Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Crochet Dainty Ruffles Party Dress

This is another Christmas gift that I made! These pretty 18 in. doll dresses were for two of my nieces. Although they received them a little bit after Christmas because all those little ruffles took a lot longer than I thought they would! Here is the first one:  




And here is the second one:




After finishing the second one I realized I had made a mistake, but I'm not gonna tell you what it is. However, I have made sure that the pattern IS correct.

I searched and searched all over the internet for a crochet pattern to create a pretty ruffled party dress for my nieces dolls, but I couldn't find one that I liked. So....I decided to just create my own pattern! It's not very easy. It involves a lot of stitching, then pulling it back out, stitching again, repeat until it looked just right. Getting the bodice to fit and look right was the hardest part, once I got to the skirt it was a breeze!

Here is the free pattern so you can make one of your own!


Crochet Dainty Ruffles Party Dress for an 18 in. Doll

J&P Coats Royale Fashion Size 3 crochet thread, 150 yards/ball (8 balls Warm Rose, 1 ball Natural)
Note: for the yellow dress I used the same brand of thread in Maize.
2.75mm hook

Swatch: Sorry, I really don't do swatches to adjust gauge. I usually just adjust the pattern as I go. So I have no idea how many stitches there are per square inch.

Row 1: Ch 42

Row 2: sk 1st ch from hook, sc 40, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: 2 sc in ea st across, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: sc in ea st across, ch 1, turn

Row 5-7: dc in ea st across, ch 2, turn.

Row 8: dc in 5 st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 st*, repeat from * 13 times, dc in last 5 st, ch 2, turn.

Row 9: dc in 5 st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 st*, repeat from * 19 times, dc in last 5 st, ch 2, turn. (111 sts total)

Row 10: dc in ea st across, ch 2, turn.

Row 11: dc in 17 st, ch 12, skip 21 st, dc in next 30 st, ch 12, skip 21 st, dc in next 22 sts, ch 2, turn. (111 sts total)

Row 12: dc in next 16 st, hdc in next st, sc in 12 ch, hdc in next st, dc in next 28 st, hdc in next st, sc in 12 ch, hdc in next st, dc in last 21sts, ch 2 turn.

Row 13: dc in next 17 dc (dec across next 2 sts) 6 times, dc in next 30 sts, (dec across next 2 sts) 6 times, dc in next 22 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 14: dc in next 16 sts, (dec across next 2 sts) 6 times, dc in next 24 sts, (dec across next 2 sts) 6 times, dc in next 17 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 15-19: dc in each st across, ch 2, turn.

Row 20: *2 dc in same st, dc in next st* repeat from * around, ch 2, turn.

Row 21: dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st*, 25 times, dc in last 2 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 22-24: dc in ea st across, ch 2, turn.

25: dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts*, repeat from * around 22 times, dc in las 2 sts.

26: dc in ea st across, leave last 5 sts empty, join to beginning of row with slip st, ch 2, do not turn.

Note: You will now be working in rounds.

Rnd 1-2: dc in ea st around, join to beg with ch st, ch 2, do not turn.

Rnd 3: (crochet in back loops only) dc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch 2.

Rnd 4: (crochet in both loops) dc in 1 st, *2 dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts*, repeat from * around 24 times, join to beg with slip s, ch 2.

Rnd 5-6: dc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch 2.

Rnd 7: dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts* repeat from * around 26 times, dc in last 3 sts, join to beg with slip st, ch 2.

Rnd 8: (crochet in back loops only) dc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch 2.

Rnd 9: (crochet in both loops) dc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch 2.

Rnd 10-13: dc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch 2.

Rnd 14: dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts*, repeat from * around 31 times, dc in last 3 sts, join to beg with slip st, ch 2.

Rnd 15: (crochet in back loops only). Dc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch 2.

Rnd 16-22: dc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch2

Rnd 22: dc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch 1

Rnd 23: sc in ea st around, join to beg with slip st, ch 1.

Rnd 24: *sc in first st, ch 3, skip next st, sc in next st*, repeat from * around, join to beg with slip st, ch 1.

Rnd 25: *slip st in first sc, 3 sc in each ch loop, slip st in next sc*, repeat from * around, join to beg with slip st, fasten off.

Repeat rounds 23-25 to create ruffle on each of the rows that were crocheted in the back loops only.
To finish the neckline and armholes just sc in ea st around and fasten off.
Sew Velcro onto the back where 5 sts overlap.


This is the first crochet pattern that I have ever written, so if you find any errors, have any tips, or any questions please let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!


12 comments:

  1. Amanda, Those Dresses are amazing!!! I don't Crochet, but WOW... I can appreciate the time you took to make a great present for your nieces.... you are a Fabulous Aunt!!!

    Thanks for sharing...
    Faith

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    1. Wow you were up late

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  2. I need to find me someone who crochets! my girls would love these pretty dresses...you did a great job.
    I'm following you now through the SU link.
    smiles,
    Laurie

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  3. Was there supposed to be a row 25? This dress is beautiful, You did a fantastic job. However, I hate working with thread so I am gonna try them in baby yarn or fingering yarn and see how it goes. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  4. This is so beautiful. Can't wait to make it. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. cute and nice..,
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  6. Wahou, la robe est juste canon!! Et elle fait très classe! :)

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  7. I have been browsing crochet patterns for dolls and your dresses are some of the nicest I've found. I was looking for something non-worsted weight threads. Beautiful job and I love the colors.

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  8. I love this pattern. I'm 11 and I want to make a dress for my friends dolls. I've been crocheting for a while but have NEVER used that small of a hook. Would it work with a 4.25 hook? That's the smallest I have...

    Thank you Amanda!

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  9. On row 11 on the top of the dress, i am not getting the same amount of stitches that you did on the end. When it says to DC in the last 22 stitches, I am only getting about 12 that I have left?

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  10. This is a very nice pattern. It crochet's up very well. In order for me to get it to look right I ended up working row 12 and 14 in reverse.

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