This week I want to share with you my Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress. An idea came to me a while ago for this dress and for the first time in a long time, this dress ended up exactly as I saw it in my mind. I think I was browsing Pinterest on day and looking at all the granny squares and I have seen this pattern for many blankets, cardigans, jackets, bags and even some skirts and dresses, but they are almost always as squares put together and meant to be worn in the winter. The weather is lovely in the UK at the moment and I had some amazing 4ply (sport weight) wool lying around in my stash that I wanted to use to create this dress.
The dress worked up quickly, although I always find that the granny stitch does and having Lily around meant I could occasionally try it on her to check it was fitting (even if she acted like I was torturing her!) The body and skirt part were the easy part, and I was really pleased that the number of rows I picked for each stripe worked out being the perfect length for both sections. I love the finishing neck and hem lines in the white shells, it reminds me of fluffy clouds around a rainbow in the sky. It was actually the straps that I spent most of the time playing around with trying to get them how I wanted them to be, but I am now really pleased with them even if they do fall down a bit on Lily. (I purposely made it slightly too big so that it would last all summer for her, she seems to be growing all the time at the moment.) Although there are a lot of strands of the straps did show through the shell decorative edge, I knew I wanted a button or something to mark the front of the straps and the white flower with the red button really works well. I did try other colour buttons but the red definitely looked the best.
I have written up the pattern for this dress and it is really simple. In fact this pattern is so simple and fun to make that I might well make more in different colour combinations and I love the idea of making it adult sized, although that would require a lot more wool! f you would like to try this pattern then please follow this link to find it here. I would love, as always, to see any pictures you make of this dress, but for now here is one of Lily enjoying it (she calls it pretty!).
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress as much as I enjoyed making it. See you next week.