Author:
Claire Goodale

Claire Goodale is the owner, designer, and maker behind E'Claire Makery. When she's not obsessing over yarn and coming up with patterns, you can find her out exploring, baking, watching superhero shows, and enjoying her newly married life with her husband Stephen. As a maker, her goal is to help people have no fear in making so that they can create the handmade items of their dreams.

Summer Breeze Dress Crochet Pattern

Maker
6/23/2019

Hi, maker! My name is Claire Goodale, and I’m the maker and designer behind the crochet blog E’Claire Makery. I’m so excited to be able to share one of my patterns here on the Hook Nook Blog! Since the last time I shared one of my patterns, I’ve been going through a journey of learning who I am as a designer. When I first started my crochet business I thought I would only be designing amigurumi. I had visions of only making plushies or food pillows, and never deterring from that. However, as I continued with my blog, I began being drawn to items such as purses or garments. I tried out making my first garment, and I knew I wanted to keep learning how to make them. Then I began designing garments, which opened up so many new doors to me as I started creating pieces that people could wear. My designs have become one of the closest ways I express who I am, and it’s been such a fun adventure seeing my personality come through what I create.

One of my favorite new designs I have created is the design I’m sharing today: the Summer Breeze Dress! The first garment that I made was a dress, so crocheted dresses have had a special place in my heart since I started making garments. Because of that, I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to create a dress design of my own. When I was able to get a ticket for Our Maker Life, plus finding out that I had five weddings to go to this summer, I knew it was the perfect time to create the dress I had been imagining. So the Summer Breeze Dress was born!

Overall this dress design was created with the maker in mind. I made it a beginner level garment pattern, so that even if you haven’t made too many or none at all, you could make this dress. The stitches are simple, and the construction has no seaming, so you don’t have to worry about putting pieces together. It’s a wonderful dress to wear to parties or weddings like I’ll be doing most of the summer! It can even be worn off the shoulder, or on your shoulders. You’re going to love wearing this lightweight summer dress!

Supplies

- Lion Brand 24/7 or other Worsted Weight Yarn (I recommend using a cotton blend so it's lightweight

  Main Color - 558 (650, 725, 800, 875, 925, 975) yards

  Secondary color - 558 (650, 725, 800, 875, 925, 975) yards

- 5.5 mm crochet hook

- Yarn needle

- Scissors

Key

St = Stitch (s)

R = Row

Ch = chain

dc = double crochet (UK treble crochet)

( ) = stitch amounts for different size

** = do all that’s between two *

[ ] = stitch count at end of round for each size

Horizontal Puff Stitch =*ch 1, yarn over, then yarn over around post of dc* repeat 2 more times, then yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Click here for a tutorial.

Sizing & Measurements

- XS = 28"                     - 2X = 48"

- S = 32"                       - 3X = 52"

- M = 36"                    

- L = 40"                      

- XL = 44"

Pattern is made with 1" of positive ease that is added to each of these measurements. The fit of the dress is pretty close fitting, but if you would like it looser on the chest or the waist, see the notes section for sizing additions. Size changes are also written in the pattern.

Pattern Notes

- I recommend reading through the entire pattern before starting to make sure that you fully understand the pattern.

- Ch 2 at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch, throughout the pattern

- Pattern uses U.S. Stitch terminology (UK terms listed in key)

- Pattern is worked in one piece

- Sizes are listed in pattern from XS-3X with reference to the stitch amounts.

                                 xs (s,  m,   l,   xl,  2x, 3x)

    For example "dc 10 (10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)" the first 10 being the XS, the first number in parentheses being S and so forth.

- For rows after horizontal puff stitch rows, place the dc in the top of the horizontal puff stitches and the ch 1 after it all the way around the row.

- If you would like the dress to be looser around your chest, divide the final join round stitch amount by 8, then crochet one less than that number and then increase 1. Repeat that 7 more times till the end of the round. Keep doing this as many times as you want till it fits over your chest how you’d like it. Your stitch counts will be different than the rest of the rounds.

- If you increased your waist size more than what the pattern originally called for, then your horizontal puff stitch and stitch amount will be different that the numbers throughout the rest of the pattern. You’ll do the beginning the same, and then *ch 1, sk 1, horizontal puff stitch* all the way around.

Pattern

Starting with Secondary Color

Rnd 1: ch 97 (105, 113, 121, 121, 121, 129), join with sl st to first ch, ch 2, dc in each ch around [96, 104, 112, 120, 120, 120, 128]

Rnd 2: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 11 (12, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [104, 112, 120, 128, 128, 128, 136]

Rnd 3: ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 51(55, 59, 63, 63, 63, 67) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [52, 56, 60, 64, 64, 64, 68 horizontal puff stitches]

For rows after horizontal puff stitch rows, place stitches in the top of the horizontal puff stitch and the ch 1 after it.

Rnd 4: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 12 (13, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [112, 120, 128, 136, 136, 136, 144]

Rnd 5: ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 55 (59, 63, 67, 67, 67, 71) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [56, 60, 64, 68, 68, 68, 72 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 6: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 13 (14, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [120, 128, 136, 144, 144, 144, 152]

Rnd 7:  ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 59 (63, 67, 71, 71, 71, 75) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [60, 64, 68, 72, 72, 72, 76 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 8: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 14 (15, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [128, 136, 144, 152, 152, 152, 160]

Rnd 9:  ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 65 (67, 71, 75, 75, 75, 79) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [64, 68, 72, 76, 76, 76, 80 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 10: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 15 (16, 17, 18, 18, 18, 19), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [136, 144, 152, 160, 160, 160, 168]

XS-S sk to finishing neck

Rnd 11: Rnd 9:  ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 75, (79, 79, 79, 83) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [76, 80, 80, 80, 84 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 12: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 18 (19, 19, 19, 20), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [160, 168, 168, 168, 176]

Rnd 13: Rnd 9:  ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 79, (83, 83, 83, 87) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [80, 84, 84, 84, 88 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 14: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 19 (20, 20, 20, 21), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [168, 176, 176, 176, 184]

M sk to finishing neck

Rnd 15: ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat (87, 87, 87, 91) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [88, 88, 88, 92 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 16: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 21 (21, 21, 22), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [184, 184, 184, 192]

L sk to finishing neck

Rnd 17: ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 91 (91, 95) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [92, 92, 96 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 18: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 22 (23), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [192, 192, 200]

XL sk to finishing neck

Rnd 19: ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 95 (99) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [96, 100 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 20: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 23 (24), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [200, 208]

Rnd 21:  ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1* repeat 99 (103) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch of ch 3 at beginning of the round [100, 104 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 22: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 24 (23), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round [208, 216]

Rnd 23: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 25, dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round [216, 224]

2XL sk to join for body

Rnd 24: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 26, dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [232]

Rnd 25: ch 2, starting in first dc, *dc 27, dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [240]

3XL skip to Join for Body

Finishing Neck

Rnd 11-12 (11-12, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20): ch 2, dc 136 (144, 168, 184, 192) around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [136, 144, 168, 184, 192]

Join for Body

Switch to Main Color

Rnd 13 (13, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26): ch 2, dc 18 (18, 22, 25, 29, 31, 34) dc 2 in next st, ch 6, sk 29 (32, 34, 36, 36, 40, 46), dc 2 in next st, dc 38 (40, 52, 58, 62, 70, 76), dc 2 in next st, ch 6, sk 29 (32, 34, 36, 36, 40, 46), dc 2 in next st, dc 18 (18, 22, 25, 29, 31, 34), join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [88, 96, 116, 128, 136, 152, 164]

If the armhole feels too tight, you can add 2 chains to the ch 6, and do 2 less dc in portion where you dc after that.

Rnd 14 (14, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27): dc in each dc around including the ch 6s you made in the armholes, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [88, 96, 116, 128, 136, 152, 164]

If you would like the dress to be looser around your chest, divide the previous round stitch amount by 8, then crochet one less than that number and then increase 1. Repeat that 7 more times till the end of the round. Keep doing this as many times as you want till it fits over your chest how you’d like it.

Body Rows

Rnd 15-24 (15-24, 19-28, 21-31, 23-33, 26-36, 28-38): ch 2, dc 88 (96, 116, 128, 136, 152, 164), join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [88, 96, 116, 128, 136, 152, 164]

Rnd 25 (25, 29, 32, 34, 37, 39): ch 2, dc 86 (94, 106, 126, 134, 150, 158), {for sizes M, 3XL dec 4 (4)}, hdc 1 in next dc, sc 1 in last dc, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [88, 96, 112, 128, 136, 152, 160]

Switch to secondary color

Rnd 26 (26, 30, 33, 35, 38, 40): ch 2, sc 1, hdc 1, dc 8 (9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17) dc 2 in next st, *dc 10 (11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19), dc 2 in next st, repeat from * 6 more times, dc 8 (9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17), dc 2 in next st, hdc 1, sc 1, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [96, 104, 120, 136, 144, 160, 168]

Rnd 27 (27, 31, 34, 36, 39, 41): ch 3, *sk 1, horizontal puff stitch 1, ch 1, repeat from * 47 (51, 59, 67, 71, 79, 83) more times, ch 1, join with sl st to second ch in ch 3 at beginning of the round [48, 52, 60, 68, 72, 80, 84 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 28 (28, 32, 35, 37, 40, 42): ch 2, starting in the top of the first horizontal puff stitch, *dc 11 (12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20), dc 2 in next st, repeat from * 7 more times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [104, 112, 128, 144, 152, 168, 176]

Rnd 29 (29, 33, 36, 38, 41, 43): ch 3, *sk 1, horizontal puff stitch 1, ch 1, repeat from * 51 (55, 63, 71, 75, 83, 87) more times, ch 2, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [52, 56, 64, 72, 76, 84, 88 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 30 (30, 34, 37, 39, 42, 44): ch 2, starting in the top of the first horizontal puff stitch, *dc 12 (13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21), dc 2 in next st* repeat 7 more times, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [112, 120, 136, 152, 160, 176, 184]

Rnd 31 (31, 35, 38, 40, 43, 45): ch 3, *sk 1, horizontal puff stitch 1, ch 1, repeat from * 55 (59, 67, 75, 79, 87, 91) more times, ch 2, sk 1, join with sl st to 2nd ch in the ch 3 at the beginning of the round [56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92 horizontal puff stitches]

Switch to main color

Rnd 32 (32, 36, 39, 41, 44, 46): sc 1, hdc 1, dc 11 (12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20), dc 2 in next stitch, *dc 13 (14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22), dc 2 in next st* repeat 6 more times, dc 11 (12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20), dc 2 in next st, hdc 1, sc 1 [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Rnd 33-52 (33-52, 37-56, 40-59, 42-61, 45-64, 47-66): dc 120 (128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192) around [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

If you’d like your waist to big bigger/skirt to be flowing, do the following: ch 2, *dc 14 (15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23), dc 2 in next st, repeat from * 7 more times. Then keep repeating that row, adding one to the dc you do before the dc 2, till you’ve gotten your desired waist size. If you increased your waist size more than what the pattern originally called for, then your horizontal puff stitch and stitch amount will be different that the numbers throughout the rest of the pattern.

Switch to secondary color

Rnd 53 (53, 57, 60, 62, 65, 67): ch 2, sc 1, hdc 1, dc 1, dc to 2nd to last st, hdc 1, sc 1, join with sl st to ch 2 at the beginning of the round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

If you increased your waist size, you’ll do the beginning of the next round the same, and then *sk 1, horizontal puff stitch, ch 1* all the way around on each horizontal puff stitch round.

Rnd 54 (54, 58, 61, 63, 66, 68): ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1, repeat from * 59 (63, 71, 79, 83,  91, 95) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch in the ch 3 beginning of the round [60, 64, 72, 80, 84, 92, 96 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 55 (55, 59, 62, 64, 67, 69): ch 2, dc 120 (128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192), join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Switch to main color

Rnd 56-60 (56-60, 59-63, 62-66, 64-68, 68-72 70-73): ch 2, dc 120 (128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192), join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Switch to secondary color

Rnd 61 (61, 64, 67, 69, 73, 74): ch 2, dc 120 (128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192), join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Rnd 60 (60, 65, 68, 70, 74, 76): ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1, repeat from * 59 (63, 71, 79, 83, 91, 95) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch in the ch 3 beginning of the round [60, 64, 72, 80, 84, 92, 96 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 61 (61, 66, 69, 71, 75, 77): ch 2, dc 120 (128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192), join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Rnd 62 (62, 67, 70, 72, 76, 78): ch 3, *sk 1, dc 1 in next st, horizontal puff stitch around that dc, ch 1, repeat from * 59 (63, 71, 79, 83,  91, 95) more times, join with sl st to 2nd ch in the ch 3 beginning of the round [60, 64, 72, 80, 84, 92, 96 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 63 (63, 68, 71, 73, 77, 79): ch 2, dc 120 (128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192), join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of the round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

I hope you enjoyed making this pattern! If you make your own Summer Breeze Dress, I’d love to see it! Tag me @eclairemakery on Instagram or Facebook and I would love to share your pattern.

Want to get your hands on more of my designs? All of my designs are available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. You can find all of my free patterns, tutorials, and crochet tips on my blog, or view my latest projects on Instagram and Facebook. I also have a video podcast on my YouTube channel where I interview other makers on it, who share all of their crochet advice. Can’t wait to see what you create!

Happy Stitching,

Claire

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