Crochet Baby Dress Pattern - Garden Party Dress, SimplyCollectibleCrochet.com

I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I am having designing these little girls’ dresses. Made for 6mo, 9mo, 12mo, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T…Garden Party Dress is the second crochet baby dress pattern released from my collection and they have quickly become so popular! I’m so delighted! The skirt portion of this dress features one of my favorite stitches. You will definitely be seeing a video for this crochet baby dress pattern in the near future.

Crochet Baby Dress Pattern - Garden Party Dress, SimplyCollectibleCrochet.com

Crochet Baby Dress Pattern

Now, I do have to say, this dress is similar to Pretty, Pretty Princess crochet baby dress pattern in the fact that it uses the same reversible bodice and straps. Keep your eye out for the pattern companion video for Garden Party Dress like I did for Pretty, Pretty Princess but I just need a few days for that. There will probably also be a live event for this dress! With the multiple sizes available for this dress, I do recommend the formatted PDF pattern for multiple sizes: https://www.etsy.com/listing/546180269/crochet-baby-dress-pattern-6mo-9mo-12mo

Here is a Construction and Alteration Tips Video for at-a-glance. It is from another dress constructed in the same manner. (Also, there is a video for FHDC and Pattern Companion Videos are on the way!)

 

 

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Yarn – Caron Simply Soft – medium weight #4, Colorway – Watermelon (color A), Limelight (color B), White (color C), 6 oz/170g 315 yds/288 m (Sizes 3mo/6mo require one skein, 12mo/2T/3T/4T/5T require 2 skeins.)

Materials –
H/8 5.00mm hook
Scissors
Darning/small yarn needle
6 Buttons 18mm/ 11/16” (4 for the back, 2 for the front)
Tulle (optional) – 1 yd

Difficulty – Intermediate

Sizes –
6mo/9mo – average 19” chest (start with FHDC 60)
12mo/2T – average 21” chest (start with FHDC 66)
3T/4T – average 23” chest (start with FHDC 72)
5T – average 25” chest (start with FHDC 78)

Ease – positive

Gauge – 4”= 12 hdc, 9 rows

Stitch Guide in American Terms –
FHDC – foundation(less) half double crochet
HDC – half double crochet
DC – double crochet
CH – chain

Special Stitches –
FHDC – (Foundation Half Double Crochet) Chain 1, yarn over, insert hook into the chain, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull up through the first loop on the hook (this is your first chain loop, 3 loops on hook) yarn over, pull through 3. First FHDC completed. * Yarn over, insert your hook into the first chain loop, yarn over, pull up a loop (this is your second chain loop- 3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 3. 2 FHDC completed. Repeat from * until you reach the desired number of FHDC.

 

Crochet Baby Dress Pattern - Garden Party Dress, SimplyCollectibleCrochet.com

Notes –
This pattern is worked from the top down. Rows 1, 4, 7, and 10 are buttonhole rows so instruction will be slightly different within each row. The bodice is worked back and forth in rows. The skirt is worked in rounds without turning. Straps are worked separately in rows and sewn on. Beginning chain in each row counts as a stitch. This dress is designed in such a way that you may choose to make the next size up and place the buttons wherever you need them to allow for another year or two of wear. Shell stitch is multiples of 6.

Notes from pattern tester –
“The buttons in the back for the straps are approximately one and a half inches from the middle seam. I put the buttons in the back so the child would not be able to unbutton them while they were wearing the dress. About one-third of the strap is inside the dress before I buttoned it, I could have criss-crossed the back for buttoning, but because I only had one button to secure the strap to it pulled significantly at that one button. Attaching the straps in the front I should have moved them closer to the center of the dress in the front, but they will work just fine where they are.”

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6mo/9mo Instructions:
Row 1: (color A) FHDC 59 , chain 1 (to create a button hole), FHDC 1 – total 60 FHDC.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc2tog, hdc in each of the next 58 stitches across – total 60 hdc.
Row 3: Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 59 stitches across – total 60 hdc .
Row 4: (color B) Chain 2, turn, skip 1 (to create a button hole), hdc in each of the next 58 stitches across – total 59 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 5: (color C) Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc in each of the next 57 stitches across, hdc in each of the last 2 chains – total 60 hdc.
Row 6: (color B) Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 59 stitches across – total 60 hdc.
Row 7: (color A) Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 57 stitches across, chain 1, skip 1(to create a button hole), hdc in the last – total 59 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 8: Chain 1, turn, hdc in the same as the turning chain, hdc in the next chain, hdc 57 across – total 60 hdc.
Row 9: Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 59 stitches across – total 60 hdc.
Row 10: Chain 2, turn, skip 1(to create a button hole), hdc in each of the next 59 stitches across – total 59 hdc, 1 ch-1 space
Row 11: Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc in each of the next 57 stitches across, hdc in each of the last 2 chains – total 60 hdc.
Transition to the skirt
Row 12: Chain 1, turn, hdc in the next 58 stitches, 2 hdc in each of the last 2 stitches – total 63 hdc. To join in the round, skip 3, slip stitch into the 4th stitch of the working row. Work in rounds for the remainder of the pattern. Continue to Round 13. Do not turn for the remainder of the project.
Round 13: Chain 1, hdc in the same as the chain, 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to join – 120 hdc.
Round 14: Chain 1, * skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, sc, repeat from * 18 times, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, slip stitch in the same as the chain – total 20 shells
Round 15: Chain 3, 2 dc in the same stitch as the chain, * skip 2, sc, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, repeat from * 18 times, skip 2, SC, skip 2, 2 dc in the same stitch as the chain 3, slip stitch to the top of the chain – total 20 shells
Round 16: Chain 1, * skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, sc, repeat from * 18 times, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, slip stitch in the same as the chain – total 20 shells
Round 17: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 18: (color C) Repeat Round 16.
Round 19: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 20: (color A) Repeat Round 16.
Round 21: Repeat Round 15.
Round 22: Repeat Round 16.
Round 23: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 24: (color C) Repeat Round 16.
Round 25: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 26: (color A) Repeat Round 16.
Round 27: Repeat Round 15.
Round 28: Repeat Round 16.
Round 29: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 30: (color C) Repeat Round 16.
Round 31: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 32: (color A) Repeat Round 16.
Round 33: Repeat Round 15.
Round 34: Repeat Round 16.
Note: This dress is the same length as the 12mo/2T. I thought it would be nice to have the extra length since holding baby can cause the dress to inch up.
Finishing: Fasten off, weave in the ends. Move on to the straps below.

12mo/2T Instructions:
Row 1: (color A) FHDC 65, chain 1 (to create a button hole), FHDC 1 – total 66 FHDC.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc2tog, hdc in each of the next 64 stitches across – total 66 hdc.
Row 3: Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 65 stitches across – total 66 hdc.
Row 4: (color B) Chain 2, turn, skip 1 (to create a button hole), hdc in each of the next 64 stitches across – total 65 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 5: (color C) Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc in each of the next 63 stitches across, hdc in each of the last 2 chains – total 66 hdc.
Row 6: (color B) Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 65 stitches across – total 66 hdc.
Row 7: (color A) Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 63 stitches across, chain 1, skip 1(to create a button hole), hdc in the last – total 65 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 8: Chain 1, turn, hdc in the same as the turning chain, hdc in the next chain, hdc 63 across – total 66 hdc.
Row 9: Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 65 stitches across – total 66 hdc.
Row 10: Chain 2, turn, skip 1(to create a button hole), hdc in each of the next 64 stitches across – total 65 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 11: Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc in each of the next 63 stitches across, hdc in each of the last 2 chains – total 66 hdc.
Transition to the skirt
Row 12: Chain 1, turn, hdc in the next (64) stitches, 2 hdc in each of the last 2 stitches – total 69 hdc. To join in the round, skip 3, slip stitch into the 4th stitch of the working row. Work in rounds for the remainder of the pattern. Continue to Round 13. Do not turn for the remainder of the project.
Round 13: Chain 1, hdc in the same as the chain, 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to join – 132 hdc.
Round 14: Chain 1, * skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, sc, repeat from * 20 times, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, slip stitch in the same as the chain – total 22 shells
Round 15: Chain 3, 2 dc in the same stitch as the chain, * skip 2, sc, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, repeat from * 20 times, skip 2, SC, skip 2, 2 dc in the same stitch as the chain 3, slip stitch to the top of the chain – total 22 shells
Round 16: Chain 1, * skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, sc, repeat from * 20 times, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, slip stitch in the same as the chain – total 22 shells
Round 17: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 18: (color C) Repeat Round 16.
Round 19: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 20: (color A) Repeat Round 16.
Round 21: Repeat Round 15.
Round 22: Repeat Round 16.
Round 23: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 24: (color C) Repeat Round 16.
Round 25: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 26: (color A) Repeat Round 16.
Round 27: Repeat Round 15.
Round 28: Repeat Round 16.
Round 29: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 30: (color C) Repeat Round 16.
Round 31: (color B) Repeat Round 15.
Round 32: (color A) Repeat Round 16.
Round 33: Repeat Round 15.
Round 34: Repeat Round 16.
Finishing: Fasten off, weave in the ends. Move on to work the straps below.

3T/4T Instructions:
Row 1: (color A) FHDC 71, chain 1 (to create a button hole), FHDC 1 – total 72 FHDC.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc2tog, hdc in each of the next 70 stitches across – total 72 hdc.
Row 3: Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 71 stitches across – total 72 hdc.
Row 4: (color B) Chain 2, turn, skip 1 (to create a button hole), hdc in each of the next 70 stitches across – total 71 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 5: (color C) Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc in each of the next 69 stitches across, hdc in each of the last 2 chains – total 72 hdc.
Row 6: (color B) Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 71 stitches across – total 72 hdc.
Row 7: (color A) Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 69 stitches across, chain 1, skip 1(to create a button hole), hdc in the last – total 71 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 8: Chain 1, turn, hdc in the same as the turning chain, hdc in the next chain, hdc 69 across – total 72 hdc.
Row 9: Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 71 stitches across – total 72 hdc.
Row 10: Chain 2, turn, skip 1(to create a button hole), hdc in each of the next 70 stitches across – total 71 hdc, 1 ch-1 space
Row 11-13: Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc in each of the next 69 stitches across, hdc in each of the last 2 chains – total 72 hdc.
Transition to the skirt
Row 14: * Chain 1, turn, hdc in the next 70 stitches, 2 hdc in each of the last 2 stitches – total 75 hdc. To join in the round, skip 3, slip stitch into the 4th stitch of the working row. Work in rounds for the remainder of the pattern. Continue to Round 15. Do not turn for the remainder of the project. Round 15: Chain 1, hdc in the same as the chain, 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to join – 144 hdc.
Round 16: Chain 1, * skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, sc, repeat from * 22 times, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, slip stitch in the same as the chain – total 24 shells
Round 17: Chain 3, 2 dc in the same stitch as the chain, * skip 2, sc, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, repeat from * 22times, skip 2, SC, skip 2, 2 dc in the same stitch as the chain 3, slip stitch to the top of the chain – total 24 shells
Round 18: Chain 1, * skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, sc, repeat from * 22 times, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, slip stitch in the same as the chain – total 24 shells
Round 19: (color B) Repeat Round 17.
Round 20: (color C) Repeat Round 18.
Round 21: (color B) Repeat Round 17.
Round 22: (color A) Repeat Round 18.
Round 23: Repeat Round 17.
Round 24: Repeat Round 18.
Round 25: (color B) Repeat Round 17.
Round 26: (color C) Repeat Round 18.
Round 27: (color B) Repeat Round 17.
Round 28: (color A) Repeat Round 18.
Round 29: Repeat Round 17.
Round 30: Repeat Round 18.
Round 31: (color B) Repeat Round 17.
Round 32: (color C) Repeat Round 18.
Round 33: (color B) Repeat Round 17.
Round 34: (color A) Repeat Round 18.
NOTE: Continue alternating colors.
Round 35: Repeat Round 17.
Round 36: Repeat Round 18.
Round 37: Repeat Round 17.
Round 38: Repeat Round 18.
Round 39: Repeat Round 17.
Round 40: Repeat Round 18.
Round 41: Repeat Round 17.
Round 42: Repeat Round 18.
Round 43: Repeat Round 17.
Finishing: Fasten off, weave in the ends. Move on to work the straps below.

5T Instructions:
Row 1: (color A) FHDC 77, chain 1 (to create a button hole), FHDC 1 – total 78 FHDC.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc2tog, hdc in each of the next 76 stitches across – total 78 hdc.
Row 3: Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 77 stitches across – total 78 hdc.
Row 4: (color B) Chain 2, turn, skip 1 (to create a button hole), hdc in each of the next 76 stitches across – total 77 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 5: (color C) Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc in each of the next 75 stitches across, hdc in each of the last 2 chains – total 78 hdc.
Row 6: (color B) Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 77 stitches across – total 78 hdc.
Row 7: (color A) Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 75 stitches across, chain 1, skip 1(to create a button hole), hdc in the last – total 77 hdc, 1 ch-1 space.
Row 8: Chain 1, turn, hdc in the same as the turning chain, hdc in the next chain, hdc 75 across – total 78 hdc.
Row 9: Chain 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 77 stitches across – total 78 hdc.
Row 10: Chain 2, turn, skip 1(to create a button hole), hdc in each of the next 76 stitches across – total 77 hdc, 1 ch-1 space
Row 11-15: Chain 1, turn, starting in the same as the turning chain hdc in each of the next 75 stitches across, hdc in each of the last 2 chains – total 78 hdc.
Transition to the skirt
Row 16: * Chain 1, turn, hdc in the next 76 stitches, 2 hdc in each of the last 2 stitches – total 81 hdc. To join in the round, skip 3, slip stitch into the 4th stitch of the working row. Work in rounds for the remainder of the pattern. Continue to Round 17. Do not turn for the remainder of the project.
Round 17: Chain 1, hdc in the same as the chain, 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to join – 156 hdc.
Round 18: Chain 1, * skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, sc, repeat from * 24 times, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, slip stitch in the same as the chain – total 26 shells
Round 19: Chain 3, 2 dc in the same stitch as the chain, * skip 2, sc, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, repeat from * 24 times, skip 2, SC, skip 2, 2 dc in the same stitch as the chain 3, slip stitch to the top of the chain – total 26 shells
Round 20: Chain 1, * skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, sc, repeat from * 24 times, skip 2, 5 dc in the next, skip 2, slip stitch in the same as the chain – total 26 shells
Round 21: (color B) Repeat Round 19.
Round 22: (color C) Repeat Round 20.
Round 23: (color B) Repeat Round 19.
Round 24: (color A) Repeat Round 20.
Round 25: Repeat Round 19.
Round 26: Repeat Round 20.
Round 27: (color B) Repeat Round 19.
Round 28: (color C) Repeat Round 20.
Round 29: (color B) Repeat Round 19.
Round 30: (color A) Repeat Round 20.
Round 31: Repeat Round 19.
Round 32: Repeat Round 20.
Round 33: (color B) Repeat Round 19.
Round 34: (color C) Repeat Round 20.
Round 35: (color B) Repeat Round 19.
Round 36: (color A) Repeat Round 20.
NOTE: Continue alternating colors.
Round 37: Repeat Round 19.
Round 38: Repeat Round 20.
Round 39: Repeat Round 19.
Round 40: Repeat Round 20.
Round 41: Repeat Round 19.
Round 42: Repeat Round 20.
Round 43: Repeat Round 19.
Round 44: Repeat Round 20.
Round 45: Repeat Round 19.
Round 46: Repeat Round 20.
Round 47: Repeat Round 19.
Round 48: Repeat Round 20.
Round 49: Repeat Round 19.
Round 50: Repeat Round 20.
Round 51: Repeat Round 19.
Finishing: Fasten off, weave in the ends. Move on to work the straps below.

Straps (10”L x 1 ¼ “W) –
Make 2 using the same color as the bodice. One size fits all.
Chain 36
Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, hdc in each chain across – total 35 hdc.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, hdc in the same as the chain, * chain 1, skip 1, hdc in the next, repeat from * 16 times – total 19 hdc, 17 ch-1 spaces.
Finishing: Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. You may want to sew your front strap buttons on first, button the straps, then decide how much of the length you want to sew into the back. Be sure to leave a little extra strap length in the front to allow for growth spurts.
Sew your buttons to the back so they match up with the button holes. If your button holes turned out too large, you can tighten them up by running thread or yarn through the stitches to close it a bit. (If your gauge was on, the buttons holes should be right on.)

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