Crochet for a Cause: Simple Dress for a Little Girl Somewhere on the Planet

Crochet for a Cause Simple Dress

This month’s focus is less specific in the organization to support,

but oh so cute in the dresses to crochet.


Where is this particular little dress going?

A friend at church, as well as our pastor, visits Cameroon, Africa with Bread for Life ministries on a fairly regular basis.  Throughout the year, items are gathered from across our region, collected and shipped in a freight container.  Uncle P shared with our children’s church class that little girls love receiving dresses, whether they live in a city or up a mountain pass.

Based on the popular pillowcase dress, the beauty of this simple style in crochet is that it can be worn as a skirt when outgrown as a dress.

Pattern Notes

  • Hook Size: J for 6-month old or K for 6-12 month old
  • Yarn Used: Red Heart Super Saver 
  • Special Stitch: Foundation Chain Single Crochet (fsc)


Simple Dress for a Little Girl

Foundation Round: Leaving a 6-inch tail, 54 fsc. Being careful not to twist, join with sl st.

Round 2: Ch 2, *skip st, sc, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st.

Round 3: Ch 1, hdc in same st, and in each st and sp around. Join with sl st.

Rounds 4-10: Repeat Round 3.

Check off when round is complete:   4   5   6   7   8   9   10

Round 11: Ch 3, dc in next 5 st. *2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts.* Repeat from * to * around. 2 DC in last st. Join with sl st.

Round 12-13: Repeat Round 11, finishing round with DCs to end. Join with sl st.

Round 14: Ch 3, dc around. Join with sl st.

Round 15-16: Repeat Round 14.

Round 17: Ch 4, tr around. Join with sl st.

Round 18-21: Repeat Round 17.

Check off when round is complete: 18  19  20  21

Round 22: *Ch 3, skip st, sc in next st.* Repeat from * to * around, ending with ch 3, sl st to join.

 STRAPS (make 2)

Ch 75. Fasten off.

Straps of Simple Dress

With joining seam on one side of dress, weave one strap across the top edge of the front of the dress, through the ch-1 spaces of Round 2 (not the foundation round), beginning with the 4th space from the left and ending with the 4th space from the right.

Turn the dress over, and repeat with the second strap.

The straps tie at the shoulders.


Ch 100. Weave in and out at both sides and back in Round 11, using the dcs as belt loops.

Simple Dress
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REALITY CHECK: Some days are easier than others.  If the rating on the day of this writing were a dairy-free ice cream flavor, it would be Neapolitan, a little of the three basic flavors: confused, thankful, and vanilla.


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A Bit Jazzier Dress for a Little Girl on the Other Side of the World



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This pattern was designed with gifts and donations in mind, and is not to be reproduced without permission. 

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  1. Shirley Meade from Oklahoma says:

    Suzanne, I love your little girl dress designs, but most of all I love and thank God for your mission. Little girls are little girls no matter where they live and they all want and deserve a dress made from loving and caring hands. I will keep you in my prayers.

    • Ohhh, Shirley! How sweet you are! God has brought me through so much, it’s a gift to be able to share His love with little ones. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers … that in itself is an answer to prayer. 🙂

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