A WIP is a work-in-progress piece of crochet that typically isn’t meant to be worn yet. And yet today you can find me in my house wearing a WIP. Why? Because I’m trying to convince myself that it doesn’t really need to be frogged and fixed.

Here’s the deal … In December I started making myself a really cute short crocheted dress. I used the beautiful Malabrigo sock yarn in Persia blue and used a large N hook and triple crochet stitches to turn this lightweight yarn into a great openwork dress. It was a little short. So I decided that I’d lengthen it and accent the dress at the same time by adding a row of my two-tone granny squares to it.

I love the dress and love the squares. Unfortunately, I did not take into consideration that the considerably heavier weight of this row of squares would drag the rest of the dress down. A LOT. What was a thigh-skimming flirty dress has now become almost ankle-length. And the truth is, I don’t like it so much this way. But I hate frogging. And I like the squares. So I’m trying to convince myself that I like it. And that’s why I’m wearing the WIP.

The Outfit

The WIP Crochet Dress, Blue Tank and Black Slip Skirt Underneath, Black Corset on Top, Black Heels

Crochet Detail

The Shoes

This WIP is going to have to have that bottom row of squares removed. They’d look great on something sturdier but just don’t work for me here. So expect to see a different version of this dress in a future 365 Ways to Wear Crochet post!


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  2. ZoeGuenther Reply

    There is a third option. Line the dress and then attach the crochet in several places to the lining, basically using the lining as a foundation for support. You also could cut through the middle of two rows around the waist to remove a portion. You cut right down the middle of the row of stitches and discard the little fringey bits, then run a line of crochet to secure the edges. Sine you’re wearing it with a corset, no one would ever see the middle. You can basically make it into two pieces; a top and skirt.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @ZoeGuenther Thanks! I can’t sew for the life of me so lining the dress probably wouldn’t be a good option. The idea about cutting the stitches is interesting, though. I’ve always wondered how you can cut crochet and not have it totally fall apart … but I’d never actually looked into finding the answer to that. You’ve piqued my interest! Appreciate the comments.

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