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Dress, Capelet and Bolero for a Little Fashion Queen
Design : Misty Woman (
Pattern Description: Svetlana @ Knits4Kids (
Chinese description is at
Age: 4 year old, can be worn for a couple of years, because the dress looks good as a tunic and the
bolero still looks fine when the sleeves get shorter.
This set consists of a sleeveless dress with an optional flower broche, a capelet, and a bolero. The
flower is a broche that can be attached to the dress, bolero, or cape as you wish.

Both the bolero and the dress were derived from adult-size patterns. The complete acknowledgement
of contributors to this pattern can be found on the Chinese page of the pattern.
The bolero is multifunctional and can be worn as a scarf as shown on the next photo.
Materials: Soft Crochet Cotton or Acryl (approx. 50g/200m). You will need about 250 g of white and
150 g of pink. Crochet hook 2.5 . You can user thinner crochet thread, putting 2 threads together.


The top part is made as a single piece, working in circles bottom up. However, you should turn the
work after completing each round to have front and back rows. Otherwise, after you split for arm
openings, the look of the pattern’s texture will change!

To get the desired width, make a small gauge in the pattern of the top (next chart). Count the number
of stitches you need for the entire width of the waistline (front+back).
There are two methods of crocheting the first row: 1) the classical method with chaining the necessary
number of stitches, and 2) chainless start, which produces the first 2 rows in one go, as shown on the
next picture. This second method is also used in the capelet pattern.
Instructions for the chainless foundation (see the chart below): *ch-4, 1 dc stitching to the 1
stitch of
the chain*; repeat.
If you use this method, make a row of 56 arcs, or another number dividable by 4 (important for
attaching the pineapple motifs later).

Alternatively, if you use the standard chain foundation, chain 168 or a number you need (should be
dividable by 3!) and join with a sl st and make the following row:
Row 1 is the row of ch-4 spaces in the bottom (next photo). This row is worked towards the bottom
and is shown in red color on the chart of the dress.
Repeat * sc, ch-4, skip 2* for the whole round, sl st into the first st.

With the front side facing, continue working towards the top according to the V-pattern of the dress’s
chart (on the next page).
1 unfinished dc into the next ch-2 space, work both unfinished dc together, ch1 *; repeat *-* till the
end, join with the 3
st of the first ch-4; turn to work the next row in the other direction.
Row 2: 1 sl st to get to the middle of a ch-1 space, ch 4, * 1 unfinished dc into the same space, 1
unfinished dc into the next ch-1 space, work both unfinished dc together, ch1 *; repeat *-* till the end,
join with the 3
st of the first ch-4; turn to work the next row in the other direction.
Repeat Row 2 eight more times (or as much as you need to get the right height from the waistline till
the arm opening. This is the result before dividing the work, 10 V-pattern rows in total.

Row 1: 2 sl st to get to the middle of the first ch-2 space, ch 4, * 1 unfinished dc into the same space,
Continue separately for front and back, making the reductions in the next 3 rows as shown on the
chart. After the next 8 rows, separate the front for the neck shaping and make the reductions on both
sides, as in the chart.
For the back, separate for the neckline just 2 rows before you are finished and work the remaining 2
rows according to the chart. For each shoulder, before you fasten off, joint the shoulder edge of the
back with the front.

Add 1 row of shells around the neck and the arm openings. Shell pattern: * ch-1, (1 hdc, 2 dc) into the
next st, skip 2, sc into next st *; repeat *-*.
Continue with the skirt, working towards the bottom. Work the first row of the skirt pattern into the ch-4
spaces of the bottom edge, as shown on the below photo. One pineapple motive is 4 ch-4 spaces
wide. Work in rounds with the right side facing. Fasten off.

Join the thread to the bottom edge of the top behind the flounce. The supporting layer behind the
flounce is worked in diamond stitch as follows (see next photo):
Row 1: 1 sc into ch-4 space, * ch-5, 1 sc into next next ch-4 space. This row is worked into the last
row of the top, just like the flounce.
Row 2: 3 sl st to get to the middle of the next ch-5 space, * 1 sc in next ch-5 space, ch-5 *; repeat *-*.
Make the total of 8 rows in diamond stitch and proceed with the next flounce.

Make sure to position the center of the pineapple motif exactly underneath the center of the pineapple
motif of the previous flounce (blue dots on the above photo). Make the total of 4 flounces.

Here is the view of the dress turned inside out. Just a nice diamond stitch pattern.

And the finished dress!

The capelet looks especially nice if it has the same width of the neckline as the dress. You do not
need any adjustments if you have not adjusted the neckline pattern of the dress.
The capelet consists of 14 leaf patterns and is worked top down in rounds.

Below is the chart of the capelet. In the original, there is a picot edging on the top. In this version,
however, it was replaced with the chainless foundation like the one in the dress (page 3). Consider
using a smaller hook (maybe 2.0) in the beginning.
The repeating motif is 10 st wide (or 4 chain arcs with) in the first row. If you use chainless foundation,
make a row of 56 arcs (or another number dividable by 4).
If you use a classical chain start, chain 140 (or any number you need for your width, make it dividable
by 10!) and work the next row (edging) towards the top. Use either the picot edge as on the chart or
make simple arcs as follows: * ch3, skip 2, sl st into the next st *; repeat *-*.

Continue along the other side of the chain according to chart. The chart contains only tr dc (treble
double crochet, it means, two times yarn over), no dc!



The bolero is made as a single rectangle piece with a fancy edging. Folding the completed rectangle
in the middle, one needs to join the edges for the sleeves. Then, the fancy edging is worked around all
the edges that remained open. Please, study the next photo to understand the concept of this bolero!
Then proceed according to the chart provided.

The chart on the next page is that of the original adult bolero that served as inspiration for this one.
Since is it just a rectangle, it is easy to adjust the size. The length is the distance from one elbow to
the other, when the girl stretches her arms to the sides (see above photo). The width is the distance
between the waistline and the neck on the back (see the photo of the view from behind on page 12).
The main pattern (shells) used is not exactly like the one in the original chart. Feel free to decide
which one you take, they are quite similar.
Make a small gauge and calculate how many stitches you need to chain. Use the pattern chart on
page 16 or the original one from page 15. The repeating pattern is 10 st of length. Chain 80 or
whatever number you need (dividable by 10!) and make a rectangle of the desired length (part 1 on
the above picture).
Fold the rectangle and distribute the length between the sleeves and the opening. Simply try it on the
child to make sure.


The chart on page 16 shows that the fancy edging is worked around the sleeves and the main
opening. In the original version, the edging of the sleeves is shorter than that of the main opening. In
this version, both edgings are the longer ones, made using this chart:

Please, look in the main chart how the edging pattern is attached to the edge of the rectangle.
Here ist the enlarged view of the shaorter edging, in case you need it:

Now, only the flower broche is missing. It is a very popular rose pattern, with plenty of descriptions
There is a free tutorial here
You can make any size. One petal is 3 st long in the first row. Chain any number dividable by 3.
Here are the instructions for the average size. Leaving a 10" length for sewing, chain 57.
Row 1 (Wrong side): (Dc, ch 2, dc) in sixth ch from hook (5 skipped chs count as first dc plus ch 2),*ch
2, skip next 2 chs, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch; repeat from * across: 36 sps.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn; 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-2 sp, (6 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-2 sp)
5times, (9 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-2 sp) 5 times, (12 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next sp) 7 times;
finish off leaving a 10" length for sewing.
Thread yarn needle with yarn end from beginning chain. With right side facing and beginning with first
petal made, refer to photo to roll Rose; sew to secure as you roll. Then thread needle with ending yarn
and sew to secure.

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