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American Girl Doll Summer Raglan Dress

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Dress Crochet Pattern

This summer dress is part of a matched set of crochet summer dresses for a girl and her doll. I crocheted this set for my niece and she loved that she could match her doll!

The dress features a square opening and raglan-style sleeves. The closure is on the back. The dress is crocheted from top to bottom, back and forth and in rounds for the skirt. The skirt features a simple lace motif. I worked a different lace motif around the the hem and sleeves to create some frills.

I used a small amount of red yarn as an accent on the sleeves and hem. A red ribbon cinches the waist. Also, I used red buttons for the closure.

Materials: Red Heart Classic Crochet 100% cotton thread, size 10, 1000yd / 914m color Ecru- less than 1 ball. (shop for this yarn here!)
Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton Size 10, 350yd / 320m color red - 1 ball (shop for this yarn here!)

Hook: 1.65 mm.

Gauge: 14 dc = 2" (5 cm)


Dress

The dress is worked from the top to the bottom, yoke and top of the skirt is worked back and forth, bottom of the skirt is worked in rounds without seams.

Yoke

Chain 56 loosely.

Row 1: 1 dc in third ch from the hook and in each of next 7 chs, ch 2 (don't skip the ch), 1 dc in each of next 12 ch, ch 2, 1 dc in each of next 15 chs, ch 2, 1 dc in each of next 12 chs, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 7 ch.

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), [work 1 dc in each of the next dc till the next ch-2-space, work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the ch-2-space (raglan increase)] repeat 4 times, work 1 dc in each of the next dc to the end of the row. Turn.

Rows 3-8: repeat row 2

Row 9: ch 3, dc in each dc across to raglan increase, 2 dc in ch 2, ch 15, 2 dc in ch 2 of the next raglan increase (skipping right sleeve stitches), 1 dc in each dc across to raglan increase, 2 dc in ch 2, ch 15, 2 dc in ch 2 of the next raglan increase (skipping left sleeve stitches), dc to the end of the row.

Row 10: ch 3, dc in each dc across the round, 15 dc over ch 15.


Skirt

Row 1: ch 3, (dc, ch 1) in each dc across the row (doubling the number of sts).

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 1, skip 1, *1 dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 1, skip 1, from *repeat to the end of the round, sl st to ch-3.

Row 3: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), skip 1, 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, 1 dc in ch 1, ch 1, skip 1 dc, *1 dc in each of next 4 dc, 1 dc in ch 1, ch 1, skip 1 dc, from * repeat to the end of the round, sl st to ch-4.

Row 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ch-1, ch 1, skip 1, * 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, 1 dc in ch-1, ch 1, skip 1 dc, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to ch-3.

Row 5: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in ch-1, ch 1, skip 1, * 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, 1 dc in ch-1, ch 1, skip 1 dc, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to ch-3.

Row 6: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 1 dc in ch-1, ch 1, skip 1, * 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, 1 dc in ch-1, ch 1, skip 1 dc, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to ch-3.

Row 7: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 dc in ch-1, ch 1, skip 1, * 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, 1 dc in ch-1, ch 1, skip 1 dc, repeat from * to the end of the round, sl st to ch-3.

Repeat rows/rounds 2-7 to desired length, keeping in mind that there will be 1.5” (3 cm) ruffle. At the end of row 9 join to connect the round. Continue to work in rounds.



Ruffle

Round 1: ch 6, sc in next dc, (ch 5, sc in next dc) repeat to the end of the round, end with ch 5, sc in the ch 6.

Round 2: (ch 5, sc in the ch 5), repeat to the end of the round.

Rounds 3-6: repeat round 2. Work round 6 in red.

Round 7: in red, (5 sc in each ch 5), repeat to the end of the round. Tie off.


Sleeve Ruffle

Round 1: ch 6, sc in next dc, (ch 5, sc in next dc) repeat to the end of the round, end with ch 5, sc in the ch 6.

Round 2: (ch 5, sc in the ch 5), repeat to the end of the round.

Rounds 3-4: repeat round 2. Work round 4 in red.

Round 5: in red, (5 sc in each ch 5), repeat to the end of the round. Tie off.


Finishing

Work 1 row of sc along the back opening making 3 button loops along the right back center as follows: ch 2, skip 2.

Sew on 3 buttons.

Thread narrow red ribbon in the 1st round of the skirt.

Enjoy!

Back of the dress



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Poster: Delo
February 5, 2016

Is there a letter that is equal to the 1.65mm hook?
Poster: Gwen
December 7, 2013

I was also confused, but was able to figure it out.
Row 9:ch 3, you then double crochet to the first raglan increase. In the first raglan increase hole you do 2 double crochets. Then you do 15 chain stitches. Then you do 2 double crochets in the next raglan increase. Those 15 chains you are making the bottom of the hole for the sleeve. Then you start the double crochets for the front of the dress. Do 2 double crochet in next raglan. You are now making the hole for the other sleeve bottom. Continue with what the patterns says When the pattern says skipping right and left sleeve stitches that is the top of the sleeve. Hope that makes sense
Poster: Elaine Phillips
May 14, 2013

It means that you shouldn't skip 1 st for the ch 1, this is a raglan increase
Poster: Robin Stacks
March 27, 2014

This is an awesome pattern! I think it is explained very well, and I thank you for sharing it :)
Poster: Jennifer
September 21, 2013

Can someone help me with row 9?
Poster: Jennifer
September 19, 2013

I am very confused with row 9. Will someone please help me. There is 4 raglan increases but the directions seem like it only talks about 2. Not sure what they mean about skipping left sleeves and right sleeves!
Poster: EG2709
June 18, 2013

What is the finished length of the skirt? What is the gauge for rows? Usually a pattern has both a stitch & row gauge.
Poster: EG2709
March 28, 2013

Has any one made this. Row 1,what does (don't skip the chain)mean?

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