This super simple toddler dress is the cutest thing ever for your little princess! It’s made in two panels that you sew together, and the striping happens naturally from the yarn so you have very few ends to weave in – yay!
As you can see, my granddaughter was having a blast running around in this dress! Seeing her smiling face always lights up my day. 🥰
The pattern is only written in one size, but you could probably adjust it by increasing or decreasing the starting chains. It’s a pretty easy fit with the halter ties, though, so you can get away with it being a little off on the sizing.
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Skill Level: Easy+
Lion Brand Coboo in Pink – 1 skein
Lion Brand Mandala Ombré in Balance – 1 skein
Hook size G/6 – 4.00 mm
Hook size I/9 – 5.50 mm
10 dc = 2” with G hook
First 8 mixed rows = 2” with G hook
12 dc and 8 dc rows = 4” with I hook
8 1/2” wide at bodice, 10” wide at waist
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet
Tc – treble crochet
Sp – space
St, sts – stitch, stitches
- Beginning chains don’t count as stitches except where noted.
- Stitch markers are optional but recommended to keep your rows even. I always put a stitch marker in the first stitch of a row so I know where to put the last stitch when I come back around.
- To get the stripes to line up when you sew the panels together, take note of what color you’re starting at on your first panel, and then cut the Mandala Ombré yarn at the same place to start your second panel. (This is why you need 2 skeins.) Mine weren’t exact, but you can get close with this method.
Chain 42 with Coboo in Pink with G hook.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. 41 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 2, hdc in first st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st*, repeat from * to * across row, hdc in last st.
Row 3: Turn, ch 3 (counts as st), *3 dc in next ch 2 sp (shell made)* repeat from * to * across row, dc in last st.
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across row, last sc goes in top of turning ch. 41 sts.
Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across row. 41 sts.
Rows 6 – 9: Repeat Rows 2 – 5
Row 10: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across, 2 dc in last st. 43 sts.
Row 11: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across, 2 dc in last st. 45 sts.
Row 12: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across, 2 dc in last st. 47 sts.
Row 13: Turn, ch 2, dc in first st and in each st across row. 47 sts.
Row 14: Repeat Row 2.
Row 15: Repeat Row 3.
Row 16: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across, last dc goes in top of turning ch. 48 sts.
Row 17: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across. 49 sts.
Row 18: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across. 50 sts.
Row 19: Switch to I hook. Using Mandala Ombré in Balance, repeat Row 13. 50 sts.
Row 20: Turn, ch 2, 2 dc in first and in each st across. 100 sts.
Row 21: Turn, ch 2, dc in first and in each st across. 100 sts.
Rows 22 – 30: Repeat Row 21.
Row 31: Turn, ch 3, 2 tc in first and in each st across. 200 sts.
Row 32: Turn, ch 2, hdc in first and in each st across. 200 sts.
Row 33: Turn, ch 1, sc in first and in each st across. 200 sts. Tie off and weave in ends.
Ch 4 with Coboo in Pink
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chains. 3 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 2, dc in first st and each st across. 3 sts.
Rows 3 – 19: Repeat Row 2.
Row 20: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and each st across. 3 sts. Tie off and weave in ends.
Line up dress panels with right sides together. (They are identical so just choose which side you like best!)
Sew up the sides using Coboo on the bodice and Mandala on the skirt. Turn right side out.
Sew the straps to the top of the front panel approximately 2 1/2” in from each side. See photo below for placement.