Crochet dresses have never been more popular—or more stylish. Today, you can find a beautiful pattern for every occasion, from lacy summer maxi dresses to cozy sweater dresses.
In this collection of free crochet dress patterns, we’ve curated projects at every skill level, from beginner to advanced. This can be the season you make your own beautiful dress!
Crochet Dress Styles
There’s no such thing as a standard crochet dress. In this collection, you’ll find beach coverups and sundresses for summer, long sleeve dresses for winter, and plenty of gorgeous lace dresses for all the times in between.
From halter top styles to full-length maxi dresses, there are patterns to suit every body type. We’ve even included a beautiful white crochet wedding dress that crafty brides will love.
Why you’ll love crocheting a dress!
Can I Crochet a Dress?
To a beginner crocheter, making a dress may sound intimidating. However, quite a few free patterns below are made from basic stitches and simple shapes.
If your goal is to find an easy crochet dress pattern, look for projects that:
- Call for a category 3 weight yarn or thicker, so it doesn’t take forever to see progress.
- Work from the top down so you can try the dress on and check the fit as you go.
- Include photo or video tutorials. Most crochet concepts are quite approachable with the right help. A step-by-step dress tutorial will help increase your confidence.
Best Yarn for Dresses
Drape is everything when it comes to a flattering dress. Each pattern will give specifics on what weight yarn to use. As a rule of thumb, lighter yarns will drape better. Heavier yarns will have less movement.
Fiber type will also affect your project's drape, feel, and finish. Bamboo, viscose, and certain cotton or acrylic blends lend themselves to crochet dresses.
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Free Crochet Dress Patterns
These projects are wearable and on-trend, from lace and delicate details to easy patterns made with simple stitches. Many of these patterns include plus sizes too. Good luck choosing just one dress to crochet from this list!
Everyday Dresses With Stylish Details
Boho Summer Dress
Cute Short Sleeve Dress with Plus Sizes
Made with the crab stitch (reverse single crochet), you can lengthen the skirt by simply adding extra rounds. Available in sizes S-5XL.
Flowy Lace Sundress
Fit and Flare Vintage Dress
Short-Sleeved Strawberry Dress
V-Neck Bodice With Lace Skirt
Loose-Fitting Dress With Tassels
Tank Top Dresses
Crochet tops and tanks are classic warm-weather garments. Crocheting a sleeveless dress is often as easy as making an extended tank top.
Flared Mini Dress
Textured A-Line Dress
Beginner-Friendly Beach Cover-Up
Simple Tank Top Dress
Body-Con Dress Patterns
You can always count on the body-con dress to create a striking silhouette. No wonder crocheters have designed their own versions of this modern classic!
Crochet Mini Dress
Fringed Crochet Beach Dress
Flirty Halter Dress
Elegant Slinky Dress with Plus Sizes
Chic Crochet Dress
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Midi and Maxi Dress Patterns
This timeless style may sound like a lot of work, but often it’s just a matter of crocheting a few more rows on the skirt. Here, we’ve found a maxi dress for every mood and season.
Sleeveless Long Dress
Beach Cover Up
Plus Size White Crochet Wedding Dress
With a wrap bodice, customizable skirt length, and shawl effect around the sleeves, it’s suitable for intermediate crochet skills and available for sizes XL-5XL.
Airy Front Split Maxi
Maxi Evening Dress
Sweater Dress Patterns
Prepare for chilly fall and winter days by crocheting a cozy sweater dress. Wear it on its own, or layer it with an oversized cardigan.
Cold Shoulder Balloon Sleeve Dress
Puff Sleeve Sweater Dress
Ribbed Crochet Winter Cocoon
Fair Isle Style Crochet Dress
Granny Square Dresses
Granny squares are one of the first things many crocheters learn to make, and they are extremely versatile. Turn them into a seamless cardigan, a throw blanket, a granny square bucket hat, and now dresses!
See more projects to make with granny squares.
Flowing Granny Square V-Neck
Granny Square Body-Con Dress
Granny Square Dress Pattern
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Crochet Dresses for Babies + Children
If an adult dress is too large of a project, try a smaller pattern for one of the little girls in your life.
Sweater Dress with Bobble Stitches
Child’s Lace Dress
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Supplies and Materials
In addition to the yarn considerations mentioned above, a few additional supplies are essential when crocheting clothing.
Measuring Tape and Other Notions
While you can get away with not measuring for blanket projects, have a flexible tape measure available when choosing a crochet dress pattern size. Brush up on how to measure yourself to compare your measurements to each pattern size and select the best fit for your body.
Other notions you’ll want handy include scissors, a tapestry needle, and stitch markers.
With dress patterns, ensuring you meet the pattern gauge is essential because you want your dress to fit. You may need to adjust your hook size to do this, so having a set with various hook sizes can be helpful.
Steamer, Blocking Board, and T-Pins
Blocking your finished project will ensure the stitches look as crisp and tidy as possible and drape well together. You can use an iron with steam functionality instead of a steamer in a pinch.
Take it slow, and be careful not to touch any heated surface to the yarn if using a manmade fiber like acrylic. The heat can melt the yarn.
Common Questions About Making Dresses
Yes! Crochet dresses have appeared recently in fashion designers’ collections, and the trend has been covered in Vogue. High street fashion brands have also picked it up. Crocheters have found their wardrobe is more fashionable than they realized.
Altering a dress pattern is often quite simple. You can work out how to resize pieces for a perfect fit by checking your gauge. You can also extend the life of a child’s dress by adding length to the sleeves and hem.
Other alterations to a finished dress are more difficult. When you cut crocheted fabric, the stitches can unravel. Reusing the yarn to make a new dress may be less fiddly and more fun.
Find Your Next Free Pattern
You'll love our crochet sweater and cardigan patterns. Check out our favorite tunics, tanks, and crop tops if you'd prefer a quicker project.
Learn a New Skill
When you're ready to master a new skill, check out our detailed guides that include everything you need to know to level up your crochet game.
- How to Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet for Beginners - with video tutorials to get you started
- How to Crochet a Beginner Hat - make an entire beanie in 1.5 hours!
- How to Crochet Amigurumi for Beginners - the ultimate guide to making your own toys and plushies
- How to Tunisian Crochet - learn with this video and a standard hook
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Beth A McMichen says
I just did my gauge swatch for the idlewild child's pattern. I used a g hook. I have always struggled with understanding the gauge swatch. so, please correct me if I am wrong. The swatch should have 19 stitches across 4 inches and also 14 rows down 4 inches? If that is so, what do I need to do when my swatch has 18 stitches across 4 inches and 12 rows down 4 inches. I used a g hook. I hope to hear from you soon and am hoping this will help my understanding about gauge. I plan to get this little dress done for my granddaughter for Easter!
Sue fogl says
Hi, I have requested to be a part of the Facebook group because I have question regarding the idlewild dress. But their has been no acceptance or even a response I will get back to you. Meanwhile, I am getting ready to seam the front and back of my bodice. I need help with a few things before I continue on with the last part before I go ahead to stArting my skirt.
Jess @ Make and Do Crew says
I'm sorry you've been waiting, Sue. We'll check and make sure you get approved shortly.
I am trying to determine the size pattern to follow. The sample states it is pictured on a model with a 38"bust. So which size was used? Medium is for 36.5 and large is for 41 inch bust. I have a 37 inch bust but I dont want the dress to fit too tight. Do you have sizing advice for me please.
Jess @ Make and Do Crew says
I'm so sorry, I realized I left out the sizing in that sentence which is the most important detail! The adult dress pictured is a size M. 🙂
I think with a 37" bust, your dress will fit about like the picture if you make a M.
Linda Howard says
I have made things with the corner 2 corner and designed an afghan for my grandson. I really like it, but I have a problem with it that can't seem to find anyone to help me fix. I'm writing to you because I saw your book on Amazon and am hoping you can help me fix the problem. The design is made up of large squares that I did design myself and I really don't want to have to remake it completely, which I would have to do if I can't repair it. Please if you would be interested in helping me, email me at the address below. I know you are probably very business, but I really am desperate.
Jess @ Make and Do Crew says
Feel free to send me an email and I will help if I can. 🙂
Jess (at) makeanddocrew (dot) com