Saturday, June 7, 2014

Wendy Thread Gown - Free Pattern

Good morning everyone!
Wow it has been super crazy around here this week! A lot of finishing and designing and organising and a wee bit of relaxing as well.

Today's pattern is a lovely little gown made from thread. A huge thankyou to Lisa from Crochet Quackers who sent in the thread for me to play with.
The thread I am using today is DMC Babylo, which is a 3ply size 10 cotton thread. It is incredibly light. I used the best part of a 50g ball for the dress, and I am hoping I'll have enough left from the ball for a matching hat.
Working with thread can be a little challenging, and it does take a bit more time then a thicker yarn, but the results are so wonderful that it is definitely worth the effort.
This gown is designed to fit a bub of 26 weeks gestation, however you could upsize it using thicker yarn/larger hooks. I intend on testing it with some 5ply sports weight down the track, so I will let you know how that goes once I have done it.

3ply crochet thread (size10)
2mm hook
2.5mm hook
3mm hook
Small button
Small bow

With a 2mm hook and thread

1: ch65, hdc in the 2nd chain from hook and each across - (64)
2: ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across - (64)\
3-5: Repeat row 2
6: ch2, turn, hdc 12
7-9: ch2, turn, hdc 12. End off.
Lay the piece with the 12hdc rows on the right,count off 10 stitches from row 5 and join yarn in the 11th.
10: ch2, hdc in the next 16 stitches - (16hdc)
10-13: ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across - (16)
14: ch2, turn, hdc in the first 4 stitches - (4)
15-20: ch2, turn, hdc across - (4) End off leaving a long tail.
Rejoin the yarn on the 1st stitch of row 13
21: ch2, hdc in the first 4 stitches - (4)
22-27: ch2, turn, hdc across - (4) End off leaving a long tail.
Lay the piece with the hdc rows from 6-9 on the left. Join the yarn to the top of the first stitch from row 5 (furthest stitch on the right hand side)
28: ch2, hdc in the same stitch and in the next15 stitches - (16)
29-31: ch2, turn, hdc across - (16)

Sew the sleeve sections together as pictured below

Turn your piece upside down so you have the bottom of the bodice at the top and join your yarn to the corner (will be the same chains we started with)
32: ch2, hdc in each stitch across (64)
33: ch3, turn, *skip 1 stitch, (dc, ch1, dc) in the next stitch, repeat across, dc in the last stitch
34-37: ch3, turn, (dc, ch1, dc) in each ch1 space across, dc in the top of the ch3 at the end
38: ch3, turn, *(dc, ch1, dc) in the first 2 ch1 spaces, (dc, ch1, dc) in the space BETWEEN the ch1 just used and the next ch1 space* (this makes our increase), repeat across, dc in the top of the ch3 at the end.
39-40: ch3, turn, (dc, ch1, dc) in each ch1 space across, dc in the top of the ch3 at the end
Change to a 2.5mm hook
41-44: ch3, turn, (dc, ch1, dc) in each ch1 space across, dc in the top of the ch3 at the end
Change to a 3.00mm hook
45-47: ch3, turn, (dc, ch1, dc) in each ch1 space across, dc in the top of the ch3 at the end
48: ch3, turn, 2dc in the same stitch, *sl st into the next ch1 space, 5dc into the next ch1 space* repeat across, 3dc in the last ch1 space, dc in the top of the ch3.
End off and weave in ends.

Join yarn to any stitch on the arm opening
1: ch1, sc evenly around the entire arm hole (36)
2: ch4, dc in the same stitch, *skip 1, (dc, ch1, dc) in the next stitch* repeat around, join to the 3rd chain from the starting chain.
3-6: sl st into the ch1 space, ch4, dc in the same space, (dc, ch1, dc) in each ch1 space around, join to the 3rd chain in the starting chain.
7: ch1, sc in each ch1 space around, join.
8: ch1, sc in each stitch around, join.
End off and weave in ends.
Repeat for second sleeve.

1: Join yarn to any corner of the neck opening and sc evenly around the entire neckline (for me that was 52 stitches)
Mark off the front 11 stitches of the neck as shown below.

2: ch1, turn, sc until you get to the stitch before the first marker, skip 2 stitches, dc 10 times in the next stitch, using the front loop only, skip 2 stitches, sl st into the front loop of the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, dc 10 times into the front loop of the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in all remaining stitches.
End off and weave in ends.
If your collar sits up a little you can iron it down, press it, or using the same yarn tack it into place.

Add a button to the back of the gown and the small bow to the front.
You may like to also run a ribbon around the bottom of the bodice if you prefer that to a bow.

Laid flat this gown measures approx. 22cm from the shoulder to the hem, and 12.5cm across the bottom of the bodice before the skirt section when laid flat.


  1. This is beautiful. I LOVE seeing little girls in Thread dresses . . they always look so crisp and cool. I am going to try and make this for a 2 year p;d . . Using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Thread and a G hook,

    If it works, I will post a picture for you to see on Ravelry.

  2. That is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank are a blessing! i have been searching everywhere for a thread dress to match a bonnet and pair of booties i have made..thanks again

  4. How do you make this bigger for a toddler?

    1. Use sport weight yarn/baby yarn and larger hook.

  5. A beautiful pattern. Which size hooks have you used for the sleeves and the collar? Am about to attempt this using DK (UK) yarn and larger hooks.
    Many thanks, Jackie x

    1. Oh drat! I thought I had that added. The sleeves and collar are added using the 3mm hook :)


  7. Is there any gauge information for this project?
    Because I've made it using a larger hook 3 mm at first step, but I found very small result even just for newborn babies.. :(
    I think I working too tightly.. :3 Because I have bought few thin yarn, then I confuse to convert it so it will become a very nice gown like that pict.. thanks :)

    1. Sorry no gauge, Its not something I do often.
      This gown is to fit a 26 week gestational baby, its a pretty big jump to newborn size from there. You woud have to do a lot of modifications to get it close.

    2. The pattern is for a dolls dress.

    3. Or for a dearly departed unborn/preemie. Been there. :(

  8. Hi loved the dress, however, at no time did you explain how the two sides of the dress are joined. Or did I miss that step? Please explain. Thanks!

    1. Im not sure what part you mean Judith. The bodice is one piece, there are photos that show where the shoulder sections close. The skirt is crocheted onto the bodice, there is no front/back pieces.

    2. What I mean is, for each round it says to "turn" the work, which to me implies that it is NOT worked in the round. Which also implies that is has to be joined eventually. Unless i am understanding the pattern wrong. Is it possible to post a pic of the back of the dress? I'm sorry if I seem to be a bit difficult.

    3. Oh. No the dress is completely open in the back, it uses buttons to close. Preemie/angel items are usually designed that way for ease of dressing. Having something that needs to be pulled over a babies head can sometimes be a problem.

      If you wanted to have a closed skirt then I would join on round 32 and follow as instructed without the turns. slst into the ch1 space, and start the round from there. I would leave the bodice open still and use a button or tie to close, if it was completely joined down the back it would be difficult to put on.

    4. Ooh alright! Now I got it! Finished the dress (except for the sleeves) and frogged it, thinking I missed something!
      Thank you! Do you only do stuff for preemies?

    5. Mostly preemie and angel baby stuff yes :) Every now and then I add full term baby stuff and other items, but they are much less regular.

  9. Beautiful dress. I'm so thankful that it's a written pattern. Have you done toddler dresses and young girls. Sizes 2t to size 4. I have arthritis and would like to make my great niece dresses before I can't crochet anymore. Thank you so much!

  10. Are the crochet terms US or UK? Thanks!

  11. Are the crochet terms US or UK? Thanks!

  12. From the very beginning, after you lay the 12hdc to the right, and count 10stitches, are you counting from the right side or from the left side? And when you say join in stitch 11, where do you go from there? I am so confused! I haven't done crochet in awhile and never have done a baby dress. Please help! I want so much to do this for a friend's grand baby. Thanking you in advance.

  13. If a person wanted to stick with the cotton thread they could use a double strand too and a bigger hook!!

  14. I just made this using medium weight yarn (4) and g,h, and I hooks and it is the right size for my 6 month old granddaughter. Thank you so much for the pattern. The only thing I changed is I left it without the collar and i closed the back with wip stitch. I also did it in two colors. I would post a pic for you but can't figure out how lol

  15. Free pattern...nice...but no print friendly button :-(

  16. Free pattern...nice...but no print friendly button :-(

    1. The print button is in bright green at the bottom of the post, and just above the comment section :)

    2. Thank you...It so small I missed seeing it.

  17. Hello, I don't know if you are aware that this website is posting your patterns on their website. Although they reference you they are keeping visitors to your website. I just thought you might like to know. If you are aware of this, please disregard this message.

    1. Thankyou for letting me know Sonia,
      I have contacted the page owners and am hoping for a fast response.

  18. I'm sorry this is the website.

  19. Soooo beautiful!! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to make this adorable dress!

  20. Such beautiful crochet! But I was wondering where you got your little doll model? Did you make it? And where would I search for it. I love it

  21. Hi love this dress , can you make a video tutorial plz

  22. Lovely pattern. Thank you. Please help me with row 28. It says to join and crochet 15 stitches but there are only 10 there?

  23. Am gonna give this a try.
    I will be altering the length, as I was actually looking for a free christening gown patter. I have an afghan pattern done in the same v stitch.

    If it comes out the way I am picturing it in my head, I'll send you a photo of the set when I have it completed.

    Maryanne Clayton.

  24. I will try this when I've finished my current project