Monday, 20 March 2017


free crochet dress pattern


This project started off in an odd way.  One lovely lady was working on my Exquisite lotus dress for a baby and got stuck on one of the rounds towards the end.  I only recalled that this project was a really beautiful one (and is being shared a lot on Facebook) but I could not really help her with the pattern off hand.  I just *had* to make it.. so I came up with the idea of making this dress for the sadly neglected dolls neatly stashed in my daughter’s cupboard ;)… and I am thrilled at how it has turned out.. beautiful, isn’t it?
and thanks to Johana, I now have a dolls crochet dress to my repertoire of crochet work :)

and the original inspiration is this beauty..

 Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon Red rose knitting cotton with a 1.3 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Advanced
The original pattern is an Intermediate to Advanced skill, but here as we’re making this so much smaller, there are calculations that increase the skill requirement. Sorry.

Stitches used :

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

For this project, you will need to follow the instructions from my earlier pattern link for the Lotus dress – given above.

I will just give you ideas on how you can go about this – I cannot give you exact numbers as I am not sure what size doll you’re going to work with.

1.       So the first part is for the yoke.  I chose the yoke pattern numbers off the link given in the original pattern but worked it in half.  So for the 1st neckline it’s a 40 stitch start, and the 2nd is a 46 st start, so I tried both the 20 and the 23 stitch start and I think the 23 stitch start worked for my doll.
2.     I worked in hdc all through my pattern
3.     The pattern repeat for the skirt is specified / given as 9, but if we work in multiples of 9, we are not going to get a decent frilly base.. so I just worked in every stitch all around, in pattern.
4.     Once you have that first round for the skirt portion done, then you do not have to worry about the stitch count in multiples of 9, and the pattern falls in place quite beautifully.
5.     Note though that you get the 4-dc sets and the panels alternating properly.. and if they do not work, then you will need to tweak such that they do.  So how do you tweak?  Well, if it does not work using every stitch in pattern, then you change it every other stitch, and skip stitches in between.  At the end of the round, if you have the pattern ending the way it is intended, then you will get the skirt falling the way it should too.

free crochet dress pattern

I am quite sure that you are going to have a lot of fun creating this.. I may add that working with a thinner thread and hook, and with hdc is not the easiest thing to do in the evenings and nights.. so there was quite a bit of rip rip rippin that happened along the way.. and many frustrated ‘chuck this project’ threats that followed too.. but I am glad that I persevered .. and I love love love the end result

Finallllly I will need to let you in on a secret ;) Tweak # n100
The makers of this wonderful Barbie doll have broken even the ‘myth’ of the Size zero’ and this madam has no waist !! Our yoke and waist therefore need to be pulled in.. so while I was working (and ripping) my project, I forgot this – but I know that the lovely Doris Chan has an awesome way of tightening and cinching finished crochet garments – If you have an idea of how she does that, then yaay.. else you’ll do what I did.. Tie a sash around and neatly arrange the extra material, such that the skirt billows beautifully, the sash neatly disguises and no one really notices..

Now come come.. you aren’t going to go back to the photograph and check this out now, are you?? ;)

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