Forever and a Day Dress- Free crochet pattern

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A classic handkerchief dress for all ages where the entire piece is crocheted continuously from start to finish as a seamless piece. With repetitive basic double crochet stitches and each row being longer than the last, this dress will truly feel like it takes forever and a day to complete. Jokes aside, this effortless loose fitting silhouette will flatter many body types. Adjustable straps are laced and tied at the back through the loops provided. A playful piece as a crop top, blouse, tunic, a short or a long dress- depending on how ambitious you feel.

Although the pattern is free, you can still support my yarn addiction by purchasing this 6 page printable pdf pattern for instant download on Ravelry.

Used on the 2T as a dress in the first photo

Yarn: Fingering Cotton Yarn , 1,200 meters
(1 cake by Ashley’s Crochet)

Hook: 3.5 mm hook
Used on the 10 year old as a top on the photo below

Yarn: Sportweight Cotton Yarn, 900 meters (1 and ½ cake HIraya Crafts)

Hook: 4 mm hook

Skill Level:

Stitches and Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch- chain
sl st- slip stitch
st/sts- stitch stitches
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
v-stitch- 2 dc, chain 2, 2 dc
RS- Right Side
WS- Wrong Side

First ch 3 counts as dc.
The longer you make the piece, the heavier it gets.

No gauge. Based on the number of stitches it takes for you to reach size.

(All sizes- How to measure): Measure around the chest (under the arms), and deduct by 1 inch as this fits better when it’s a little snug. You may also refer to the size chart below.


Change yarn type or hook size to obtain the size you want. In this photo, My ten year old niece is wearing the forever and a day dress as a top using sport weight yarn and 4mm hook using the 2nd smallest size in the pattern.

Let’s Start!


ch 103(111,119,127,135,143) in the following increments until you reach the chest width of choice. Measure the chains when stretched, and deduct 1 more inch for a better fit.

ch 3, dc on 4th chain from hook and dc on every st. Total of 104(112,120,128,136,144) dcs.
Place 2 stitch markers 39(42,45,48,51,54) sts from both ends. This is where the straps will be created. There should be a total of 26(28,30,32,34,36) sts between each marker.

Strap Loop 1: [where straps will go through]:
Chain 3, sl st to the base of the previous dc you made.
Rotate work upside down, working on the bottom of the first row of dcs.


Chain Shells 1: *ch 3, skip 1 st, sl st on the next. Repeat * till you reach the 1st marker

Strap 1: chain 104(112,120,128,136,144). hdc on the 3rd chain from hook and all remaining stitches. sl st back to body

Chain Shells 2: *ch 3, skip 1 st, sl st on the next. Repeat * till you reach the 2nd marker.

Strap 2: Repeat Strap 1

Chain shells 3: *ch 3, skip 1 st, sl st on the next. Repeat * till end

Strap Loop 2: ch 3, sl st to the top of the dc on the opposite side
Rotate work , continue working on the body


Row 1: RS. chain 3, dc on the next 25(27,29,31,33,35) sts, *chain 2, dc in the next 26(28,30,32,34,36) sts. Repeat *till end.

Row 2: Flip your work. chain 3, 2 dc in the same st. dc in all sts, v stitch (refer to stitches and abbreviations) in all chain spaces till end. 3 dc on the last st.
Repeat row 2 4(4,4,4,6,6) times. The row ends on the WS.

BODY IN THE ROUND (All stitches will be made in the RS from here on out)


Row 1: ch 1, sl st to the top of the 1st dc made. Flip work (RS). Chain 3, 1 dc, chain 2, 2 dc on the ch 1 space below. dc on every st and v stitch on every ch space till end. sl st to first dc made.

Row 2: sl st to next ch space. ch3, 1 dc, ch2, 2 dc on the same ch space. dc on every st, and v stitch in every chain space. sl st to first dc made.
Repeat Row 2 until it reaches desired length. Fasten off and weave all ends

And your Forever and a Day Dress is done. For clarifications and questions, email me at .
Share your work by tagging #foreverandadaydress, #5chubbyfingers or tagging me @5chubbyfingers. I’d love to see how your work turned out.


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