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Free Doll Crochet Thread Dress Gown Pattern for Berenguer La NewBorn 14 inch Micro Preemie Baby OOAK Reborn Doll

Updated on January 13, 2017

Materials Needed

Size 10 Cotton Crochet thread. I used Red Heart Cotton thread. I purchased the large balls. I like to purchase the 1000 yard. For this dress, I chose White and Natural.

I used a size 8 steel hook. I crochet somewhat loosely so you can use a size 6 or 7 if you crochet tightly.

To gather the top of the skirt, I used white satin ribbon. I also use a large needle to weave in ends.

So the list is:

  • size 10 cotton thread
  • size 6-8 steel hook
  • 1/2 inch button and a satin ribbon

Bodice

This is the shape you should see after about three rows.
This is the shape you should see after about three rows.

Abbreviations

American Crochet terms: chain-ch; chain space-ch sp; single crochet-sc; double crochet-dc; half double crochet-hdc; slip stitch- sl st; stitch-st.

Sleeve Row Photos

This is when I know it's time to do the sleeve row. Corners have reached armpits.
This is when I know it's time to do the sleeve row. Corners have reached armpits.
This is a close up where I used a baby yarn and shows the dc in ch sp, skip sts and dc in next ch sp.
This is a close up where I used a baby yarn and shows the dc in ch sp, skip sts and dc in next ch sp.

Bodice

Starting at neckline, this first row starts a square neckline. This won't work for dolls that have soft bodies because the cloth body will show at the neck. I will be creating a dress in this size that has a rounded neck and higher collar in the next few weeks.

Chain 55.

  • Row 1: Sc in next 9 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st, sc in 8 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st, sc 17, (sc, ch2, sc) in next st, sc in next 8 sts, (sc, ch2, sc) in next st, sc in last 9 sts. Ch 1 and turn.
  • Rows 2-6: Sc in every sc and (sc, ch2, sc) in each ch sp. Ch1 and turn. (At end of row 6 ch 3 and turn.

Once you have these 6 rows you will see the bodice has formed. The corners should meet at the underarm of your doll. If you need to add another row go ahead and add it because the next row is where you will begin your sleeve row.

Beginning of skirt

Here the sleeve row  and ribbon rows complete along with about two rows of pattern. At this point if you want a more ruffled or flouncy skirt you can add more stitches. For a straighter skirt, do less.
Here the sleeve row and ribbon rows complete along with about two rows of pattern. At this point if you want a more ruffled or flouncy skirt you can add more stitches. For a straighter skirt, do less.

Sleeve Row

Now you are starting the sleeve row.

Row 7: DC to ch sp, ch 8, skip sts and dc in next ch sp, dc across to next ch sp, ch 8, skip sts and dc in next ch sp and continue to end. Ch 3. Turn.

I hope I wrote this in a way that can be understood. I took two photos to show what the bodice will look like once the sleeve row is completed. This is a good time to try the bodice on your doll to see if you need to make any adjustments. The arms should fit easily through the sleeve openings.

This is edge of trim/fringe row (at top of photo)and I turn to go up back to do buttonhole at neck edge.
This is edge of trim/fringe row (at top of photo)and I turn to go up back to do buttonhole at neck edge.
Button hole.
Button hole.

Skirt

  • Ribbon Row: DC in each st to end. Ch 3 and turn.
  • Next row is your pattern row. You can use the stitch I used or your favorite stitch for skirts.
  • Beginning Pattern row: 3 DC in first st, sc in next st, ch 3, skip one st. *3 dc in next st, sc in next st, ch 3, skip one st. Repeat from *across. Be sure to end row with a sc. Ch 3. Turn.
  • Pattern: 3DC in same st as ch3. *SC in ch 3 space. 3 dc in next sc. across. Repeat this row until the desired length. Changing colors is optional. I did about 13 rows in white and then switched to natural.

Skirt with Color Change and Trim

  • Optional: Change color at about row 17.
  • I completed 3 rows of the pattern in the Natural color.
  • Now begin skirt trim. (Remember if you want a longer dress, keep going in pattern until about an inch from where you want the skirt to end.) And of course, the trim is optional.
  • Next row: Hdc across, Ch 2. Turn.
  • Next row: Hdc across, Ch 3. turn.
  • Fringe row: Ch 3, skip 2 hdc, *1 dc in next hdc, ch 3, 4 dc around the previous dc, skip 2 hdc. Repeat from * to end. Do not turn.
  • At this point, you will continue up back.
  • 2 hdc in last st on row.
  • Now begin to work up the back of the dress. Evenly hdc along the ends of previous rows until you have room for about 6 more sts. Ch 4, skip 2 rows and hdc in last row (Buttonhole made).

Scallop across neck edge.
Scallop across neck edge.
Hdc evenly down back.
Hdc evenly down back.

Trim in Contract

  • Turn corner and scallop across the neckline.
  • Scallop st:(ch 3, skip 1 st, sl st in next st)
  • Scallop across to opposite back edge. Hdc evenly down back and fasten off at edge of skirt.

Here is how you attach thread to begin sleeve.
Here is how you attach thread to begin sleeve.

Sleeves

  • Okay, at this point you really don't have to add the sleeves, especially if you are making this for a doll. But this is the same pattern I use for angel babies so the sleeves will be necessary.
  • Attach thread to 4th stitch in the stitches that were skipped in sleeve row. (see photo)
  • Sleeve Row 1: Sc evenly around sleeve edge approximately 34 sts.
  • Rows 2-4: Sc around.
  • Row 5: SC Dec 1 sc every 8 sts.
  • Row 6: sc around. (29 sts)
  • Row 7: SC Dec every 5 sts.
  • Row 8: Sc around. (24 sts) Fasten off.
  • Row 9: Change to contrast color and scallop around sleeve edge to match neckline. Fasten off.
  • Weave in all ends. I like to use a large very sharp needle. Sometimes I add a dab of fabric glue to keep the ends from peeking out. And you are all done. Whew, this was a lot of work.

I am getting started on a hat and booties for this doll that will match the dress so keep checking me out for future items!

Some of my other creations

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      Pilar Gutierrez 12 months ago

      Hi,

      I'm Pilar from Chile. I'm knitting this dress for my granddaughter's doll.

      Can anybody help me?

      I don't understand the instructions for the skirt. I think something is missing

      Thank you.

      "3 DC in first st, sc in next st, ch 3, skip one st. *3 dc in next st, sc in next st, ch 3, skip one st. Repeat from * across. Be sure to end row with a sc. Ch 3. Turn. Repeat this row until desired length..."

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      Veronica Lewis 12 months ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Hi, sorry about that. It's basically the same row repeated. But the row above sets things up for the repeat pattern row. The row above sets you up for the pattern row. I added the pattern row. I think that should clear it up for you. "Pattern: 3DC in same st as ch3. *SC in ch 3 space. 3 dc in next sc. across."

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      Pilar Gutierrez 12 months ago

      Thank you. I finished the dress with your help and it is lovely. I would like to know if you can help me knitting one with a round collar because my granddaughter's doll has a cloth body.

      Thank you again.

      Regards from Chile

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