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Bowtiful Doll Dress Free Crochet Pattern

    Bowtiful Doll Dress Free Crochet Pattern
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    Bowtiful 18″ doll dress description

    The Bowtiful doll dress free crochet pattern is an easy project and the premium pattern even includes a matching headband. For those of you who follow my blog you probably know I have a passion for designing dolls clothes and have been crocheting for 18″ dolls over the last few weeks. I wanted to make a pretty and classic dolls dress which is quick and easy to make. I came up with the ‘bowtiful’ dress and headband, named after the simple but beautiful bow design.

    The premium Bowtiful 18″ doll dress crochet pattern includes a pattern for a matching headband, the doll dress crochet pattern is totally free! The dolls clothes are designed to fit 18″ child style dolls and the pattern is suitable for both thinner and wider waisted dolls. The dolls dress is fitted up to the waist and flows out in a classic A-line skirt. The dolls dress buttons up at the back and has a subtle trim on the skirt. The dolls headband and waistband are completed with a pretty bow.

    How to crochet a dress for an 18″ doll

    The 18″ doll dress crochet pattern is easy skill level and would also be suitable for confident beginners. You will need to know all your basic crochet stiches as well as the V-stitch. You’ll also need to know how to increase and work into a raw edge. The dress in made in one-piece and the bows and buttons are the only parts you’ll need to sew on. Overall its a very fast easy crochet pattern. To make the crochet dolls dress I used Aran (weight 4) yarn. I used a 5mm crochet hook for my small waisted 18″ doll, I recommend using a 5.5mm crochet hook for a doll with a larger waist. The actual pattern below includes clear instructions on this. The dolls outfit uses approximately 72g (142m/156yd) of yarn.

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    Supplies

    • 5mm (H-8) for small doll (waist 22″ – 14″ / Hips 11″ – 12″)
    • 5.5mm (I-9) for large doll (waist 11”-14” / hips 12”-13”)
    • Worsted yarn
    • Sewing needle
    • 15mm buttons x 2
    • Stitch markers

    Yarn

    • Weight – Aran / Worsted / #4
    • Brand – Stylecraft special aran
    • A – Fondant – 121 yards
    • B – Silver – 35 yards
    • Total -156 yards

    Sizes & Gauge

    • 5mm hook – 2” x 2” gauge swatch = 5 rows of 7 hdc
    • 5.5mm hook – 2” x 2” gauge swatch = 5 rows of 6 hdc
    • Headband – W14cm (Premium only)
    • 5mm hook dress – L23cm x W15cm
    • 5.5mm hook dress – L24cm x W16cm

    Skill Level

    • Easy

    Abbreviations

    USA Terminology (U.K. translation)

    • BLO – Back loop only
    • ch – Chain
    • dc – Double crochet
    • 2dc – 2 dc in 1 space (increase)
    • hdc – Half double crochet
    • 2hdc – 2 hdc in 1 space (increase)
    • sc – Single crochet
    • 2sc – 2 sc in 1 space (increase)
    • sl st – Slip stitch
    • st/sts – Stitch/Stitches
    • V-st – V-Stitch (dc, ch, dc)

    Pattern notes

    • Chains and finishing slip stitches are not included in the stitch counts.
    • Stitches separated with a comma are to be made in separate spaces. eg. (sc, inc) would mean sc in first stitch then inc in next stitch. eg. (sc x 2, inc) would mean sc in first stitch, sc in second stitch, then inc in next stitch.
    • Change colours while completing the last stitch on the previous row.

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    Doll Headband


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    Bow


    Row 1

    • Use colour B (grey) & a 5mm hook
    • ch x 8 then start in 2nd ch from hook
    • hdc x 7
    • ch x 2 & turn

    7 sts

    Row 2

    • V-st in 1st st
    • (Skip 1, v-st) 3 times
    • ch x 2 & turn

    4 sts

    Rows 3 – 5

    • V-st in ch space x 4
    • dc in 2nd turning ch from previous row
    • ch x 2 & turn between rows / ch & turn after row 5

    3 rows of 5 sts

    Row 6

    • sc x 13 (1 in every dc & ch space)
    • sc in 2nd turning ch from previous row
    • Fasten off & weave in ends

    14 sts

    Row 7

    • Attach yarn to row 1 chain spaces
    • hdc x 7
    • ch x 2 & turn

    7 sts

    Rows 8 – 12

    • Repeat rows 2-6 for 2nd half of the bow
    • Wrap plenty of yarn tightly around the centre

    5 rows *Premium pattern has 2 images here*

    Doll Dress


    Row 1

    • Use colour A (pink) & hook recommended on page 2
    • ch x 25 then start in 2nd ch from the hook
    • (2hdc, hdc x 2) 8 times
    • ch & turn

    32 sts

    Row 2

    • (2hdc, hdc x 3) 8 times
    • ch & turn

    40 sts

    Row 3

    • (2hdc, hdc x 4) 8 times
    • ch & turn

    48 sts

    Row 4

    • (2hdc, hdc x 5) 8 times
    • ch & turn

    56 sts

    Row 5

    • (2hdc, hdc x 6) 8 times
    • ch & turn

    64 sts

    Row 6

    • (2hdc, hdc x 7) 8 times
    • ch & turn

    72 sts *Premium pattern has image here*

    Row 7

    The skipped stitches will be the arm holes

    • hdc x 10, skip 16 sts, hdc x 20, skip 16 sts, hdc x 10
    • ch & turn

    40 sts

    Row 8

    • hdc x 40
    • ch & turn

    40 sts *Premium pattern has image here*

    Row 9 – 10

    • Change to colour B (grey)
    • hdc x 40
    • ch & turn

    40 sts

    Round 11

    • Change to colour A (pink)
    • hdc x 40
    • sl st into 1st st & ch x 2

    40 sts

    Round 12

    • (2dc, dc) 20 times
    • sl st into 1st st & ch x 2

    60 sts

    Round 13

    • (2dc, dc x 2) 20 times
    • sl st into 1st st & ch x 2

    80 sts

    Round 14 – 19

    • dc x 80
    • sl st into 1st st & ch x 2

    6 rounds of 80 sts

    Round 20

    • (V-st & skip 1) 40 times
    • sl st into 1st st & ch

    40 sts

    Round 21

    • sc x 80 (1 between every v-st & 1 in every ch sp)
    • sl st into 1st st, fasten off & weave in ends
    • Sew the bow onto the waistband and weave in all the ends.

    80 sts *Premium pattern has 2 images here*

    Dress Buttons


    Row 1

    • Use yarn colour A (pink)
    • Attach yarn to row 1 chains – left side
    • sc x 10 down raw edge (1 at the end of every row)
    • ch & turn

    10 sts

    Row 2

    • sc x 2
    • ch x 2 & skip 2 (button hole)
    • sc x 2
    • ch x 2 & skip 2 (button hole)
    • sc x 2
    • Fasten off & weave in ends

    6 sts

    Row 3

    • Use yarn colour A (pink)
    • Attach yarn to row 1 chains – right side
    • sc x 10 down raw edge (1 at the end of every row)
    • ch & turn

    10 sts

    Row 4

    • sc x 10
    • Fasten off & weave in ends
    • Sew buttons on the opposite side to button holes

    10 sts *Premium pattern has image here*