Dandelion Tunic Dress

Dandelion Tunic Dress

My sweet daughter Vanessa LOVES when I make her crocheted goodies. Usually, I just make her little hats or trinkets, but one afternoon when I was scrolling through Pinterest looking at toddler fall outfit ideas, she snuggled up on my lap, looked up into my eyes, and asked me to make her a “yellow yarn dress.” Could you say no to this face? I certainly couldn’t!

My sweet daughter Vanessa wearing her Dandelion Tunic Dress.

The only trouble with her request was the timeline- I only had about 8 days before her birthday. Plus, my mom and brother were coming to town, my husband was deployed, and to top it all off, I had car trouble! There were any number of reasons to say no, but when I found some beautiful golden yellow yarn hiding away in my stash, I couldn’t resist.

This simple tunic pattern was designed with speed and ease in mind. I knew I would need to keep the dress as simple as possible if I wanted to finish it in time! Somehow, even amid the usual birthday chaos, it practically flew off my hook. That’s why I named it the Dandelion Tunic- it seemed as if it popped up almost overnight! Considering how incredibly fast little ones grow at this age, that’s very important.

I purposefully simplified the ribbing by using only front post stitches. I added a row of pretty little eyelets as well, to give the dress a hint of lightness. The improvised eyelets up top do double duty- they add a bit of breezy elegance, and help shape the yoke without using slower, bulkier decrease stitches.

Before you get started, be sure to pin this pattern on Pinterest so you don’t lose it! If you prefer to work offline, you can click here to purchase a printable, ad-free copy on Ravelry.


I/9 5.5mm Crochet Hook

Caron One Pound yarn in Golden Yellow. (Approx. 400 yds (4) Worsted weight yarn.)

4 or 5 Removable Stitch Markers


Yarn Needle



Ch- Chain

Fsc- Foundation single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Fdc – Foundation double crochet

FPDc – Front post double crochet

Sk – skip


Gauge / Finished Size

7 Dc and 4 Rounds per 2”

Size 4T measures 24” around the skirt, and 18” from shoulder to hem.

Shown in Size 4T on a  3T model.



Neither the turning chains nor the slip stitch join are included in the stitch count.



Round 1: Fdc 80. Being careful not to twist, sl to join. [80]

Round 2-4: Ch 2, *Dc, FPDc.* Sl to join. [80]

Round 5: Ch 2, *Dc, ch1, sk1* Sl to join. [80]

Round 6-29: Ch 2, Dc around. Sl to join. [80]. By now, the dress should measure approximately 15”.

Round 30: (Make arm holes.)  Ch 2, Dc 15. FDc 24, sk 10. Dc 30. FDc 24, sk 10. Dc 15. Sl to join. [108]

Round 31: Ch 2, *Dc, ch1 sk 1, Dc, sk 1.* sl to join. [81]

Round 32: Ch 2,  Dc, Dc2tog, Dc around. Sl to join. [80]

Round 33: Ch 2, *Dc, ch1 sk 1, Dc, sk 1.* sl to join. [60]

Round 34:  Ch 2,  Dc around. Sl to join. [60]


Break yarn, and weave in ends.


I hope you enjoy crocheting this dress as much as my daughter enjoys wearing it. Happy crocheting!


You are more than welcome to sell any finished items made from this pattern. Please use your own photos and credit Katie Clary of Salty Pearl Crochet as the designer. Links back to my blog post are greatly appreciated! Please feel free to share this pattern by directing others to this blog post or the Ravelry listing, NOT by distributing the pattern or photos as your own.

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5 thoughts on “Dandelion Tunic Dress

  1. This dress is adorable! I don’t have a grand-daughter (yet) but I’ve saved it just in case. I also faved it on Ravelry! I have to add that your little daughter is so cute and makes a marvelous model for you – the pictures of her modeling the dress brought a smile to my face. Thank you for offering the pattern for free, it really helps me. Have a wonderfully, fantastic day!
    Diana P.

    1. Diana, thank you so much! I am so glad you like this pattern. (I think the model is pretty cute, too!) Dreaming of future projects is so fun! I have quite a few saved in Ravelry for the niece I keep hoping for. Thanks for sharing that sweet wish with me- hopefully we’ll both have some babies to crochet for sometime soon! I’ve got a dear friend having twins soon, so I will be sure to share more free baby crochet patterns in the next few months.

  2. Thank you for this lovely pattern, I look forward to making it for my daughter after Christmas is over. I just have a question for some clarity on row 32 is that *dc, dc2tog, dc* a repeat for the entire row or just the first stitches and then dc around there are no stars so I’m a little confused. Thanks.

    1. Hi Teresa! That’s a great question! For row 32, I added one decrease stitch to keep the stitch counts even around the yoke. You are right in assuming that since there are no stars, you do NOT repeat the decrease. Hope that clears it up for you. I hope you enjoy crocheting this!

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