Simple Spring Dress – Free Crochet Pattern

Every little girl needs a cute spring dress, wouldn’t you agree? It just feels more like the sun is shining and warm, and the flowers are starting to show off their colors. Now your little girl can have her own handmade dress with this free crochet pattern! It’s a combination of shell stitches that really brings texture to a simple design. It’s a great dress for moms on the go! Simply pair this with some bloomers and a nice shirt and it will be sure to make your child’s outfits look complete.

Crochet Spring Dress with Flower - Free pattern!

I needed a simple and easy dress for my daughters to wear during their playdates, so the obvious solution as a crocheting mama was to make a dress for each of them. So, I grabbed a bunch of yarn and started experimenting. Here is what I came up with and I’m so pleased! I just love it.  It makes it look like I spent a lot of time on getting them dressed, when truthfully we probably took five minutes total putting together the look.  The flower was added at Lili’s request. She wore it on top of a cute white shirt and white shorts.

This pattern is considered easy.  It uses combinations of single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and cluster stitches to achieve the look.  If you are not familiar with the cluster stitch that is listed, then you should practice on the gauge swatch pattern provided.  After you have mastered the cluster stitch, you will be able to complete the pattern with ease.

Crochet Simple Spring Dress – Free Crochet Pattern by Stacey Williams

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used cotton yarn)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Size I 5.5 mm hook
  • 2 buttons

Abbreviations:

  • Sl st- Slip Stitch
  • Ch- Chain
  • Sc- Single Crochet
  • Hdc- Half Double Crochet
  • Dc- Double Crochet
  • Cluster Stitch- Skip 1 stitch, yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into previous stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops.

Gauge Swatch

To ensure that your gauge is the same as mine in this pattern, start with this swatch. It measures 2in x 2in.

Ch 11

  1. Ch 2, Cluster stitch all the way around. Join with a sl st in the ch 2.
  2. Ch 2, hdc into the same space, 2 hdc into each stitch. Join with a sl st in the ch 2.

Sizes [2 years,4 years, 6 years]

Here is the link to the flower

Top of the dress

  1. Ch [84, 96, 108], Join with a sl st.
  2. Ch 1, sc into each stitch. Join with a sl st into the ch 1.
  3. Ch 2, Cluster stitch all the way around. Join with a sl st in the ch 2.
  4. Ch 2, hdc into the same space, 2 hdc into each stitch. Join with a sl st in the ch 2.
  5. Repeat rows 2 & 3 [2,3,4] more times
  6. For the straps Ch 1, sc into the next 4 stitches. Turn
  7. Repeat row 6 [23, 31, 39] times
  8. Ch 1, sc into the next stitch, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, sc into the last stitch. Turn
  9. Ch 1, sc into the next 4 stitches. Tie off
  10. Count 18 stitches from the last stitch in row x, join in the next stitch.
  11. Ch 1, sc into the next 4 stitches. Turn
  12. Repeat row 11 [23, 31, 39] times
  13. Ch 1, sc into the next stitch, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, sc into the last stitch. Turn
  14. Ch 1, sc into the next 4 stitches. Turn
  15. Ch 1, sc into each space, sc down the strap and around the entire top portion of the dress until you reach the beginning. Join with a sl st in the ch 1.

Crochet Simple Spring Dress - Free Pattern!

For the bottom of the dress

  1. Join on the chain from row 1, ch 3, 2 dc into the same stitch, skip 1 stitch, dc into the next 3 stitches, “skip 1 stitch, 4 dc into the next stitch, skip 1 stitch, dc into the next 3 stitches” Repeat “” to the end, dc into the last stitch. Join with a sl st in the ch 3.
  2. Ch 3, 3 dc into the same space, skip 2 stitches, dc into the next 3 stitches, “skip 2 stitches, 6 dc in the space between the 2 stitches, skip 2 stitches, dc into the next 3 stitches” Repeat “” to the end, 2 dc in the last stitch. Join with a sl st in the ch 3.
  3. Ch 3, 4 dc into the same space, skip 3 stitches, dc into the next 3 stitches, “skip 3 stitches, 8 dc in the space between the 2 stitches, skip 3 stitches, dc into the next 3 stitches” Repeat “” to the end, 3 dc in the last stitch. Join with a sl st in the ch 3.
  4. Ch 3, 4 dc into the same space, skip 4 stitches, dc into the next 3 stitches, “skip 4 stitches, 8 dc in the space between the 2 stitches, skip 4 stitches, dc into the next 3 stitches” Repeat “” to the end, 3 dc in the last stitch. Join with a sl st in the ch 3.
  5. Repeat row 4 [22, 30, 38] more times.
  6. Tie off and weave in the ends.
  7. Secure the buttons on the front of the dress and then sew the flower in place.

Done.  I hope you enjoy it! Merry Crocheting!

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About Stacey Williams

Stacey is a stay at home wife and mother. She has always loved crafting and cooking. She started her blog, Busting Stitches, in 2012. She blogs about crochet, crafts, d.i.y., and recipes. She also talks about her life with Crohn's, aromatherapy, natural living, and becoming a herbalist.

Comments

  1. Beautiful spring dress 🙂
    Looking forward to more crochet patters for kids 🙂

    Love from Norway!

  2. I’m confused on the cluster st? At the end of it you have 2 loops left on your hook.. then what do you do? ◾Cluster Stitch- Skip 1 stitch, yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into previous stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops. – After this I still have two loops on my hook.. then do I have to ch. 1 or anything??

  3. Joanne Sears says:

    I love your spring dress for little girl, do you still have the pattern for adults? I would love to have this dress to wear. I am on a diet, just started and lost 3 lbs in 5 days, please if you still have the dress for adults, can you email it to me, please and how do I join your sight?

    • Hi Joanne! No, I do not have a pattern for adults, only for the kids. I’m sorry! To join this website, go over to the sidebar and sign up by email to either receive my short weekly newsletter, an email for each new post, and or my essential oils newsletter.

  4. Amanda Sullivan says:

    Do you mind if I share your site with my sister, her little girl is three and I love your site. Your pattern is easy to follow and beautiful.thanks Amanda

  5. I’d love to make this for my granddaughter who is nearly 4. How much yarn will I need?

  6. I am having the same issue as Amy! And I ended up with a cone instead of maintaining the same number of stitches… I end up with 3 loops after doing the cluster stitch & by skipping a stitch it decreases the pattern each row…
    PLEASE HELP!!

    • So sorry you’re having trouble with it, Jen! This is a pattern that was written by one of my writers, and she’s no longer writing for me, so it’s difficult for me to help.

  7. OK, I figured out the top of this dress, but the bottom is very confusing. It does not work out as pictured the way it is written. Please help!

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