Author:
Sierra Tosner

Sierra is the girl behind the hook at Sweet Everly B, a blog for modern makers that features knit-look crochet designs. Her little family lives in rural North Dakota, where the cows outnumber people. Her heart is for you to be inspired and empowered by creating something you love with your own hands.

The Ava Dress Crochet Pattern

Patterns/DIY
8/20/2018

Hey Makers! I’m Sierra from Sweet Everly B. I’m so grateful to be sharing a quick crochet dress pattern you can make in a weekend.

I was born with the crafting gene. Handmade jewelry, chalk painting ceramics, and puffy paint shirts were a few of the many ‘90s crafts I loved as a kid. My mom had a craft room before they were Pinterest cool.

Fast forward through marrying my high school sweetheart and having 2 kids, Everly and Brecken. I now have a craft room of my own and am a stay at home mom.

To fulfill my creative mind, I found myself crocheting more and more. Dissecting each stitch and tweaking designs to fit my style. Creating patterns during nap time was my happy place.

Designing kids crochet patterns is one of my favorite things. I like quick projects and the models are so much cuter :)

The Ava Dress Crochet Pattern fits into the quick project category. The classic style makes this dress a staple piece. Your girl can wear this with a summer tank top or tights and long sleeves to transition through winter.

What You Need

  • #4 Worsted Weight Yarn: Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Yarn(www.lionbrand.com/touch-of-alpaca.html) in the color Pale Beige. (207 yds/3.5oz per skein) (Sizes 8,10,12 = 3 skeins, sizes 14,16 = 4 skeins)
  • K10.5/6.50mm Crochet Hook
  • Tape Measure
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Gauge

12 ehdc x 8 rows = 4” square (learn everything about gauge here)

Special Stitches

Extended Half Double Crochet (ehdc): YO insert hook into stitch, YO pull through stitch, YO pull through 1 loop, YO pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Abbreviations (US Crochet Terminology)

ch(s) = chain(s)

st(s) = stitch(es)

ehdc = extended half double crochet

sc = single crochet

sl st = slip stitch

Notes

The size 2-10 pattern is written for size 2 with the larger sizes in parenthesis as follows: size 2(size 4, size 6, size 8, size 10). The size 12-16 pattern is written for size 12 with the larger sizes in parentheses as follows: size 12(size 14, size 16)

To adjust the length of the dress you can add more rows at the end to make it longer or leave rows out to make it shorter. Remember to count your rows. You’ll want the same number of rows for the front and back panels.

Sizing

Pick the size that best matches the chest measurement of your child. You can find tips for measuring here.

Actual Chest Measurement

Size 2: 21” Size 8: 26.5”          Size 14: 31.5”

Size 4: 23” Size 10: 28”          Size 16: 32.5”

Size 6: 25” Size 12: 30”

Finished Dress Measurements

PATTERN

Sizes 2-10 Front and Back Panels (make 2)

ch 17(20,23,26,29)

Row 1: 1 ehdc in 3rd ch from the hook, 1 ehdc in each ch across, turn. 15(18,21,24,27)sts

Rows 2-3: ch 2, 1 ehdc in each st across, turn. 15(18,21,24,27)sts

Rows 4-15: ch 2, 2 ehdc in the first st, 1 ehdc in each st across until final st, 2 ehdc in last st, turn. 17(20,23,26,29)sts {The final st count of row 15 is 39(42,45,48,51)sts.}

Rows 16-27(29,31,36,40): ch 2, 1 ehdc in each st across, turn. 39(42,45,48,51)sts

Straps

Ch 5 (leave a long tail for sewing onto the dress)

Row 1: 1 ehdc in 3rd ch from the hook, 1 ehdc in each ch across, turn. (3sts)

Rows 2-10(12,14,16,18): ch 2, 1 ehdc in each st across, turn. (3sts)

Cut the yarn, leave a long tail for sewing the strap onto the dress.

Pocket (The pocket is the same for all 5 sizes.)

Start with a magic circle or ch 2.

Row 1: work 4 sc in the magic circle, OR work 4 sc in the first ch, turn. Do NOT join. (4sts)

Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st across, turn. (8sts)

Row 3: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st} repeat across, turn. (12sts)

Row 4: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st} repeat across, turn. (16sts)

Row 5: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts} repeat across, turn. (20sts)

Row 6: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts} repeat across, turn. (24sts)

Row 7: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts} repeat across, Don’t turn, Don’t cut the yarn. (28sts)

Edging along the straight edge of the pocket

Ch 1, evenly sc across the straight edge of the pocket. Slip stitch to join back into the first sc of row 7. Cut the yarn, leave a long tail for sewing the pocket onto the dress.

Girls 12, 14,16  Front and Back Panels (make 2)

ch 29(32,35)

Row 1: 1 ehdc in 3rd ch from the hook, 1 ehdc in each ch across, turn. 27(30,33)sts

Rows 2-5: ch 2, 1 ehdc in each st across, turn. 27(30,33)sts

Rows 6-18: ch 2, 2 ehdc in the first st, 1 ehdc in each st across until final st, 2 ehdc in last st, turn. 29(32,35sts) {The final st count of row 18 is 53(56,59)sts.}

Rows 19-42(44,46): ch 2, 1 ehdc in each st across, turn. 53(56,59)sts

Straps

Ch 7 (leave a long tail for sewing onto the dress)

Row 1: 1 ehdc in 3rd ch from the hook, 1 ehdc in each ch across, turn. (5sts)

Rows 2-22(24,26): ch 2, 1 ehdc in each st across, turn. (5sts)

Cut the yarn, leave a long tail for sewing the strap onto the dress.

Pocket (The pocket is the same for all 3 sizes.)

Start with a magic circle or ch 2.

Row 1: work 4 sc in the magic circle, OR work 4 sc in the first ch, turn. Do NOT join. (4sts)

Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st across, turn. (8sts)

Row 3: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st} repeat across, turn. (12sts)

Row 4: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st} repeat across, turn. (16sts)

Row 5: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts} repeat across, turn. (20sts)

Row 6: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts} repeat across, turn. (24sts)

Row 7: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts} repeat across, turn. (28sts)

Row 8: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts} repeat across, turn. (32sts)

Row 9: ch 1, {2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts} repeat across, Don’t turn, don’t cut the yarn. (36sts)

Edging along the straight edge of the pocket

Ch 1, evenly sc across the straight edge of the pocket. Slip stitch to join back into the first sc of row 9. Cut the yarn, leave a long tail for sewing the pocket onto the dress.

Sewing It All Together

Place the front and back panels on top of each other. The sides are reversible so it doesn’t matter which side is facing up.

Starting at the bottom corner of the dress, sew together the front and back panels along the side edges. I used the mattress stitch. Leave the top 4.5”(5”,5.5” 6”,6.5”) 7”(8”,8.5”)unstitched. This will be the armhole area. Repeat along the other side of the dress.

Sew the straps to the top outside edges of the front panel using the mattress stitch. Being careful not to twist the strap, sew the other end of the strap to the top outside edge of the back panel.

Turn the dress inside out before adding the pocket. This will be the correct side and your seams will be on the inside.

Place the pocket on the front panel, 2 rows from the top. Sew along the bottom curve of the pocket. I used the backstitch technique to create a sturdy seam.

Sew in all your ends and have your little one try on the dress. You did it!

Click here to download the PDF pattern!

Being a maker has always been a part of me, puffy paint and all. My hope is that when you’re creating this design your maker heart is being inspired and fulfilled.

Stay Cozy,

Sierra

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