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Free crochet baby dress pattern

Give your baby and toddlers a rainbow makeover with this gorgeous free crochet baby dress pattern!

Free crochet baby dress pattern
Published: February 24, 2022 at 9:00 am
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It might be possible that getting dressed in the morning will be so much more fun with this adorable crochet baby dress to choose! This fantastic crochet dress pattern by Samantha Fletcher will have your little one looking super-colourful with it's fun rainbow stripes, and can be made in sizes to fit 6 month old babies up to four year-olds! This tunic-style crochet baby dress pattern is constructed with a buttoned yoke which will help make getting it on and off a bit easier, plus there's some extra rows of fancy V-stitch to give it that extra bit of interest. Plus it's hooked up in gorgeous Aran-weight cotton, meaning you'll get a thick but flexible fabric that will stand up to even the wriggliest of babies, and the cotton will help to keep them cool too so they can look fabulous in their crochet baby dress on even the hottest summer days!

Once you've hooked up this gorgeous crochet baby dress pattern, why not complete their outfit! We've got a fab free baby booties crochet pattern and a sweet free baby strawberry hat crochet pattern you could try. Or you could check out our pick of the best yarn for baby blankets and try one of the top 21 crochet baby blanket patterns.

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You will need

DROPS Paris (100% cotton, 50g/75m) or alternative Aran weight yarn, 1 ball of each:

  • Red (12)
  • Orange (13)
  • Strong Yellow (14)
  • Opal Green (11)
  • Dark Turquoise (10)
  • Light Purple (05)

A 4mm (US G/6) hook
3 (3: 3: 4) buttons, 14mm

Tension

11 sts and 7 rows to measure 10x10cm (4 x 4in) over treble crochet using a 4mm hook or size needed to obtain correct tension

Measurements

Free crochet baby dress pattern - sizes
Free crochet baby dress pattern - schematic

Abbreviations

V-st (Tr, ch1, tr) in st indicated, or in ch-1 sp of previous V-st

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You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet baby dress pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

Notes

This crochet baby dress pattern is made in one piece from top down. Yoke is worked back and forth in rows, then Lower Section is joined into the round and worked in the round until hem. Button bands are added to the centre back Yoke opening. If you wish, you can make the crochet dress longer by adding extra rows before the final 3 rows of the Lower Section. 1 turning ch is used on htr rows and 2 on tr rows; these do not count as sts throughout.

Baby dress colour sequence

The colour sequence to be followed throughout is as follows:

3 rows Red.
1 row Orange.
1 row Red.
2 (3: 3: 3) rows Orange.
(1 row Strong Yellow, 1 row Orange, 2 rows Strong Yellow) 1 (1: 1: 2) times.
1 row Opal Green.
1 row Strong Yellow.
2 (2: 3: 3) rows Opal Green.
1 row Dark Turquoise.
1 row Opal Green.
2 (2: 3: 3) rows Dark Turquoise.
1 row Light Purple.
1 row Dark Turquoise.
3 rows Light Purple.

[8 (9: 10: 11) rows for Yoke and 16 (16: 20: 20) rounds for Lower Section, total of 24 (25: 30: 31) rows/rounds]

Free crochet baby dress pattern

Free crochet baby dress pattern

Yoke

Ch57 (57: 65: 65).

Row 1 (RS) Htr in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [56 (56: 64: 64) sts]

Row 2 Ch2, 7 (7: 8: 8) tr, V-st in next st, 12 (12: 14: 14) tr, V-st in next st, 14 (14: 16: 16) tr, V-st in next st, 7 (7: 8: 8) tr, turn. [60 (60: 68: 68) tr and 4 ch-sps]

Sizes 6 and 12 months only

Row 3 Ch2, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 4 times, V-st in V-st, ch1, skip next st, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 6 times, tr in next st, V-st in V-st, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 8 times, V-st in V-st, ch1, skip next st, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 6 times, tr in next st, V-st in V-st, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 3 times, tr in last 2 sts, turn. [39 tr and 33 ch-sps]

Sizes 2 and 4 years only

Row 3 Ch2, (tr in next st, skip next st) 4 times, tr in next st, V-st in V-st, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 8 times, V-st in V-st, ch1, skip next st, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 8 times, tr in next st, V-st in V-st, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 8 times, V-st in V-st, ch1, skip next st, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) 3 times, tr in last 2 sts, turn. [43 tr and 37 ch-sps]

All sizes

Row 4 Working in each st and ch, ch2, 9 (x9: 10: 10) tr, V-st in V-st, 16 (16: 18: 18) tr, V-st in V-st, 18 (18: 20: 20) tr, V-st in V-st, 16 (16: 18: 18) tr, V-st in V-st, 9 (9: 10: 10) tr, turn. [76 (76: 84: 84) tr and 4 ch-sps]

Row 5 Ch2, (tr in each st to V-st, V-st in V-st) 4 times, tr in each st to end, turn. [84 (84: 92: 92) tr and 4 ch-sps]

Repeat Row 5 a further 2 (3: 4: 5) times. [100 (108: 124: 132) tr and 4 ch-sps]

Free crochet baby dress pattern - detail

Divide for Body and Armholes

Next row Ch2, 13 (14: 16: 17) tr, 1 (1: 1: 2) tr in ch-sp, skip next 24 (26: 30: 32) sts for armhole, 1 (1: 1: 2) tr in ch-sp, 26 (28: 32: 43) tr, 1 (1: 1: 2) tr in ch-sp, skip next 24 (26: 30: 32) sts for armhole, 1 (1: 1: 2) tr in ch-sp, 13 (14: 16: 17) tr, ss to top of first tr to join into the round. [56 (60: 68: 76) sts for Body]

Lower section

From now on cont working in the round. If necessary, turn to the RS for the following round, and cont working from RS throughout.

Round 1 (RS) Ch2, 2tr in each st around, ss to first tr. [112 (120: 136: 152) sts]

Round 2 (RS) Ch2, tr in each st around, ss to first tr.

Repeat Round 2 a further 11 (11: 15: 15) times.

Next round Ch2, (tr in next st, ch1, skip next st) repeat around, ss to first st.

Next round Ch2, tr in each st and ch-sp around, ss to first st.

Next round Ch2, htr in each st around, ss to first st.

Fasten off.

Free crochet baby dress pattern - colours

Button Band

With Red, rejoin at neckline edge of centre back opening with RS facing.

Row 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), 15 (17: 19: 21) dc evenly into row ends, turn. [15 (17: 19: 21) sts]

Rows 2-3 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Fasten off.

Buttonhole band

With Red, rejoin at Lower Section edge of centre back opening with RS facing.

Row 1 (RS) Ch1, 15 (17: 19: 21) dc evenly into row ends, turn. [15 (17: 19: 21) sts]

Row 2 Ch1, 2 (4: 1: 3) dc, ch2, skip next 2 sts, (3dc, ch2, skip 2 sts) 2 (2: 3: 3) times, dc in last st, turn. [3 (3: 4: 4) buttonholes]

Row 3 Ch1, dc in each st and 2dc in each ch-2 sp. [15 (17: 19: 21) sts]

Fasten off and sew buttons to Button Band, in line with the button holes.

Feeling crafty? We've got loads more cute baby makes for you talented multi-crafters! Why not try our baby cardigan knitting pattern or learn how to make a baby mobile. And if you're a whiz with aa sewing machine, you could learn how to make a hooded baby towel or how to sew baby harem pants!

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Free crochet baby dress pattern - back
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this free baby dress crochet pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.

Authors

Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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