Gypsy Rose Halter

Lights. Camera. Christmas!

That was the theme of our hometown's annual Christmas parade this year, grand marshaled by none other than Ed Asner of Mary Tyler Moore and Elf fame. A movie-themed Christmas parade with a star from the 70s? My dance troupe (the Suburban Gypsies) couldn't resist. We rocked that parade with a choreography to "You Should Be Dancing" from Saturday Night Fever.

Of course, this also meant we needed to add some crochet to our costumes to make them look really 70s.

Gypsy Rose Halter

There are 16 ladies in the dance troupe and only two other gals crochet, so for three weeks in November, if I was sitting, I was crocheting so I could get these halters done in time. Luckily they were pretty simple--essentially granny squares that tie at the neck and mid-back, and with fringe added. It's worked in Cascade Rabat, a self striping yarn, to cut down on the number of ends to be woven in.

I'm going to share the pattern with you all, but first, a snippet of our performance with the whole troupe decked out in 70s glamour.


You Should Be Dancing
A snippet of You Should be Dancing-
Posted by Magnificent Belly Dance on Saturday, December 5, 2015


Special thanks to Lisa of Magnificent Belly Dance, Tina B. of HooPurr, and HennaRose Dance for their assistance with the development of this pattern.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

GYPSY ROSE HALTER

Skill Level: Easy.

Finished Size:
S/M (L/1X, 2X/3X, 4X/5X)
See my size chart here.

Materials:
1 (2, 3, 5) skeins Cascade Rabat
Size J-10 (6.0mm) crochet hook or size to obtain gauge

Gauge Square: Granny. Ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to make a ring. Rnd 1. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 3) in ring 3 times; join with sl st in top of beg ch. Finish off. Rnd 2. Join yarn with sl st in any ch-3 sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same ch-sp, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-sp, ch 1; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. Finish off. Rnd 3. Join yarn with sl st in any ch-3 sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same ch-sp, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1; rep from * around. Finish off. 3 rnds = 6 inches measured diagonally from corner to corner.

Special Stitches: 3-tr cluster. *YO twice, insert hook in indicated st, pull up a loop, (YO and draw through 2 loops) twice; rep from * 2 more times. YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook. 3-tr cluster complete. 3-dtr cluster. *YO 3 times, insert hook in indicated st, pull up a loop, (YO and draw through 2 loops) 3 times, rep from * 2 more times. YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook. 3-dtr cluster complete.

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. To avoid confusion, it may be helpful to circle the numbers corresponding to your size before beginning this project. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

This pattern uses American crochet terminology.


Directions

Ch 6. Join with sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1. Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and 2 ch), (dc in ring, ch 2) 7 times. Join with sl st in third ch of beg ch. 8 dc and 8 ch-2 sp.

Rnd 2. (Sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc) in ea ch-sp around. Join with sl st in first sc. 8 petals.

Rnd 3. Keeping the ch behind the petals of the previous rnd, *ch 4, sc between next 2 petals; rep from * around. 8 ch-4 sp.

Rnd 4. (Sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc) in ea ch-sp around. Join with sl st in first sc. 8 petals.

Rnd 5. Rep rnd 3.

Rnd 6. (Sc, hdc, 7 dc, hdc, sc) in ea ch-sp around. Join with sl st in first sc. 8 petals.

Rnd 7. Rep rnd 3.

Rnd 8. (Sc, hdc, dc, 7 tr, dc, hdc, sc) in ea ch-sp around. Join with sl st in first sc. 8 petals.

Rnd 9. Sl st in ea st up to center tr of next petal. Sc in same tr, *ch 7, (3-tr cluster, ch 4, 3-dtr cluster, ch 4, 3-tr cluster) in center tr of next petal, ch 7, sc in center tr of next petal; rep from * around, ending with a sl st in first sc of rnd. 8 ch-7 sp.

Rnd 10. Sl st in next ch-7 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in same ch-7 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in 3-dtr cluster, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in ea of next 2 ch-7 sp, 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in 3-dtr cluster, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1; rep from * twice more. (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-7 sp, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch.

Sizes L/1X, 2X/3X, and 4X/5X only:

Rnd 11. Ch 3, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp (to the right of the beg ch-3), *(ch 1, 3 dc) in ea ch-1 sp across to next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around to last ch-3 sp. (Ch 1, 3 dc) in ea rem ch-1 sp around to beg ch. Ch 1, join with sl st in top of beg ch.

Sizes 2X/3X and 4X/5X only:

Rnd 12. Rep rnd 11.

Size 4X/5X only:

Rnd 13. Rep rnd 11.

All Sizes:

Last Rnd. Ch 1. Sc in ea dc and ch-sp around, working 3 sc in ea corner. Join with sl st in first sc. Finish off.

NECK TIES

Join yarn with sl st in any corner. Ch 40 (45, 50, 55). Finish off. Rep in same corner for a total of 2 ties at the neck.

MID-BACK TIES

Join yarn with sl st in corner to the right of the Neck Ties. Ch 40 (45, 50, 55). Finish off. Rep in corner to the left of Neck Ties for a total of 2 mid-back ties.

FRINGE

Cut 34 (38, 42, 46) 6-inch pieces of yarn. Tie 2 pieces in each of the ch-1 sp between the mid-back ties. Trim evenly.

Abbreviations
beg          beginning
ch          chain
dc          double crochet
dtr          double treble crochet
ea          each
hdc          half-double crochet
mm          millimeter
rep          repeat
rnd          round
sc          single crochet
sl st          slip stitch
sp          space
st          stitch
tr          treble crochet
YO          yarn over

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