Wave Stitch Dicky

The Wave Stitch Dicky is a must have accessory, for either men or women, where I live. In ski country we need to dress in layers to stay warm. The collar keeps the neck warm without a scarf (that can get in the way), and yet is loose enough not to bind. The yoke is designed to cover most of the shoulder area, and upper chest and back. The body can be made to be as long or short as you like. It fits perfectly under a shirt or sweater, without the extra bulk in the arms, giving you freedom of movement. The end result is a fashion statement that speaks of class.

Materials, Tools, and Gauge For the Wave Stitch Dicky

Yarn: Any standard 4 ply, worsted weight yarn will work wonderfully for making the Wave Stitch Dicky. You will need about 9 ounces. I used Caron One Pound Lace, which was more than enough (and I could have made it longer). I suggest using a light, solid color so the wave stitch pattern of the collar stands out.

Hook: I used an I/9 - 5.5 mm.

Other: Scissors and a Yarn Needle (to hide the ends). Stitch markers (I use Bobby Pins).

Gauge: Gauge is not critical for the Wave Stitch Dicky. It is useful when using another brand of yarn, or sizing for a perfect fit. I strongly suggest you check your gauge before starting, especially if you use any other yarn than Caron One Pound (even if you use other Caron yarns). You can obtain your gauge with Double Crochet. 14 stitches = 4 inches. 9 double crochet rows = 4 inches.

Sizing Information for the Wave Stitch Dicky

This pattern shows Wave Stitch Dicky sizes for Extra Small (small children from about 5 to 9 years old), Average (teens through adults up to about 2X in size), and Extra Large (over 2X, or large neck, shoulders, or in some cases chest). In most cases you will use the size Average even if you happen to be over a 2X, so just because you may be making this for a larger adult, don’t automatically go to the the Extra Large size. Extra Large increases the tallness of the neck and can get very bulky if your neck is a normal height. You can adjust the width of the neck by following the sizing directions below.

Sizing the Wave Stitch Dicky

The design of the Wave Stitch Dicky is NOT for a tight neck. When sizing for a person measure around the forehead. The collar actually controls the width of the entire piece. The sizes control the height of the collar. You could make a short collar for an adult. You could make a VERY tall collar if you choose.

Short Collar (size Extra Small) = Chain 16 to start.

Average Collar (size Average) = Chain 26 to start.

Extra Tall Collar (size Extra Large) = Chain 36 to start.

The Wave Stitch Collar

For more details on crocheting the Wave Stitch: http://www.moms-crochet.com/wave-stitch.html. For this pattern, Wave Stitch Dicky, we are using the version Single Crochet / Double Crochet. 

Row 1: (the right side) Single Crochet (sc) in the second chain (ch) from the hook and in the next 4 chains (ch), Double Crochet (dc) in the next 5 chains. Alternate Single Crochet (sc) 5 - Double Crochet (dc) 5 until you reach the end (which could be 5 single crochet stitches).

From this point on, always work in the BACK loop of each stitch.

Rows 2 - 5 form your pattern, repeat them until your fabric reaches the size you wish.

Row 2: Chain (ch) 1 and turn. Single Crochet (sc) in the first 5 stitches, Double Crochet (dc) in the next 5 stitches. Alternate Single Crochet (sc) 5 - Double Crochet (dc) 5 until you reach the end (which could be 5 single crochet stitches).

Row 3: Chain (ch) 2 and turn. Double Crochet (dc) in the first 5 stitches, Single Crochet (sc) in the next 5 stitches. Alternate Double Crochet (dc) 5 - Single Crochet (sc) 5 until you reach the end.

Row 4: Chain (ch) 2 and turn. Double Crochet (dc) in the first 5 stitches, Single Crochet (sc) in the next 5 stitches. Alternate Double Crochet (dc) 5 - Single Crochet (sc) 5 until you reach the end.

Row 5: Chain (ch) 1 and turn. Single Crochet (sc) in the first 5 stitches, Double Crochet (dc) in the next 5 stitches. Alternate Single Crochet (sc) 5 - Double Crochet (dc) 5 until you reach the end (which could be 5 single crochet stitches).

Remember to calculate YOUR gauge and size, and adjust as needed.

ALWAYS end on Row 4 (for matched sewing).

If you are simply following the Wave Stitch Dicky pattern as written here:

Rows 2 - 4 should be repeated 13 times (Extra Small = 12, Extra Large 14).

Row 5 is repeated 12 times (Extra Small = 11, Extra Large 13).

Size Average = total 52 rows counting Row 1.ALWAYS end on Row 4 (for matched sewing).

At the end DO NOT cut your yarn.

I highly recommend using the Mattress Stitch to sew your Wave Stitch Dicky Collar together. MAKE SURE, if using the mattress stitch, that you have the Right Side facing you. The Right Side is the side that has the raised lines forming a ‘wave’. On the wrong side the raised lines will be straighter. See the picture above.

The side with your yarn still attached is the Top. Make sure the Right Side is facing you and do one round of Single Crochet (sc) to give it a finished edge. Slip Stitch (sl st) 3 times at the end, cut a LONG tail end (to hide it later), and pull the thread through the last loop (bind off).

Wave Stitch Dicky Yoke

Turn the Wave Stitch Dicky collar inside out, attach your yarn at the seam of the collar, with the Wrong Side facing you do one round of Single Crochet (sc) to set the stage for crocheting the yoke. Slip Stitch (sl st) once into the first stitch.

Round 1: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Lay the Dicky collar down and mark the two sides (I use Bobby Pins). This will become your shoulders.

Double Crochet (dc) to one stitch before your mark. Two double crochet (dc) in that stitch, one double crochet (dc) in your marked stitch (remove the stitch marker), two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to one stitch before the next mark. Two double crochet (dc) in that stitch, one double crochet (dc) in your marked stitch (remove the stitch marker), two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the end. Slip Stitch (sl st) into your first stitch.

Round 2: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Lay the Dicky collar down and mark the two sides / shoulders. From the mark count six stitch on either side and mark them.

Double Crochet (dc) to the first mark (six stitches before the center). Two double crochet (dc) in that stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next three stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch (you should be one stitch away from your center marked stitch). Remove the center mark, one double crochet (dc) in the next three stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next three stitches, two double crochet (dc) in your last marked stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the next group of marked stitches. Two double crochet (dc) in that stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next three stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch (you should be one stitch away from your center marked stitch). Remove the center mark, one double crochet (dc) in the next three stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next three stitches, two double crochet (dc) in your last marked stitch.

Round 3: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Lay the Dicky collar down and mark the two sides / shoulders, and the center most stitch in the front. On the sides also mark four stitches away from the center. On the front mark -- Extra Small: Two from the center. Average: Three from the center. Extra Large: Four from the center.

Double Crochet (dc) to one stitch before your mark. Two double crochet (dc) in that stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next three stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch. Double Crochet (dc) to the front mark.

Two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next (3 or 5 or 7) stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the last marked stitch. Double Crochet (dc) to the last side mark.

Two double crochet (dc) in that stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next three stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the end, slip stitch (sl st) into your first stitch.

Round 4: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Lay the Dicky collar down and mark the two sides / shoulders, and the center most stitch in the front. On the sides mark -- Extra Small: Four from the center. Average: Five from the center. Extra Large: Six from the center. On the front mark -- Extra Small: Three from the center. Average: Four from the center. Extra Large: Five from the center.

Double Crochet (dc) to one stitch before your mark. Two double crochet (dc) in that stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next (3 or 5 or 7) stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch. Double Crochet (dc) to the front mark.

Two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next (5 or 7 or 9) stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the last marked stitch. Double Crochet (dc) to the last side mark.

Two double crochet (dc) in that stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next (3 or 5 or 7) stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the end, slip stitch (sl st) into your first stitch.

Round 5: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Two double crochet (dc) in every tenth stitch. No it won’t come out exact at the end, that’s okay. Slip Stitch (sl st) into your first stitch.

Round 6: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Lay the Dicky collar down and mark the two sides / shoulders. Also mark -- Extra Small: Two from the center. Average: Three from the center. Extra Large: Four from the center.

Double Crochet (dc) to your first mark. Two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next (3 or 5 or 7) stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch. Double crochet to the next mark.

Two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch, one double crochet (dc) in the next (3 or 5 or 7) stitches, two double crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the end, slip stitch (sl st) into your first stitch.

If you've done some sizing work, with your Wave Stitch Dicky, you will need to do some sizing work here too. The example I’m showing here is for the Average size, so if you've been using the average size for your project you can just use these numbers.

Take the total number of rows in the collar and divide that number by three (52 divided by 3 = 17.333). Round off your number to the closest whole number (17.333 = 17). Place a stitch marker in the center of both the front and the back. The back would be the location of your slip stitches (it formed a line), the front would be even with that mark. Take a moment to really look at this. Make sure you are centered. It is possible that your work is slightly off center, this step corrects it if it is.

On both the front and the back, count 17 stitches in both directions from the stitch you marked, and mark that stitch. You can remove the center stitch markers.

You will be double crocheting in the back and front, and single crocheting on the shoulder area.

Round 7: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work.

Double Crochet (dc) to the stitch just before your first mark, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch, two single crochet (sc) in the next stitch. Single Crochet (sc) to one stitch before the next mark, two single crochet (sc) in that stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the stitch just before your mark, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch, two single crochet (sc) in the next stitch. Single Crochet (sc) to one stitch before the next mark, two single crochet (sc) in that stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the end. Slip Stitch (sl st) into the first stitch.

STOP on this round if you are making an Extra Small Wave Stitch Dicky.

Round 8: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Place stitch markers in all double crochet stitches closest to the change to single crochet. Also find the exact shoulder center stitch, and mark that. Count four stitches (5 for Extra Large), in both directions from the center, and mark.

Double Crochet (dc) to the stitch just before your first mark, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch, two single crochet (sc) in the next stitch.

Single Crochet (sc) to the stitch just before your first mark, two single crochet (sc) in the marked stitch, one single crochet (sc) in the next seven (9 for Extra Large) stitches, 2 single crochet (sc) in the next mark. Single Crochet (sc) to one stitch before the next mark, two single crochet (sc) in that stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the stitch just before your next mark, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch, two single crochet (sc) in the next stitch.

Single Crochet (sc) to the stitch just before your first mark, two single crochet (sc) in the marked stitch, one single crochet (sc) in the next seven (9 for Extra Large) stitches, 2 single crochet (sc) in the next mark. Single Crochet (sc) to one stitch before the next mark, two single crochet (sc) in that stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the end, slip stitch connect.

Round 9: Chain (ch) 2 and turn your work. Place stitch markers in all double crochet stitches closest to the change to single crochet.

Double Crochet (dc) to the stitch just before your first mark, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch, two single crochet (sc) in the next stitch. Single Crochet (sc) to one stitch before the next mark, two single crochet (sc) in that stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the stitch just before your mark, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch, two single crochet (sc) in the next stitch. Single Crochet (sc) to one stitch before the next mark, two single crochet (sc) in that stitch, two double crochet (dc) in the marked stitch.

Double Crochet (dc) to the end. Slip Stitch (sl st) into the first stitch.

STOP on this round if you are making an Average Wave Stitch Dicky.

For Extra Large repeat Rounds 8 & 9 one more time.

For a cowl effect you could just stop after the Wave Stitch Dicky yoke. This is perfect for adding a warm collar to any high neck shirt or sweater.

Wave Stitch Dicky Body

Cut your yarn, leaving a long tail end. If you you like you can do two more slip stitches (sl st). Pull the yarn through the loop to bind off.

Attach your yarn to the outermost double crochet. MAKE SURE you are going in the correct direct direction (back over the last row). Chain (ch) two. Double Crochet (dc) to the last double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 2 and turn. TRACK YOUR ROWS.

Short Dicky: Covers the upper chest, do ten double crochet rows.

Medium Dicky: Covers the rib area, do twenty double crochet rows.

Long Dicky: Allows you tuck the ends into a pair of pants or skirt, measure and continue until you reach your desired length.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The back and front will always hang at different lengths. If you wish to correct this you will need to try the Wave Stitch Dicky on and even the front and back off based on your body style.


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