Dress with Buttons for 18″ Doll

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Completed Doll Dress with Buttons.

This is a FREE pattern for you to enjoy!

It’s never too early to make dresses to give as birthday or holiday gifts to all your little “dolls”!

Buttons may be worn facing front or back of dress. Make it long or short. You can snaz it up by using different colored yarns for stripes or contrasting yoke and skirt. Add bold contrasting buttons or try adding an optional tie closure if buttons are not available to you.

MATERIALS:

  • 1 skein Caron Simply Soft Yarn in any color or variety — 160 to 200 yards needed for basic dress, more will be required for lengthened skirt.
  • F / 3.75 mm Crochet Hook, or size to obtain gauge.
  • 3 buttons, 13 mm. (Dome buttons work best.)
  • Plastic yarn needle
  • Needle and thread to attach buttons

STITCHES

  • ch — chain stitch
  • sl st — slip stitch
  • Sc — single crochet
  • hdc — half double crochet
  • dc — double crochet

GAUGE: 7sc x 9 rows = 2 inches

Check your gauge.

YOKE INSTRUCTIONS

You will start with a simple straight chain (at doll’s neck) and gradually increase with each row until the yoke becomes circular and has 94 hdc stitches on the last (outer) row.

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Figure 1: Dress with Buttons–Completed yoke after 8 rows.

Row 1: Chain 41, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across row. 40 total sc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: 1 hdc in each sc across. 40 total hdc including beginning ch 2. Chain 2, turn.

Row 3: 1 hdc in very first hdc at the base of the ch 2; 1 hdc in next hdc. *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc next hdc*. Repeat from * to * across row. hdc in last 2 hdc of row. 53 total hdc including beginning ch 2. Ch 2, turn.

Row 4: 1 hdc in very first hdc at base of the ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc across. 53 total hdc, including the ch 2 at the beginning of row. Ch 2, turn.

Row 5: 1 hdc in very first hdc at base of the ch 2. 1 hdc in next hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc*. Repeat from *to * across row. In the last two stitches of row: 2 hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc in last stitch of row. 71 total hdc, including ch 2 at the beginning of row. Ch 2, turn.

Row 6: 1 hdc in very first hdc at base of the ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc across. 71 total hdc, including the ch 2 at the beginning of row. Ch 2, turn.

Row 7: 1 hdc in very first hdc at base of the ch 2. 1 hdc in next hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc*. Repeat from *to * across row. In the last two stitches of row: 1 hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc in last stitch of row. 94 total hdc, including ch 2 at the beginning of row. Ch 2 turn.

Row 8: 1 hdc in very first hdc at base of the ch 2, then 1hdc in each hdc across row. 94 total hdc, including ch 2 at beginning of row.

At this point, the important thing is to have 94 stitches to work with. Do not be alarmed if the 2 edges are not perfectly straight and even. We will return to work on them some more later.

SKIRT INSTRUCTIONS

Row 9: Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in the very first hdc at base of the ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 12 hdc, ch 3, skip 22 hdc, 1sc in each of the next 25 hdc, ch 3, skip next 22 hdc, 1 sc in each of the next 12 hdc. 56 total stitches. Join with sl st into beginning sc of row. (This space is smaller than you are used to from the hdc rows) Yoke is now joined as in Figure 2. Now we will begin making the skirt portion of the dress.

Row 10: Shell [Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in same stitch as joining. Skip 3 stitches. *Shell [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next stitch, skip 3 stitches*. Repeat from * to * 12 more times. Join with sl st at top of ch 3. 14 total shells made.

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Figure 2: Dress with Buttons after rows 9 and 10. The skirt begins to appear now.

Rows 11: sl st into ch 1 space of shell. Shell [Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in same space. *Shell [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch 1 space*. Repeat from * to * 12 more times, making shells in each of the ch 1 spaces around. Join with sl st in top of ch 3. 14 total shells made.

Rows 12 through 17: Repeat row 11 (Add more shell rounds to make a longer dress.)

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Figure 3: Dress with Buttons–Beginning at Row 18 the shells will change size.

Row 18: Complete 2 sl st to get to ch 1 space. In same space make shell [Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2dc in same stitch, ch 1, 3 dc in same stitch]. *Shell [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * 12 more times. Join with sl st in top of ch 3. 14 total shells made.

Rows 19 through 22: Repeat Row 18. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Trim.

BUTTON BAND INSTRUCTIONS

Use a slip stitch to attach yarn to dress’s top left (your top right, looking at front of the dress) into the top stitch of the V neck. Ch 1, evenly space 12 sc into the end stitches of each row until you reach the bottom of the V. 12 total sc evenly spaced total.

Now make button holes by crocheting up the right side (your left) of the V-opening. Evenly space 3 sc, 3 ch, 3 sc, 3 ch, 3 sc, 3 ch 3sc to the top and into the chain stitch at the neck. 12 total sc evenly spaced and 3 button loops made.

Sc into each beginning ch stitch around neck. Join with sl st at top left of V. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Trim.

Use small needle and thread to hand sew 3 buttons (1/2 inch or 13mm) to dress’s left side, corresponding to location of button holes loops on the dress’s right side. Enjoy your new doll dress.

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Figure 4: Dress with Buttons Completed, with buttons added.

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