Recently I received some lovely yarn from Red Heart – included in my package was 1-ball of Boutique Sassy Fabric – Black Dot.
I had the opportunity to use this product a few months ago when I crocheted the Ruffled Rose Pin. You can read my November post here: Ruffled Rose Pin Crochet Pattern
I love the idea of adding yarn and fabric together – and the Boutique Sassy Fabric makes it easy to do by providing you with the holes within which to crochet.
I decided to create a simple ruffle top – something cute and fun for my daughter to wear – with an added ruffle with the Boutique Sassy Fabric. I also created a tie back (headband) to go with it – something she can wear to keep her ever growing hair out of her eyes.
This pattern is pretty simple and a great way to learn to work with the Boutique Sassy Fabric.
The pattern is written for a toddler/small child size.
For the project you will need:
5.00 mm (H) Crochet Hook
1 ball Boutique Sassy Fabric
1 ball Red Heart Shimmer (Worsted Weight Yarn)
Gauge: 15 double crochet stitches = 4″
We will be crocheting from the Sassy Ruffle to the neckline all in one piece, including the ties. The project is worked flat for the first 2 rows and then in rounds for the remainder of the top.
Read the Explanation beneath Row 1 before beginning Row 1 please!
Row 1: 4 sc (sc shell) in each Sassy Ruffle hole across, chain 4, turn 
Explanation: You will be using 31 of the “holes” in the Sassy Fabric so if you wish you can cut yourself a piece from the roll – remember not to cut too close to the actual ‘holes’. Place your Sassy Fabric on a flat surface with the holes at the top and the ruffled edge at the bottom.
Put a slip knot on your crochet hook, insert your crochet hook into the first hole in the fabric (from front to back), pull downward slightly (and gently!) to get the fabric out of your way, yarn over the hook and pull through the fabric (2 yarn loops are on the hook). Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops. You just made a single crochet stitch using the fabric like an existing ‘starting chain row’. Make sense? Now repeat this 3 more times in this same hole in the fabric. You just crocheted 4 single crochets in the first fabric hole.
You will repeat this process for the entire 31-holes in the Sassy Fabric; 4 single crochets (sc shell) for each hole. Chain 4, turn.
Row 2: (4 dc stitches [dc shell] into the space between the sc shell stitches of the previous row) x 15, 1 dc in the last stitch of the row, chain 3, turn [15 dc shells and 1 dc]
You will now be working in rounds. Each space between the dc shells will be called “shell space” now and throughout the remainder of the pattern 🙂
Round 1: ch 3 (counts as a dc now and throughout), (3 dc) in the 1st “shell space” (between the dc shells); (4 dc in each “shell space” across) x 15; sl st around the starting ch 3 to join [16 dc shells]
You may wish to place a marker here if you are new to working in rounds to mark your place.
Round 2: 1 sl st in each of the next 3 dc sts, 1 sl st into the shell space; [ch 3 (remember this counts as a dc now and throughout), 3dc] in the first shell space; [4 dc in the next shell space] x 14; sl st around the starting ch 3 to join
Round 3 – 16: Repeat Round 2 until you have 16 rounds of double crochet shells in total – measuring approximately 6″ in total (not counting Rows 1 & 2 of the Ruffle).
Round 17: ch 40, starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, sl st once into each st back to the beginning, sl st around the starting ch 3 from Round 16 (i.e. the same place you joined to at the end of Round 16). You have created the first ‘tie’ for the top.
Remember which loop you worked into for the ch 40 and make sure you work into the same loop on each of the other 3 ties (i.e. I worked into the top loop but you could alternately work into the back bump for a different look!).
[1 sl st in each of the next 4 sts, 1 sl st into the shell space] x 4; ch 40, starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, sl st once into each st back to the beginning, sl st into the shell space (the same one you started from for this tie). Repeat this for the next 2 ties. [1 sl st in each of the next 4 sts, 1 sl st into the shell space] x 4, finish off and weave in ends.
Next, see where you have the small gap at the beginning? From where you worked Row 1 & 2, before beginning the rounds? You have two options here. You can neatly sew this gap together with a piece of yarn; or you can cut a small piece of Sassy Fabric to make a bow. Darla wanted the bow but this is totally up to you.
To make a coordinating tie back (headband):
Same yarn and hook combination as above.
Round 1: 30 fhdc, ch 3, beginning in the next st (3 dc [shell], skip the next 2 sts) x 8; 9 dc in the end stitch. Continuing along the bottom of the initial starting fhdc row, (skip 2 sts, 3 dc [shell] into the next st) x 9; 6 dc in the end stitch, sl st to beginning ch 3 to join.
Round 2: 1 sl st in each of the next 3 sts, 1 sl st in the shell space, [ch 3 (counts as a dc), 2 dc] in the shell space; [3 dc (shell)] in each shell space] x 8; 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, 3 dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, skip 2 sts to begin in the next shell space; [3 dc (shell) in each shell space] x 10; 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, 3 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 3dc (shell) in the next shell space.
Round 3: (1 sl st in each st) x 33 (this brings you to the middle of one end). Chain 50, beginning in the 2nd st from the hook, sl st in each st back to the headband, 1 sl st to join back to the headband. (1 sl st in each st) x 39, ch 50; beginning in the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 sl st in each st back to the headband; 1 sl st to join. Finish off and weave in ends. You are finished!
I cut a small amount of the Red Heart Boutique Sassy Fabric and created a small bow by tying it directly to the headband.
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