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Lace Crochet Dress Pattern – simple and elegant

This lace crochet dress pattern is simple, elegant and sophisticated enough to be worn as a crochet wedding dress! The easy top-down design makes the length easy to customise and the pattern comes with options to make it from a short crochet lace top all the way to a maxi dress length.

With an all over delicate lace crochet stitch that uses simple stitches and chains, it’s a pattern that everyone can enjoy both to make and to wear.

In sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL and 5XL with added instructions for customising, construction, seaming and gauge you’ll find everything you need to make a stunning crochet dress or top for Summer.

I designed and made this version to wear at my brothers wedding and it was so comfortable to be in all day! I am also dedicating this design to my wonderful Godmother, Cynthia, who passed away just before the wedding.

woman at a wedding wearing lace crochet dress pattern

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How to get the lace crochet dress pattern

You can purchase a printable PDF version of the Cynthia Lace Crochet Dress and Top Pattern in my stores to download and print. You can also get a copy of it in the 2nd issue of Studio Crochet – an exclusive digital crochet magazine that we are so proud the present!

Find the pattern here:

About the Cynthia Garment Pattern

I’m calling this one a garment pattern and not just a crochet dress or top because it’s so adaptable and you can make it any length you like!

In the pattern I’ve given instructions for how to make it a top, tunic, below the knee dress and maxi dress but the beauty of the top down design means that you just continue to follow the lace stitch until it’s the length you’d like.

The pattern is classed as intermediate because it contains cluster stitches but I completely believe that a beginner could work this pattern no problems! There is no shaping to worry about and the only counting you’ll need to do is when you start working the body section – everything is made from rectangles that slot together!

My Crochet Wedding Dress Inspiration

My husband and I got married in 2013 and I desperately wanted to crochet my own wedding dress. Looking back I’m so sad that I didn’t but I just didn’t have the confidence in my skills back then and so added finishing touches of crochet to the day instead (you can read all about how I yarn bombed our wedding if you like!).

So when my younger brother got married last year I knew that I had to design and crochet a dress to wear that could also be a wedding dress (one that I would have worn if I had been braver back then!).

I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, not even my husband until the last minute and most definitely had a back up plan in case I lost my nerve!

As you can see I was brave enough to wear it and loved it! One of the reasons that I added all the different lengths to the pattern is that I would love for it to be made into an evening gown or crochet wedding dress – if you do that please let me know!

Dedication

Another thing that I don’t often do is worry too much about what my patterns are called but this one is special. My wonderful Godmother Cynthia passed away just a few days before I wore the dress. I saw her the weekend before and we knew that we were saying goodbye.

I told her all about the dress and top design, my plans to wear it for the wedding and how excited I was about it. She was beaming as we spoke and told me that she was so proud of not only my creativity but of what my crochet business had become in such a short time.

She never got to see me wear the dress and so I’m dedicating it to her knowing that she knew how much it meant to me to hear her say what she did.

Will you make the Dress or the Top?

Whichever option you choose to make I would love to know. My testers tried it in all sorts of lengths and one of them even adapted it to become a stunning lace cardigan!

If you don’t have time to make this right now then pin it for later using this image –

four images of crochet lace dress and summer top design

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Are the crochet lace stitches hard to do?

I often get asked about how hard crochet lace stitches and patterns are and as I mentioned earlier I really believe that a beginner could make this crochet dress. My tops tips for working crochet lace and making it look professional are –

Check your gauge – the pattern has a really detailed section on how to work a gauge swatch and then check that it’s the right size. This is super important with crochet lace designs as they rely so much on the spaces between the stitches as well as the stitches themselves.

Block your swatch – once you’ve made your swatch you need to make sure to block it (wet or steam depending on your yarn fibre) to get it to size. You’ll be amazed at how much the lace motif grows and transforms when you do it!

Don’t rush the chains – as tempting as it is to rush through a pattern I find that the chain stitches (there are lots in this) can easily get untidy if you don’t take your time or focus. Unless you have a silly deadline (like I did for the wedding!) then make sure you go at a steady pace. You’ll enjoy it more that way too!

Make sure not to let it twist – often lacy crochet stitches work into chains rather than stitches and they are really easy to twist if you’re not careful. Nothing terrible or drastic will happen if they do but it will look much neater if you make sure things aren’t twisted as you work.

Other Crochet Garment Patterns You Might Enjoy

I am starting to get quite the collection of crochet garment designs in my library – I love coming up with new constructions and stitch patterns to use for them. Here are some of my favourites you might enjoy too.

If crochet lace is your thing but you don’t want to make a full garment then you might like my lace crochet cape pattern. It can be worn as a top, cape or shawl by changing where you tie it up!

Yarn

To make the Cynthia Top and Dress I used Rainbow Bamboo by Hobbii. It is 60% Bamboo viscose, 40% cotton, 250m, 274yds/100g

It’s a dream to work with, really budget friendly and comes in such a great range of colours!

You will approximately need the following amounts of yarn for each size for the top version:

Size Approx metres/yards of yarn
XS590m/645y
S600m/660y
M680m/745y
L720m/790y
XL785m/860y
2X890m/975y
3X910m/995y
4X930m/1015y
5X1015m/1110y

You will approximately need the following amounts of yarn for each size for the Tunic version:

Size Approx metres/yards of yarn
XS800m/875y
S835m/915y
M935m/1025y
L1000m/1095y
XL190m/1190y
2X1240m/1355y
3X1285m/1400y
4X1300m/1425y
5X1410m/1540y

You will approximately need the following amounts of yarn for each size for the below the knee dress version:

Size Approx metres/yards of yarn
XS995m/1090y
S1050m/1150y
M1175m/1285y
L1260m/1380y
XL1370m/1500y
2X1565m/1710y
3X1610m/1760y
4X1650m/1800y
5X1775m/1945y

You will approximately need the following amounts of yarn for each size for the maxi dress version:

Size Approx metres/yards of yarn
XS1280m/1400y
S1370m/1495y
M1520m/1665y
L1640m/1795y
XL1780m/1945y
2X1835m/2225y
3X2080m/2275y
4X2150m/2350y
5X2310m/2530y
crochet lace dress process picture with crochet hook and yarn

Choosing yarn is so important (and fun!) but I know it’s great to have options depending on your budget, here are some great alternatives I’ve found.

Whatever yarn you choose, just make sure to check your gauge before starting your project as they will all be slightly different.

Alternative Yarn 1

King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK

50% Bamboo 50% Cotton, 230m, 252yds/100g.

This is a great yarn that feels soft and delicate next to your skin so perfect for a lacy crochet dress or top.

Alternative Yarn 2

Lion Brand Coboo

50% Cotton, 50% Rayon from Bamboo, 212m, 232yds/100g.

This yarn has a similar lovely mix of cotton and bamboo so great for wearables and lightweight too.

Alternative Yarn 3

Lion Brand Truboo

100% Rayon from Bamboo, 220m, 241yds/100g.

I love the beautiful sheen you get on this yarn! The bamboo feels so natural but it’s somehow glossy too, perfect for a showstopper of a dress!

Tension and Sizing

The crochet garment pattern comes in sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) to fit bust measurements of 76, (86, 96, 106, 117) (127, 137, 147, 157) cm.

As boring as they are to make, gauge swatches will be the difference between an ill-fitting garment and a stunning one that makes you look and feel amazing!

The tension for this sweater is 10 rows and 18sts over main pattern = 10cm by 10cm.

Work a gauge swatch as given in the pattern and then block it lightly before measuring to make sure you meet the gauge.

If you have more stitches in your swatch than the tension states, try changing to a bigger hook.

If you have less stitches in your swatch than the tension states, try changing to a smaller hook.

Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

4mm (US G) crochet hook – my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Clover Amour crochet hooks.
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers if desired

Glossary and Abbreviations

Ch – chain

Cl – cluster

Sts(s) – stitch(es)

Rep – repeat

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

Tog – together

Ss – slip stitch

woman wearing lace crochet top over black tank top and jeans

Crochet Stitches

This lace garment uses the following crochet stitches:

Standard UK Crochet TermStandard US Crochet Term
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
tr – trebledc – double crochet

Special Stitches

You’ll also need to work the following special stitches:

Special Stitch 1 – stacked stitches

Stacked UK tr/US dc

Insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. *Insert your hook into the vertical bar below (of the stitch you just made), yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook; rep from * once more.

Special Stitch 2- cluster stitches

UK 3tr-cl/US 3dc-cl

Yarn over and insert hook into the next stitch. Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook. *Yarn over and insert hook into the same stitch. Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops only. Repeat from * then yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook to complete the stitch.

Special Stitch 3- foundation stitches

UK Fdc/US Fsc

Chain 2. Insert your hook into the first chain, yarn over and pull through a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop. You should still have two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.

woman wearing crochet lace dress talking to child with her hands on his face

Pattern Options

Cynthia Collection

Purchase the PDF pattern:

Here are the other stunning patterns in the issue of Studio Crochet – it’s all about lace crochet!

7 crochet lace patterns form Studio Crochet
crochet lace top for summer pattern

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Suzy

Sunday 24th of April 2022

This is soooo beautiful! Wow wow wow! I would love to make this, but I’m not really confident in my crochet skills and have never made a garment before. I’ll make sure to come back to this when I’m a tad more experienced!

Hannah

Monday 25th of April 2022

@Suzy, I'm so glad you like it! I promise that it's not as scary as you think and it's just a few rectangles joined together :) I'd be more than happy to help you at any point if you'd like me to. Just let me know!