Over the Rainbow summer crochet dress

A simple and easy to make crochet dress that can be made to fit any size or length.

Summer is finally here and I love the excuse to go through my stash and pic out all of my colourful yarns.

Cotton being my go to yarn in Summer for its softness. I always love trying to add a different kind of style to each of my projects.

This crochet dress is a serious stash buster!

It works well in all colour combo's, block colours and solid colours! It can even be made with acrylic and wool to wear in winter with tights and leggings!

No seams! The over the rainbow crochet dress is worked in one piece, flat from top to bottom. The straps are added after.
It is designed to be loose, floaty with lots of ease for comfort and easy wear. The dress is open at the back from the chest down. Shorts or leggings could be worn underneath.

My real inspiration came from finding the Rico Creative cotton yarn! Its made up of teeny chains and lets the yarn breath with lots of air flowing through he fabric.

I wish you could feel how soft this dress is, My little Plum absolutely loves it. I have to wash and dry it quick so she can wear it again.

ThIs is a winning project for me, economical (light on the yarn), versatile, customisable and made to be worn over and over!

Choosing your yarn!

You can make this dress in any dk yarn you like. If you're choosing to use the same yarn as I have then you will have plenty of stretch in the fabric and it falls loosely. This will be due to the chained fabric that is very light.

If you are using an acrylic or wool yarn, be mindful this will not have as much ease and stretch. You may want to adjust the amount of chains for the beginning chain to get the right circumference. The straps which will need to be comfortable to wear may also need to be adjusted to your preference.

The pattern uses very little yarn, the 4/5 years and under uses around 200g!!

Beginner/Medium ability

I have tried to write this pattern with the beginner in mind.

If you can Half double crochet and double crochet - this project is for you!

This easy to follow pattern will help you master repeats and cluster stitches to create different looks and textures.

The all rounder crocheter will love this project too! It's a great project for whipping up gifts and filling your little ones wardrobe with your stash!

If you would like to purchase an inexpensive, printable and AD FREE version of this pattern in sizes 12/18 months, 2/3 years, 4/5 years, 6/7 years, 8/9 years, 10/11 years, 12/13 years you can find it here -

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Here is your sneak peak to try out the pattern in size 2-3 years!

2/3 years – 438 yards

Circumference measured at the chest -

2/3 years 21 – 22"


• 5mm crochet hook
• Yarn – Rico Creative cotton (Colour coated) or DK yarn of your choice
4 Buttons in desired size and style

2 x stitch markers and tapestry needle

Gauge: 19 stitches – 28 rows = 10cm/4” Half double crochet

Stitches and abbreviations

Hdc: Half double crochet
DC: double crochet
ch: chain
sts: stitches
Sl st: Slip stitch

Crochet Dress pattern

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NOTES: The yarn used has a lot of stretch. If you are using a dk acrylic yarn or a yarn without stretch you may want to check the chains ease against your own yarn. You can add more or less chains as required and continue with the pattern.

Chains at the beginning of the rows do not count as 1st stitch for this part.

Ch 65
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch and in each stitch along (64sts), Ch1, turn
Row 2: Hdc in each stitch across, Ch1, turn
Row 3 - 8 repeat row 2

Crochet Dress Body

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in next st, *(2dc,ch 1, 2dc) in next stitch sk st, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc)* repeat from * to last 2 stitches, dc in last 2 stitches,

Row 2: Ch1 (Counts as 1st st), sl st 3 times to get to the ch 1 space from the previous row, *(2dc, ch 1, 2dc) all in next ch 1 space from previous row,* repeat from * across

Row 3, chain 2, turn (counts as first dc) , Dc in next stitch, *2dc, ch1, 2dc* in each chain 1 space from previous row, end with two dc in last 2 stitches

Repeat Row 2 & 3 for (16,18,20,26,31,35) rows

The dress can be made shorter or longer by adding or taking away repeat rows to the length of your choice.
Fasten off and weave in ends!

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Fold your piece so the joins meet in the centre back.
Leave a marker for your buttons along the front of piece 8 stitches in from each side.
This is just a guide, due to whether your yarn is stretchy and the size of your buttons, you may want to position the button fastens where you prefer.

Again, check if your yarn is stretchy.
You may want to add or remove some chains for straps to have them sit comfortably without falling down.

Row 1: Ch 15 Hdc in 2nd ch and in each stitch across, Ch 1, turn,

Join your strap at the front using your button to fasten to the fabric.
Attach the other end of your strap directly behind at the back.

Voila! You now have a gorgeous summer dress than can be adapted in colour and size over and over again!

If you would like to purchase an inexpensive, printable and AD FREE version of this pattern you can find it here -

Crochet Dress pattern

Looking for more Summer patterns?

Check out my Cotton Confetti dress pattern...It has pockets! 🙂

I also have a round up of gorgeous Summer projects for all tastes and abilities here


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  • Samantha says:

    For row 2 of the body, it says sl st 3 times to get to ch1 space. What are we slip stitching into? Or are we just doing 3sc?

    Hopefully that makes sense?

    • Peanut and Plum says:

      Hi Samantha,
      You will slip stitch into the first 3 stitches of that row.
      We do a slip stitch row after every dc row at the beginning, this helps great a little dip at each side.
      When the dress is complete it will help the bottom to look scalloped.
      Hope this makes sense?
      Let me know if I can help you further.

  • Georgette says:

    Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st st), dc in next st, (2dc,ch 1, 2dc) in next stitch sk st, (2dc, ch 1, 2dc) repeat from * to last 2 stitches, dc in last 2 stitches,

    the asterisk is missing in the first row of the body , so where do I have to start the repeat of the pattern ???

    • Peanut and Plum says:

      Hi Georgette, Tha is for the heads up!
      I have amended this for you now.
      I hope you enjoy the pattern.

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