I love to crochet and try to find time to crochet every day. I have written several patterns that I hope to share for free!
Why Free Patterns?
Over the years, I have had fun making these adorable little dresses. There was a time when I was an at-home mom, living in a rural area. Working outside of the home was out of the question. The daycare fees for two toddlers was more than half my paycheck. I decided to stay at home. I sold items on ebay and my best selling items were little doll dresses for tiny dolls. I started writing my own patterns. Hopefully someone else will be able to use the patterns to make a little money during these difficult times.
Why Crochet Thread?
Most of my doll clothing is made from crochet thread. Occasionally I will use a fine baby yarn or a fingering yarn. I like the crochet thread because when crocheting for these tiny dolls the thread shows up the delicate details of the stitches.
My favorite brand is Aunt Lydia's which comes in many beautiful colors. I love the color of this dress - Aunt Lydia's French Rose. I have probably used almost all the colors at one time or another. I do use other threads and love to find a bargain where I can purchase vintage threads at a great price!
What You Need
Supplies and Abbreviations
Size #10 Cotton Crochet thread (I would start with one color but if you are comfortable changing colors use 2 or 3 different colors or shades of one color)
Size #6 U.S. Steel Crochet hook - My favorite is Susan Bates. I like the shape of the hook.
Large needle like a darning needle with a large eye and sharp end for weaving in thread ends. Also, I use a large needle with a blunt tip to weave in ribbon.
Small button (no larger than 5/8" diameter)
5 inch Doll
Rosettes are optional. (approx. 3/8" diam.)
st = stitch
ch = chain stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
DC = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
Scallop stitch = *Chain 3 skip one stitch, slip stitch into next stitch and repeat from *
Row 1: Sc across (17 sc) Ch1. Turn
Row 2: 2 sc in every stitch. (34 sc) Ch1. Turn
Row 3: Sc across (34 sc) Ch1. Turn
Row 4: Sc in next 6 sc, dc in next 5 sc, sc in next 12 sc, dc in next 5 sc, sc in next 6 sc. Ch2.Turn.
Row 5: (Sleeve Row) Hdc in next 6 sts, ch3, skip 5 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, ch 3, skip 5 sts, hdc in next 6 sts. Ch 2
Row 6: 2 hdc in every stitch across.
Waistband: Ch 4, *skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1. Repeat to last stitch. Dc. Turn.
Waistband - Ribbon Row
Skirt: Chain 3, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch1 space. Repeat from * to last stitch. Dc in last stitch.
Repeat last row, until desired length. (I did 4 rows to make the dress. You could use less to make a shorter dress or top.)
Edging and Button Hole
Turn and Scallop (ch3, skip 1, slp st in next st) across hem edge. Do not turn. Ch 1.
Sc evenly up back, to 4th row of bodice. Sl st, Chain 4 (this will be the button hole.) Sl st in 2nd row from neck edge. Button hole is made.
Sc in first row of bodice. (Before continuing make sure the button you plan to use fits well in the buttonhole just made. Scallop along neck edge. Sc down other side of back of dress. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends. Sew button on opposite side from button hole. Weave satin ribbon in ribbon row.
Your little dress is complete! Have fun making these and dressing up your dolls. I will be writing patterns for hats, panties/bloomers, and socks for these 5 inch dolls.
Gallery Of My Doll Creations
- Tips: I like to cut the ribbon at a diagonal and use a tiny bit of fabric glue on my finger and rub across the edge so the ribbon will not fray.
- If you have tiny buttons you can chain 3 or even 2 instead of 4 for your button hole.
- Using larger hook and heavier thread will result in a dress that can fit a larger doll.
- Always try on your model as you go to make sure everything is fitting correctly.
Copyright by Veronica Lewis 2012. Please do not distribute or sell this pattern. Feel free to use this pattern for personal use or to make items to sell. If you do sell these dresses made from my patterns I would greatly appreciate a link back to the pattern. Thanks and Happy Crocheting!
Aunt Lydia's Crochet thread
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