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Meadow Cardigan Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)

by - March 16, 2020


Dear fellow crocheters,

I'm thrilled to share my newest crochet pattern with you: the Meadow Cardigan Dress!

This sweet, little dress is is a lovely addition to any baby girl’s wardrobe.  It is perfect for the Spring and Summer seasons!

You can keep it as an open-flap cardi, or add buttons if you'd prefer!  With buttons, this can be worn as a short-sleeved cardigan with the opening in the front, or the other way around with the buttoned opening in the back as a dress.  Whichever way it's worn, it is guaranteed to be super cute!


This particular design features a beautiful, lacy pattern with a sweet and simple trim bordering the main color.  It is so much fun, easy to crochet with basic double crochet and chain stitches, yet yields a fancy-looking result!


I must also mention how much I loved working with this beautiful yarn, too! This is LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo Yarn, in the colors 'Snapdragon' and 'Magnolia'.


I previously tried out the 'Cherry Blossom' pink on my Rose Finch Capelet (Free Pattern) and loved it so much, that I knew I had to make more projects using this soft and durable Cotton Bamboo yarn!  This was definitely the perfect yarn for this sweet, little project.  I used one full skein of Snapdragon (green), and a partial skein of the Magnolia.


Anyhow, this is a relatively quick and easy pattern to work up, and it's done completely in one piece (no sewing)!  You’ll have fun crocheting this special handmade gift for your little one, or as a sentimental and heartfelt newborn baby shower gift for an expecting mom.  It will surely be treasured for years to come~


If you like this design of mine, you can check out my other clothing designs, or click here to see all the free patterns I have on my blog!


You can also PIN it for later!

Scroll down for the free, written pattern instructions.  If you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!


Printable ad-free PDF pattern with photo references




MEADOW CARDIGAN DRESS

Free Crochet Pattern


Copyright Notice -- © 2020 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SweetSofties). No wholesale. You may not copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.


Introduction:
The Meadow Cardigan Dress is a lovely addition to any baby girl’s wardrobe. It is perfect for the Spring and Summer seasons. It can be worn as a short-sleeve cardigan sweater with the opening in the front, or the other way with the buttoned opening in the back as a dress. This particular design features a beautiful, lacy pattern with a sweet and simple trim bordering the main color. As a relatively quick and easy pattern to work up, you’ll have fun crocheting this special handmade gift for your little one, or as a sentimental and heartfelt newborn baby shower gift for an expecting mom! It will surely be treasured for years to come!

The PDF pattern file includes instructions to guide you through the entire cardigan dress-making process and includes numerous photo references and clear, written instructions.

Finished Measurement: 
  • Fits newborn and 0-3 months.
  • Bust circumference: 13” (33 cm).
    Length (shoulder to bottom edge): 12” (30.5 cm)

Level: 
  • ★★☆☆☆  Easy / Beginner 
  • Requires stitches used (below), attaching yarn, and changing colors.

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • MR: magic ring
  • Ch: chain
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Sk: skip
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Inc: increase
  • Hdc: half dc
  • Hdc-inc: 2hdc in same st
  • Fhdc: foundation hdc
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Dc-inc: 2 dc in same st

Materials:


~ CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS ~


Important Notes (Read before beginning!)
  • Visual references are available in the PDF pattern.
  • The starting chains are not part of the stitch count. When making your first stitch (whether it’s a hdc or dc), insert it into the same stitch as the starting chain. 
  • This design is worked flat in turned rows. You will not be joining to work in the round. 

COLLAR
Start with the main color yarn (Snapdragon Green).
R1: Fhdc 54.  (Note: Fhdc stitch tutorial is available here: https://youtu.be/ABpvMufusUA)
R2: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 5, hdc-inc) x 9. (63 sts)
R3: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 6, inc) x 9. (72 sts)
R4: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 7, inc) x 9. (81 sts)
R5: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 8, inc) x 9. (90 sts)
Without fastening off, continue with the first front panel.

FRONT PANEL #1
Continue with the main color yarn (Snapdragon Green).
R1: Ch 2, turn. Hdc 15. (15 sts)
R2: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 4, inc) x 3. (18 sts)
R3: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 5, inc) x 3. (21 sts)
R4: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 6, inc) x 3. (24 sts)
Fasten off.

BACK PANEL
Continue with the main color yarn (Snapdragon Green).
R1: Count 15 sts from the front panel. Insert hook in 16th st and ch 2. Hdc 30. (30 sts)
R2: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 4, inc) x 6. (36 sts)
R3: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 5, inc) x 6. (42 sts)
R4: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 6, inc) x 6. (48 sts)
Fasten off.
FRONT PANEL #2
Continue with the main color yarn (Snapdragon Green).
R1: Count 15 sts from the front panel. Insert hook in 16th st and ch 2. Hdc 15. (15 sts)
R2: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 4, inc) x 3. (18 sts)
R3: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 5, inc) x 3. (21 sts)
R4: Ch 2, turn. (Hdc 6, inc) x 3. (24 sts)
Fasten off.

BODY
Continue with the main color yarn (Snapdragon Green).
Note: Shell stitch: (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) all in one stitch.
R1: Attach yarn to where you fastened off at in Front Panel #1.
      Ch 2, hdc around in each of the sts in R4 of the front and back panels. (96 sts)
R2: Ch 3, turn. Dc. (sk next 2 sts, insert shell) across. Dc-inc in last st.
R3-R11: Ch 3, turn. Dc. (Insert a shell in each shell) across. Dc-inc in last st.
Fasten off.

BORDER LACING
Use the contrast color yarn (Magnolia Beige).
1.     Attach yarn to the beginning of R11 in the ‘Body’ section.  Repeat R3 in the ‘Body’ section.  However, instead of dc-inc in last stitch, you will: (dc, ch 3, sl st) in last st. 
2.     Without fastening off, insert sc across the front flap of the dress, the top edge of the collar, and down the second front flap of the dress.  Sl st when you reach the end.
3.     Repeat steps #1 and #2.  Then, fasten off.
4.     Attach yarn to the sleeves portion and sc across the sleeve.  At the end, ch 1, turn, and sc back to the beginning.  Fasten off and repeat on the other side.

~ FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS ~

Note: For these button straps, use a 2.75mm hook and the contrast yarn color.
  1. Decide where you want the strap. Attach yarn. Ch 10 (or length to suit your button). Sl st to same st. Fasten off and weave in the ends. 
  2. Repeat step #1 for the number of buttons you'll attach. 
  3. Sew buttons to the other side. 
  4. Loop the straps over the buttons, and you are done!


Congrats on finishing the Meadow Cardigan Dress!




If you enjoyed this free project, you can make a donation to support my work!  Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go directly towards the yarn and supplies I use to keep creating new designs!

Also, if you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!





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2 comments

  1. Your works are so easy to make
    Thumbs up sis... God bless you 😉🙂🙂☺️🙂
    From Nigeria

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it; thank you for the kind feedback! So awesome to know I have a reader from Nigeria too!! Greetings from the Pacific Northwest in the USA! :)

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