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!
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.
Caron One Pound yarn in Golden Yellow. (Approx. 400 yds (4) Worsted weight yarn.)
4 or 5 Removable Stitch Markers
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. 
Round 2-4: Ch 2, *Dc, FPDc.* Sl to join. 
Round 5: Ch 2, *Dc, ch1, sk1* Sl to join. 
Round 6-29: Ch 2, Dc around. Sl to join. . 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. 
Round 31: Ch 2, *Dc, ch1 sk 1, Dc, sk 1.* sl to join. 
Round 32: Ch 2, Dc, Dc2tog, Dc around. Sl to join. 
Round 33: Ch 2, *Dc, ch1 sk 1, Dc, sk 1.* sl to join. 
Round 34: Ch 2, Dc around. Sl to join. 
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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