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Lemon Drop Dress

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The Lemon Drop Dress is a free, easy crochet pattern for a toddler's dress. It can be worn as a cute dress or jumper and features crochet stitches that look like flowers.

Lemon Drop Dress

Materials:

  • One size US H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • NaturallyCaron.com Spa (75% Microdenier Acrylic/25% Bamboo): Shown in: #0004 Green Sheen (A), 3 1/2 (4, 5) oz, #0003 Soft Sunshine (B), 2 (2 1/2, 3) oz
  • Pattern
     

Lemon Drop Dress 2  Lemon Drop Dress 3

Lemon Drop Dress 4  Lemon Drop Dress 5


SIZES
3–6 months (12–18 months, T2–T4)
Note: Model is size 12–18 months

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 18 (22, 25 1/2)"/45.5 (56, 65) cm
Length: 16 (17, 18)"/40.5 (43, 45.5) cm

GAUGE
In Trellis Stitch, using US H/8 (5 mm) hook, 22 sts and 17 rows = 4"/10 cm.
In Floral Bodice pattern, using US H/8 (5 mm) hook, 7 pattern repeats = 13"/33 cm and 6 rows = 4"/10 cm

ABBREVIATIONS
Right side (RS)
Wrong side (WS)

STITCHES USED
chain (ch), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (slip st), treble crochet (tr)

SPECIAL TERMS

Beginning petal (begPetal): Yarn over twice, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over twice, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Petal: Yarn over twice, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; *yarn over twice, insert hook in same st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; repeat from * once more; yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Open petal: Work as for petal to last yarn over, do not work final yarn over (3 additional loops remain on hook).

Open beginning petal (begPetal): Work as for begPetal to last yarn over, do not work final yarn over (2 additional loops remain on hook).

Treble crochet 2 sts together (tr2tog): Yarn over twice, insert hook in indicated st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over twice, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

PATTERN STITCHES

Trellis Stitch Pattern (multiple of 4 sts + 3)
Row 1: Ch 1, sl st in first st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, sl st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * across, turn.
   Repeat Row 1 for Trellis Stitch Pattern.

Floral Bodice Pattern (multiple of 10 sts + 1)
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 3, skip next 4 sts; (petal, ch 7, petal) in next st, ch 3, skip next 4 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * across, turn.
Row 2 (lower 4 petals): Ch 8, *begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space, ch 4**, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook (3 loops remain on hook); open petal in first ch of next ch-3 (6 loops remain on hook); open petal in last ch of next ch-3 (9 loops remain on hook); yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4; repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, tr in last sc, turn.
Row 3 (upper 2 petals): Ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook; ch 3, sc in next sc (between next 2 petals), ch 3, *(petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3; repeat from * across, petal in tip of last petal), turn.
Row 4: Ch 7, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook, *open petal in first ch of next ch-3 (6 loops remain on hook); open petal in last ch of next ch-3 (9 loops remain on hook); yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook**, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space, ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook (3 loops remain on hook); repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, dc in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, *sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3; repeat from * across, sc in tip of last petal, turn.
   Repeat Rows 2–5 for Floral Bodice Pattern.

NOTE
When instructed to work in the fourth ch from hook, work in the back bar of the chain for best effect.

 

Instructions:

FRONT

Beginning at hemline, with A, ch 72 (84, 92).

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—71 (83, 91) sc.

Work in Trellis Stitch Pattern until piece measures 1"/2.5 cm from beginning. Fasten off.

Floral Band
Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, join B with sl st in first st; ch 7, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook (3 loops remain on hook), skip next 2 (3, 2) sts, open petal in next st (6 loops remain on hook), skip next 3 sts, open petal in next st (9 loops remain on hook), yarn over and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, *skip next 2 sts, tr in next st, ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook (3 loops remain on hook), skip next 2 sts, open petal in next st (6 loops remain on hook), skip next 3 sts, open petal in next st (9 loops remain on hook), yarn over and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook; repeat from *, ending last repeat with skip next 2 (3, 2) sts, tr in last st—7 (8, 9) pattern repeats.
Row 2: Ch 6 (7, 6), turn; (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4-petal group, *ch 2, tr in next tr, ch 2, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4-petal group; repeat from * across, ending with ch 2 (3, 2), tr in tip of last petal, turn. Fasten off.

Shape Sides
Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, join A with sc in first st; 2 (3, 2) sc in first ch-space, *sc in next st, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next st, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in next tr, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from * across, ending with sc in next st, 3 sc in last ch-3 space, sc in next sc, 2 (3, 2) in last ch-space, sc in fourth ch of turning ch, turn—71 (83, 91) sts.
Rows 2 and 3: Work in Trellis Stitch pattern.
Note: In the following rows, each ch, slip st, and hdc count as a stitch.
Row 4 (decrease row): Ch 1, sc in first st, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, skip next st, sc in last st, turn—69 (81, 89) sts.
 Rows 5 and 6: Ch 1, sc in first st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn.
Row 7 (decrease row): Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, *slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, skip next st, sc in last st, turn—67 (79, 87) sts.
Rows 8 and 9: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, *slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st; repeat form * across, ending with sc in last st, turn.
Row 10 (decrease row): Ch 1, sc in first st, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, skip next st, sc in last st, turn—65 (77, 85) sts.
Rows 11 and 12: Ch 1, sc in first st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * across to last st, sc in last st, turn.
Row 13 (decrease row): Ch 1, skip first st, slip st in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in last st, turn—63 (75, 83) sts.
Rows 14 and 15: Ch 1, sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, skip next st, slip st in next st, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st; repeat from * across, turn.
Rows 16–27: Repeat Rows 4–15—55 (67, 75) sts.
Rows 28–33 (28–36, 28–33): Repeat Rows 4–9 (4–12, 4–9)—51 (61, 71) sts.
    Repeat last row until piece measures 11 1/2 (12, 12 1/2)"/29 (30.5, 32) cm from beginning.
    Fasten off.

Floral Bodice
Join B with slip st in first st.
Rows 1–4: Work Floral Bodice Pattern for 4 rows—5 (6, 7) repeats.
 
Shape Neck and First Shoulder
Size 12–18 months only:
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, petal in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 1, slip st down side of petal just made; work 7 sc evenly spaced across next 2 petals; (slip st, ch 3, begPetal) in center of next 4 lower petals, [ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals] twice, dc in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 6: Ch 7, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space; ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook; open petal in first ch of next ch-3; open petal in last ch of next ch-3; yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space; ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook; open petal in first ch of next ch-3, yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook, tr in last ch of next ch-3; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, slip st to first sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, petal in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 4, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next petal, sc in next ch-3 space, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—11 sc.
Rows 10 and 11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
    Fasten off.

Sizes 3–6 months (T2–T4) only:
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, [ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals] 1 (2) times, ch 3, sc in next sc; work 7 sc evenly spaced across next 2 petals (center flower) to next sc; sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, [ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 7, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals] 1 (2) times, dc in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 6: Ch 7, *begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space; ch 4, open begPetal in fourth ch from hook; open petal in first ch of next ch-3; open petal in last ch of next ch-3; yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4; repeat from * 0 (1) more time(s), begPetal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 7: Ch 3 (7), *(petal, ch 3 (7), petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3; repeat from * 0 (1) more time(s), petal in top of turning ch, turn.

Size 3–6 months only:
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 4, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in top of last petal, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—10 sc. Fasten off.

Size T2–T4 only:
Row 8: Ch 7, *open begPetal in fourth ch from hook, open Petal in first ch of next ch-3; open petal in last ch of next ch-3; yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook, ch 4, beg Petal in fourth ch from hook, sc in fourth ch of next ch-7 space**, ch 4; repeat from * to **, turn.
Row 9: Ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, dc in tip of last petal, turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, skip next petal, ch 4, sc in next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next petal, turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—14 sc. Fasten off.

Shape Neck and Second Shoulder
 Join B with slip st in first sc at unworked end of Row 5. Repeat Rows 6–9 (6–11, 6–11) to shape neck and second shoulder.

BACK

Work as for Front to Floral Bodice.
Work Floral Bodice Pattern for 6 (6, 8) rows—5 (6, 7) repeats.

Shape Neck and First Shoulder
Size 3–6 months only:
Row 7: Ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, tr2tog over next sc and center of next 4 lower petals; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, skip next petal, ch 4, sc in top of last petal, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—10 sc. Fasten off.

Size 12–18 months only:
Row 7: Ch 4, begPetal in fourth ch from hook, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, tr2tog over next sc and center of next lower 4 petals; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in top of next petal, ch 4, sc in top of last petal, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—11 sc.
Rows 10 and 11: Sc in each sc across, turn.
     Fasten off.

Size T2–T4 only:
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, (petal, ch 3, petal) in center of next 4 lower petals, dc in tip of next petal; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in top of next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, skip next petal, ch 4, sc in next petal, 3 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in last petal, turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn—14 sc.
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off.

Shape Neck and Second Shoulder
Join B with slip st in first st at unworked end of Row 6 (6, 8). Repeat Rows 7–9 (7–11, 9–12) for neck and second shoulder. Fasten off.

FINISHING

With right sides together, sew shoulder seams. Sew side seams, from lower edge to lower edge of floral bodice. Turn dress right side out and block lightly.

Neck and Armhole Trim
Work sc trim around neck, and both armholes as follows: With RS facing, join B with sc in seam, work sc evenly spaced around edge; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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Lovely dress-Similar pattern or changes for size 6/8 please?

Hi there, You can use a similar pattern, just adjust the stitches. Thanks!

This adoreable. I wanted to Pin it on my Pinterest Crochet Board but,the link is broken:(

Just lovely.. and makes a great adult dress/tunic.... easy to calculate to larger sizes if u have some crocheting experience. Could also just crochet the floral bodice (upper part) and attach to matching/contrasting fabric for a cute little dress/tunic. Great pattern, thanks for publishing here.

This is so cute, I would definitely make it and add a sun hat and a bucket purse. Would you happen to have patterns to suit this sundress in a hat and/or purse?

Beautiful pattern and easy to follow. I will be contacting the author for other sizes.

This is my first attempt at an actual garment so I'm hoping I can get some help on this...I'm getting the beginning stitches figured out but, am I right in that there will only be one side seam to sew up? the directions say sides...and will both sides be shaped? thanks!

Love this -I have three granddaughters that I would like to make this for them!!

verry sweet

@loriwhite 0321853, Please contact the original designer of this pattern for additional sizing information; her name is in the byline. Thanks, --Editor of FaveCrafts

could you send me this pattern in sizes 5-6 thanks

@seg 8634171, We are glad you like this pattern! The designer only submitted sizes for 3-6 mos, 12-18 mos, and T2-T4. For additional sizing information, we suggest you try contacting the original designer; her name is in the byline. Thanks, --Editor of FaveCrafts

I just loved this pattern - could i have the measurements ito crochet this for a 13 year old?

Mom2mars........did you finally figure out the "trellis stitch" pattern.....they give you the pattern further down the page of the whole pattern.

what is "trellis stitch"

"Repeat rows 4-15" means that you will repeat rows 4 through 15 (rows 4, 5, 6, 7, ...15 NOT 4, 15, 4, 15.) So...to get to row 27, you will do rows 1 through 15, then rows 4 through 15...27 rows. Hope this helps...good luck and best wishes. Your grandchildren will love these. Good grandma!!!

I am to row 16-27 and I am having trouble with the instructions. I think that I am reading it correctly when it says Repeat Rows 4-15. It means that I need to crochet row 4 again, then crochet row 15 and go back and forth between the two rows til I have finished the 27th row. But as I am crocheting between the two rows, I am finding that the directions don't work out to keep the same pattern going. It seems to be off-set. What am I doing wrong? Please help me to complete this dress for I am planning on doing three of them for my grand kids.

I'm not making this but I thought it was cute and got interested. I believe "Work Floral Bodice Pattern for 4 rows5 (6, 7) repeats" means "work the floral bodice pattern for 4 rows, and repeat (do this 4 row work): 5 times for size 36 months, 6 times for size 1218 months, or 7 times for T2T4.

I, too, am having trouble with the floral bodice part. I am at a stand still because I have tried to do the floral bodice several different ways and nothing is working. Specifically, I can do the floral bodice pattern, I just don't understand where it says: 2.Rows 14: Work Floral Bodice Pattern for 4 rows5 (6, 7) repeats. What does -5(6,7) repeats mean? And if the picture is for the 12-18 size, the pattern is not matching up. I am doing the pattern for that size and the floral bodice pattern doesn't have the same amount of rows as the picture. Please clarify this part.

Did you ever get an answer on this? I'm at the same spot and can't figure it out. If I repeat the pattern even once, there's too many rows compared to the picture.

Your instructions for making the floral border and bodice are difficult to understand. Can you please HELP by sending specific instructions and pictures on how to make this floral design ?

How would I alter this Lemon Drop Dress pattern to fit a five year old girl who currently wears size 6 dresses. She's tall for her age. Thank you.

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