More Than an Apron

Apr 11, 2007
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by Monica Welle Brown

Introduction

More Than an Apron

You might question the idea of a crocheted apron, but this is not your mother’s apron!  This is an apron with style that reaches beyond the kitchen. You can wear the piece apron-style with it open in the back or you can wear it open in the front like a jumper. Also, it can be worn as a fashion statement, or it can be worn for practical purposes as a “true” apron in the kitchen or garden. Finally, you can wear this garment year round! Wear it in the winter with a sweater under it or with a tank in the summer.

An added bonus is that this apron design supports a sustainable environment. I chose to use hemp, which is one of the most sustainable fibers. According to information from Lanaknits Designs Hemp for Knitting, hemp is one of the strongest and longest-lasting fibers. The plant (cannabis sativa) that hemp comes from is one of the world’s best renewable resources. It can grow just about anywhere, including on land that is otherwise unusable for other crops. Interestingly, hemp does not require pesticides or herbicides because insects do not like it, and it grows even more rapidly than weeds.

This is a simple piece to crochet. It includes only a few different crochet stitches and easy color changes. The wrap style is practical for a tunic-length garment as you can sit down and not worry about quickly stretching out a hand-crocheted item.

Materials List

  • MC: Hemp for Knitting, All Hemp 6, DK Weight, 100% hemp, 165yd/150 m per 100g/3.5 oz.,  color – Avocado, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) skeins
  • CC: Hemp for Knitting, All Hemp 6, DK Weight, 100% hemp, 165yd/150 m per 100g/3.5 oz.,  color – Sprout, 1 skein
  • US G/6 (4mm) crochet hook
  • Darning yarn needle
  • Stitch markers
  • 2 – 0.75” (2cm) buttons
  • Sewing thread to match chosen buttons

Finished Size

This apron is designed to be fitted with little ease, but it must be able to be “wrapped” over your bust and underarm area. Measure directly under your arms and bust. Take the largest measurement of the two, and use this measurement to decide which size to make.  

Sizes: XS [S, M, L, XL]

Chest (to fit the following chest sizes): 28 [32, 36, 40, 44]” /70 (80, 90,100,110) cm

Actual Finished Measurements: 39 (44, 49, 54, 59) includes 11 (12, 13, 14, 15)” overlap/ 97.5 (110,122.5,135,147.5) cm includes 27.5 (30, 32.5, 35, 37.5) cm overlap

Total Length (including straps): 29 (31, 32, 33, 34)” / 72.5 (77.5, 80, 82.5, 85) cm

Gauge

16 sts/9 rows of dc = 4” (10cm)

Notes

The apron is crocheted in three easy steps:

  1. First, a rectangular piece is crocheted side to side primarily in double crochet from just over the bust to the midthigh. This piece forms the main body of the garment. The main body is crocheted from the right center back across the front to the left center back.  
  2. Next, stitches are picked up from the top edge of the main piece. These stitches are worked in half double crochet for several rows to form a border at the top of the bust.
  3. Finally, thick straps are created by continuing to crochet from the front over the shoulders to the back. There is an overlap in the back to create the “wrap”, and the straps are secured with buttons.  

Right side rows begin at the top edge, or bust, of the apron. Wrong side rows begin at the bottom edge, or hem, of the apron.

Turning chain does not count as a stitch.

Special Stitch Pattern:

Subtle waist shaping is incorporated with several inch-long darts in the waist area in four strategic places. These darts are created by changing the stitch pattern in the middle of the row from double crochet to single and half double crochet.

The Pattern

Apron backMain Body

Begin at Right Center Back

With MC, ch 84 (90, 92, 94, 96).

Row 1 (RS)
: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each st across, turn.  82 (88, 90, 92, 94) hdc

Note: Mark the beginning of this row to designate the top edge of the main body piece.

Rows 2-8: Ch 2, hdc in 1st st and each st across, turn. Piece should measure approximately 2.5” (6.4cm).

Row 9-12: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across, turn. 82 (88, 90, 92, 94) dc

Begin Back Right Darts

Row 1 (RS): Ch 3, dc in each of first 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, sc in next 16 (16, 16, 16, 16) sts, dc in remaining 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, dc in each of first 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, hdc in next 16 (16, 16, 16, 16) sts, dc in remaining 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in each of first 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, sc in next 16 (16, 16, 16, 16) sts, dc in remaining 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, turn.

DartContinue Right Back, Side and Front

Row 1: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across, turn.

Repeat Row 1,  21 (27, 31, 35, 41) more times.  

Begin Right Front Darts

Row 1 (WS): Ch 3, dc in each of first 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, sc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, turn.

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3, dc in each of first 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, sc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in each of first 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, sc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, turn.  

Continue Right Front

Rows 1-3: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across, turn.

Piece should measure approximately 18 (21, 22.5, 24, 27)” / 45 (52, 56, 60.5, 67) cm from foundation chain.

Fasten off MC.

Begin Center Contrast Color Panel

With WS facing, join CC in first st.

Size XS and S Only

Rows 1-6: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across, turn.

Size M Only

Rows 1-8: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across, turn.

Size L and XL Only

Rows 1-12: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across with CC, turn.

Fasten off CC.

Begin Left Front

With MC and WS facing:

Rows 1-3: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across, turn.

Begin Left Front Darts

Row 1 (RS): Ch 3, dc in each of first 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, sc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, dc in each of first 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, hdc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in each of first 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, sc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, turn.

Continue Left Front, Side and Back

Row 1: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across, turn.

Repeat Row 1, 21 (27, 31, 35, 41) more times.

Begin Left Back Darts

Row 1 (WS): Ch 3, dc in each of first 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, sc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, turn.

Row 2 (RS)
: Ch 3, dc in each of first 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, sc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, turn.

Row 3
: Ch 3, dc in each of first 40 (44, 46, 46, 48) sts, sc in next 16 sts, dc in remaining 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts, turn.

Continue Left Back

Rows 1-4: Ch 3, dc in 1st st and each st across, turn.

Rows 5-12
: Ch 2, hdc in 1st st and each st across, turn. Piece should measure approximately 39 (44, 49, 54, 59)”/ 97.5 (110, 122.5, 135, 147.5) cm from foundation chain.

Piece is completed at left center back.  Fasten off.

More than an apron, in the gardenTop/Bodice Edging

Note: At the top edge of the main piece, you will have 8 rows of hdc on each edge and 76 (88, 98,110, 122) rows of dc. These rows alternate between the end (final st) and the beginning (turning ch) of each row. To work the edging, you will either work one or two hdc(s) in each space formed by the end or beginning of each row.

Row 1:  With RS facing, begin edging at top right corner. Insert hook into 1st hdc row, ch 2 and work 1 hdc. Work 1 hdc in each of next 7 hdc rows. Work 2 hdc in each of the next 5 dc rows. Continue to work across row as follows:  

*1 dc in next row, 2 dc in each of next 4 rows; rep from * 12 (15, 17, 20, 22) more times. Work 2 hdc in any dc rows remaining. Finish with 1 hdc in each of final 8 hdc rows. 155 (176, 194, 215, 236) hdc.

Rows 2-4: Ch 2, hdc in 1st st and each st across, turn. Piece should measure approximately 1.5” (3.75cm).

Fasten off.

Straps (make 2)

Fold main body piece in half. Mark 3.5 (3.75, 4, 4.25, 4.5)”/8.75 (9.40, 10, 10.60, 11.25) cm in both directions from center.

Work 1st strap as follows:

Row 1: With front of apron facing you, insert hook in 1st hdc of marked location, ch 2, hdc in each of next 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) sts away from center.

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.   

Repeat Row 2 until strap measures 15 (16, 17, 18, 19)” / 37.5 (40, 42.5, 45, 47.5) cm.

The strap length includes an extra 1” (2.5cm) that is used to secure the straps to the main piece.

Fasten off.

Finishing Instructions

Weave in all the yarn ends. Try on garment and mark position of desired button placement. Buttons should be located approximately 1 (1, 1.25, 1.4, 1.5)”/ 2.5 (2.5, 3.1, 3.5, 3.75) cm from outside edges of overlap on right back. Basically, the buttons should line up so they lay in the middle of where the strap will hit in the back. Buttons should be placed on hdc border. Sew on buttons. Lay the left back over right back, and then lay straps over both layers to determine appropriate buttonhole location. Create buttonholes by carefully pushing a hole though both layers of the left back and straps. The left back and straps are secured by buttoning through both layers.       

Optional: Work one row of sc around bottom edge, neck edge and straps.

Apron schematic, front

 

Apron schematic, back 

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Comments

Alicia wrote
on Apr 17, 2007 12:22 PM

So cute! I'm looking forward to making this

Pat wrote
on Apr 29, 2007 2:40 AM

These will make great christmas gifts. Will start today.

Gin wrote
on May 15, 2007 8:29 PM

I love this dress/apron. I don't normally do dresses, I tend to stick to accessories but I think I found inspiration! I love it.

Heath wrote
on Jul 7, 2007 11:07 AM

TOO cute!

Keyka Lou wrote
on Jul 14, 2007 5:59 PM

Very nice!

Anonymous wrote
on Sep 6, 2007 2:19 PM

ok!

Erica1 wrote
on Feb 29, 2008 9:13 AM
=O

That looks so cute! I'll have to try it when I get better :]

laux wrote
on Jun 10, 2008 1:37 PM

Oh, I love this!

sinxkitten wrote
on Aug 25, 2008 10:02 PM
This pattern looks awesome!
Can anyone recommend some other good yarns to use for this? I mostly make little amigurumi and stuff, so i have mostly acrylic and fun-fur yarns. is acrylic ok to use?

thanks!

DanielleC@2 wrote
on May 11, 2009 9:18 AM
This pattern is adorable!

*from deebunks*

mainahgal wrote
on May 22, 2009 4:08 PM

I really, really adore this! Very adorable! I have a couple of friends who would love to get this as a gift, thanks so much!

RuthD@2 wrote
on Jul 11, 2009 10:19 PM
So cute, I will never use as an apron, but like a sexy tunic....What a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing

Ruth in Chile