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Friday, January 13, 2012


How about wearing something fun and flirty to wear for the summer? Crocheted dresses are becoming more and more popular lately with good reason. They look good, have a unique appearance and are an interesting alternative to basic summer frocks and sundresses.

I have 3 granddaughters, of which all three are currently in college. When they were little, probably 2 to 5 years old, I crocheted each of them a little pink dress. The girls looked so cute in their matching dresses. You couldn't tell that I am a very proud Grandma, could you! As one of the granddaughters grew older, and grew a little taller, her mom would dress her in white tights, a long-sleeved white turtle neck shirt, and used the dress for a long top. So cute!

There are many variations of crocheted dresses, ranging from a simple cloth dress with a crochet detail added to a completely crocheted dress. For those who have craft and art abilities, you can easily dress up an old dress by crocheting an addition to it, maybe like crocheting a flower to pin on it

Some dresses have just the back crocheted, while others have a panel or two added to them with a crocheted insert. There really is no limit to what you can do if you want to add a bit of crochet to a garment – the sky is the limit. You can even crochet an old dress, or add a new hem to spice it up a bit.

One great thing is that crochet dresses can be used for a summer cover-up. They are perfect for the beach, because they are so open and airy. You can throw it on over a swimsuit and head on out. Just make sure you wear sunscreen, or you could get some pretty interesting tan lines.

Many designers are carrying crocheted dresses and a lot of celebrities have been seen wearing them as well. If you are handy with a crochet hook, you can copy the same look for much less than the designers are charging.

One of the beautiful things about crochet is that there are so many simple easy crochet patterns to choose from. You can go out shopping for something simple or shake things up a bit and try for a more complicated design. You can keep the pattern constant for the whole dress or change it up and hook different simple easy crochet patterns for different sections of the dress.

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You also have the option of choosing different kinds of yarn to use. You can do a simple, monochrome look for your dress if you like. White is a great color for summer and it really shows off a good tan. Another nice thing about a white crochet dress is that you can match it with assorted kinds and colors of jewelry or any other accessories of your choice. Pick different colors for your accessories and it will go with the crocheted white dress.

You have the option of selecting cotton or acrylic yarn. Acrylic yarn makes for a more durable dress and one that won’t shrink as much with washing. Cotton yarn can in some cases be more expensive to purchase but it has a wonderful feel and look to it. Some people prefer the feel of natural fibers such as cotton on their skin. You just have to be careful when washing it as it will shrink.

Whatever you choose, a beautiful white crocheted dress is a fantastic option for the summer time. Have fun with searching out a new project!

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