Mina Crocheted Dress Pattern Now Available

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Tulip time is coming and here is the first tulipfield dress! I'm looking out my front window and waiting for my 120 'Mistress' tulip bulbs to bloom. They look to be a couple of weeks off yet. Maybe in time for Easter? That would be wonderful. This will be the first year for these bulbs for us. We ordered them last year, when this trip to the color-striped tulip fields inspired the creation of a few tulip-striped crocheted dresses. Miss Mina is the first of the those for which I have (finally!) written a pattern. You can find the Mina Crocheted Dress pattern (and big huge pictures of the dresses) here.

6-12 months size

I'm (finally!) really happy with this one. It's done entirely in half-double crochet (my patterns are written in American crochet terms, by the way; Brits will have to translate terms and measurements out of inches) and I would say an advanced beginner — one who knows how to chain, do hdcs, change color, and increase — should have no problem with this. The pattern is sized for 0-3 months (6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 3-4 years). It also includes a measurement diagram thing (what do you call those?).

0-3 months size

This dress is also totally seamless, done from the top down. You still do it in rows, however; you just join the ends of the rows in the back, making a visible seam up the back to the opening, but I still prefer that to seaming, personally. When I'm done, I like to b done. I tell you how to join here without the twist that can sometimes happen. I have photographs showing you exactly where to put the hook in each stitch, but if you get stuck just let me know and I'll help you.

From the back

Photos and yarn details about the Mina dresses can all be found on my Ravelry project page. I also made the largest size in oatmeal tan with purple striping but I forgot that I never finished the belt or photographed it so I will try to do that this weekend and put it up there, too. I just simply can't believe it is already the weekend again.

Some other things I keep wanting to mention:

1) Portlanders, do not forget to get your Avett Brothers tickets for July 16 in Salem! They go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PST this morning. We will be down in section 4 somewhere — can't remember what row we are in. I can't wait.

2) I am doing an internet radio interview for Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Radio on Monday, April 11 (this coming Monday) at 4 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST). You can listen to it live (and participate in the chat) or download it as a podcast afterward. I think I am on in the second half-hour of the show.

3) I read an entire book in one sitting a couple of days ago which I have never done in my entire life (I'd heard people talk about it but I never really believed it was possible). It is called Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart by Susan Richards. I heard about it last summer when our friend Ken visited and said that he sat next to the author on a plane ride back from Europe and she gave him her book for the ride (I think this is how it went). I picked the book up the other day and started reading it at 2 p.m. and finished it at 6 p.m. I was BAWLING at the end, couldn't even see to read. Like our mortgage broker says about this k.d. lang video he had us watch in his office (yes, picture it — awesome), "If this doesn't make you cry, you're missing a gear."

4) I have no idea why I keep reading and watching such sad things lately. The pioneer books? You guys. I've finished five of them now, I think. We have to talk. I will say that after the first two I had already decided to only read FUNNY BOOKS for the summer. More on this. . . .

5) Thank you to everyone who has sent emails because you thought I would love Jillian Tamaki's gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous, embroidered book covers for a new series of Penguin classics. Do. I. EVER. Wow. I might have to break my funny-books-only rule and get this version of Black Beauty.

Okay, I'm gonna let you go get your Avett tickets now!!! Hurry!


Alicia, I saw the Mina on Ravelry the other day. I love the muted tones. I've got little nieces in my life. I have no excuse not to make stuff for them. Let the sewing machine, crochet hooks and knitting needles commence in tandem! Yes, here I come multi-tasking!

Thank you oh so much for bringing that version of hallelujah into my life! I had never heard her version before - just stunning......like your beautiful new pattern :)

Measurement Diagram Thing = Schematic! ;)

What a pretty dress!

oooo, thanks! Just purchased "Mina"- the dress for my daughter "Minna"- the girl. How perfect is that? Can't wait to get started. Have a nice weekend!

Your mortgage broker had you crying to k.d.lang IN HIS OFFICE??? What?

Your tulip field dress is so adorable - it almost makes me want to learn to crochet and have a baby girl all at the same time.

Oh! and if you are looking for great summer books, have you met Flavia de Luce yet? You will LOVE her, I just know it. Just google.

Yes -- it was hilariously awesome. CRANKED. On the big huge computer. And then me crying. It was a 3-hour appt. and I was almost in tears anyway, but still. . . .

And I do love Flavia (she was on last summer's book list). Good call! :-)

Just beautiful!!! Love the different colorways you chose. I can't wait to read the Saddest Book in the World. In the meantime, Tina Fey's new book is on its way to me and I cannot WAIT! Maybe you should read it at the same time as me? And we can laugh about it together. xo:)

I too read a couple of the pioneer books recommended on here! HEAVY stuff huh?! Just weighted one down with what our poor forefathers had to go through. Such oppression! Yea, I'm ready for a spurt of funny or light or frivolous too! Suggestions?

So much beauty. So much beauty.
I am at loss for words, because you have shown us so much beauty.

Fiona Goble says: April 08, 2011 at 11:12 AM

So beautiful and understated... feeling a bit miffed I only have a boy, 14 today and six foot tall. It's not going to work somehow.

The Avett Brothers were just in my neighborhood and the tickets sold out before we could get our hands on two. So, so heartbroken.

Your dresses are so cute! I need to learn to crochet.

Dear Alicia, love the darling little dress.. might need to get this pattern from you! :-)

I love horses so I went to Kindle on my iPad 2 and just bought it. Will read it and I guess I'd better have some kleenex by my side?

Such a beautiful day here in Oregon today!! YAY!!

T in the gorge

I am so pleased that you've posted this pattern just in time for me to make it for my friend's little girl's birthday. Thank you Alicia, it's so, so, so gorgeous!

It is beautiful!

Troy Louise says: April 08, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Oh boy are those ever sweet. I have a young friend expecting a little girl in June. But, I'll have to practice a bit before I can make one of these. Good luck w/the radio show. Thanks & Happy Weekend.

Oh my goodness, I love Hallelujah and somehow had never seen her version. You're right so beautiful it makes you cry. the dress...adorable, I might just have to learn to crochet!

Such sweet little dresses, beautiful soft colours. :)
Vivienne x

SO EXCITED!!! You totally made my day with this pattern - I will be getting it really really soon. I am a new kid with the whole crochet thing - only made blankets - but I think it's time to venture out and give this a go.

If you like tulips this much, you really should come to Holland and visit the tulip fields.... stripes of colour are saying: Hey you, it's springtime again!It's absolutely gorgeous.
Enjoying your blog so much... wish my house looked like yours and I could create such beautiful things.
Thank you!

This version is so very sweet but I'm wondering if there are instructions to add the sleeves like the previous version you posted on Ravelry.

Darling dress...wish I had grandchildren =-( Because of you, I just ordered Chosen by a Horse, and I had to order the next one, of course: Chosen Forever. And I see she wrote a prequel to CBH...because we all need a good cry or three... KD is AWE.SOME!! I have always loved her. She has the purest voice in the universe. Love this version of Hallelujah so much. Thank you for reminding us of it!

When I saw that cover of Black Beauty I gasped. Honestly. Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous. Alicia, I was such a horse girl too--riding lessons, Breyer horses, horses everything. And now I sew and stitch stuff :) Let's make horse embroideries!

And your little dress is simply the sweetest. My sister just found out today that she's having a boy. Dang.

FloridaLizzie says: April 08, 2011 at 03:29 PM

I loved "Chosen by A Horse" when I read it a few years ago. But even better were two books by an author in Oregon who has a horse ranch for kids and horses who have been through very hard things. The books are called "Bridge Called Hope" and "Hope Rising" by Kim Meeder. The author writes beautifully, and will touch your heart in so many ways.

Love this - I need to practise my crochet and make one.

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com