Another fan stitch crochet pattern, and this one is for a kitchen apron. The apron is kind of lacy, which means that it might not protect your clothes too well should you have a big spill or a splash. However, you can line the apron from the back with a contrasting or matching color in order to do a better job.
The apron is made very simple with a single neck strap to hold it up and tie strings to tie at the back. Both the tie strings and neck strap use the same stitch pattern and you can easily make them as long or as short as you like provided that you chain a multiple of 6 plus 2.
All the stitches, except for the foundation single crochet stitch (fsc), are familiar to most, including beginners. For those who have never done the fsc can watch this short tutorial on how to do the stitch.
To make the fsc simply insert the hook into the base of the previous stitch made, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through 1 loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook. The next stitch is worked into the base of the previous fsc and so on.
I used cotton yarn as it is more absorbent and more suitable for working in the kitchen.
Material: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (12oz./340grams)
Hook size: H/8-5.00MM
Gauge: Measures 1.75 inches across 6 sc sts.
Finished Measurements: The lengths are not included because you can make it any length that you want.
Small: The small measures approximately 10″ across the top, and 19″ across the bottom.
Medium: The medium measures approximately 12″ across the top, and 22.5″ across the bottom.
Large: The large measures approximately 13.75″ across the top, and 24″ across the bottom.
Instructions are given for the small size, the medium and large sizes are given in the brackets.
V-St: (Dc, ch 3, dc) all in the same st as indicated.
Ch 32, (38, 44) (You can make this as wide or as narrow as you like as long as you chain a multiple of 6 plus 2.)
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, *sk next 2 chs, 5 dc in next ch, sk next 2 chs, sc in next ch, repeat from * to end. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch-1), dc in first st, sc in center dc, *V-st in next sc, sc in center dc, repeat from * to last sc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last sc. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same first st, sc in next sc, *5 dc in center ch of V-st, sc in next sc, repeat from * to last 3 sts, sk next dc and ch-1, work 3 dc in last st. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, work V-St in next sc, *sc in center dc, V-St in next sc, repeat from * to last 3 sts, sk next 2 sts, sc in last st. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, *5 dc in center ch of V-St, sc in next sc, repeat from * to end.
Rows 6-17 (21, 25): Repeat rows 2 to 5. You can do as many repeats of rows 2-5 as you like in order to obtain the desired length from the top of the apron to the waist.
Row 1: Repeat pattern row 2. Do not turn.
Row 2: Ch 7, turn, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch and st across. Do not turn. Work 6 fsc sts. Turn.
Row 3 (For Small and Large Sizes Only): Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * to last 4 sts, sc in last 4 sts. (61, 79 sts) You should have a multiple of 6 plus 1.
Row 3 (For Medium Size Only): Ch 1, sc in first st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * to end (73 sts) You should have a multiple of 6 plus 1.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * to end. Turn.
Next Rows: Repeat pattern rows 2 to 5 until you have reached a desired length. Do not fasten off, but continue with edging.
The last crocheted row counts as part of the edging and is not worked into again.
When you come to the area where the top part of the apron meets the bottom at the waistline, work only 1 sc into the corner and continue with pattern.
Work another 3 sc in last st made, turn the work slightly and working along the edge, *sk the distance of about 2 sc, work 5 dc in next st/sp, sk the distance of about 2 sc, sc in next st/sp, repeat from * along the edge, (The last sc st made should end up in the corner st),** work another 3 sc in corner st, repeat from * around ending at **, work another 2 sc in last st, join with sl st. Fasten off.
Strap and Tie Strings
Neck Strap: Take a rough measurement as to how long you need the neck strap to be. You would simply position the apron against you and measure from the top of one side of the apron, around the neck and to the top on the other side of the apron top. Please note that you will attach the strap to the wrong side of the apron along the same line as the beginning chains. This leaves the top edging free in front of the strap. You will need to take this into consideration when you take your measurement.
After you have determined how long you need the strap, then ch a multiple of 6 plus 2 in order to somewhat match that length.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn.
Row 2: **Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * to end.** Do not turn, sl st into same st as last st made and into back loops of beg. chs. Repeat from first ** to last **. Join with sl st and fasten off leaving a long enough string for sewing onto the apron.
Tie Strings (Make 2): Figure out how long you want them and then follow the same instructions as for the neck strap.
Attach the neck strap to the apron as pictured below.
The neck strap is attached on the wrong sides along the same line as the beginning chains. To attach the first end of the strap, lay the apron down with the wrong side facing up. Then with the right side facing down and slightly overlapping the apron top, attach the strap to the apron as pictured.
Continue stitching along the edge and into the stitches of the apron. Secure the yarn and fasten off.
To attach the second end simply bring the end over to the other side of the apron being careful not to twist the strap. Attach it in the same manner as the first one.
Tie Strings: Attach the tie strings in a similar fashion as the neck strap along the sides by the increase rows.