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American Girl Doll Southern Belle Dress II

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Dress Crochet Pattern

The dress is worked top down, back and forth with the seam in the back. Flounces are worked into the round yoke and skirt as-you-crochet.

Materials:
Vanna's Glamour by Lion Brand sport weight yarn (96% Acrylic, 4% Polyester), 202 yards (185 meters) / 50 gr, color 170 Topaz - 1.5 skeins (shop for this yarn here!)
Starbella Flash by Premier Yarns aran weight flounce yarn (86% Acrylic, 14% Metallic), 33 yards (30 meters) / 100 gr - 0.5 skein. (shop for this yarn here!) (shop for this yarn here!) (shop for this yarn here!)
8 small buttons.

Hook: D (3.25 mm)

Gauge: 7 sc = 1" (2.5 cm)

Abbreviations:
RS - right side
WR - wrong side
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
ch – chain
st – stitch, sts - stitches
2-sc-cluster - insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through the stitch only, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through the second stitch only, yarn over again and draw yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, 1 stitch decrease.
3-sc-cluster - insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through the stitch only, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through the second stitch only, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through the third stitch only, yarn over again and draw yarn through all 4 loops on the hook, 2 stitches decrease.

Dress

The dress is worked top down, back and forth with the seam in the back. Flounces are worked into the round yoke and skirt as-you-crochet.

Round Yoke

Chain 37.
Row 1 (RS): ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch), 1 dc in the 7th ch from the hook, 1 dc in the next chain, *ch 1, skip the next ch, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch, repeat from * 11 times. Turn.

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *ch 1 over ch-1-space, 2 dc in each of the next 2 dc, repeat from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), * ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, repeat from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space,1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the next dc, *ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 1 over ch-1-space, repeat from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1 space, 1 dc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 5: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), ch 1 over ch-1 space, *1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2 over ch-2-space, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2 over ch-1-space, rep from * 11 times, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 6: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the next dc, *ch 2 over ch-2-space, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 3 over ch-2-space, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, repeat from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 7: ch 1, work sc in each dc and under each ch attaching flounce yarn as-you-crochet. For this, align the flounce yarn with the edge of the round yoke, with flounce yarn overlapping the edge by 1" (2.5 cm). Insert the hook into the opening in the flounce yarn and through the stitch you are about to crochet, yarn over, pull the loop and work a single crochet. Repeat for each dc and work 3 sc on ch-3-space and 2 sc on ch-2-space, 1 sc on ch-1-space. End with 1 sc into the last dc with no flounce yarn. Cut the flounce yarn leaving 1.5" (4 cm) on the end.


Divide for sleeves:

Divide the sts as follows: 1 sc (edge), 17 sc (right back), place marker (pm), 16 sc (armhole), pm, 34 sc (front), pm, 16 sc (armhole), pm, 17 sc (left back), 1 sc (edge).


Bodice:

Work the backs and the front separately. Work 7 rows of sc in both backs and front separately as follows:


Left Back:

Rows 8 - 14: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the next 17 sc. Turn.
After the 14th row finished, cut yarn.


Front: holding the work with WS facing, fasten yarn after the second marker.

Rows 8-14: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 33 sc. Turn. Cut yarn after row 14.


Right Back with button loops: holding the work with WS facing, fasten yarn.

Rows 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the next 17 sc. Turn.

Row 13: ch 3 (button loop), 1 sc in each of the next 18 sc. Turn.

In row 15 we connect the back and front parts and go on working on bodice as one part:

Row 15 (RS): ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), sc in each of the next 17 sc (right back sts), ch 6, 1 sc in each of the front 34 sc, ch 6, 1 sc in each of the 18 left back sc. Turn.

Row 16: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the next 17 sc, 1 sc in each ch of the ch-6-space, 1 sc in each of the next 34 sc, 1 sc in each ch of the ch-6-space, 1 sc in each of the next 18 sc. Turn. = 82 sc

Row 17: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the 82 sc. Turn.

Row 18: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the next 19 sc, 2-sc-cluster over the next 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 38 sc, 2-sc-cluster over the next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 20 sc. Turn. = 80 sc

Row 19: ch 3 (button loop), 1 sc in each of the 79 sc. Turn.

Row 20: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the next 19 sc, 2-sc-cluster over the next 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 36 sc, 2-sc-cluster over the next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 20 sc. Turn. = 78 sc.

Row 21: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the 77 sc. Turn.

Row 22: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each of the next 18 sc, 2-sc-cluster over the next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 36 sc, 2-sc-cluster over the next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 19 sc. Turn. = 76 sc.

Rows 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc in each 75 sc. Turn.

Rows 25 and 31: ch 3 (button loop), 1 sc in each of the 76 sc. Turn.


Skirt

Row 32: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), *1 dc in the next sc, ch 1, rep from * to the end of the row, 1 dc in the last sc. = 151 sts.

Row 33: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, *ch 4, skip 4 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, ch 3, skip 3 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts- repeat from * 11 times, ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 34: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, ch 1 over ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 3 over ch-3-space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 4 over ch-4-space, rep from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in the last dc.

Row 35: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), ch 1 over ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 4 over ch-4-space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 3 over ch-3-space, rep from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Rows 36, 38, 40 like row 34.

Rows 37, 39, 41 like row 35.

Row 42: attach flounce yarn with sc into each stitch as-you-crochet in the same way as described above.

Row 43: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), ch 1 skip the next sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc, *ch 4, skip 4 sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc, ch 3, skip 3 sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc- repeat from * 11 times, ch 1, skip 1 sc, 1 dc in each of the last 2 sc. Turn.

Row 44: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, ch 1 over ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 3 over ch-3-space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 5 over ch-4-space, rep from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in the last dc. Turn. = 162 sts

Row 45: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), ch 1 over ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 5 over ch-5-space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 3 over ch-3-space, rep from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 46 like row 44, row 47 like row 45.

Row 48: attach flounce yarn with sc into each stitch as described above.

Row 49: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), ch 1 skip the next sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc, *ch 6, skip 5 sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc, ch 3, skip 3 sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc- repeat from * 11 times, ch 1, skip 1 sc, 1 dc in each of the last 2 sc. Turn.

Row 50: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, ch 1 over ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 3 over ch-3-space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 6 over ch-6-space, rep from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in the last dc. Turn.

Rows 51: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), ch 1 over ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 6 over ch-6-space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 3 over ch-3-space, rep from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 52 like row 50; row 53 like row 51.

Row 54: attach flounce yarn with sc into each stitch as described above.

Row 55: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), ch 1 skip the next sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc, *ch 7, skip 6 sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc, ch 3, skip 3 sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc- repeat from * 11 times, ch 1, skip 1 sc, 1 dc in each of the last 2 sc. Turn.

Row 56: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, ch 1 over ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 3 over ch-3-space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 7 over ch-7-space, rep from * 11 times, ch 1 over ch-1-space, 1 dc in the last dc.

Rows 57, 59, 61, 63, 65 like row 55.

Rows 58, 60, 62, 64, like row 56.

Tie off.


Finishing:

Work 1 row of sc around both armholes.
On the left back edge, sew small buttons on rows 1, 3, 6, 13, 19, 25, 31 and 35.
Sew the back seam on the skirt from hem up to row 40 of the skirt.

Enjoy!

December 1, 2015. Pattern was updated.



Comments

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Poster: Laura
October 17, 2017

This is an awesome dress thank you for sharing. My daughter and I both will be making one for our dolls... I'm 62
Poster: Linda
December 19, 2014

No where does it tell you to chain 40 before the 37.
Poster: Linda Wernette
January 1, 2015

I don't see anywhere stating to chain 40 then 36. You may have miss-read the directions?
Poster: diane
January 29, 2015

Okay it doesn't say chain 40 then 36, it does say: Chain 37. Then Row one says: ch 3, *1 dc, ch 1, skip 1,1dc,repeat from * 11 more times, 1 dc. Why would one first chain 36, then another 3? Why not just chain 39???
Poster: Virginia Truedson
November 6, 2016

I love this pattern will be making this for my granddaughters doll for Christmas..
Poster: Judy
March 16, 2016

I am also have been crocheting quite awhile and am having trouble with this pattern. I am not familiar with "ch 1 over ch-1-space". Is it the same as ch 1 into the ch 1 space, or is it ch 1 then skip the ch-1 that forms the ch-1 space and dc into the next stitch or does it mean something else? I searched on the internet and could find no instructions for this terminology. Please help as it is a lovely dress that I would like to complete
Poster: Marti Hart
November 3, 2014

What a creation !!! don't do much crochet, but got an idea to knit it. Thank you, Marti
Poster: Istella
November 2, 2014

It is a realy beautiful doll dress,I`m going to try and make it for a gift for a needy child
Poster: Josiana
November 12, 2015

Try this: Dress: Round Yoke-
Chain 38-
Row 1: 1dc in 5th ch (counts as 1st dc), ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc, *1 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc,* 11 more times.
Poster: Josiana
November 12, 2015

SORRY, NOT SURE I TYPED THE LAST ENTRY CORRECTLY: Try this:
Dress: Round Yoke
Chain 38
Row 1: 1 dc in 5th ch (counts as 1st dc, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc,) *1 dc, ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc, repeat from * 11 more times, 1 dc.
I believe this is correct. I hope. :0)
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