crochet:: toddler pinafore

Did I tell ya it was a-frickin-dorable or what??

I am so thrilled with the way this one turned out.  And my 2-year-old munchkin was over the moon with happy smiles when she saw this.

I sooo enjoy making stuff for my little Deeba {read Diva}.  She never turns up her nose with, “Oh, thanks.  You made me a gift.  How quaint.”  Not that anyone has ever said that, but a girl has to wonder if it’s thought sometimes….

Well, at least she still thinks I’m cool for now…not that it will last forever.  I’ll take what I can get at this point because I know there will come a day when I’m definitely NOT cool.

This was what I bought to go under it.  You know, modesty and all.  It’s quite a hole riddled pinafore.

As for the pattern, if you are so inclined you can check out the link here.  I pretty much used all the basics, but I enlarged it from the infant size.  I used the highly scientific method of a tape measure for chest circumference and shoulder to above-the-knee skirt length and then made sure I gave her a little room to grow.  After guesstimating the yoke, I skipped the changes in the main body of the pattern and just went with the same number of stitches for each row because I liked how the shape was turning out and really didn’t want the silhouette to change.  I used plain old cotton yarn (Peaches & Cream for the colors and Bernat Cotton Tots for the white) and an “H” hook.

If I can ever figure out how to get the photo off my new cell phone, someday I will share Miss Deeba herself modeling.  She finished off the ensemble wearing little white Mary Janes and a white headband.  She’s really getting a handle on the whole matching thing.  That’s probably a good thing, because the whole moon-boot-tutu-fur-coat thing might have been a little much in the long run.


To enlarge the Angel Wings pattern,  I started by chaining 72 and increased accordingly.  I also repeated round 5 a second time, then as stated above that after the yoke, I stayed with the same stitch count for the rest of the dress.

I hope that helps…

Happy Hooking!

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  1. Janette · May 17, 2012

    Wow this is so lovely, I bet it lOoks gorgeous on!

  2. priscilla · May 17, 2012

    So cute ! You are so talented !

    • Barbara J Blayl · May 17

      where is the pattern for your multi-colored toddler pinafore (turquose, white, green, pink) I would love to have it. thanks.

  3. grenouille78 · May 17, 2012

    That is one happy little dress.

    • Alberta · May 17, 2012

      WOW this looks great! Are you willing to share the pattern with me. Here is my email address: I would love to make this. How long did it take for you to make. Great colors too. Thank you. Anna

      • yarnchick40 · May 17, 2012

        check your email :) PS ~ I spent about 6 hours on it.

    • Alberta · May 17, 2012

      This is in regard to this one happy little dress.

      • yarnchick40 · May 17, 2012

        Thanks :) It’s one of my favorite projects!

  4. Resmi · May 17, 2012

    This is sooooo lovely. I loved the color combo. Great!


  5. Fruitful Fusion · May 17, 2012

    Such a lovely little dress in such gorgeous colours!

  6. yarnchic40 · May 17, 2012

    Many thanks for the kind words :)

  7. Aiesha Morris · May 17, 2012

    That is so pretty. I just might have to make one of my nieces one, but which one, decisions, decisions.

    • yarnchic40 · May 17, 2012

      All of them!!! :) The pattern is super easy & quick. Thanks for visiting!

  8. Stephanie · May 17, 2012

    This makes me wish I had known how to crochet when my girls were little. It is adorable!

    • yarnchic40 · May 17, 2012

      Thanks! I don’t have a daughter, so I am just lavishing my attention on my niece. Then I give her back. It’s better that way. ;)

  9. Wanda · May 17, 2012

    Love this dress am trying to enlarge the same one now do u still have the instructions u made from this to enlarge it? I am having problems help

    • yarnchick40 · May 17, 2012

      Hi Wanda, thanks for visiting. I will see if I can find my notes and make sense of it. I will email you directly with my findings :)

  10. Lientjie · May 17, 2012

    This is adorable. I just started the hobby over the Christmas season and I am hooked. It is very warm in my country so I am thinking of doing this dress and having my daughter (4 months) wear it just like this. It is lovely great job!

    • yarnchick40 · May 17, 2012

      Thanks ~ welcome to the madness! Happy hooking :)

  11. Jess · May 17, 2012

    Hi was wondering how I go about getting the pattern for this dress??

  12. Kayla · May 17, 2012

    I have made a couple dresses from this pinafore pattern but I can’t quite figure out how to join the rows after the yoke without changing/disfiguring the silhouette. When you said that you changed the pattern slightly for the body what do you mean? I noticed that your version is more of an A-line. What did omit to accomplish this?

    • yarnchick40 · May 17, 2012

      Hi Kayla, I found my notes! (Thanks for nudging me along in that direction to see what the heck I did.) If you have enlarged the pattern as I did, I added one more full row of DC between rows 4 & 5, and then keep a tape measure nearby because the key was matching arm holes that still left enough room for a 21” chest in the body. If you are using the pattern as it was originally written – just do the arm hole stitches as she has written in row 6. Once I added the white yarn to the yoke on row 6 I made sure the chest measurement was enough by laying it flat, then I finished the entire body in that same stitch count for each row, only changing colors as I went. Hence the A-line was created by the bunching that naturally happened on that first row by the yoke. If that doesn’t make sense, I can email you a scanned copy of my notes. Let me know and good luck :)

  13. Elisa · May 17, 2012

    Hi this dress is soo beautiful, where can i get the pattern for it ? i need size 3T for my daughter could u pls help thank you

    • yarnchick40 · May 17, 2012

      Hi Elisa, thanks for the kind words. Check your email for a copy of my notes :)

  14. sundari · May 17, 2012

    fabulous dress.I would like to make one for my granddaughter who is 7 months. Would you like to share the instructions.

  15. sundari · May 17, 2012

    fabulous dress.I would like to make one for my granddaughter who is 7 months. Would you like to share the instructions.My mail id is
    Thanks a ton

  16. Christine Fortier · May 17, 2012

    Hello, Yarnchick40 I have been searching high and low for a beautiful dress like this for my 2 year old Grand-Daughter. You have an amazing talent with the hook and a great eye with color. I was wondering if it is at all possible to get the written pattern for this beautiful dress. If you are willing to share with me my e-mail address is Whatever you decide i truly thank you in advance

    • yarnchick40 · May 17, 2012

      You are very kind :) Please check your email.

  17. Thekli · May 17, 2012

    Very very nice dress. Could you please send me the pattern for a 6-9 months girl?
    Thanks a lot
    My email

    • yarnchick40 · May 17, 2012

      Hi Thekli, you will probably want to use Bev’s original pattern on Ravelry. I’ve emailed you the link :)

  18. Bonnie · May 17, 2012

    sooo cute could u please send pattern for a size 3T Would greatly appreicate it. Don’t have any idea how to enlarge my e mail is thanks in advance

  19. Marita · May 17, 2012

    I, too, would love the pattern. Would you please share it?

  20. Salma Ibrahim · May 17, 2012

    I wamt pattern please. My id is

  21. Cindy Chavez · May 17, 2012

    I would love to be able to make this for my granddaughter in a 2T-3T, can you send me the instructions with stitch increases on how to do this? My email is Would really appreciate it.

  22. Les · May 17, 2012

    I would love to make this for my granddaughter! Is the pattern available? It is so cute!

  23. Wendy Schlafley · May 17, 2012

    You did a beautiful job! I have been looking for this pattern in a size 2, but can’t find it anywhere. I’d like to make it for a gift, so I don’t have measurements. Would you be willing to send me the instructions of what you did? Nice job!!!!

  24. vivianvan · May 17, 2012


    I saw the pattern from ravelry but I’m a beginner crocheter, i dont know how to adjust the size for my 19mos girl, can you please share how you add in the no of st to enlarge it?
    It maybe too much to ask but i much appreciate if you can re-write this pattern follow ur size :)
    Looking forward to ur reply to
    thanks in advance

  25. Stacy Murray · May 17

    Could I get the pattern for this? So adorable! I clicked on the here above for the Osteen but it didn’t come up. My email is
    Thank you so much!

  26. sharon · May 17

    Would love to make this for my granddaughter. How can i get the pattern.

  27. Melody · May 17

    Hello, I was looking for cute little toddler dresses (pinafores) and found your page. I love this so much! Would you be willing to share the modified pattern you did for this? The little girl that I am doing this for is just one, but I am not very good at modifying without actually having the person in front of me! My email is
    I would really appreciate it :-)

    • yarnchick40 · May 17

      Hi Melody,
      I really only made a couple of notes that I have added at the end of this post. I hope they will help.

  28. Yona · May 17

    Was the yoke worked in the round?

  29. Rebecca Devirgo · May 17

    I love this and would love the pattern also its beautiful and my baby model is getting to big for baby clothes lol

    • yarnchick40 · May 17

      No problem Rebecca – I will send you my notes on up-sizing her pattern :)

  30. Sherry · May 17

    I would luv it if u could email this pattern 2 fit my 18 month niece I luv this pattern easy 2 make thank u Sherry

  31. Joan · May 17

    Hi, this is adorable. Can you share the pattern? My email is

  32. Kinjal · May 17

    Hi, I really love this pattern and also tried to follow ur guidelines. But unfortunately it didn’t go right. Would you please be kind enough to email me this pattern for 3 year old? My email address:

  33. Susie · May 17

    I would love this pattern for a 5 year old.. please. .my email is…Thank you so much..

  34. Sherry · May 17

    Hi I can’t figure out the size for a 2 yr old could u please help I luv your dress am making a newborn also for sisters. Thank u sherry

  35. Rajalakshmi Karanth · May 17

    Hi. I love this pattern and esp the colors u have used. I wd love to make one for my granddaughter> Wd u be kind enough to share how u enlarged to this size and ur notes please to my email address. i am a beginner in making frocks. so far i hv made baby blankets and feeding-botle covers and a tote !! wd love to do this now.
    Thank u in advance……

  36. Kasia · May 17

    Hi I would love this pattern in a size 6X please if u have. Can I still chain 72 and an H hook?? add a round or 2 of DC between row 4 and row 5?? Would b easier if my granddaughter was here!!
    My e-mail is Thank you Kasia

    • yarnchick40 · May 17

      Hi Kasia, I have never made this pattern that large. You could definitely try using my adjustments and just make it much longer, but without having the girl’s measurements I really don’t know. If you get your granddaughter’s shoulder width, chest circumference, and shoulder to knee measurements; I would be happy to try to help you upsize the whole garment. Let me know :)

  37. donna · May 17

    This is exactly what i have been looking for!! Beautiful, could you please share the the instructions with ?

  38. Diane · May 17

    Good morning! I want to make this for my granddaughter who is two (already made newborn for her sister) (using ch 72) my question is at row six can you tell me how many shells before ch 3, how many shell to skip (for arm) and then how many shells before the next ch 3? Thank you

    • yarnchick40 · May 17

      Hi Diane,
      Way to ask the tough questions! :)
      I honestly didn’t write it down, but I remember having the yoke done and wondering the same thing myself. I laid it out on the table and tried to shape it as it would look on my niece, then I counted shells that seemed in the right ballpark that matched on each side and used a safety pin to hold them closed and then finally attached my yarn to make that row. I really totally eyeballed it – trust your judgement, take your time on this row and you will do just fine :)

  39. Ragini · May 17

    Hi! I love the pattern and colors you chose! I had a question about how to make the dress more A-line. I read your reply above but can’t quite understand what you did to make it more A-line. You mentioned you changed how you did row 6. Could you give me more specifics on how you changed it? O if it’s easier to email, it’s Thanks so much!

    • yarnchick40 · May 17

      Hi there :)
      It really does work to just keep the same number of stitches throughout the body because the 1st row is rather “gathered” up at where it attaches to the yoke. I suppose you could enhance that gathering effect by making those stitches closer together than the pattern states, but I was pleased with it as is and just kept going because I liked the shaping.
      Good luck :)

  40. Elda Lombaard · May 17

    Hi There,

    I love the pattern. Is it possible to please mail me your pattern, my daughter is 3 now, but she still wears 2-3 years and sometimes smaller clothes. Kind regards. Elda Lombaard, South Africa

  41. Barbara J Blayl · May 17

    where is your pattern for the toddler pinafore in white, green, pink and turquoise? thanks.

  42. Tracy Fisk · May 17

    OMG I love this….it’s so beautiful….and the colors you picked are marvelous together….thinking I might try to make it for my grand daughter :)

    • yarnchick40 · May 17

      Thanks! Hope it turns out great:)

      • mary banda · May 17

        hi I need t pattern for 3T I cannot figure out how you d it,, my math is not good…pattern for 3T please … thank you

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