This Mini Romi Summer Dress is the children version of Romi Summer Dress. I really wanted for my daughter this dress, plus when she saw me working in the Romi Summer Dress she said that she wants one, so couldn’t say no.

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Mini Romi Summer Dress

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About Design

The design is the same, only that we are working with fewer stitches and of course we will do less rounds on each section.

It’s worked top down making the first 2 rounds for the shoulder straps and then we will work the front and back side separately for a few rounds to shape the arm holes and to make the top of the dress. After these few rows we will join the back and front and start working in rounds again.

To create this V shape in front we will increase in middle of the front and back. After joining the parts we will have to decrease on sides to keep the dress straight.

We will work in this V shape a few rounds and then we will fill the sides to make the bottom straight. After we have the bottom straight we will continue working on the length of the dress as many rounds as you want until you get to the desired length.

 

Materials You will need:

  • yarn

5 ply, Sport, Fine, Size 2 weight yarn

  • Crochet Hook

3.5 mm (E US size)

  • Stitch markers
  • Needle to hide the ends
  • scissors

 

For the Mini Romi Summer Dress I used Scheepjes Catona which is a 100% mercerized cotton.  Each skein has 50 grams and 125 meters and the recommended needle is 2.5 – 3.5 mm.

For me the cotton is the perfect yarn to make summer clothes and from Scheepjes Catona you will find a lot of beautiful colors to choose. Being mercerized cotton the final look of the dress will have a beautiful shine and also is so easy to work with.

Off course that you can choose any other same weight yarn for this dress in any color you will like.

For the main color I used color Crystalline and for the contrasting colors, Jade and dark teal.

 

Final measurements

This pattern is available in 5 sizes, from 2 up to 10 years old. If your child is between sizes make the bigger size or use the measurements diagram below as guidance.

Mini Romi Summer Dress

How much yarn do I need:

  • 2Y – 2 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of contrasting color
  • 4Y – 2 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of contrasting color
  • 6Y – 3 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of contrasting color
  • 8Y – 3 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of the contrasting color
  • 10 Y – 4 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of the contrasting color

*these values are estimated. You might need less or more yarn depending on you tension and gauge. Make sure you have with 10 % more yarn as a margin of error.

About the stitches we will use in this pattern:

The main stitch is the filet stitch or window stitch made with 1 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next

On the rounds in the contrasting color we will alternate at some point rounds just in double crochet and windows rounds using triple crochet.

For the length of the dress we will alternate one round in double crochet and one round in filet using triple crochet.

Abbreviations used in this pattern:

  • Ch – chain
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Trc – triple crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • Inc – increase (made in middle back and middle front :1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc on filet rows, 2 dc , ch 3, 2 dc – on dc rounds and 1 trc, ch 3, 1 trc on filet triple crochet rounds)
  • Dec – decrease (it will be explained in the pattern)
  • St(s) – stitch (es)

Mini Romi Summer Dress

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Gauge

21 dc = 10 cm (4″)

9 rows = 10 cm (4″)

And with all these details written down we can start to work on our Mini Romi Summer Dress.

We will start with foundation chain

  • 2Y – 94 sts
  • 4Y – 102 sts
  • 6Y – 110 sts
  • 8Y – 118 sts
  • 10 Y – 128 sts

After making the chain, join with sl st to make a circle.

Round 1

Ch 4, skip 1, 1 dc in next, [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next]. repeat the section until you get to the first st marker. In the marked stitch, 1 inc (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the same st), [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next] to the end of the round. Finish the round with 1 dc in the last st (marked st) ch 3 and join with a sl st with the 3rd st of the starting chain.

Round 2

Ch 4  in the ch 3 space behind, skip 1, 1 dc in next, [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next] to the front corner (the ch 3 space), 1 inc in the ch 3 space. Continue with the stitch pattern to the end of the round, ending the round with 1 dc in the last ch 3 space, ch 3, and join with a sl st with the 3rd st of the starting chain.

After round 2, cut the yarn. We will start to work the front side and back side separately.

Mini Romi Summer Dress

Front side

We will use 2 st markers to mark the edges of the front panel

Count from the middle to the left and right

  • 2Y – 19 sts
  • 4Y – 21 sts
  • 6Y – 23 sts
  • 8Y – 25 sts
  • 10Y – 27 sts

Join the yarn into the right marked st.

Row 1

Ch 4, skip 1, 1 dc in next, [ ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next]. Repeat the section to the middle ch 3 space. In the ch 3 space 1 inc. Continue with the st pattern to the end of the row.

Repeat row 1 until you have in total:

  • 2Y – 7 rows
  • 4Y – 9 rows
  • 6Y – 9 rows
  • 8Y – 11 rows
  • 10Y – 11 rows

The front is done for now. Cut the yarn repeat the same pattern for the back side.

Mini Romi Summer Dress

Body

Use 2 sts markers to join the edges of the back and front and be easier to know where you will have to make the join.

We will work the body in rounds, so make sure you are start working in the right side of the dress. If necessary, cut the yarn and start working from the proper corner.

We will continue to increase in the ch 3 space as we did until now.

Round 1

Ch 4, skip 1, 1 dc in next, [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next]. Repeat the section to the ch 3 space, 1 inc in the ch 3 space. Continue with the stitch pattern until you get to the last st of the side, make one dc in the last st, ch 1, 1 dc in the first st of the other side.

Romi Summer Dress

Continue with the stitch pattern to the end of the row finishing the row with 1 dc in the last st, ch 1, and join with a sl st with the 3rd st of the starting chain

Round 2

Starting with this round we will have to decrease on sides to keep the dress edges straight.

We will make the decrease following the stitch chart below:

Start the round with sl st 2 , to have the yarn on the second dc.

romi summer dress

 

Ch  4, skip, 1, 1 dc in next, [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next]. Repeat the section until you get to the ch 3 space, 1 inc in the ch 3 space. Continue with the stitch pattern until you have 2 sts left from the side you are working on, skip the 2 last sts and 2 more sts from the other side, and make 1 dc in next. Continue with the st pattern to the next ch 3 space, 1 inc in the ch 3 space. Continue with the st pattern until you have 2 sts left, skip the last 2 sts and join with sl st with the 3rd st of the starting chain.

Rounds 3 – 4

Change the color to one of the contrasting color and repeat round 2.

Round 5

Change to the main color again and repeat round 2, but instead of dc you will make trc.

Rounds 6-7

Change to the second contrasting color (dark teal) and repeat round 2 only that you are working 1 dc in each st (solid round without windows)

Round 8

Change to the main color again and repeat round 5.

Round 9

Change to the first contrasting color and repeat round 2.

Mini Romi Summer Dress

After these 9 rounds we will start to fill the sides.

Row 1

The row will start in one middle corner and it will end in the opposite middle corner.

First you will have to make sure that you have the same number of sts on each side, on the right and on the left of the middle decrease. If you don’t have the same number of sts you will have to adjust that.

Join the yarn in one middle corner. We will start the rows with 1 dec.

Ch 3, skip the next ch sp, 1 dc in next, [ch 1 skip 1, 1 dc in next]. repeat until you have 2 sts left from the side you are working one, skip the last 2 sts, skip the next 2 sts from the other side, 1 dc in next. Continue with the st pattern until you have 3 sts left  (1 dc, 1 ch and 1 dc). Make 1 partial dc in the next dc and a second partial dc in the last dc.

Below you will find a stitch chart with how you should work the sides

 

Repeat row 1 until you have no sts left and the bottom is straight.

Mini Romi Summer Dress

Repeat the pattern for the other side too.

Now after completing this step you have a beautiful top already and we will start working on the length of the dress. For the length you will make as many rounds as you need to get to the desired length.

The length will be worked in rounds and you will start the round where your yarn is, on one side of the dress. For the next round the pattern is filet st and then you will start to alternate one round in double crochet and one round in filet using triple crochet stitches.

I made for the length 4 rounds. You can also add some of the contrasting colors you want.

After finishing the length, all you have to do is to hide the ends and add a border. I made the border in twisted single crochet, but you can choose any stitch you want.

And done! A cute summer dress for your Little Lady 🙂

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5 Comments

  1. Cindy Kinney Reply

    Hi Katerina. I have a question about Round 1 at the very beginning of the pattern. It begins by: Ch 4, skip 1, 1 dc in next, [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next]. repeat the section until you get to the first st marker. In the marked stitch…
    My question is, you mention working to the first st marker, but I don’t see anywhere where you have told us where to put the stitch makers to begin with. Am I missing that?

    • Bykaterina Reply

      before making the chain, put a stitch marker after half number of stitches. You should have between the last stitch (which will be the middle back) and the front middle stitch the same number of sts on each side.

  2. This is so cute!! The model is adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing pattern…

  3. I love this pattern and dress I have made myself one and I figured out one for my little daughter it’s not perfect as mine but now I’m definitely gonna make this one again but then perfect.

    So much to crochet so little time. OMG adiccted to your blog.

  4. Renee Bordelon Reply

    Your Daughter is Beautiful and so adorable in her sweet dress!

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