My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
Crochet a Ruffly Dress for Sylvanian Families (or Calico Critters)
When I first started crocheting with thread, my first few projects were for the Kelly doll, Barbie's little sister. Because there were only a few patterns available for a Kelly doll (especially when compared to Barbie doll), I have moved on to making clothes for Barbie. Now that I started collecting Sylvanian Families, I find myself having more fun making tiny clothes for them.
This article offers a free crochet pattern for a simple shell-stitched dress for the Mother and Sister critters of Sylvanian Families. All changes in size for the Mother critter are written in parentheses.
- Size 10 crochet cotton thread
- Size no. 7 crochet steel hook
- 1 small snap
11 sc = 1", 4 shell rows = 1"
Note: Pattern is written for the Sister size. Changes in size for the Mother critter are all in parenthesis.
Starting at the Waist, Working From the Bottom Up
Row 1: Ch 27 (31), sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (26, 30)
Row 1a (for mother critter only): Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (30)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the first 5 sc (6), ch 7, sk 3 sc (4), sc in the next 10 sc, ch 7, sk 3 sc (4), sc in the last 5 sc (6), turn. (20 sc, 14 ch; 22 sc, 14 ch)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the first 4 sc (5), sk 1 sc, sc in each of the 7 ch, sk 1 sc, sc in the next 7 sc (8), sk 1 sc, sc in each of the 7 ch, sk 1 sc, sc in the last 4 sc (5). (30, 32)
Working in the Opposite Side of the Beginning ch
Row 1: Attach with a sl st in the first ch, (ch 5, dc) in the same st, [sk 1 ch, (dc, ch 2, dc)] across, sk the last ch, turn. (13 \/'s, 15 \/'s)
Round 2 (RS): Sl st in the first dc and first ch sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same ch sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each ch sp across, join with sl st in the 3rd ch. (13 \\//'s, 15 \\//'s)
Note: From this point on, the next lines will be worked in the round and there will be no turning.
Round 2a (for mother critter only): Repeat Round 2. (15 \\//'s)
Round 3: Sl st in the next dc and first ch sp, (ch 3, 4 dc) in the same ch sp, (5 dc) in each ch sp across, join. (13 \\|//'s, 15 \\|//'s)
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Sew on a snap at the back to close the dress.
Note: This design has a hole at the back of the skirt to accommodate the tails of your critters. As you can see in the picture below, the bunnies get to show off their tails if they want to.
Questions & Answers
Question: Is a 7 hook not too big for this crochet project? I would take a 2 or 3 hook. Or are the sizes different in America? I am from Germany.
Answer: I think people get confused with the sizes as the size 7 hook you might be thinking about are the bigger hooks. The ones I use for these projects are the steel hooks, which are thinner than those used for yarn. Size 7 hook is 1.65mm, I think. My hooks just have a number on them, so I just use those numbers for my own reference.
Question: Hi, I've downloaded your lovely pattern today. Can you confirm what stitch the V's are? Also, what are the V's with the \ and the / at each end of the V?
Answer: The instructions are all written down per line. The V's, / and \ are just there to provide visuals for counting stitches after you do each row. Providing stitch counts for the number of dc's after each row seems pointless, so I used symbols to represent the stitch pattern best instead. Each / represents a dc stitch, while the V represents two dc's with a ch in the middle.
mohamed zahran from egypet on March 12, 2013:
Jo from Isle of Wight UK on March 11, 2013:
I am literally jumping up and down! these are amazing, thank you so much for taking the time to write the pattern, and how generous of you to share it. I will be having a go later.
Priyanka Estambale from United States on March 11, 2013:
These are really cute. Thanks for sharing!