Summer is my favorite season. I’m dreaming already to a nice vacation at the beach side and this Romi Summer Dress as a perfect Cover Up. It was actually a custom made item for my friend, but I love it so much that I started to make one for my self as well.

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Romi Summer Dress. Free Crochet Pattern & Tutorial

 

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OMG can’t wait to wear this!!! I love the colors, the shape everything and I really want to share with you how you can make one.

About Design

The design of this Romi Summer Dress is similar with the Sea Breeze Cover Up Dress which I made last year. 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.

Romi Summer Dress

On the back I designed a deep neckline, but if you want you can repeat for the back the same pattern as for the front and in this way you can have a shorter neckline. I will give you more details in the pattern how you can do that.

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

Romi Summer Dress

For the 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.

This pattern is available in 4 sizes, from Small to 1 X Large and is written in US terms.

Below you will find the diagram with the final measurements of the dress:

Romi Summer Dress Diagram

The length of the dress will be adjusted on your needs. For reference the model has 168 cm high and is wearing size S. For size S the length of the dress is 60 cm counting from the armpit.

How much do you need:

  • S – 4 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of contrasting color (almost 250 grams in total and 625 meters)
  • M – 5 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of contrasting color (almost 300 grams in total and 750 meters)
  • L – 5 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of contrasting color (almost 300 grams in total and 750 meters)
  • XL – 6 skeins of main color and 1 skein of each of the contrasting color (almost 350 grams in total and 875 meters)

About the stitch pattern 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.

Romi Summer Dress

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)

Gauge

21 dc = 10 cm (4″)

9 rows = 10 cm (4″)

Romi Summer Dress

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

We will start with foundation chain

  • if you want the the neckline on the back to be as deeper as on the front side when you make the foundation chain just double the number of sts for the front side

For exemple on size S you will have to chain 226 sts instead of 280 meaning 112 x 2 + 2

S – 280 sts ( 112 + 1 for the front side and 166+ 1 for the back side)

M – 288 sts (120 +1 for the front side and 166 + 1 for the back side)

L – 300 sts (132 + 1 for the front side and 166 + 1 for the back side)

XL – 308 sts (140 +1 for the front side and 166 + 1 for the back side)

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

put a stitch marker in the last (this will be the st where you will increase on the back) and put another one in after half of the number of sts (the st in which you will increase for the front)

S – put the st marker in st 140 (not counting the last st in which you already put a st marker)

M – in st 144

L – in st 150

XL – in st 154

*if you want a smaller neckline on the back and you started with less sts as explained above you should put the st markers one in the last st, and one after half of the number of sts that you have in total.

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.

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

  • S – 33 sts
  • M – 37 sts
  • L – 41 sts
  • XL – 45 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:

  • S – 13 rows
  • M – 15 rows
  • L – 17 rows
  • XL – 19 rows

The front is done for now. Cut the yarn and start working the back side

Back side

*if you want the same neckline as for the front side, you will have to start with less sts as explained at the beginning of the pattern and repeat the pattern for the front side.

As for the front use 2 stitch markers to mark the back side edges

Count from the middle increase to the left and right:

  • S – 55 sts
  • M – 57 sts
  • L -59 sts
  • XL 61 sts

Repeat row 1 from the front side until you have in total:

  • S – 2 rows
  • M – 5 rows
  • L – 8 rows
  • XL – 11 rows

An the back side is done and with this the top part of the Romi Summer Dress.

Romi Summer Dress

We will start to work now on the body.

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.

Romi summer dress

Round 3

Repeat Round 2

Rounds 4 – 6

Change the color to one of the contrasting color (my case  jade) and repeat round 2.

Round 7

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

Rounds 8-9

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 10

Change to the main color again and repeat round 7.

Round 11

Change to the first contrasting color (jade) and repeat round 2.

After these 11 rounds we will start to fill the sides.

Romi summer dress

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.

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 2 rounds 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 11 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 this was it. Now I am working on a second dress and  I want to make a video tutorial too. Hope you loved this pattern and can’t wait to see your versions.

Below you will also find the video tutorial in case you need any extra help

 

 

You can purchase the add free, easy printable, instant download pdf version of this pattern here:

Romi Summer Dress. Free Crochet Pattern & Tutorial

 

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