Free Beach Dress Crochet Pattern

Keep cool with a fringed beach dress crochet pattern designed by Simone Francis!

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Cheat your way to colourwork with this sweet and simple white crochet dress pattern by Simone Francis. The breezy beach dress has bright stripes woven through the mesh fabric. It’s worked in cool cotton and has a loose fit, making it the perfect cover-up to slip on and off in warmer weather. And let’s not forget about that fabulous fringe detailing around the sleeves and hem – a playful touch that’s easy to do and bang on trend for this summer. Get hooking.

You will need

Sirdar Cotton 4ply (100% cotton, 100g/335m) or alternative 4ply yarn

  • Yarn A Vanilla (502), see table below for yarn quantities and measurements

Sirdar Beachcomber (100% cotton, 50g/140m), 1 ball of each for all sizes:

  • Yarn B Coral Bay (256)
  • Yarn C Breeze (257)
  • Yarn D Ultramarine (255)

A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook

A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook

A 5.5mm (US I/9) hook

Tapestry needle

4 stitch markers

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Tension

23 sts x 10 rows in pattern stitch to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) using a 3.5mm hook

Abbreviations

If you’re not familiar with any of the abbreviations used check out our full abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using this handy chart.

Simply Crochet UK-to-US conversion chart

Notes

The white crochet dress is worked in four pieces from the bottom up. Chains of contrasting yarn are woven up the front of the dress and a fringe is added along the lower edges.

Note that the measurements given do not include the fringe.

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Free Beach Crochet Dress Pattern

Back

With a 3.5mm hook and Yarn A, ch106 (118: 130: 142: 160: 166) with a loose and even tension.

Foundation row (RS) Tr into the fourth ch from the hook (counts as 2 tr), *ch1, skip 1 ch, tr in each of the next 2 sts; rep from * to end, turn. [104 (116: 128: 140: 158: 164)sts]

Row 1 Ch3 (counts as first tr throughout), tr into second st, *ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in each of next 2 sts; rep from * to end, turn.

Repeating Row 1, work 58 (58: 58: 57: 56: 56) more rows, mark each end of last row with a marker to show beginning of armhole. **

Continue repeating Row 1 for 17 (19: 21: 22: 23: 25) more rows.

Neckline shaping

Row 1 (WS) Ch3, tr into the second st, (ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in next 2 sts) 8 (10: 12: 14: 16: 17) times, turn, leaving remaining sts unworked. [26 (32: 28: 44: 50: 53)sts]

Row 2 Ch3, tr into second st, *ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in each of next 2 sts; rep from * to end, turn.

Repeat Row 2 once more.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing shoulder seam.

Skip the centre 52 (52: 52: 52: 58: 58) sts, rejoining yarn to the following tr with a ss.

Row 1 Ch2 (counts as tr), tr into the following tr, (ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in next 2 sts) 8 (10: 12: 14: 16: 17) times, turn. [26 (32: 28: 44: 50: 53)sts]

Row 2 Ch3, tr into second st, *ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in each of next 2 sts; rep from * to end, turn.

Repeat Row 2 once more.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing shoulder seam.

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Front

Repeat instructions as for Back to **. Continue repeating Row 1 for 15 (17: 19: 20: 21: 23) more rows.

Neckline shaping

Row 1 (WS) Ch3, 1tr, (ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in next 2 sts) 8 (10: 12: 14: 16: 17) times, turn. [26 (32: 28: 44: 50: 53)sts]

Row 2 Ch3, tr into second st, *ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in each of next 2 sts; rep from * to end, turn.

Repeat Row 2 three more times. Fasten off.

Skip the centre 52 (52: 52: 52: 58: 58) sts, rejoining yarn to the following tr with a ss.

Row 1 Ch2 (counts as tr), tr into the following tr, (ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in next 2 sts) 8 (10: 12: 14: 16: 17) times, turn. [26 (32: 28: 44: 50: 53)sts]

Row 2 Ch3, tr into second st, *ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in each of next 2 sts; rep from * to end, turn.

Repeat Row 2 three more times. Fasten off.

Sleeves (make 2)

With a 3.5mm hook and Yarn A, ch85 (97: 109: 115: 121: 127) with a loose and even tension.

Foundation row Tr into the 4th ch from hook (counts as 2 tr), *ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in each of next 2 sts; rep from * to end, turn. [83 (95: 107: 113: 119: 125) sts] Row 1 Ch3, tr into second st, *ch1, skip ch-1 sp, tr in each of next 2 sts; rep from * to end, turn.

Work 23 more rows as Row 1.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing Sleeve seams.

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The elbow-length sleeves of the crochet dress are finished with fringing to match the hem.

Neck edging

Sew together shoulder seams.

With RS facing and using a 3.5mm hook, rejoin Yarn A to left shoulder seam with a ss.

Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), dc evenly around neckline, ss to first dc.

Change to 3mm hook and work one more round as Round 1.

Fasten off.

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To finish

Sew side seams up to the stitch markers.

Sew the underarm Sleeve seams and set in Sleeves, easing to fit.

Weave in all ends.

Woven stripes

With 2 strands of Yarn D and a 5.5mm hook, ch100 (102: 104: 106: 110: 112), placing a marker to hold last ch in place.

The Ultramarine chains are in line with the 2 outermost chain spaces of the neckline.

Weave the chains up the front of the dress in the ch-sps loosely, adding more chain sts if necessary, to avoid the weave from becoming too tight when the dress is worn.

Leave an end of 30cm to add to the fringe.

Secure the top of the weave under the Neckline.

Repeat 2 more weaves with Yarn B and C, and mirror the weaves on the other side of the Neckline.

Fringing

Make a fringe using 272 (304: 336: 368: 416: 432) strands of Yarn A approx 60cm long.

Take 4 strands, fold in half and place into each ch-1 sp along lower edge of dress.

Repeat along lower edge of sleeves, using 216 (248: 280: 296: 312: 328) strands approx 40cm long.

Trim fringe to required length.

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The bright woven stripes become part of the fringing as they fall from the hem.
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