How to Crochet the Summer Breeze Dress

Probably my favorite thing to wear during the summer is sundresses! There is something so fun about wearing a flowing dress that keeps you cool and looks so cute. If you love dresses, then the Summer Breeze Dress is your new favorite dress to crochet! This modern and chic crochet dress pattern is a beautiful dress that is perfect for summer. Made using cotton yarn, simple stitches, and crocheted in one piece, this dress is a fun crochet sundress pattern. It’s also an easy crochet dress pattern for beginners, since it is made in one piece, so there is no seaming at all! This pattern will walk you all through how to crochet this great summer dress!

My Inspiration

Originally I created this dress to wear to Our Maker Life 2019, to impress Lion Brand Yarn. It’s my dream to be able to work with their company, and this dress was my big effort to create something that they would love. I also wanted to share it as a part of The Hook Nook Life Blog’s Summer Maker Call, and that’s originally where this pattern was published! This dress is filled with my love of wearing dresses, and those fun summer dresses that you get to wear in the summer.

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Dress Construction

Whenever I make garments, I’m all about the no seaming made in one piece crochet patterns. My first crochet garment that I made was a crochet raglan dress, where I didn’t have to sew one thing. It made me fall in love with crocheting my own clothes, so I love creating the same type of garments. This crochet dress pattern is made in one piece, and is made using simple techniques so that it is a great beginner friendly dress. No matter what your skill level is, you can totally make this dress! It also comes in sizes XS-3X, including everything ranging from small to plus sizes.

The Yarn

As I designed this dress, I wanted to use a cotton yarn to make a lightweight garment that I could wear during the warm months. To make this dress, I used one of my new favorite cotton yarns, Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton. This yarn is a 100% mercerized cotton worsted weight yarn, which gives it a silky smooth feel and beautiful drape for summer garments. It comes in a wide range of bright and neutral summer colors. There’s a reason so many designers love it! It was the perfect yarn for this dress! The yarn created amazing stitch definition in the neckline with the horizontal puff stitches, and made the fabric have an open and airy feel to it. If this yarn isn’t your thing, a lightweight cotton worsted weight yarn like Lion Brand 24/7 cotton or your other favorite cotton yarn like Lion Brand ZZ Twist or Lion Brand Jeans would work. However, if you want to make this dress for colder months, you can use any worsted weight yarn to make this.

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Skill Level:

Intermediate

Supplies:

Stitches Used:

  • St = Stitch (s)
  • R = Row
  • Ch = chain
  • Sk = skip
  • dc = double 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, yarn over around post of dc* repeat 2 more times, then yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Check out my Horizontal Puff Stitch tutorial if you’ve never done it before.

Gauge:

4”x 4” square (using double crochets) = 14 st x 9 rows

Measurements:

– XS = 28″ – XL = 44″

– S = 32″    – 2X = 48″

– M = 36″   – 3X = 52″

– L = 40″

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, just follow the addition instructions in the 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 stitches used list
  • Pattern is worked in one pieces
  • -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 the first number in parentheses being S and so forth.

Summer Breeze Dress Crochet Pattern:

Neckline:

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 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 round [52, 56, 60, 64, 64, 64, 68 horizontal puff stitches]

(For rows after horizontal puff stitch rows, place stitches on 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 round [88, 96, 116, 128, 136, 152, 164]

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 round [88, 96, 116, 128, 136, 152, 164]

Note: 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.

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 round[88, 96, 116, 128, 136, 152, 164]

Rnd 25 (25, 29, 32, 34, 37, 39): 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 round [88, 96, 112, 128, 136, 152, 160]

Switch to secondary color

Rnd 26 (26, 30, 33, 35, 38, 40): 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 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 rnd [48, 52, 60, 68, 72, 80, 84 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 28 (28, 32, 35, 37, 40, 42): ch 2, *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 rnd [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, sk 1, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [52, 56, 64, 72, 76, 84, 88 horizontal puff stitches]

Rnd 30 (30, 34, 37, 39, 42, 44): *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 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 ch 2 at beginning of rnd [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, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round [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.

Rnd 32-51 (32-51, 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]

Switch to secondary color

Rnd 52 (52, 57, 60, 62, 65, 67): sc 1, hdc 1, dc 1, dc to 2nd to last st, hdc 1, sc 1, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Rnd 53 (53, 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 beginning of round [60, 64, 72, 80, 84, 92, 96]

Rnd 54 (54, 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 round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Switch to main color

Rnd 54-58 (54-58, 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 round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Switch to secondary color

Rnd 59 (59, 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 round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

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

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 beginning of round [60, 64, 72, 80, 84, 92, 96]

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 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 beginning of round [60, 64, 72, 80, 84, 92, 96]

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 round [120, 128, 144, 160, 168, 184, 192]

Now you’re all done with your very own Summer Breeze dress! I hope you love your brand new dress! If you make this dress, be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook using the tag @eclairemakery. I’d love to share the dress you made! I’m so excited to see what you make!

Happy stitching,

~Claire

 

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