Free Crochet Pattern for Butterfly Kisses Baby Dress

Spring has sprung with my newest free crochet pattern! Last week I shared a fun pattern for cute, three dimensional butterflies, so I decided we needed something to put them on! Butterfly Kisses Baby Dress is the perfect landing spot for our winged friends. This is a classic style you’ll make over and over again. The pattern is provided in two sizes and the dress features a square neckline, with a two button back closure and an a line flared skirt.

 

Free Crochet Pattern Butterfly Kisses Dress by CrochetZone.com

The design is intended to be a canvas for your creative side. Make it in solids, stripes, color blocks, whatever you like, just have fun!

 

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Butterfly Kisses Dress

Size: 3-6 Months; 6-12 Months

Materials:
• Worsted Weight yarn, I used Ella Rae Rimini for the yellow and lime dress and Baby Bee Confection for the variegated dress Approximately 200 yards for the skirt color and 100 yards for the top color
• Yarn needle for weaving ends
• 5/8” Buttons – 2
• Hook I/5.50 mm

Gauge: 15 hdc; 8 rows = 4”

Abbreviations:
Beg – beginning
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
R – Round
Sc – single crochet
Sl st(s) – slip stitch(es)
St(s) – stitch(es)

• Beginning ch1 does not count as a stitch
• Start each Row in the same stitch as the beginning ch1
• Number in ( ) at end of Round indicates the number of stitches in that Round
• Work instructions in [ ] as a set, the designated number of times

Crochet Tips: click on the tip below for a tutorial
• Fastening off neatly
• Weaving in ends
• How to make neat color changes

Design Tips
• Use different colors for each round.
• Add a decorative motif such as a flower, butterfly, etc. Click here to see the butterfly pattern as shown.

Crochet Pattern for Green Butterfly by CrochetZone.com

Size: 3-6 Months • Chest = 18” Length from Shoulder 12″
R1: With Color 1, ch 53, hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped chains count as hdc) and next 4 sts, [hdc, ch2, hdc] in next st; *hdc next 12 sts, [hdc, ch2, hdc] in next st*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times, hdc in last 6 sts. (56 hdc)
R2: Ch2, turn, dc in same st and each st to last st before ch2 space, [dc, ch2, dc] in ch2 space, *dc in each st to last st before ch2 space, [dc, ch2, dc] in ch2 space*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times, dc in each remaining st to end. (64)
R3 to R6: Repeat R2. (96 after last repeat)
R7: Ch1, turn, hdc in same st and each st to last st before ch2 space, *hdc in ch2 space, ch3, skip next 24 sts, hdc in next ch2 space*, hdc in each st to last st before ch2 space. Repeat from * to *, hdc to end. Fasten off. (58 sts – 52 hdc and 6 chains)
R8: Join Color 2, ch1, hdc in each st and ch to end. (58)
R9: Ch1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (58)
R10: Ch2, turn, dc in same st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts*. Repeat from * to end (in the last repeat complete as many sts as fit in remaining space). Join with sl st to first dc.
~From here forward the dress is worked in rounds~
R11: Ch3, dc in each st to end.
R12: Ch2, dc in same st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts*. Repeat from * to end (in the last repeat complete as many sts as fit in remaining space). Join with sl st to first dc.
R13: Repeat Row 11
R14: Repeat Row 12
R15: Repeat Row 11
R16: Repeat Row 12
R17 and R18: Repeat Row 11
R19: Repeat Row 12
R20: Join Color 1, Repeat Row 11
Buttonholes and Neckline: With right side of dress facing you, join Color 2 in back of dress at Row 8 (where Color 1 and Color 2 meet), sc in first st, ch4 (first buttonhole), sc in side of each row, evenly up left side of back opening, to top at neckline, ch4 (second buttonhole), sc in next st. Continue to work sc around neckline to right side back opening, work sc down the side to Row 8. Fasten off. Sew buttons in place.
Sleeves: With right side of dress facing you, join Color 2 at armhole, work row of sc around sleeve opening. Fasten off.

If you wish add a bow, flower or butterfly to the waistline. Here’s a pattern for the one I used.

 

Size: 6-12 Months • Chest = 20” Length from Shoulder 14″
R1: With Color 1, ch 57, hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped chains count as hdc) and next 5 sts, [hdc, ch2, hdc] in next st; *hdc next 13 sts, [hdc, ch2, hdc] in next st*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times, hdc in last 6 sts. (60 hdc)
R2: Ch2, turn, dc in same st and each st to last st before ch2 space, [dc, ch2, dc] in ch2 space, *dc in each st to last st before ch2 space, [dc, ch2, dc] in ch2 space*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times, dc in each remaining st to end. (68)
R3 to R7: Repeat R2. (108 after last repeat)
R8: Ch2, turn, dc in same st and each st to last st before ch2 space, *dc in ch2 space, ch3, skip next 27 sts, dc in next ch2 space*, dc in each st to last st before ch2 space. Repeat from * to *, dc to end. Fasten off. (64 sts – 58 dc and 6 chains)
R9: Join Color 2, ch1, hdc in each st and ch to end. (64)
R10: Ch1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (64)
R11: Ch2, turn, dc in same st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts*. Repeat from * to end (in the last repeat complete as many sts as fit in remaining space). Join with sl st to first dc.
~From here forward the dress is worked in rounds~
R12: Ch2, dc in each st to end.
R13: Ch2, dc in same st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts*. Repeat from * to end (in the last repeat complete as many sts as fit in remaining space). Join with sl st to first dc.
R14: Repeat Row 12
R15: Repeat Row 13
R16: Repeat Row 12
R17: Repeat Row 13
R18 and R19: Repeat Row 12
R20: Repeat Row 13
R21 and R22: Repeat Row 12
R23: Repeat Row 13
R24: Repeat Row 12
R25: Join Color 1, Repeat Row 12
Buttonholes and Neckline: With right side of dress facing you, join Color 2 in back of dress at Row 9 (where Color 1 and Color 2 meet), sc in first st, ch4 (first buttonhole), sc in side of each row, evenly up left side of back opening, to top at neckline, ch4 (second buttonhole), sc in next st. Continue to work sc around neckline to right side back opening, work sc down the side to Row 9. Fasten off. Sew buttons in place.
Sleeves: With right side of dress facing you, join Color 2 at armhole, work row of sc around sleeve opening. Fasten off.

If you wish add a bow, flower or butterfly to the waistline. Here’s a pattern for the one I used.

 

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64 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern for Butterfly Kisses Baby Dress

  1. CrochetZone

    Yes it is.

  2. Dana

    Hi! So I wanted to ask before I start. Is this dress worked from the top down? Thanks

  3. CrochetZone

    It would be a completely different pattern. I have not worked that up in larger sizes.

  4. How would I resize this to a little girl’s size 10. My granddaughter really likes this dress.

  5. Alison

    Thanks so much for this lovely pattern, I’m doing it yellow and black stripey to make the dress part of my 14 month old’s bumblebee outfit. It’s coming along so quickly which is really nice after crocheting an adult size mermaid blanket!!

  6. CrochetZone

    Yes, that’s exactly right.

  7. Jenny

    Ok finally got past round 9 . Now what does complete repeat on round 11 mean .Does it mean put as many DC into the last stitch that will fit ?

  8. CrochetZone

    Each row has an increase of 2 stitches in each corner for a total of 8 per row.

    Row 1 60
    Row 2 68
    Row 3 76
    Row 4 84
    Row 5 92
    Row 6 100
    Row 7 108

  9. Kathy

    Hello, I am trying to make this in the size 6-12 months it says on round 7 I should be ending with 108 stitches
    I have taken this apart and redone it a few times I never get 108.i ended with 68 on round 2 also counted the double crochets on the front of the dress in the picture and on my piece for each row and they are the same. So I am not sure how I am not ending up with 108 at the end of round 7 😔
    Could you tell me how many stitches I should have at the end of each round from 3 to 6 maybe?

    Thanks

  10. CrochetZone

    I haven’t tested that sizing.

  11. gayathri shetty

    i like this dress pattern.
    I want make a big one for 4 to 6 year old.
    how many chains should I start with

  12. CrochetZone

    I’m sorry I’m not aware of any such pattern, but you should be able to insert pipe cleaners in any pattern to keep the ears upright.

  13. Len

    This is the cutest hbadeand I have ever seen. Cant wait to try it .I have been trying to find a beanie hat for a newborn that has stand up bunnie ears the only ones I seem to find are the ones that are floppy can you direct me thanks

  14. CrochetZone

    Oh I love that you’ve played around with it. I’d love to see those Christmas portraits too.

  15. Cathy

    I LOVE this little dress. The pattern was easy to follow AND it is a pattern that is easy to get creative with. I made one out of yarn that looks like denim and added a pocket that looks like a jean pocket. It looks like a little dress to wear for fun and getting dirty at the park. The next one I made I dressed up and I think my daughter has chosen that to be what she wears when they do her Christmas portrait. What an easy and flexible pattern. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  16. CrochetZone

    I haven’t tried the sizing, but it might work. I would test the gauge with whatever yarn and hook you plan on using and then do the math on the measurements to estimate the finished size. Good luck 🙂

  17. CLEILA SPRATT

    I love this dress!! Thank you for the pattern! A friend of mine has asked me to make a coming home outfit for her baby girl due in Feb. I need this to fit a true newborn size. Do you think if I use baby yarn or sports weight yarn and a smaller hook size, it would possibly size it down enough? Thanks!!

  18. CrochetZone

    Oh I’m sorry but I did not take measurements around the neck before I gifted the dress. I did use the Yarn Council Standards for sizing. Did you make a gauge swatch to test?

  19. Sharon Forakis

    9/24 /15 Crochet Zone, I’m starting to make this dress an I’m on row 6, but looking at it , neck area looks way to big for a 3 to 6 months old, more like a Year to 18 month old, I’m using the I /5.50 hook that’s stated, but wondering if I should be using a smaller hook. Is there measurements to go by, to know how big neck area should be for different sizes? I wonder if I should start over before I get to far on rows? If you have measurements I’d appreciate them. I thought about putting a little ruffle around neck and arms, maybe that would help, don’t know? I have 4 inches between each of the ” dc ch 2 DC” ! Thanks for any help, craftyheart1@hotmail.com, Sharon

  20. CrochetZone

    Hi Jessica, You can try different yarn and hook, but you will likely have to add stitches and adjust repeats for a size 3T.

  21. Jessica

    What might the stitches be for a size 3t? Could i just use a bigger hook? I would like to make one for a friend.

  22. CrochetZone

    You are welcome.

  23. Lori Krug

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern! I made it for my step-granddaughter and it turned out absolutely adorable!!!

  24. CrochetZone

    No, it means you repeat the sequence but stop when you run out of stitches to work in, in other words, the last repeat may not be a complete repeat.

  25. CrochetZone

    No you do not fasten off. You continue to work the stitches after the skip. The only strand you will have is for the ch3. Basically what you are doing is working the bottom waist to the underarm, the skipped stitches will form the armhole, then you will continue with the front waist, skip stitches for the next armhole and then work the second half of the back. Hope that helps.

  26. Linda Ballard

    I do not see my previous comment on here, so I will ask again. Row 8. I get the part to where I dc in ch 2 space then ch 3, but I do not get the part where I skip the next 24 stitches. Below is row 8 from the pattern.

    R8: Ch2, turn, dc in same st and each st to last st before ch2 space, *dc in ch2 space, ch3, skip next 27 sts, dc in next ch2 space*, dc in each st to last st before ch2 space. Repeat from * to *, dc to end. Fasten off. (64 sts – 58 dc and 6 chains).

    Does this mean to fasten off at the end of the 3 chains??? – then restart after skipping the stitches? I tried this without fastening off and I ended up with a long piece of yarn across the skipped stitches. Is this how it is supposed to look?

    Thank you for any help you can provide. I have been crocheting for a number of years – this is the first time I have just not understood or been able to work it out.

  27. Brenda

    In round 10 it says in the last repeat complete as many sts as fit in remaining space I don’t understand does that mean I do has many double crochet in the last stitch as I can crochet

  28. CrochetZone

    No you do not slip stitch. Skip those stitches and work in the next stitch as indicated. The skipped stitches will become the armhole.

  29. CrochetZone

    No, you simply skip those stitches and work in the next stitch as indicated. The skipped stitches form the armhole.

  30. CrochetZone

    Thank you!

  31. Anne partington

    Thank you so much for the pattern made for my first granddaughter due 31/07/15 Iwould love to send you a picture as I made shoes to match x

  32. thank you so much for the pattern. love it. lois

  33. Lu-Ann

    On round 7 do you slip stitch til next ch space

  34. Lu-Ann

    On round 7 it says skip next 24 stitches do you slip stitch to the next ch 2 space . Thank you

  35. Cori

    Thanks so much! I’m glad it was more my miscounting than an error in my stitches 🙂

  36. CrochetZone

    The 56 stitches actually refers to the hdc and does not include the chains in the corners. The 1st hdc is worked in the 3rd chain, and then you hdc in the next 4 chains (that’s a total of 6 hdc), you will work 12 hdc in three sections (that’s a total of 36 hdc) and 6 in the last section, plus you will work 4 corners that are hdc, ch2, hdc – (I count this as 2 hdc per corner x 4 corners is total of 8 hdc). The math is 6+36+6+8=56. I hope that helps.

  37. Cori

    I’m not sure what I am doing wrong. For the 3-6 mo size, I cannot come up with 56 stitches for the start of the 2nd row. If the chain is 53 st, with the 1st hdc in the 3rd st, that leaves 50 st to work on. Then making each corner, I am inc by 3 st each ( 1 st = 1 hdc, 2 ch, 1 hdc). I calculate the total inc of 12 st ( 4 corners x 3 st net inc) for a total number of 62 stitches not 56. Please help! What am I missing? I love the pattern & don’t want to give up!

  38. CrochetZone

    Oh thank you! No, at the moment I don’t have any videos but maybe in the future.

  39. Linda

    is there any video tutorial for your patterns ?, i just love them so very much,!!!!

  40. CrochetZone

    Do you have 60 in Round 1? If so, then each corner will add 2 stitches (2 x 4 = 8) for a total of 68 in Round 2.

  41. CrochetZone

    You would have to increase the starting chain, and the # of stitches in each section, then add a row or two for the bodice and adjust the length of the skirt as well.

  42. Hilda

    Round 2 says I should have 68, i come out with 64…….do I count the ch2 spaces also?

  43. CrochetZone

    Glad you figured it out

  44. Melissa Calhoun

    Any recommendations on how to make this for an 18 month old? Thx.

  45. Cheryl

    Never mind. I figured out what I was doing wrong =)

  46. Cheryl

    Hi! I absolutely love this dress. I was wondering if you could help me with Rd2 though? I keep coming up with 60 not 64 stitches. But I do have 56 in Rd1 so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong? Unless I should be counting the ch2 space as well?

  47. CrochetZone

    I’m not sure what you need help with, but this is the round where the top neckline connects to form the underarm and then the skirt will be worked off of it. What you are doing in Round 7 is working the first back half, then skipping the next section so it will create a shoulder/armhole, then working the front section, skipping the next section to form the next armhole and working the final back side. Hope that helps.

  48. I do not understand R: 7 of this pattern.

  49. Hilda

    Thank you!!

  50. CrochetZone

    I’m glad it worked out.

  51. CrochetZone

    No stitch marker needed. You will join each round and then start a new one.

  52. Hilda

    Pattern says the bottom part is worked in rounds….I will need to use a stitch marker? I did not see that mentioned in materials needed.

  53. Jessica

    Never mind I figured out what I was doing wrong 🙂 it’s four total haha

  54. Jessica

    Ok Im getting confused a bit at the beginning. It says (hdc ch2 hdc) in next st *hdc next 12 sts [ hdc ch2 hdc] in next st* repeat from *to* 2 more times. Should this be a total of three ch2 spots or only 2 ch2 spots?

  55. CrochetZone

    Oh the jump to a size 8 is a big one. You could use the same basic construction concepts but you would have to start with a different number of stitches and extend the rows for the bodice too.

  56. Lona Smith

    How would I size this up to a little girl’s size 8 please? It’s exactly the style I want for my granddaughter.

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