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Free Pattern Friday: Kassia Empire Waist Dress (2-4 years)

Happy Friday and Happy Independence Day!

It's been a while since I posted a free pattern. I finally have a day off today to share one with all of you.

If you've been on Pinterest, I'm sure you've seen the crochet top and tulle bottom dresses. I fell in love the first time I saw one. I haven't been able to find a pattern I love so I thought I'd write one and share it with all of you. I hope it's easy to read and not confusing.

Pattern is written in American terms. You can sell items made from this pattern. Please do not recreate pattern or represent as your own.

Kassia Empire Waist Dress (size 2-4 years)

Materials needed:

H (5mm) hook
Tapestry needle
75 yds x 6in tulle
Worsted Weight yarn


CH - chain
SC - single crochet
HDC - half-double crochet
DC - double crochet
TR - treble crochet
SS - slip stitch

ch 68
row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc 8 (dc 3 in next st) dc 14 (dc 3 in next st) dc 16 (dc 3 in next st) dc 14 (dc 3 in next st) dc 8, ch 2

row 2: dc 9 (dc 3 in next st) dc 16 (dc 3 in next st) dc 18 (dc 3 in next st) dc 15 (dc 3 in next st) dc 10, ch2

row 3: dc 11 (dc 3 in next st) dc 17 (dc 3 in next st) dc 20 (dc 3 in next st) dc 18 (dc 3 in next st) dc 10, ch 2

row 4: dc 11 (dc 3 in next st) dc 20 (dc 3 in next st) dc 22 (dc 3 in next st)dc 19 (dc 3 in next st) dc 12, ch2

row 5: dc 13 (dc 3 in next st) dc dc 22 (dc 3 in next st) dc 24 (dc 3 in next st) dc 22 (dc 3 in next st) dc 12, ch 2

row 6: dc 13 (dc 3 in next st) dc 24 (dc 3 in next st) dc 26 (dc 3 in next st) dc 23 (dc 3 in next st) dc 14, ch 2

row 7: dc 15 (dc 3 in next st) dc 25 (dc 3 in next st) dc 28 (dc 3 in next st) dc 26 (dc 3 in next st) dc 14, ch 2

row 8: dc 15 (dc 3 in next st) dc 28 (dc 3 in next st) dc 30 (dc 3 in next st) dc 27 (dc 3 in next st) dc 16

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Wrong side facing, whip stitch ends together so it looks like picture.

Join yarn in top of 3dc that form first arm hole, work 1 sc in both st, work 1 sc in each of the next dc to top of next 3dc, work 1 sc through top of both 3dc, work 1 sc in each dc to first corner (you’ll be working these on the other side) ss to beginning sc

ch 1, sc in joining, * (hdc, dc, tr) in next st, skip 2 * Repeat from * to * until 3 sts left. Skip 2 st, hdc in last st, ss to first hdc.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Now it’s time for tulle!

My three colors and my never far away cup of coffee
I cheated and bought the 6-inch rolls of tulle from my local craft store. Each roll contained 25 yds that was 6 inches wide. I used three of them because I wanted the skirt to have lots of color variation. I got about 19 48-inch strips from each one totaling 57. I had 10 left over, and I’m still debating about adding them in.

To add the tulle, turn the bodice inside out. You are going to work the tulle into Row 8. Starting with the first dc to the left of the armhole, insert hook (I used a J hook to do mine) around the post of the dc. Layer two pieces of tulle and pull through a loop like would when stitching. With your hands, pull ends of tulle strips through the loop and pull tight. This took a little fandangaling for me. I did this about every three dc around. I added extra under each of the armholes to make sure there weren’t any holes.

You don’t have to make your strips as long as I did. I wanted it to be more like a princess dress and less like a tutu. Also, you can add more strips of tulle to each knot to make the skirt fuller. I wasn’t sure how full I wanted mine to be when I started.

Hope you all enjoy! Happy Hooking! Happy 4th!


  1. How lovely...thank you for sharing! :D

  2. Beautiful! I can just see my little 'princess' in one - I'll be digging through the stash for some suitable yarn this afternoon!

  3. LOVE it !!! going to make one for my Grand daughter !!!

  4. Do you have any suggestions for making it a 7-8 to fit my daughter? I would love to make one for her.

    1. The best way would be to measure around her chest under her arms. I would do increase rows until you reach about 1 or 2 inches less then connect to make the sleeves. I hope that helps!

  5. Thank you so very much for this lovely pattern, my Granddaughter is mad about this type of dress, I am now able to make as many as she can wear.
    I agree this is the nicest one I have seen.

  6. Made this for my granddaughter to wear to my sons wedding....turned out beautiful! I wish I could figure out how to attach a picture to this comment to show you lol

    This is so cute I had to share on my page. I would love to sell items made from this pattern if you don't mind!

    1. Don't mind at all! As long as you don't sell the pattern!

  8. I love this pattern!! Thanks bunches!

  9. great job! love it!
    can i ask what colors you used for the skirt?

    1. I believe it was lilac, lavender, and purple from Hobby Lobby. It's been a little while and of course I didn't write it down!

  10. Thank you so much for the pattern! I am almost done the crocheted portion but I am a little confused how to make the arm holes. You said to start in the 3rd dc but I'm not sure where you mean by that. Could you help me understand it a little better? Again thank you so much for this beautiful pattern I can't wait to finish it!

    1. You start in the middle of the 3dc that's in the corner of where you would start the arm whole.

    2. Thank you I think I did it right, will find out once it's finished :)

  11. How can I get instructions to make this for a 7 month old??? I love this dress it's soo adorable.

  12. I made two of these adorable dresses for my granddaughters. They wore them today but by the time they got home the dress was a ball of tulle. How do you get it to lay down and not bunch up so badly! I had trouble with the bodice flipping up where the tulle was attached so ended up stitching it down. Yours lays so nicely. Any tips of what I may have done wrong?


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