, that I really can’t afford to lose 5 minutes—much less an hour.  Oh well, I really do like it when daylight lasts longer in the evenings! J

When I first started this blog, my goal was to post a new entry once a week. HA! Well, that didn’t happen.  Between working full time and trying to meet magazine deadlines, and trying not to forget about my tiny Etsy shop, (plus trying to have a bit of a social life) once a week was pretty much impossible.  So then I decided I would try once a month. It was going along somewhat smoothly with that until this month.  Then my plan fell apart! And I can’t really tell you where all of my time went.  I mean I did a lot of crocheting obviously, but other than that, it’s not like I’ve been spending excessive amounts of time with friends and family.  The time just got away from me.  I’m blaming it on the fact that February is a short month! J

This month’s free pattern we are going to go with a lovely crocheted little black dress.  I love this dress and feel like it can be beautiful done in almost any color!  I hope you all enjoy this entry and happy crocheting!

THE PERFECT LBD

6 (6,7,7,) Balls Black Lustersheen yarn

Size 4 MM hook

Row 1:  Ch 57 (65, 73, 81), sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across.  Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, sk first 2 sts, dc in next st, dc in skipped st, *sk next unworked st, dc in next st, dc in last  skipped st, rep from * across to last st, dc in last st.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, sk first st, dc in next st across.  Turn.

Rows 4-16 (18, 20, 22):  Rep rows 2-3 ending with row 2.

Shoulders

Row 1:  Ch 3, sk first st, dc in next 15 sts.  Turn.

Rows 2-7:  Rep rows 2 & 3.  Fasten off at end of row 7.

Sk next 24 (28, 32, 36) sts on row 16, join with sl st to next st, ch 3, sk first st, dc in each st across to end.  Turn.

Rep row 2-7 of other shoulder.  Fasten off.

Back

Rows 1-16 (18, 20, 22):  Work same as front.

Row 17 (19, 21, 23)-21 (23, 25, 27):  Rep rows 2 & 3 of front.

Shoulders

Row 1:  Ch 3, sk first 2 sts, dc in next st, dc in last sk st, *sk next unworked st, dc in next st, dc in sk st, rep from * 5 times more, dc in next st.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, dc in next st across.  Fasten off.

Sk next 24 (28, 32, 36) sts on row 21, rejoin in next st, rep rows 1 & 2 of first shoulder.

With right sides facing, sew together at shoulders.  Sew side seams together by starting at bottom of bodice and sewing up through row 8.

Skirt

Rejoin yarn with sl st to opposite side of foundation ch

Rnd 1:  Ch 3, dc in each rem st around, join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in each rem st around, join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Ch 5, ,trc in sam sp, sk next 2 sts, *work (trc, ch 1, trc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, repfrom * around, join with sl st to 4th ch of beg ch 5.

Rnd 4:  Sl st in first ch 1 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc in sam sp, work 3 dc in each rem ch 1 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch 3.

Rnds 5-13:  Rep rnds 2-3.

Rnd 14:  Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next stm rep from * around, join with sl st to beg ch 3.

Rnd 15:  Rep rnd 3.

Rnd 16: Rep rnd 4.

Rnd 17:  Rep rnd 14.

Rnds 18 & 19:  Rep rnds 3 &4.

Rnds 20 -39:  Rep rnds 2-4.

Rnd 40:  Rep rnd 14.

Rnd 41:  Rep rnd 3.

Rnd 42:  sl st to ch 1 sp, (ch3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each rem ch 1 sp around,  join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnds 43-46:  Sl st to ch 2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp, work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each rem ch 2 sp around, join to top of beg ch 3.  At end of rnd 46, fasten off.

Neck Edging

Join with sl st to center back, ch 1.

Rnd 1:  Work 84 sc evenly sp around neck.  Join with st st to beg sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, work (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same st, sk next 2 sts, * work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * around, join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Sl st to ch 2 sp, and rep rnd 2.  At end of this rnd, turn after joining.

Rnds 4-6:  Sl st to ch 2 sp and rep rnd 2.  Fasten off at end of rnd 6.

Armhole edging:

Join with sl st to bottom of armhole, ch 1, work 55 (59, 63, 67) sc evenly spaced around armhole.  Join to first sc with sl st.  Fasten off.