Thursday, July 31, 2008

Baby Doll sundress and hat

My daughter's favorite baby doll was always naked. The clothes she came in nowhere to be found. I asked my daughter, "If I make her a dress, will she leave it on?" She said yes, and requested red. I looked online for free patterns but was not happy with what I found for a doll this size, which is a Fisher-Price Little Mommy doll, about 14 1/2 to 15 inches tall, head circumference 12 inches, chest circumference 10 inches. So I created this set as I went, then wrote out the pattern. The straps will seem a little long, but this doll has no shoulders, so to make them long enough to get the arms through, they stand up away from the shoulder seam. It seems to be a minor issue, and the doll remains clothed!

Worsted Weight yarn and an H hook


Body of dress
Ch 35
Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc across to end (34 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, turn. sc across
Rows 3 to 9: repeat row 2
Row 10: ch 1, turn. sc in the first st, (2sc in the next st, sc in the next st) repeat to end, ending with sc in the last st
Row 11: ch 3, turn. dc in each st across.
Row 12: ch 3, turn. dc in first st, 2dc in next st, (dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st), repeat across, then dc in last st
Row 13: repeat row 11
Row 14: repeat row 11
Row 15: repeat row 12
Row 16: repeat row 11
Row 17: repeat row 12
Row 18: repeat row 11. Finish off, leaving a long tail, about 18 inches. Use this for sewing the back together up to last sc row. Leave the rest of the sc rows unsewn, allowing an opening for dressing the doll easily. Weave in ends.

Straps (make 2)
Ch 15.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook. sc across to end.
Row 2: ch 1, turn. sc across to end. Fasten off, leaving 10 inch tail for sewing one end. Sew ends to front and back of dress.

Ties (make 2) Used for closing top of back of dress by tying in a bow
Ch 30.
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. sl ti in each st across to end. Fasten off, leaving tail for sewing. Sew each tie to the top corners of the back of dress.


Worked as a spiral without joining. Use stitch markers to mark first stitch of each row.

Ch 2
Row 1: 7sc in second ch from hook.
Row 2: 2sc in each st (14sc)
Row 3: (sc in first st, 2sc in next st) repeat around
Row 4: sc in first st, (2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) repeat around
Row 5: sc in first st, (2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) repeat around
Row 6-14 or 15 (depends on how deep you need the hat to be): sc in each st around
Row 15(16): 2sc in each st around
Row 16(17): 1 sc in each st around
Row 17(18): (2sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts) repeat around. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Please let me know if there appear to be any problems with the pattern. Enjoy!


Phyllis said...

I'm new to crocheting. How do you start off the hat? "Row 1: 7sc in second ch from hook." Does that mean only two chains, and I make 7 single crochets in the first one? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

Phyllis said...

Thanks for posting this pattern! It turned out great for me. I put up a photo over at Ravelry.

The Green Kangaroo said...

Thank you! This is the doll that ALL of my girls have loved on for the last eight years, it was my oldest's first, and three little girls later this "free box" find doll at a rummage sale is still the most loved doll we have--- but always nakey! Thank you for this pattern- my girls will be thrilled that "Aubry Doll" will have a new dress

RecycleCindy said...

Love your quick and easy pattern. I just finished my 3rd dress and hat sets. I modified the straps and made the neckline a bit higher for the dolls I was crocheting the dresses for. I posted them at Ravelry today if you check your pattern project page there. Thanks again for the great pattern.

Alison, Stephen & Emma said...

Just made this - thanks so much for the pattern! You can see my finished articles on your ravelry pattern page and also at my blog: