Crochet sunflower dress for babies and toddlers

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Brighten up your little one’s wardrobe with a crochet sunflower dress. In this article, I will share a charming, free pattern for this handmade treasure that will make your baby girl look absolutely adorable. Whether you enjoy crocheting baby clothes or are looking for a unique gift, this sunflower-themed baby dress will surely catch your eye.

So scroll down for the free pattern or buy the AD-free, beautifully formatted PDF file HERE.

crochet sunflower dress children sizes

Sunflower-themed baby outfits are incredibly charming and add a touch of natural beauty to your little one’s wardrobe. The bright, cheerful sunflower design brings warmth and joy, making it perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a special photoshoot, a family outing, or a day at home, your baby girl will look adorable in a sunflower dress.

Why you will love the sunflower dress pattern

The dress’ construction is super easy, and even advanced beginners can crochet it.

The pattern is highly customizable, as I share two different methods for the upper part of the dress. Not only the constructions, but you can also choose your color palette to personalize it even more to your style.

We will join the granny squares, after that the dress is worked in rounds meaning that there is almost no sewing involved.

The dress comes in 6 sizes as follows; size 0-3 months old, 3-6 months old, 6-12 months old, 1-2 years old, 3-4 years old and 5-6 years old.

Yarn

The yarn I chose for the sunflower baby dress is 100% cotton yarn, because my baby has a sensitive skin and with the temperatures going higher and higher in the summer time the best yarn for us is 100% cotton yarn.

Of course you can crochet it with acrylic yarn too. The difference between the acrylic and the cotton yarn is that with cotton yarn the dress is a bit heavier.

For the sunflower dress I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn, which 100% Mercerized cotton in worsted weight.

Yarn substitution

When changing and substituting yarn, you should only be worried about obtaining the gauge for the granny squares. As they are the main part of the dress’s construction.

The design inspiration

I always wanted to design something for my baby girl but I never designed any wearables before the sunflower dress. That’s why I decided to start with something easier.

As you can see the upper part of the dress is made out of granny squares, which later are sewn together. This construction gave me more opportunities for the dress itself. There is a lot of room to customize the pattern for your own needs.

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Sunflower Dress’ Construction

First, we will crochet the granny squares needed. The table below provides instructions for how many granny squares are needed for each size. Then, we will crochet the skirt of the dress, and finally, we will finish the upper part of the dress and the straps. Now if you are ready let’s crochet some cute sunflower baby dresses.

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MATERIALS

  • Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton ( worsted/aran, weight 4;
    186yds/170m per skein ) in colors Lemon, Goldenrod, Coffee
    Beans and Dragonfly
  • Size US E/4 ( 3.5mm ) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS


All Passionatecrafter patterns are written in standard US crochet terms.
Ch – Chain
MC – Main color
Rep – Repeat
Rnd(s) – Round(s)
Sc – Single crochet
SS – Slip stitch
HDC – half double crochet
St(s) – Stitch(es)
** **- repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times
{} repeat the stitch sequence in the {}indicated times
PUFF – PUFF stitch ( see the special stitch explanation )
DC3TOG – work 3 double crochet stitches together
TR – treble crochet
YO – yarn over
[] repeat the stitches in the [] indicated times

PATTERN NOTES

The little model is ten months old, 74 cm and 9.6 kg. She wears size 6-12 months. See the table below for all the available sizes.

If you would like to pair the dress with a matching sunflower hat, as shown in the pictures, check the pattern HERE.

Use a smaller or bigger crochet hook size to obtain the gauge for the square.

The granny square and the dress are worked in rounds.
The initial CH 2 or CH 3 COUNTS as a stitch.

The dress is designed with 7-12.5 cm positive ease so that the child can wear it for longer as she grows up. If you prefer more fitted dress, then size down.

I used 4 different colors. Dragonfly is my primary color, and the other three colors are complementary. I tried to use all the colors, so feel free to combine them as you wish, so you have less left overs.

I crocheted the Cluster stitch part of the dress by changing color every 5th round, then worked 1 round of each color and finished the dress with the primary color. As the length is different for each size, I will not include a color scheme for each size, only for sizes 6-12 months, as shown in the pictures.

THE COLOR SCHEME OF THE DRESS


For the granny square
Rnd 1- Coffee beans
Rnd 2- Goldenrod
Rnd 3- Lemon
Rnd 4- Dragonfly
Straps, back tie and the upper part of the body is worked in Dragonfly.
The Cluster part of the dress
Rnd 1- 4- Dragonfly
Rnd 5- 8- Goldenrod
Rnd 9- 13- Lemon
Rnd 14- 17- Coffee beans
Rnd 18- Goldenrod

Rnd 19- Lemon
Rnd 20- Coffee beans
Last rounds with main color.

OVERALL PATTERN NOTES

There are two methods for crocheting the sunflower dress. You can choose one and follow the instructions. For example, Size 6-12 months uses five squares for method 1 and 6 squares for method 2. In the table below, you will find instructions for each method and the number of squares needed for each.

If you still want to crochet the dress without any ease, use two squares less. This way, it will be fitted almost the same as the child’s actual chest size. But I still prefer it to be roomier, as children, especially toddlers, need comfortable clothes when moving.

Method 1:

You can make the dress with one square less and put a chain, which we will tie on the back. She can wear it longer again, but the dress will be more fitted than method 2.

Method 2:

You can crochet the dress with squares all around, which will make the dress more roomy.

GAUGE

Each square is equal to 10 cm/ 4 inch. And 1.05 row gauge for the Cluster stitch part of the dress.

Special stitches

DC2TOG– Double Crochet Two Together – YO, Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop, ( 3 loops on the hook ), YO, pull through the first two loops, ( 2 loops on the hook ), YO, insert your hook into the next stitch, pull up a loop, ( 4 loops on the hook ), YO, pull through the first two loops, ( 3 loops on the hook ), YO, pull through all the loops.

DC3TOG– Double Crochet Three Together- YO, insert your hook into the first indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through the first two loops, ( 2 loops on the hook ), YO, insert your hook into the second indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop, Yo, pull through the first two loops, ( 3 loops on the hook ), YO, insert your hook into the last indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through the first two loops, ( 4 loops on the hook ), YO, pull through all four loops.

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PUFF stitch– YO, and insert your hook into the indicated stitch/space, YO again and pull up a long loop ( 3 loops on the hook), * YO and insert your hook into the same stitch/ same, YO again and pull up a long loop * rep one more time. You should now have 7 loops on the hook, YO and pull through all 7 loops.

Cluster stitch– The cluster stitch is made out of 3 double crochet stitches worked in the same indicated stitch or space.


Size table

The table below contains all the necessary information, such as the number of skeins needed for each size, the number of granny squares required for each method, and the size table itself, with the positive ease included.

Size by
age
Dress
length
Actual chest
size
Finished
chest size
Yarn
quantity
Granny square
method 1
Granny square
method 2
0-3 months11 inch/
28 cm
16 inch/
40.5 cm
19.5 inch/
50 cm
2 skeinsMake 4
squares
Make 5
squares
3-6 months12 inch/
31 cm
17 inch/
43 cm
19.5 inch/
50 cm
2 skeinsMake 4
squares
Make 5
squares
6-12 months15 inch/
38 cm
18 inch/
45.5 cm
23.5 inch/
60 cm
3 skeinsMake 5
squares
Make 6
squares
1-2 years old18 inch/
46 cm
21 inch/
53 cm
23.5 inch/
60 cm
3 skeinsMake 5
squares
Make 6
squares
3-4 years old21 inch/
54 cm
23 inch/
58.5 cm
27.5 inch/
70 cm
4 skeinsMake 6
squares
Make 7
squares
5-6 years old23 inch/
59 cm
25 inch/
63.5 cm
27.5 inch/
70 cm
4 skeinsMake 6
squares
Make 7
squares
Size table for crochet sunflower dress

Sunflower granny square for all the sizes

start with color A

Rnd1: Start with a MR, CH 2, DC into the ring, *CH 1, DC2TOG *rep from * to * 6 more times, CH 1, SS to join. (8 clusters)

In rounds 2-3 we will work in the chain spaces only.

switch to color B

Rnd2: SS into the first ch-sp, CH3, 1 DC, CH 1, PUFF all in same ch-sp, *CH 1,1 PUFF, CH 1, 1 PUFF * rep from * to * 6 more times, CH 1, SS to join. ( 16 PUFF sts in total- 2 puff sts per each ch- space ).

switch to color C

Rnd3: SS in first ch-sp, CH 3, DC2TOG in same space, CH 2, *DC3TOG in next ch-sp, CH 2* rep from * to *14 more times, SS to join.(16 dc3tog in total)

switch to main color yarn

Rnd4: SS in first ch-sp, CH 1, 2 DC in same space, * 3 DC in next ch-sp * rep 1 more time, ( 3 TR, CH 2, 3 TR all in next ch-sp ( corner ), [ * 3 DC in next ch-sp * rep 2 more times, 3 TR, CH 2, 3 TR all in next ch-sp ] rep 2 more times, SS to join. Fasten off.

How to join granny squares

After you choose the method to follow, join your squares vertically.

I used the zigzag joining method to join the squares. You can use whatever joining method suits you. HERE is a video tutorial for the zigzag joining method I used.

Remember to use a joining method that is not too bulky at the wrong side of the squares, as this can be uncomfortable for the children.

Continue on the dress’ skirt

Method 1: FOR ALL THE SIZES

Place the squares with the right side facing you. Insert your hook into the corner space of the right square, CH 17 and SS in the corner of the left square. See picture below.

For round 1 of the skirt we will work around the bottom part of the squares and than we will chain some stitches to connect both sides. When you work the stitches around the squares, work them in between the cluster stitches. As we don’t have ch-1 spaces in round 4 of the square.

Rnd1: CH 3, 2 DC in same space, CH 1, 3 DC in same sp, * CH 1, 3 DC in next sp, * rep 1 more time, [( CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC all in next sp ), CH 1, 3 DC in next sp, * rep 1 more time,] rep till the last 17 chains, than * CH 1, SKIP 2 chs, 3 DC in next ch * rep till the last two chains, CH 1, SKIP the last 2 chs and join with SS on top of first st.

Rnd2: SS in next 2 sts, SS in next ch-sp, CH 3, 2 DC in same ch-sp, CH 1, * 3 DC in next ch-sp, CH 1 * rep till the end of the round, SS on top of first st.

Rep round 2, 10 more times for size 0-3 months, 12 more times for 3-6 months, 18 more times for size 6-12 months, 26 more times for size 1-2 years, 34 more times for size 3-4 years, 38 more times for size 5-6 years.

Method 2: FOR ALL THE SIZES

For round 1 of the skirt we will work around the bottom part of the squares. When you work the stitches around the squares, work them in between the cluster stitches. As we don’t have ch-1 spaces in round 4 of the square.

Rnd1: Insert your hook into one of the ch-sp, CH 3, 2 DC in same space, ch1, 3 DC in same sp, * CH 1, 3 DC in next sp, * rep 1 more time, [( CH 1, 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC all in next sp ), CH 1, 3 DC in next sp, * rep 1 more time,] rep till the end of the round, join with SS on top of first st.

Rnd2: SS in next 2 sts, SS in next ch-sp, CH 3, 2 DC in same ch-sp, CH 1, * 3 DC in next ch-sp, CH 1 * rep till the end of the round, SS on top of first st.

Rep round 2, 10 more times for size 0-3 months, 12 more times for 3-6 months, 18 more times for size 6-12 months, 26 more times for size 1-2 years, 34 more times for size 3-4 years, 38 more times for size 5-6 years.

LAST 2 ROUNDS OF THE DRESS FOR ALL THE SIZES

CH 1, 1 SC in each st and each ch-sp, SS on top of first st Next round, CH 1, 1 SC in each st around. Repeat one more time and fasten off.

Upper part of the dress for all the sizes

Special stitch

PICOT STITCH- CH3, SS in third ch from the hook.

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Method 1

If you are going follow method 1 you will work this part back and forth in rows.

Row 1: With right side facing you, Insert your hook into the corner sp of the first granny square, CH 1, 1 SC in same sp, 1 SC in each st and each ch-sp till the end of the row, turn.

Row2: CH 1, 1 SC in each st across, turn

Row3: CH1, 1 * SC in next 3 sts, 1 PICOT * rep till the end. If you have any stitches left, work 1 SC in each st.

Method 2

Rnd1: With right side facing you, insert your hook in any of the ch-sp of the joined granny squares at the back side of the dress, CH 1, 1 SC in each st and each ch-sp all around, join with SS on top of first st.

Rnd2: CH 1, 1 SC in each st around, SS on top of first st.

Rnd3: CH1, 1 * SC in next 3 sts, 1 PICOT * rep till the end. If you have any stitches left, work 1 SC in each st.

Straps:

CH 100 for size 0-3 months, 120 for 3-6 months, 130 for 6-12 months, 150 for 1-2 years, 150 for 3-4 years, 160 for 5-6 years, than SS in each st across. Repeat the same for the other stripe and if you will follow instructions for method 1 than repeat it for the back tie of the dress.

How to tie the chain at the back of the dress and how to add the straps to the dress for all the sizes

Insert the straps from the front side to the backside at the upper part of the dress and tie them to be double-layered and adjustable if needed. I placed each strap on top of the joined squares

For the tie at the back side of the dress, start inserting both ends of the chain at both sides of the upper body in any part of the sc row. Use a crochet hook. I find it easier.

Then, continue inserting the chain in the chain space between the cluster stitches of the granny squares and, in the end, insert it in the ch-sp of the first round of the cluster part of the dress. See the pictures below.

How to insert I back tie to a crochet dress for babies

And this is it. Your sunflower dress is ready! Happy crocheting!

If you would like to change the granny squares with different ones, to make another dress. Here are some granny square patterns to check.

  1. Sunburst granny squares.
  2. Classic granny square.
  3. Unusual granny square for advanced crocheters.
  4. 3D flower granny square for floral motifs lovers.

More crochet easy stitches

How to crochet Judith stitch.

How to crochet single crochet.

How to crochet modified single crochet stitch.

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