Looking for a versatile crochet dress that is unique yet elegant? Then check out this Cafe Latte free Crochet dress pattern, that is perfect for this Spring or Summer.
This pattern tutorial is also available on my YouTube channel where it is worked up in size M. However, If you would like a printable PDF copy of this pattern with no distracting ads, and loads of guided images, it is available for purchase on my pattern store here. Or just add this to your Ravelry queue for later.
What makes this crochet dress so special? For me, I think how the Alpine stitches used in the entire dress give it a somewhat elegant texture making it a notch above the ordinary.
Another thing that I love about this dress is how easy it is to adjust to fit any body shape! And ever since I started making all my patterns in all size-inclusive, which is extra small to 5 extra-large, I also wanted to offer written patterns that are customizable and flexible to all my fellow crocheters!
And if you have never worked with Alpine Stitches, well here is a step-by-step video tutorial on how to work this stitch. And I promise it’s not as difficult as it seems.
If you like this crochet dress, then you might also like to check out these other free Crochet patterns here:
Watch The Video Tutorial Here
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This pattern uses the Alpine Stitch throughout the entire body panel. The Alpine stitch is basically a repetitive stitch of Half Double Crochet and Front Post Double Crochet Stitches followed by a second row of Single Crochet stitches.
Each Half Double and Front post Double plus 1 row of Single crochet row is considered one set of an Alpine Stitch row.
This pattern is written with instructions for increasing rows and maintaining rows for easy adaptation to any body shape.
I have a full step-by-step picture and video tutorial here to guide you throughout the entire process. And don’t forget to subscribe to get in on all my latest tutorials!
For this pattern, I am using an 8/8 100% cotton yarn from Hobbii.com. They have so many gorgeous colors and fibers. Plus They are super affordable and are always having a sale! Click here to see what sale they have going on now!
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Tools And Materials:
Yarn Weight: Category 3
Brand: Hobbii Yarn Rainbow 8/8
Color: Natural White & Light Tan
Gauge: 6.5 rows x 12 Alp Sts= 4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm
No. Yarn: XS [S/ M /L/ XL] [2XL/ 3XL /4XL/ 5XL] = : 15[16/ 17/ 18/ 19] [20/ 20/ 21/ 22]
(estimate dep on length) 65% Tan / 35 % White
Tools: tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors, stitch marker
Skill: Easy – Intermediate
Things to Note:
§ Prepare pattern gauge to get the right size. You may need to adjust your tension or change hook size to achieve the same gauge.
§ Special Stitch: Alpine Stitch. This stitch consist of a 2 row repeat. 1 row Sc and 1 row (FpDc, Hdc)
§ Turning chain does not count as a stitch unless mentioned otherwise
§ Yarn Color Ref: T for Tan, W for White.
§ 5Hdc group St = Shell St
§ Step by step Video Tutorial available here
Your body measurement:
Sizes: XS [S/ M /L/ XL] [2XL/ 3XL /4XL/ 5XL]
Bust: 30 [34/ 38/ 42/ 46] [50/ 54/ 58/ 60]” or 76 [86/ 96.5/ 106.5/ 117] [127/ 137/ 147/ 152.4] cm
§ These measurements are only estimates, and is best to measure your work/body
§ Dress has a negative ease of 1 in/ 2.5cm and can be adjusted accordingly.
**I am wearing size Medium and dress length of 30.5in/ 77.5cm. I am 5″3 (160cm) for reference
§ Abbreviation page available in English US format
Cafe Latte Crochet Spring/ Summer Dress Free pattern
PART 1: Body Panel
Working from top to bottom, starting with the Tan (T) yarn color.
For an accurate foundation row, measure your chest from bra strap to bra strap in inches, multiply by 3. Then add 2 or 3 to get an odd number.
Eg: 10in x 3 = 30 + 3 = 33 Foundation Chains
1. Foundation Row: Ch 29 [33/ 37/ 41/ 41] [41/ 45/ 45/ 45] , Ch 1 to start the next row, turn
2. Row 1: Sc on the 2nd Ch from hook and each St across, Ch 1 turn
3. Row 2: Hdc each St across, Ch 1 turn
4. Row 3: Place a SM in the middle of the row or on the 16 [17/18/ 20/ 21] [21/ 21/ 22/ 22] St. On the 1st St, work 2Hdc, Hdc until before the SM, 5Hdc (Shell St) on SM, Hdc across, 2Hdc on the last St, Ch 1 turn
5. Row 4: Sc each St across, Ch 1 turn
6. Row 5: 2Hdc, on the next post, work FpDc St. Hdc on the 3rd St. Rep (FpDc, Hdc) until the 5Hdc Shell St. Hdc on the 1st shell St, FpDc on the 2nd St, 3Hdc on the 3rd St, FpDc on the next, Hdc on the last shell St. Cont (FpDc, Hdc) rep until the last St, 2Hdc on the las St, Ch 1 turn
7. Row 6: Sc each St across, Ch 1 turn
8. Row 7: 2Hdc, FpDc St, Hdc, Rep (FpDc, Hdc) until the 3Hdc St. FpDc on the 1st St,
3Hdc on the 2nd St, FpDc on the 3rd St, Cont (Hdc, FpDc) rep until the last St, 2Hdc on the last St, Ch 1 turn
9. Next Rows: Rep Rows 6 & 7 (Alpine Sts) for a total of 1 [2/ 3/ 3/ 4] [6/ 7/ 8/ 11] more set(s) or until you’ve reached your pref bust width. On the last St, prepare to switch
10.On the last St before closing up the St, Pt yarn W (White) to close the last St, Ch 1 turn,
Next, I will show you how to maintain the same number of stitches and how to increase gradually (changes are shown underlined)
For this example, I have maintained the same no of Sts from bust to waist, then slightly increasing at the hips, then maintaining the same number of Sts after the hips all the way down.
Depending on your body shape, do adjust accordingly.
Maintaining Same No of Sts
Hdc2tog, Hdc, FpDc St, Hdc, Rep (FpDc, Hdc) until the 3Hdc St. FpDc on the 1st St, 3Hdc on the 2nd St, FpDc on the 3rd St, Cont (Hdc, FpDc) rep until the 4th last St, Hdc, Hdc2tog, Ch 1 turn
Hdc, FpDc St, Hdc, Rep (FpDc, Hdc) until the 3Hdc St. FpDc on the 1st St, 3Hdc on the 2nd St, FpDc on the 3rd St, Cont (Hdc, FpDc) rep until the last St, Ch 1 turn
Increasing Drastically (Like Part 1: Steps 1 – 9)
2Hdc, FpDc St, Hdc, Rep (FpDc, Hdc) until the 3Hdc St. FpDc on the 1st St, 3Hdc on the 2nd St, FpDc on the 3rd St, Cont (Hdc, FpDc) rep until the last St, 2Hdc on the last St, Ch 1 turn
Tip: Your next stitch should be the opposite of the St below. Ie work a Hdc on top of the prev FpDc or work a FpDc St on top of the prev Hdc St.(Step by step tutorial here)
1. For this example I have worked a total of 3 Alpine rows in White, followed by 5 Alpine rows of Tan while maintaining the same number of stitches.
2. Next, I gradually increased at the waist by rep 3 Alpine Rows in White and 5 Alpine rows of Tan.
3. Finally, I stopped increasing and maintained the same number of stitches for 3 more sets (White and Tan rows) until the total length reaches my shin, approx. 30.5 from chest to center bottom dress. ( I am 5”3 / 160cm for ref) – Ref back to image 6 for full visual.
4. On the last set, work 2 rows of Sc to complete panel. Bind off and make a second piece.
PART 2: Joining Panels
1. Place both panels together WS out, and Sc each stitch across. Stop where the increase ends.
2. Bind off and rep on the other side.
PART 3: Straps (See tutorial)
1. Measure the length of strap you need and pull 3x the amount of yarn to work an iCord.
• Eg: I need 8” of strap. Multiple by 3 = 24” of yarn.
2. Insert hook through the top of the dress where the straps should be, Pt a loop from the ends of the earlier pulled yarn. (Pulled yarn should be in front)
3. Next, wrap the front yarn over the hook through the front to the back,
4. Yarn over with the working yarn
5. Pull through both loops.
6. Rep steps 3 – 5 until you reach your pref length and have 1 more St to go.
7. Remove hook and insert it through the front body panel / opposite side of the strap, insert hook, draw up working loop,
8. Rep steps 3 – 5 once more, Ch 1 to secure. Bind off.
9. Rep Steps 1 – 8 on the other side.
10.Weave in all loose ends.
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