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Sweater Dress Pattern

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This dress should fit a 6-8 lb newborn baby.

The Lavender dress is made with Pound of Love yarn, and the other is made with Simply Soft yarn in Off White and Soft Pink.

G7 hook
light WW yarn such as Simply Soft or Pound of love.

Ch 36

row 1: DC in 4th CH from hook and next 3 chs,
3DC in next ch,
DC in next 5 chs,
3DC in next ch,
DC in next 10 chs,
3DC in next ch,
DC in next 5 chs,
3DC in next ch,
DC in last 5 chs. Ch 2, turn.

rows 2-5: DC in each DC across, putting 3DC in center DC of 3 DC group below.
Ch 2, turn.

row 6: DC across to center of first 3dc group, ch 4, dc in center of second 3dc group,
DC across to center of third 3dc group, ch 4, DC in last 3dc group, DC to end.
Ch 1, turn.
Click here to see pictures of how to make armholes (row 6)

rows 7-10: HDC in first st and each st across. Ch 1, turn.
Join at end of row 10. Do not Chain 1 at the end of row 10. When you get to the end of the row just join to first hdc of row 10.

Skirt- worked in rounds

round 1: Ch 2, DC in same st, *DC in next st, 2DC in next st* around. End 1dc in last

round 2: Ch2, DC, ch1 , 2dc in joining st. *skip 2 sts (2dc, ch1, 2dc)in next st*
around. Join to ch2 of first shell.

rounds 3-10: sl st to ch1 sp, (ch2,dc, ch1, 2dc) in ch1 space. (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in each
ch 1 space around. Join to ch 2 of first shell.

round 11: sl st to ch1 space, (ch 2, 4dc) in space. Work 5dc in each space around, join.

round 12: ch 1, sc in each dc around. join, finish off.

Attach yarn at middle st under arm.

rows 1-8: Ch 2, DC in each st around, join.

row 9: ch1, sc in each st around, join. finish off.

Back and neck trim-

Join yarn in the back opening of the left side, ch1, sc up the side, 3sc in corner, sc around neck, 3sc in corner, sc down right side placing 2 buttonholes evenly spaced.
finish off.

2007 Kelly Kearney
If you make one as a gift, please consider making one for charity.
Do not sell pattern.
Do not post pattern on another site, please post just the link.


Krystal said…
Oh My goodness!!! This is absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing your pattern!

Anonymous said…
These are absolutely adorable. What size would you say these are?
How precious! I so appreciate the pattern too~I'll hafta bookmark it! (((((HUGS))))) sandi
KimT said…
this is too cute! I will definately be trying this one.
Dragonmommie said…
Hi... I love this pattern! I tried to contact you through your "Contact Me" button, but it doesn't work for me. I am making this dress for my new niece and I really like how it's flowing. I want to make a couple more and send them to you, if I can, for your donations. Sorry, I've not read too much of your blog to know who your donate to; but it's the least that I can do for access to a very nice free pattern.

Also, I want to ask your permission to use your page on Ravelry. I have an account there and would love to post it on my projects page. Of course, I'd give you full credit... but if you do not like the idea of your pattern being there, I understand.

You can reach me at my email address:

Anonymous said…
Fantastic Pattern! I made one start to finish in an afternoon/evening! It's so fast and easy, and I think it would be appropriate for a beginner with the basics down. There is a small correction in the very first row. The dc in the 4th chain and in the next 4 chains should read dc in the 4th chain, and in the next 3 chains...the skipped 3 chains forms the first dc. Other than that tiny glitch, it was totally smooth sailing from start to finish..good job on the pattern!

Alyssa said…
I love this pattern! I have tried many different sweater patterns but yours is by far the best and easiest to follow. Your pattern helped me make my very 1 st sweater and I plan to make a lot more. I would love to donate some sweaters but I am not sure how to get started. Thanks for the great pattern!!
Dragonmommie said…
Hi Kelly...
Thanks for the armhole tutorial. I am glad, though, that I remembered from the last time. I am making the full dress this time and I just want to say that if you make just a few rows of the skirt, then stop, it makes a very nice shirt with a nice frilly or flared out bottom for girls. I am not stopping, though, I am pressing on to make the dress, which is earmarked to send to you for donation through Hugs4Hope.
SAHcraftymama said…
Anonymous said…
I am so glad to finally find a baby dress pattern that is crocheted!! I have been looking forever. All of them use super thin yarn or just don't look very nice, or are for summer. This is perfect for the crisis pregnancy center. Thanks!!
Crochet Diva said…
I love your work. I'm looking for a pattern for my one-year-old, so this would be too small for her unfortunately, but I may make this for my new neice. Thanks for the inspiration!
Anonymous said…
Love your pattern! Do you have plans to adapt it in additional sizes? :*)
kay said…
hey can anyone explain to me what all the abbreviations mean please i am trying to make this dress for my niece's daughter my email address is if you can email me there as to what the abbreviations mean or refer me to a site

thank you very much
Kelly said…
Here is a link to abbreviations.

Hope this helps.
Anonymous said…
beautiful, I can't wait to try it
Sara said…
I just finished up my first (but definately not my last) Sweater Dress. I posted a picture of it on my blog: The Happy Housewife: Sweater Dress. Thanks so much!
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Cassandra said…
Such an adorable pattern! Im making it for me niece. THANK YOU!
CouponAlbum said…
So cute and soft sweater dresses for newborn baby!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial... White and pink combination dress is best one!!
Renee said…
this is probably really stupid but i can't quite figure out the skirt part. not sure of where to do the stitches in the joining stitch. have the bodice and it is super cute and love the pattern. can anyone help???
Kelly said…
Do you want to know about the first join to actually join the back or join the shells?
Renee said…
i had it fine until the skirt started. i am just not sure where the stitches go after you do the ch 1 (into the joining stitch). i tried a couple of different ways and most of them had holes that looked way too big. i was doing 2 dc, ch 1 and then the last 2 dc back into the same st as the original 2dc but i don't think that's right either.
Kelly said…
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Kelly said…
Ok, I think I figured out your problem, I hope! If it is the row 10 joining that you are having a problem with, it is not written correctly, you DO NOT Ch 1 at the end of row 10, you just finish the row and join in the first hdc. I took out the pattern and some yarn and got to work and I found that I left that part out of the pattern. Please let me know if that is your problem.
Renee said…
I figured it out. :) Not sure if it was the yarn I was using or pregnancy addled brain but i changed yarn and had no problem. Thank you so much for your help!
Kimberly Ann said…
Lovely pattern. How difficult would it be to make it larger, do you think? Could I just increase the hook size if I want to make it for a 3 to 6 month old?
Kelly said…
Yes, that would work. You can also try using a slightly heavier yarn with the larger hook, that will work too.
Crocheting Mom said…
Thank you for sharing this! Can't wait to try this!
Dawn said…
Hello there! I am currently making this dress for baby shower gifts for ladies at my church. I see that you have made a diaper cover to go with some that you have made. Would you have a pattern link somewhere? I have been searching the internet, but have been unable to locate anything like it. Thanks so much!

Kelly said…
Hi Dawn. It is not the same dress, here is the pattern for both.
skhan said…
Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. Its such a nice & easy pattern that a beginner like me was able to follow it. I made it for my cousin's new born daughter. She is 2 months old, so I used a larger hook to make it. But I was wondering how can I change the pattern to make it for some bigger girls like a year old.

You can see my attempt here-
archana said…
i am a beginner and i started this sweater and surprisingly the start was good.thank you for the pattern . now i finished doing with bodice and finished 10th row. but now i don't understand what is mean by join last hdc with the first one and also how to start doing skirt?
Also, i want to make one bigger sweater also. for that can i just double the chain and all the stiches?
Amanda said…
I am having trouble with the 1 DC inlast stitch. And the begginning of round 2. Can you please explain where to end round 1 and start round 2.
Kelly said…
Please read my reply to the Aug 19 comment, that should help both of you.
And no doubling the stitches will not work, at least I don't think it will. Try a larger hook and heavier yarn.
Amanda said…
Sorry I should have specified more that I am on the skirt part. round 1: End 1dc in last st. I don't understand which stitch you are talking about. Is it the last stictch in row 10?
archana said…
hello kelly,
thanks again.does join in means joining new yarn of different color that we are using for skirt? i know this sounds very stupid.
Kelly said…
Its the last stitch in the row you are working. Its the ch2 (first stitch) of the previous row.
Kelly said…
No, it means join to first stitch and the last stitch to close the skirt. Then you work the rest of the skirt in the round not back and forth.
brenna said…
this is one of the pretiest dress i have ever made my mom made it andit turnd out really cute .

love brenna
Debs Crochet said…
This dress is so cute. And I totally forgot about the baby shower i'm invited to! It's working up pretty quick-Thanks so much for sharing.
Lisa said…
I just did one of these using Simply Soft in White and Baby Brights Ombre for your contest. I got so many compliments on it! I can't wait to make this pattern again.
Kelly said…
Thats great!! I can't wait to see it.
crochetyoungun said…
i did this but accidentally dident join the first and last stitch and ended up with all the skirt open eek ..

i might just stitch the skirt bit up and hopefully itll turn out ok

but lovely pattern.
katty said…
This blog is really wonderful and very interesting. It catched my attention since the first time that i saw.
I must to say i really love the dress no matter how be the style, i just love it.
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Anu said…
Hi Kelly

the skirt part is which stich, is this the shell stitch. pl.s let me lnow
Kelly said…
yes, it is a shell stitch for the skirt.
Kellie1958 said…
Hi Kelly,

My name is Kellie and I'm having some problem with the sweater dress pattern. I've done fine through row 10 except the joining...not understand exactly how to do it. I thought I had it right and started working on the skirt and found out that I was having trouble also on round 2 and 3. I hope you can help me with this. It is a lovely pattern and this is my first time making a dress. Hope to hear from you soon.

Kelly said…
You join with a slip stitch to the top of the chain 2 that started the row.
Mrs. Starke said…
Here is my version!

Thanks so much, it's gorgeous!
gerpie said…
I'd love to make this for a friend's baby, but she will be out of "newborn" phase by the winter. Do you think using a "J" hook may work for a 4-6 month old girl?

Anonymous said…
I made this in lavender without the long sleeves, adding two rows of 4 ch loops to create a ruffle at the neck and sleeve openings; I also added two rows of sc (with a one stitch decrease) to make the armholes smaller. It was beautiful!
Lisa said…
This is very cute. We are having a baby girl in January. This will make a very cute dress for her. Thank you for sharing this pattern.
Anonymous said…
this is an amazing pattern just had to thank you for it i did however not put the arms in for mine when making it and used the top part of the pattern to make a little cardi to go with it instead so it could be taken off if too warm and they look adorable together thank you again x
asha said…
this lavender colored crocheted sweater pattern is an adorable pattern. it is very easy to understand as well gives a very well shaped pattern. i will like to follow your patterns for babies.
asha kalamdani.
hubli, karnataka, india.
04/09/2012. 11.39pm.

Anonymous said…
What are the changes/increase for larger sizes? I would like to make this for more of a 6 months size.
rachel lynn said…
I know this is an older pattern but I wanted to let you know just how much I loved it. I went through tons of dress patterns til I found one I loved and this was it!! It was easy and beautiful and I can't wait to see my little girl wearing it.
maurissahunter said…
I doubt you read the comments for such an old post but I wanted to thank you for this pattern. My daughter is due at the end of October. While there are lots of sweaters for 3-6 months there is very little for newborn in the store. I hate the idea of constantly having her bundled in a blanket just to be in the living room with us if there is a chill in our old drafty abode! I am just learning to crochet and was terrified to try my first dress in fear of insanity and decreased crocheting self esteem. I however found this super easy to understand and can't believe how amazing it turned out! My husband even said "Baby you have gotten amazing at this". Thank you for helping me delude him and for helping my cold newborn clothing dilemma!
Cat24 said…
Do u count the chain 2 as first stitch.


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tinabothwell09 said…
i have a question in row 1 ch36 3dc dc n 5 3dc dc n 5 3dc dc n 10 3dc dc n 5 but i still have 1ch left unaccounted for am i leaving reading this pattern right or am i doing something wrong plzzzzzz help thank u tina
Any idea on how to make this up so it would fit a 12-18month old
Kelly said…
I would try a larger hook and heavier yarn but not sure if will be that big. Maybe an "I" hook with a ww yarn. The simply soft might work.
Tovah s said…
wow this was super easy. i have one eye and your instruction are very easy not likr other patterns and your intruction on armholes thanks
Thanks for sharing your pattern with us.
Row 6 after the first ch 4 do I DC across until the next set? I'm confused on this part
Kelly said…
Yes,Check out the how to make a sweater tutorial. It will
show you what to do.
Our mission said…
I was making this for a bazaar and just saw that you don't want items made from the pattern to be sold.
Could I have your permission? I have changed the skirt a little bit.
Kelly said…
Yes you can. I've beem meaning to change it.
kristine lopez said…
Question Is it OK if I did a video on how to make your sweater dress I have people ask for one when I showed them I make it in one of my videos, Let me know is my email

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