March-April 2011

Alice Dress

Alice Dress

Off to the tea party she goes, but not without a delightful dress made in machine-washable yarn and tied with a crocheted sash.
By Melissa Leapman


RED HEART Smoothie, 3.5oz/100g balls, each approx 218yd/200m (acrylic)
1, (2, 2, 2) balls #4390 White (A)
4, (5, 5, 6) balls #4392 Cornflower (B)
1, (1, 1, 1) balls #4397 Light Blue (C)

•Size G/6 (4mm) crochet hook

•2 (2, 3, 3) buttons, 1/8"/10mm
•Yarn needle

2 (4, 6, 8) years

Chest: 22 (24, 26, 29)"/56 (61, 66, 73.5)cm
Length: 19 (20, 21, 22)"/48.5 (51, 53.5, 56)cm

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Fireside Throw from Special Issue 2010

I am trying to make the motifs and don't understand round 3 instructions for motifs 2 - 127. What does joining on one side, joining on two sides and joining on three sides mean ? Aren't they all joined on 3 sides, then another 3 sides ?

Can anyone explain this to me ?
Thanks for the assistance.

When you complete the second

When you complete the second motif, there is only one other motif (the first one) to join it to. And some of the motifs along the edges will only be joined on one or two sides, depending on how many other motifs they are touching. You are correct that most of the motifs are joined on at least three sides.

I'm glad it's working out for

I'm glad it's working out for you.

If you have any other questions, I usually get messages faster if you email them to:

On the schematic diagram on

On the schematic diagram on page 41, there is a note that the top of the skirt is eased into the lower edge of bodice. This gathers up the top edge of the skirt.

The skirt is made in two parts, front and back, so you will need to work some additional stitches into the bodice pieces. To increase from 50 to 86 (smallest size) is not twice as many stitches, though--if you make two stitches in every other stitch, that should work (you may have to add another stitch or two, depending on which size you are making.)

I hope this helps!

Alice dress

In the directions for the back and front skirt it says; to add 86(90,94,98) dcs along foundation side etc. Are we suppose to double up in ea stitch? Because if you follow the amount of stitches in back bodice there are only 50(54,58,66) stitches available to work in. Or are we suppose to join the front and back? Thanks

Alice dress

Thank you for your answer to my previous message. I had decided to just go with my first thought and doubled up in every other stitch. So it all worked out. I am now working on putting it together. Buttonhole is a little confusing but I think I have it worked out.
Thanks again!!