Crochet Houndstooth Baby Sweater Dress

Have you been dreaming about a unique, handmade gift for your little one, or maybe for a baby shower?


This crochet houndstooth baby sweater dress might be the perfect choice!

With alternating colors and the charming griddle stitch, it creates a vibrant pattern that’s sure to impress.

And the best part is, you’ll be able to customize it to your liking! Get ready to embrace your inner artist and create a one-of-a-kind piece.

About the Sweater Dress

This lovely dress is inspired by the BettyAnn Sweater blanket pattern. It’s a simple design that uses alternating colors each row, resulting in a houndstooth pattern.

The design is flexible, and with some adjustments, you can create a dress that fits a child from 12 months old to a 4 Toddler.

Before starting, you may want to measure the child’s shoulder-to-shoulder length and head circumference to ensure the dress will fit.Armed with a tape measure and a dose of patience, you can crochet a piece of art that will surely bring smiles!


Materials Needed

  • Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic, 170 g/6 oz, 288 m/315 yds), 1 skein Black, 1 skein White
  • Size H/5.00mm hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

This pattern is suitable for a size 3T, but feel free to adjust according to the child’s measurements.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Creating the Neckline

  1. Start by chaining (CH) 6. This forms the basis of your collar.
  2. In the second chain from the hook, work 1 single crochet (SC). Work 1 SC into each of the remaining chains. Chain 1 and turn. (5 SC)
  3. Repeat this for 56 rows, forming the collar of the sweater dress.
  4. Using a tapestry needle, sew the two ends together to form a circle. Single crochet around the circle, working one SC into each space at the end of a row. Join with a slip stitch to the first SC of the round. (56 SC)

Building the Body

  1. Count from the first SC of the round and place stitch markers on stitch #10, #19, #38, #47.
  2. Work the Griddle Stitch pattern. Alternate between single crochet (SC) and double crochet (DC) in each stitch until you reach the first marker. Then work “DC,SC,DC.”
  3. Repeat this process for each section until you reach the last marker.
  4. When you have completed round 1, slip stitch to the first stitch pulling through with color B.
  5. Continue working this pattern, alternating between colors for each round, until you have completed 14 rounds.

Creating the Armholes

  1. Work the griddle stitch to the first corner stitch.
  2. Single crochet into the corner stitch, chain 4, skip all stitches to the next corner stitch, and SC.
  3. Continue the griddle stitch pattern to around the front of the sweater to the next corner and repeat the instructions.
  4. Continue working this pattern, including the chain 4’s that make up the underarm area, until you reach the desired length.

Free Pattern: Here 

Completion and Variations

Congratulations! You’ve just completed a beautiful Houndstooth Sweater Dress. Remember that practice makes perfect, and each crochet project you complete brings you closer to mastering this art. If you’ve enjoyed this pattern, consider exploring other variations like a shorter sweater, perhaps in red and white.

If you’ve made it this far, you should be proud of your achievement. Crafting a handmade sweater dress isn’t an everyday task, and you’ve done it successfully! Remember, your commitment to learning and trying new things is the real treasure.

Why not try another color combination or even a different yarn type for your next project? The options are endless and each creation can be a unique expression of your creativity.

Also, since we’re always eager to improve, please let us know if you spot any typos or need further clarification about the pattern. After all, we’re all part of the same crafting community!

Thank you for being a part of our journey. Keep practicing, keep creating, and most importantly, keep having fun. In crochet, as in life, every stitch is a step forward.

Happy crocheting!

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