This is a crochet pattern review of the Larrea Dress designed by Jill of Maypop Shop. Review done by Emily of Crochet Aweigh for Cre8tion Crochet.
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It is the middle of August, and perhaps many of you are looking forward to pumpkin spice lattes, falling leaves, corn mazes, and all the other wonderful things that come along with the Fall season. All that is good and exciting, but in Florida I am still breaking a sweat, and working on lightweight Summer projects. Maybe next month will cool down a little (insert heavy sigh here), and we will be able to work on projects for sweater weather. Until then, join me for another summer crochet dress pattern review!
Now this pattern is a real gem. The Larrea can be made as a crop top, a peplum top, mini dress, or a maxi dress. It is completely customizable as far as sizing, yarn choice, hook choice; the list goes on. This dress works up extremely fast, and the pattern itself is simply incredible! The pattern is a perfectionist’s dream! It is an excellent choice for an intermediate crocheter looking for an exciting pattern that changes things up a bit.
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What Materials Do You Need to Crochet the Larrea Dress?
- Approximately 400 – 1,700 yards (depending on which size & style you are making) of ANY yarn that is sport weight (2), DK (3), or worsted weight (4)
- Any size crochet hook that you are comfortable using on the yarn you choose
- Scissors and yarn needle for weaving ends
- The Larrea Paid Crochet Pattern from Maypop Shop
Here is where the fun begins! Even though I could choose any yarn weight: sport, DK, or worsted, I went with sport because it would be the lightest weight in the hot climate. I also knew I wanted cotton for the same reason. Circulo Charme is currently my favorite cotton sport weight. I have been using it for everything lately. It is available in every color of the rainbow so you can be sure to find the colors you are after. You might be wondering how we could possibly be able to choose whichever yarn weight we want, but I’ll get to that in little while! Miraculously enough, I only used 1 skein of each color for my entire dress! it was roughly about 1,100 yards for me.
I also decided to try my hand at beading so I purchased several different kinds of beads. She doesn’t specify that in the pattern, but it sure added a lot of sparkle to the finished dress.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Larrea?
The crop top only took an afternoon, approximately 4 hours or so. The dress from start to finish, before adding beads, it took about 8 days of working on it in between my full time job and other responsibilities. Honestly, 8 days is a pretty quick dress turnaround time, and I’m certain it won’t take you very long either!
You may have thought it was crazy to use any yarn weight…but wait, there’s more! You can also choose whatever hook size you want! There is no required gauge! I know, I couldn’t believe it either the first time I opened the pattern. It is written so incredibly that you can make it work however you choose. I’ll go into that part more under the pattern notes section. For me, I chose the F/3.75mm hook because that is what I am comfortable using on sport weight yarn.
The pattern starts with the bust cups, and you see immediately why there is no required gauge. She says to start in the middle of the cups by chaining a multiple of 4 that measures from the middle of your breast to the outer edge where you want the cup to end. This ensures that no matter what hook or yarn you are using, the bust cup will fit you. There are additional row options after that to make the cups larger or smaller. After that she offers the next rows step by step for whether you have an odd number of stitches or an even number. I have never seen a pattern that is so specific, but so flexible at the same time. After completing the bust cups, upper lace, and sides, she offers 6 different rows and says “do them in whatever order you want”. How fun is that??? Change colors, change which order the rows go in, there is no wrong answer!
The Larrea Dress is a unique piece that really allows your creative juices to flow. Between the endless color combinations, and the customization options, you can never be bored while making this! Believe me when I say that this is one of the most thought-out, well-written, beautiful patterns I have ever seen. There is something for everyone here; no matter your style preference. She has charts, pictures, written instructions, graphs, stitch calculators, and not to mention, it is all labeled and color-coded! She includes photo examples of different types of yarn, fibers, and different row combinations. Jill has really thought of absolutely everything; this pattern is lacking nothing. Drop a comment below to tell me what colors and style you will make your Larrea in!
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