Since this is a tank dress, I would recommend using a light worsted weight yarn which is light in mass. Something cotton or linen rather than a heavier material. A flare skirt like this requires a fair amount of material and using a lighter mass yarn will make this piece much more comfortable to wear. The dress is held up by the tie straps which will sit better if the mass of the dress is lighter. I used Lion Brand TruBoo yarn for this dress and while it is extremely soft, reflects light beautifully, and is something which I’ve loved in other projects, that particular yarn makes this specific dress a bit too heavy to comfortably wear.
The fit of this dress is easy to customize; it is worked in two parts – the bodice and the skirt. I would recommend trying on the piece after completing the bodice instructions and checking the length, then add or remove rounds as needed. For the skirt, make sure to try on the dress before ending the piece to ensure the length is correct for what you want in the dress. The bodice of this dress is worked in half-double crochet and the skirt and straps are in double crochet.
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Light worsted yarn (1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 2100, 2200 yards)
Size G crochet hook
9 stitches x 8 rows (2″ x 2″ square – half-double crochet)
Sl st – slip stitch
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half-double crochet
Dc – double crochet
2 dc – one increase, double crochet two stitches into same stitch
Sizes are based on measurement at the bust.
30 in, 32 in, 34 in, 36 in, 38 in, 40 in, 42 in, 44 in, 46 in (The foundation chain for each of these stitches varies by nine stitches, so if you’d like to make this dress for someone with a bust measurement of, for example, 28 or 48 inches, you would either subtract 9 stitches from the foundation chain to make a size 30 or add nine stitches to the foundation chain to make a size 46)
Unless otherwise specified in the pattern instructions are listed in order of increasing size:
Sc 40 (45, 50, 55, 60, 65) – Instructions for size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40)
Chain 111 (120, 129, 138, 147, 156, 165, 174, 183)
Round 1: Making certain the chain is not twisted, sl st to join the first stitch to the final one. Insert stitch marker into this slip stitch. Sl st into second chain, sc 2, hdc into each remaining chain in the round <111, 120, 129, 138, 147, 156, 165, 174, 183>
Round 2: Hdc into each stitch in round <111, 120, 129, 138, 147, 156, 165, 174, 183>
Repeat Round 2 until the body reaches desired length and continue to instructions for the skirt. The end of the bodice in the dress in the pictures hits me just above my natural waist, at roughly the bottom of my ribs, and is 32 rounds long. If you would like the bodice to be shorted or longer, add or remove rows accordingly.
Round 1: *Dc 2, 2 dc* (Repeat until the end of the round)
Round 2: *Dc 3, 2 dc* (Repeat until the end of the round)
Rounds 3 – 4: Dc in each stitch in round
Round 5: *Dc 4, 2 dc* (repeat until the end of the round)
Rounds 6 – 8: Dc in each stitch in the round
Round 9: *Dc 5, 2 dc* (repeat until end of the round)
Rounds 10 – 12: Dc in each stitch in the round
Round 13: *Dc 6, 2 dc* (repeat until end of the round)
Rounds 14 – 18: Dc in each stitch in the round
Round 19: *Dc 7, 2 dc* (repeat until end of the round)
Rounds 20 – 24: Dc in each stitch in the round
Round 25: *Dc 8, 2 dc* (repeat until end of the round)
Round 26: Dc in each stitch in the round
Repeat Round 26 until skirt reaches desired length. Yarn estimates are based on ending after 42 rounds, so if you would like the skirt a different length, adjust the amount of yarn accordingly.
Straps (make 4)
Row 1: Dc in third chain from hook, dc 5, chain 2 <6>
Row 2: Dc 6, chain 2 <6>
Repeat Row 2 through Row 41 (42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49)
Final Row: Dc 6, end and weave in tails <6>
Fold the body of the dress in half with the start of the first round in the center. Measure 2.5 inches in from either edge and pin a strap in place. Flip the dress over, and pin the other two straps 2 inches in from either edge of the folded bodice. Try on the dress and adjust the position of the straps as desired. Sew the straps in place and weave in all ends.