Matilda Girls Crochet Dress – FREE crochet pattern

This is a free girls’ crochet dress pattern designed in three sizes from 3 to 18 months. Easy to make with simple shaping and ruffled skirt.


As a mum of two gorgeous boys and muted colors lover myself, I get a craving to make something super girly in bright pink!

That is exactly what this girls crochet dress is! I am in love with the bright pink yarn and really girlie features in this simple-to-make crochet dress.

The dress is really simple to make and uses basic crochet stitches. Furthermore, it is easy to adjust the size, should you want to make the dress smaller or bigger.

I have designed the girls crochet dress in three different sizes: 3-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-18 months.

However, if you have made top-down clothing in raglan style before, you know that this is one of the easiest crochet garments to adjust the size on.

I will add size adjustment notes below if you wanted to do so.

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Matilda free girls crochet dress pattern

Girls Crochet Dress Design – Matilda Dress

I love raglan-style crochet garments. They are so easy to adjust for a perfect fit.

I have used this technique when crocheting this girls crochet dress. You start crocheting from the top down creating a yoke.

In this case, it is a rectangular-shaped yoke. You increase at four different points in each round. This will grow the size of the yoke.

The yoke is later divided into two sleeves and front and back panels.

You will then continue working in joined rounds across the front and back panels which will create the main body.

The girls crochet dress is then shaped a little at the waist by creating a waistband that pulls the dress in.

The bottom ruffle-style skirt adds a real girlie look to the dress.

The great thing about this dress is that you can adjust it to your liking. You can make the body longer or shorter and you can definitely make the skirt longer to be able to twirl around in it!

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MATERIALS

GIRLS CROCHET DRESS FINISHED SIZE

TENSION

17 dc x 8.5 rows measures 10 cm square using 4 mm crochet hook

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

dc- double crochet

FPdc- front post double crochet – worked around the post of the stitch inserting hook from front to back to front

rep– repeat

beg– beginning

GIRLS CROCHET DRESS PATTERN NOTES

  • the dress is worked top down in raglan style
  • the rectangle yoke is increased at 4 points, increasing each round by 8 sts
  • it is then split into the main body and two arm openings
  • the main body is worked in joined rounds
  • once you reach the waist, you will create a waistband which is created by working front post double crochet stitches which pull the dress in at the waist
  • the bottom part is flared out in ruffle style
  • the arm openings are left as they are, however you can add a few rounds to create sleeves

SIZE ADJUSTMENTS FOR GIRLS CROCHET DRESS

  • you can increase the width of the chest by working additional rounds of the yoke which will also increase the overall length
  • once you are happy with the size of the yoke, follow instructions (not the stitch counts) for splitting the yoke
  • you can then add length onto the main body before working the waistband by working additional rounds
  • to increase the length of the ruffled skirt, continue working additional rounds
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GIRLS CROCHET DRESS MAIN PATTERN

YOKE

With Blush and 4 mm hook chain 60 (68, 76), sl st to 1st chain to form a ring being careful not to twist the chain.

Rnd 1: 3 ch (counts as first dc st now and throughout), 9 (10, 11) dc, [1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc] in next ch, 10 (12, 14) dc, [1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc] in next ch, 18 (20, 22) dc, [1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc] in next ch, 10 (12, 14) dc, [1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc] in next ch, 9 (10, 11) dc to end, sl st to top of beg ch.[ 64 (72, 80)dc]

Rnd 2: 3 ch, *1 dc across to next 2 ch-sp, [1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc] into 2 ch-sp; rep from * to end, sl st to top of beg ch. [72 (80, 88) dc]

Repeat Rnd 2 another 7 (8, 9) times. [128 (144, 160) dc]

SPLITTING THE YOKE

Next rnd: 3 ch, *1 dc across to next 2 ch-sp, 1 dc into 2 ch-sp, miss all sts until next 2 ch-sp, 1 dc into 2 ch-sp; repeat from * once more, 1 dc to end, sl st to top of beg ch. [78 (86, 94) dc]

Next rnd: 3 ch, 1 dc around, sl st to top of beg ch. [78 (86, 94) dc]

Repeat last rnd another 3 (4, 5) times.

Fasten off. Join Apricot.

WAISTBAND

Next rnd: 2 ch (doesn’t count as a st), starting with 3 ch from prev rnd, 1 FPdc around each dc around, sl st to 1st dc. [78 (86, 94) dc]

Repeat last rnd another 2 (3, 4) times.

Fasten off. Join Blush.

BOTTOM SKIRT

Next rnd: 3 ch, 1 dc in same st at the bottom of 3 ch, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to top of beg ch. [156 (172, 188) dc]

Next rnd: 3 ch, 1 dc around, sl st to top of beg ch. [156 (172, 188) dc]

Repeat last rnd another 8 (12, 14) times. Fasten off.

Sew in all ends. Block to dimensions.

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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this herringbone double crochet stitch tutorial. I have more free crochet tutorials that you might enjoy right here on the blog. 

If you enjoyed this pattern, you might also like these:

  1. Raglan Crochet Sweater For Kids – Free Pattern
  2. Free Crochet Cardigan For Girls – Frances Cardigan Pattern
  3. Adorable Free Crochet Hat Pattern For Babies
  4. Free Child Crochet Hooded Vest Pattern

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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