Saturday 28 March 2015

FREE Crochet dress Tutorial

I normally say Hooray when I make something but the recipient wouldn't wear it! Little M said, "It makes my tummy look like a square shape,"... whatever that is supposed to mean.

I looked around ravelry for a dress top pattern but they all used too much yarn. I had 2 skeins of Louisa Harding Jesse left over from my cardigan and it needed using up. I don't like stash collecting, it clutters up my basket. 

I even bought the fabric specially to finish it off and match the yarn from Textile Express in Oswestry. 

So you guessed it, I made one up as I went along in two evenings and managed to scribble down a 'recipe' just in case you have yarn or a small girl crying out for a summer dress.

4mm Hook
Cotton DK 2x50g skeins(approx 180m)
UK terms used
Size shown is for a 6 year old
Make your own size adjustments

Foundation chain: Chain 49 loosely

Row 1: Ch1, miss a chain, dc to end of the row

Row 2: Ch3, treble to end (48)

Row 3: Repeat row 2

Row 4: Repeat row 2 (lengthen your bodice here if required)

Row 5: Shape armhole. SS3, ch3, treble to the end leaving 3 stitches unworked. 

Row 6: Ch3, treble to the end.

Row 7: Repeat row 6

Row 8: Ch3, tr2tog, treble to last 2 stitches, tr2tog.

Row 9: Ch3, treble to end.

Row 10: Neckline shaping. Ch3, treble 12, 1htr, 1dc, ss centre front until there are 14 stitches remaining, 1dc, 1htr, treble 12.

Row 11: Ch3, treble 12. Turn

Row 12: Ch3, treble 12, turn

Rows 13-18: ch3, tr12. Fasten off

Rejoin yarn to the other shoulder using a standing treble (if you can) or using 3ch. treble 11. Turn. Repeat rows to match the other shoulder (should be six rows of trebles)Fasten off

Repeat this whole section for the back. You can make the back deeper by adding more rows before the neckline shaping.

Add your favourite flower, scallop edge, picot edge on the armholes and neckline,thread ribbon through the empire line etc. etc. Then a gorgeous gathered fabric cotton or viscose to finish the bottom.

Her older sister was hanging around in the background ready to snaffle a new dress like a panther. Luckily, I had made a deep hem for letting down later so I made it longer and she loved it.

Hey presto! Do link back if you make one, I would love to see more ideas.

Thanks for spending your precious time with me. Jo xx


  1. This is gorgeous! I'm sure the younger sister will change herind when she sees big sister in it!!! X

  2. Beautiful, i love the trim! thanks for sharing the pattern::: happy sunday!

  3. It's lovely, so sweet. :)

  4. So cute. I love making things like this for my daughter too.

  5. It is a very pretty dress! So funny that your older daughter was waiting in the wings ready to snaffle this!! Perhaps the younger one will want it later on! Great use of the yarn and very pretty fabric to match too. xx

  6. Lovely dress, so sweet, I have enough Jesse yarn for a top & cardigan from the pattern book. Why on earth couldn't it be sent out in balls, I'm getting in an awful tangle with my new windy up machine x

    1. Mmm I am not normally a fan of skeins for the same reason. You need to get a willing helper to hold it on their hands in the traditional 1950's way and then use the winder. Good Luck, it knits and crochets so well with fab stitch definition. Jo x

  7. A beautiful creation to match beautiful girls.

  8. LOVE that dress! OH!!! It is the sweetest thing Jo!! Everything a little girls dress should be!!! Happy week ahead buddy! Nicole xoxo

  9. So sweet! It's a good thing your other daughter is giving it the love it deserves, and it looks so pretty on her :)

  10. Oh I would love to make one my grand girls could enjoy, Jo! Thanks for sharing your pattern; its beautiful...[I don't quite understand the square problem either :-) xx

  11. So sweet :) My girly girl is going through the Doesnt-like-anything-Mum-makes stage. Bah :(

  12. Oh I really like this dress, I would love to make this for me daughter!xx

  13. Oh I really like this dress, I would love to make this for me daughter!xx

  14. Fantastico, ma quali sono le misure di corpetto e stoffa? Grazie

  15. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. I have searched for a long time for a crochet York for little girls dresses. I really appreciate it.