Heart-to-Heart Toddler Dress

This easy little dress crocheted in soft cotton is crafted to be a special occasion spring dress, but feels as comfortable as everyday playwear. Its soft pink color is easy to match and the band of hearts around the waist adds the perfect, final sweet touch.

Time: Weekend Project

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Chest Size 22 (25, 26.25)” to fit sizes 2 (4, 6)

Shown in size 2

Gauge: 14 sts and 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in dc

Materials

Light weight yarnYarn: Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme DK (100% Cotton; 231 yards [211 meters]/100 grams):  Color #705 Pink 2 (2, 3) balls

Hook: US size G/6 (4.25 mm)

Notions: Five 5/8” buttons, tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

Foundation chain is at the waist. The bodice is worked up from the chain and the skirt is worked down from the chain.

Ch-3 counts as 1 dc.

On Strap sections, beg ch-2 + first dc = a dc2tog decrease. When working the subsequent rows just work in top of dc and ignore the ch-2.

Pattern

Bodice

Ch 79 (90, 101).

Row 1 (WS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 3, turn. (77 (88, 99) dc)

Row 2: Dc in next 3 dc, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 3 dc, dc in next 2 dc; rep from * across, ending with dc in last 2 dc, ch 3, turn. (8 (9, 10) 3-dc shells)

Row 3: Dc in next 3 dc, *ch 1, sk ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, sk next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * across, ending with dc in last 2 dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Dc in next 3 dc, *ch 2, sk ch-1 sp, work 2 dc3tog over next 5 sts, ch 2, sk ch-1 sp, dc in next 2 dc; rep from * across, dc in last 2 dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 5: Dc across, placing 1 dc in each dc, 2 dc in each ch-2 sp, 1 dc in each ch-1 sp, and 1 dc in top of each dc3tog, ch 3, turn. [78 (87, 96) dc]

Rows 6 8 (11, 14): Dc across, ch 3 except for final row, ch 1, turn after final row.

Back Right Strap

Row 1: Sc in first 1 (2, 3) dc, dc2tog, dc in next 9 (10, 11) dc, dc2tog, ch 2, turn leaving rem sts unworked. (11 (12, 13) dc)

Row 2: Dc in next dc (see note), dc across to last 2 sts, dc2tog. (9 (10, 11) dc)

Rows 3-5 (5, 6): Rep Row 2. (3 (4, 3) dc)

Size 4 only

Row 6: Dc in next st, dc2tog. (3 dc)

All Sizes

Last Row: Dc2tog. Make a chain 8 (9, 10)” long, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, join with sl st to top of dc2tog just made. Fasten off.

Center Front Section

Row 1: Sk 10 (11, 12) dc from end of Back Strap, join yarn in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc (counts as dc2tog, see note), dc in each of next 24 (26, 28) dc, dc2tog, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Dc in next st, dc across to last 2 sts, dc2tog. Ch 2, turn. (22 (24, 26) dc)

Size 2 only

Go to Front Right Strap.

Sizes 4 (6) only

Rep Row 2, 1 (2) time(s). (22 sts all sizes)

Front Right Strap

Row 1: Dc in next dc, dc in next 5 (6, 7) dc, dc2tog. Leave rem sts unworked. (7 (8, 9) dc)

Rep Rows 2-4 of Back Right Strap.

Size 4 only

Rep Row 6 of Back Right Strap.

All Sizes

Rep Last Row of Back Right Strap.

Front Left Strap

Sk 6 (7, 8) sts from end of Front Right Strap, join yarn with sl st in next dc and ch 2.

Rep all instructions of Front Right Strap.

Back Left Strap

Row 1: Sk 10 (11, 12) dc from end of Back Strap, join yarn in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc (counts as dc2tog, see note), dc in each of next 9 (10, 11) dc, dc2tog, ch 2, turn. (9 (10, 11) dc)

Rep all instructions from Back Right Strap beg with Row 2.

Skirt

Row 1: With RS facing, orient work so you can stitch across the opposite side of foundation chain, join yarn with sl st at beg of row, dc in same st as rnd join, 2 dc in each dc across, ch 3, turn. (156 (174, 192) dc)

Work even in rows in dc until Skirt meas approx. 3.5 (4.5, 6)” from start of Skirt, join Skirt in the rnd with sl st in first dc of row, ch 3, turn.

Next Rnd: Dc around, join rnd with sl st in top of first dc, ch 3, turn.

Rep last rnd until Skirt meas 8 (9.5, 11)” from start of Skirt.

On final rnd, increase 2 sts evenly spaced around, ch 1, turn. (158 (176, 194) dc)

Edging

Rnd 1: Sc in same st as rnd join, *sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc; rep from * around, eliminating final sc and joining rnd with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

Buttonhole Band Edging

Work 1 row in sc evenly spaced along right hand side of back opening from top to bottom. Do not fasten off, keep working up the other side for the button band.

Button Band Edging

Work 1 row dc evenly spaced along left hand side of back opening from bottom to top. Fasten off.

Align Buttonhole Band over Button Band, align buttons on the Button Band opposite the dc you wish to use as buttonholes, sew buttons into place.

Weave in all ends.

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Comments
  • Brittny B.

    Hello I’m having a hard time with row 2 and 3 on the bodice…it’s not matching up..maybe I’m doing something wrong…I have 77 DC including the chain at the beggining and on round 2 I started with 3 DC including the chain 3..and started in the stitch after the ch3..is this right? Please and thank you

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  • Brittny B.

    When I go to do row 3 on the bodice the part for the heart is not on top of the 3 DC..can u help me

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    • Nicola P.

      Hello Brittny! We’ve reached out to the designer for clarification and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola

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  • Anne-Marie K.

    Have started making it but could you give more precise instructions about centre front after first strap? Thank you- I am a novice at crochet!

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    • Nicola P.

      Hello Anne-Marie! We’ve reached out to the designer for clarification and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola

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  • Can’t wait to figure out how like or favorite a pattern. I know it must be something I’m just completely overlooking

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    • Nicola P.

      Hello! This is currently a function we are working on implementing in the near future. In the meantime, we recommend using your web browser’s book mark tool or Pinterest for saving your favorite patterns. Hope this helps for now! – Nicola

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