My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
As I was watching YouTube videos on how to make your own dollhouse furniture, I was struck with the creativity involved in recycling reusable materials. I wanted to make my own furniture, too, but instead of using colored papers or duct tape to cover unwanted surfaces, I wanted to add crochet pieces.
This idea came from my need for two suitable dining chairs to fit the table I made from a vintage Annie's Attic pattern. This design is suitable for any circular object you want to cover. This tutorial is made for 1:6 scale dolls (Barbie size) and can be used for any other scaled dolls.
Materials and Gauge
- Empty medicine bottles
- Size H crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn
- Gauge is not important for this project. Depending on how you want your covers to look, you can use a smaller hook to reduce the holes between your stitches.
Before you start working on the cover, make sure you try out the bottles you want to use by making your doll sit on it. The seat should be wide enough to support your doll to avoid a trip to the doll hospital.
Here is a photo of the bottles I used:
Note: I wanted to still be able to use the empty bottles as storage cases for doll accessories, so I made this project a removable slip-on cover instead of a permanent cover.
Starting with a magic circle:
Round 1: Ch 1, work 6 sc in the circle, do not join. (6)
Note: In order to minimize the center hole, please visit How to Customize Crochet Chair Socks for tips.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 3: (sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around. (18)
Round 4: (sc in the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around. (24)
Round 5: (sc in the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around. (30)
Note: At this point, the top of my seat was covered, so I started work on the ribbing. If this circle is not the right size for you, feel free to adjust by adding or reducing the stitches for any round by 6. Make sure that the number of stitches for the last round is even.
Row 1: Ch 14, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch, sc in the next 2 sc of Round 5, turn. (13 for ribbing, 2 on Round 5)
Here is a photo for clarification:
Row 2: Sk 2 the sc on Round 5, sc in the BL only of the ribbing across, turn. (13)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the BL only of the ribbing across, sc in the next 2 sc of Round 5, turn. (13 for ribbing, 2 on Round 5)
Repeat Rows 2 & 3 until you reach you reach the first Row of the ribbing.
Here is how it would look like:
As shown in the photo above, in order to join the ribbing:
Working through both the BL of the last row and the free loops of the beginning ch of the ridge, sl st in each st across. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.