Simply Spring Crochet Baby Dress: Newborn-6 Months

The Simply Spring baby dress free crochet pattern is designed to make the little girl in you life look adorable while not making you lose your hair with an overly complex crochet pattern. I made this pattern as simple as I could so everyone with a baby girl, be it a daughter, granddaughter, niece or someone at your church’s baby, you will be able to create this little number for them. I kept the design simple, but adorable and can be worked up in an evening. It can be made with or without the ruffly sleeves. The waistband and bow are also optional.  It makes a perfect last minute baby shower gift! I have provided size newborn through 18 months. You will find a bonus pattern for the headband below as well!

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This free baby dress crochet pattern is designed to be quick and simple to create for the beginner or expert crocheters alike. The pattern comes in size newborn through 18 months.


I made this baby dress with Red Heart Baby Hugs yarn. This yarn’s huggable soft feel is perfect to wrap your baby up in. The worsted weight thickness helps make this baby dress work up quickly for a last minute holiday dress or baby shower. The skirt is full and falls to right above the baby’s knee. This makes it a little airy and easier to buckle our little bundles into their carseat! I made my baby dress a solid color, but it would look just as nice with a self striping yarn or with one color for the bodice and another color for the skirt.

This free baby dress crochet pattern is designed to be quick and simple to create for the beginner or expert crocheters alike. The pattern comes in size newborn through 18 months.

This pattern is designed with beginner crocheters in mind and only uses a chain stitch, slip stitch and half double crochet. If you decide to put the sleeves on this pattern you will use four single crochet stitches. The pattern for Newborn through 6 months is listed below, while the pattern for 6 months through 18 months is here. I separated the two patterns to keep the patterns simple.

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I have provided instructions for the headband, waistband and bow. You will also find the head, chest and length measurements I used to create the different sizes. I would default to matching the measurements to the stated baby size and treat the head measurement as the most important measurement because your starting chain will not stretch as much as the stitches in the chest area.

This free baby dress crochet pattern is designed to be quick and simple to create for the beginner or expert crocheters alike. The pattern comes in size newborn through 18 months.

Materials:

Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium Yarn1 skein in main color
Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium Yarn 1 skein in accent color
Clover 1047/H Deep Blue Amour Crochet Hook, Size H, 5.0mm
Needle or smaller hook to weave in ends
Scissors
Stitch Markers or different color piece of yarn

Stitches and Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Hdc- Half Double Crochet
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Slst- Slip stitch

This free baby dress crochet pattern is designed to be quick and simple to create for the beginner or expert crocheters alike. The pattern comes in size newborn through 18 months.

Gauge, Dimensions:

Gauge:

7 hdc = 2″
4 rows of hdc = 2″

Dimensions:

Please keep in mind that the following measurements are unstretched measurements and the crocheted piece will have some stretch in most areas, except for the head dimensions. I use head dimensions to determine how wide I need my neckline to be to fit around the baby’s head. This are has the starting chain and will have a lot less stretch. I would use the head dimension as your primary dimension.

Newborn: Head – 14.5″ Chest – 14.5″ Length from waist to knee – 5.5″

0-3 Months: Head – 16″ Chest – 16″ Length from waist to knee – 6″

3-6 Months: Head – 17″ Chest – 17″ Length from waist to knee – 6.5″

6-9 Months: Head – 18″ Chest – 18″ Length from waist to knee – 7″

9-12 Months: Head – 19″ Chest – 19″ Length from waist to knee – 7.5″

12-18 Months: Head – 20″ Chest – 20″ Length from waist to knee – 8″

Simply Spring Baby Dress Pattern:

Newborn (0-3, 3-6)

Pattern is written for newborn with 0-3 months and 3-6 months stitch count in parenthesis. The pattern for 9 – 18 months can be found here.

Baby Dress Bodice

Using Main color.

Ch 52 (56, 60) slst to the first ch

Row 1: Ch2, turn. Hdc in the next 6(7,7) ch, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the next ch, *hdc in the next 12 (13, 14) ch, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the next ch* repeat from *to* 3 times. Hdc in the next 6(6,7) ch, slst to the first hdc. Place stitch markers in each ch space.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the next 7(7,8) sts, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the ch space. *Hdc in the next 14 (15, 16) sts, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the ch space* repeat from *to* 3 times. Hdc in the next 7 (8,8) sts, slst to first hdc. Move your stitch markers to the ch space of this row.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the next 8(9,9) sts, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the ch space. Next, *Hdc in the next 16 (17, 18) sts, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the ch space* repeat from (to) 3 times. Hdc in the next 8 (8,9) sts, slst to first hdc. Move your stitch markers to the ch space of this row.

Row 4: Ch2, turn. Hdc in the next 9(9,10) sts. Ch 7(9,11), skip the first ch space, skip the next 18(19,20)hdc sts, and the second ch space. Hdc into the next stitch 18(19,20)  until you reach the third ch space. Ch 7(9,11), skip the third ch space, skip the next 18(19,20) sts, and the fourth ch space. Hdc in the next 9(10,10) sts. Slst to the first hdc. At this point you can remove your stitch markers. The collar will fold in half and create the arm holes. Moving forward you will be working the waist of the dress. 

Here is a photo of row 4 half worked.

Photo directions for row 4 of the Simply spring baby dress.

Here is the completed row 4.

Photo directions for row 4 of the Simply spring baby dress.

Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the next 9(10,10) sts, hdc in the next 7(9,11) ch, hdc in the next 18(19,20) sts, hdc in the next 7(9,10) ch, hdc in the last 9(9,11) sts. Slst to the first hdc.

Row 6-7: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the next 50(56,62) sts. Slst to the first hdc.

Row 8: Ch 2, turn. 2Hdc in each of the next 50(56,62) sts. Slst to the first hdc. This finishes the bodice portion. From here you will start making the skirt.

Baby Dress Skirt

Row 9-27: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the next 100(112,124) sts. Slst to the first hdc.

This is where I finished the newborn skirt. For the 0-3 months skirt I would add one more row. For the 3-6 months skirt I would add two more rows to reach the dimensions listed above. Of course you can always add as many rows as you like to reach the desired length. Just remember that a baby girl dress reaches right below the baby’s knee so that it does not become a problem when buckling the baby into the carseat.

This free baby dress crochet pattern is designed to be quick and simple to create for the beginner or expert crocheters alike. The pattern comes in size newborn through 18 months.

Sleeves (optional)

Row 1: Working in the shoulder area, slst to the fifth chain from the chain space in Row 3. Sc in the next stitch, 2hdc in the next 6(7,8) sts, sc in the next st. slst in the next st. Turn.

Row 2: Slst to the top os the previous rows sc, sc in the next st. Hdc in the next 10(12,14) sts. Sc in the next st. Slst in the next st. Fasten off. Repeat on the other arm hole and weave in ends.

Waistband

Using Accent Color.

Ch 58(62,66), slst to first ch.

Row 1: Ch2, turn. Hdc in each ch, slst to first hdc.

Row 2-3: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in each st, slst to first hdc. Fasten off.

Bow

Using Accent Color.

Ch 34, slst to first ch.

Row 1: Ch2, turn. Hdc in each ch, slst to first hdc.

Row 2-5: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in each st, slst to first hdc. Fasten off leaving 12″ tail.

Place the waistband around the dress, cinch the bow in the middle and use the yarn tail to wrap around the center several times. Place the bow on the waistband and use the yarn to wrap around the bow and sew to the dress. Once it is very secure, tie off the yarn and weave in all ends.

Continue down for a bonus pattern. The daisy headband!

This free baby dress crochet pattern is designed to be quick and simple to create for the beginner or expert crocheters alike. The pattern comes in size newborn through 18 months.

BONUS PATTERN!

Daisy Headband:

With main color:

Ch 44 (49,53). Slst to first ch.

Row 1: Ch2, turn. Hdc in each ch, slst to first hdc. Fasten off. Leave a long tail to use to sew flower to headband.

Flower:

With main color:

Ch 3, hdc 9 into 3rd ch from hook, slst to first hdc. Fasten off.

With accent color:

Slst to any st, ch2, [hdc in next st, ch2, slst to same st] repeat from [to] 9 times. Slst to first st and fasten off. Weave end all ends and use the ends from the headband to sew flower to headband.

Now you have a cute little headband to match your pretty little baby dress, to put on your adorable little girl.

Let me know how you like this free crochet pattern. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will try and help the best I can. I hope you decide to make a Simply Spring Baby Dress of your own. If you do, I would LOVE to see a photo! If you share it on social media be sure to tag me @windingroadcrochet or #windingroadcrochet

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39 Comments

  1. Margaret Fulton

    April 16, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I just bought some beautiful yarn called Lemon from Red Heart I’m going to make this cute little dress for my great-niece.

    1. Lindsey

      April 16, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      I would love to see how it turns out.

  2. Tracy

    April 27, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Please help, I am stuck…..
    When I completed row 4 I have 2 chain 11’s kitty corner from each other
    Row 5 says to ch 2 and turn hdc in next 10 sts, hdc in the next 11 ch. there is no ch 11 there
    I am extremely confused.

    1. Lindsey

      April 28, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      In row 4, you hdc 10 then skip the chain 2 space, skip the next 20 stitches (hdcs) and the next chain 2 space. This folds the collar in half and makes the arm holes. I will insert a picture of this soon. This is proving to be a popular dress. I will be making a video tutorial soon.

      1. Lindsey

        April 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm

        I updated the instructions. Let me know if they are any clearer.

  3. Amy

    April 28, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Hi! I have a question on your lemon yellow newborn dress. When I reach row 6-7, it says to ch 2. Turn. Hdc in the next 50 (56, 62) sts sl st to the 1st hdc. That would cut collar in half. Can you please advise? Thank you.
    Amy

    1. Lindsey

      April 28, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Back in row 4 you skip a large number of stitches that folds the collar in half and creates the arm holes. I am going to work this up and insert a photo to help with this section. In row 6-7 you are working the waist section after the arm holes. Let me know if this helps.

      1. Lindsey

        April 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm

        I updated the instructions. Let me know if they are any clearer.

  4. Connie

    April 30, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Beautiful dress and awesome photography!! Well done!!

  5. Sue

    April 30, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    In the Baby Dress Bodice, could you explain what “repeat from (to) 3 times means in row 1. What pattern am I repeating?

    1. Lindsey

      May 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Repeat {hdc in the next 12 (13, 14) ch, (hdc, ch, hdc) in the next ch} three times. I can see how that is confusing. I will adjust the pattern and use only one set of parenthesis.

  6. Debbie

    May 2, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I was just going to comment that the parentheses are confusing to a new crocheter. I have been crocheting for many years and understood what you meant. Thanks for a beautiful little dress.

    1. Lindsey

      May 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      Yes, they can be. I may add in an explanation of how the parenthesis work. I did change the type of parenthesis used. Some to asterisk and some to box parenthesis. If I discover a better way to write the pattern I will change it. This is also why I made two post. One for newborn – 6 months and one for 6 months – 18 months.Any suggestions on how to write a multiple size pattern is greatly welcomed.

  7. Kayla O.

    May 19, 2018 at 4:17 am

    On row 9 when you start on the skirt, it just says chain 2, turn, hdc in next 112. How can this be when I have only made 56 hdc in the previous round? I can only assume you meant to say 2 hdc in each stitch from round 8, which would then add up to 112 stitches in round 9. One hdc in each stitch around rows 10-27. Is this correct, or have I missed something here? The dress is adorable in the pictures, and my bodice worked up nicely. Please help me finish it. Thanks so much! 🙂

    1. Lindsey

      May 20, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Yes you are correct. You will 2hdc in each stitch. That will give you a nice full skirt. I will review that row and make corrections. Thank you for pointing it out. After the working round 9 you will just hdc in each stitch until the dress is long enough for your liking. I wanted to minimize the number of complicated rows.

  8. Steph

    July 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I found this pattern very easy to read. I am fairly new to crochet and only had to start over once, cause I realized I read the directions wrong, but the dress came out like the picture. Thank you for this pattern!

    1. Lindsey

      July 17, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      You are very welcome. The purpose of this pattern is to be a stepping stone into more advance patterns. I will be writing a pattern soon for a summer romper that will be simple like this one to get everyone use to constructing a garment.

  9. Laura

    August 14, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Do you have any pictures of the sleeves on where the chain space is? I’m confused on where to start for the sleeves.

    1. Lindsey

      August 14, 2018 at 6:37 am

      It is the chain space from Row 3. There is a photo of row four half worked and completely worked. The chain space is where the stitch markers are.

  10. Donna

    September 13, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Hi! I love this pattern, and can’t wait to make it for my new granddaughter! I just have one question: I don’t know if it’s because I’m tired or if I’m just not reading the pattern right, but how does the waistband stay on the dress? Do you ‘tack’ it on, or does the fullness of the skirt keep it in place? Thanks!

    1. Lindsey

      September 13, 2018 at 5:36 am

      When I attached the bow I sewed through the dress as well. So yes it is tacked on. I am glad you like the dress. I will be doing a fall Crochet-a-long for a Fall variation of this dress.

  11. Varda

    December 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I dont understand this – I am new to all this – please help. I am making this for 0-3 months, so I guess I should read the patters as Row 1: Ch2, turn. Hdc in the next 7 ch, – but then I get confused from this point on . Especially with the different parenthesis!
    (hdc, ch, hdc) in the next ch, *hdc in the next 12 (13, 14) ch, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the next ch* repeat from *to* 3 times. Hdc in the next 6(6,7) ch, slst to the first hdc. Place stitch markers in each ch space.

    1. Lindsey

      December 19, 2018 at 12:41 am

      I am going to rewrite the first row here for just the 0-3 month size. I hope this helps.

      Row 1: Ch2, turn. Hdc in the next 7 ch, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the next ch, *hdc in the next 13 ch, [hdc, ch, hdc] in the next ch* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. Hdc in the next 6 ch, slst to the first hdc. Place stitch markers in each ch space.

      If you new to reading patterns that are written for multiple sizes, then I recommend copying and pasting the pattern into a word document. Then change the color of the text for the stitch count you will be using. When making the 0-3 month size you will always use the first number in the (parenthesizes).

      You can always print out your word document and highlight the stitch count for the size you are working.

      I used different types of parenthesis to indicate different things the ( ) is for size adjustments, the [ ] is for a set of stitches all worked in the same stitch and * to * is for repeats in the pattern.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if there is any more questions.

      1. Varda

        December 24, 2018 at 7:16 pm

        Thank you. Can you also please let me know. You say chain 52, and then slst in the first chain. Does that mean first chain from the hook? or the very very first chain of the entire foundation row?

  12. Audra Granath

    December 21, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Oh my goodness! That little baby is absolutely gorgeous! I love her smile! And I love this simple little dress. It’s adorable! Thank you so much for the pattern! I just found you through the Crochet Patterns Galore newsletter. I subscribed & I am looking forward to looking around on your site. Thank you again for such a sweet pattern!

  13. Dyane

    February 14, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Have you considered making a video tutorial? Speaking for myself sometimes it’s easier to follow a pattern if shown what needs to be done!! Thank you!

    1. Lindsey

      February 15, 2019 at 12:31 am

      Yes I will get around to making a video tutorial for this pattern. I have a very similar pattern that does have a video tutorial the Simply Fall Baby Dress. It has a plaid skirt instead of the solid color, but you can of course keep the skirt one color. The tutorial was a Crochet A Long so it is separated into four videos. Here is the first part: https://www.windingroadcrochet.com/simply-fall-baby-dress-cal-part-1/ Here is the second part if you already understand gauge: https://www.windingroadcrochet.com/simply-fall-baby-dress-cal-part-2/

  14. juliana

    April 17, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Hello, good evening, how are you? First of all I want to congratulate your work. According to I’m Brazilian, I have a website for baby clothes. I wonder if it’s okay to just get a photo of you to put on my site. At the moment I am without baby model. If I can not use everything well. Thank you for your attention =)

    1. Lindsey

      April 17, 2019 at 1:08 am

      At the moment I do not want my daughters photos used on other sites.

  15. Jacqueline

    April 18, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Hi, is the chain 2 at the beginning of each row added as a stitch, just so I know whether he join is done on the chain 2 or the 1st made htr[hdc}. Thanks, looking forward to making this pretty dress.

    1. Lindsey

      April 19, 2019 at 3:24 am

      No, I do not count my turning chain as a stitch, you will join to the first stitch.

  16. Donna Clayton

    August 1, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I have question on row 2 you hdc 7 then hdc chain hdc then hdc do you chain after you do the 7 hdc not sure

    1. Lindsey

      August 1, 2019 at 11:34 pm

      I don’t believe so, You will work 7hdc, then [hdc, ch, hdc] in the chain space, then you will work *14 hdc, then [hdc, ch, hdc] in the chain space* repeat from *to* for a total of three times. Then work 7 Hdc in the last 7 stitches.

      So basically you are creating a square, the first 7 hdc in only half of one side of the square, the 3 sets of 14 hdc is the other three sides of the square with the [hdc ch hdc] creating the corners. The last 7 hdc is just creating the second half of the square side that your first 7 hdc is on. I hope this helps.

  17. Faberley

    August 3, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    What size dress is the baby in the pictures wearing?

    1. Lindsey

      August 3, 2019 at 7:03 pm

      She was a very small baby and is in the newborn size.

  18. Katrina

    September 16, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Hi! I’ve clicked on the newborn pattern link, but it brings me back to this page. Where else could I find it? Thanks so much for this pattern, it’s beautiful!

    1. Lindsey

      September 17, 2019 at 2:36 am

      This is the correct post for the newborn pattern.

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