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American Girl Doll Apple Blossom Dress

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Dress Crochet Pattern

With the high collar, I think of this as a more formal summer skirt. Something to be worn to a formal Afternoon Tea, perhaps, or maybe a dress for a royal princess on her day off :)

You can purchase this dress from our Etsy store!

Materials: Red Heart Crochet Thread #10, 100% mercerized cotton, 300 yards (274 meters), – 1 ball small amount of thread of any contrast color. (shop for this yarn here!)

4-5 plastic sew-on snaps

Hook: 1.75 mm OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 11 V-sts x 16 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)

Pattern notes:

Chain 3 at beginning of the row/round counts as a double crochet stitch.

When working in rounds, join the last stitch to the beginning ch-3 with a slip stitch.

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • ch-space – chain space
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • V-st = (dc, ch 1, dc) in the same st
  • V-st in V-st = V-st in ch-1-space of the V-st
  • W-st = (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc)
  • DV-st - double V stitch = (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in the same st
  • DV-st in DV-st = DV-st in ch-1-space of the DV-st
  • 3-dc Shell - 3dc in one st, 3 dc in the next st

Dress

The dress is worked from the top down as one piece with the button band on the back, first in rows, then in-the-round.

Yoke

Chain 52.

Row 1: dc in the 4th chain from the hook, dc in each of the next 3 chains , *ch 1, skip one ch, 1 dc in the next ch - rep from * 20 more times, 1 dc in each of the remaining 4 chains, turn.

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, V-st in each ch-1-space of previous row (21 V-sts), 1 dc in each of the 4 dc, turn.

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, *W-st in the next V-st, V-st in each of the next 2 V-sts - rep from * 6 more times, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Row 4: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the 3 dc, * V-st in each ch-1-space of W-st and each V-st – rep from * to the last 4 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Row 5: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, * V-st in each of the next 3 V-sts, W-st in the next V-st - rep from * 6 more times, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Row 6: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, * V-st in each V-st and each ch-1-space of W-st – rep from * to the last 4 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Row 7: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the 3 dc, *1 V-st in each of the next 2 V-sts, W-st in the next V-st - rep from * 10 more times, V-st in each of the next 2 V-sts, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Row 8: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, * V-st in each V-st and each ch-1-space of W-st – rep from * to the last 4 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Divide for sleeves and bodice:

Row 9: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, 1 V-st in each of the next 6 V-sts, * sc in the first dc of next V-st, skip ch-1-space, 3-dc shell in the second dc of the same V-st, 3-dc shell in the first dc of the next V-st - rep from * 4 more times, skip ch-1-space, sc in the second dc of the same V-st, V-st in each of the next 14 V-sts, *sc in the first dc of the next V-st, skip ch-1 space, 3-dc shell in the second dc of the same V-st, 3-dc shell in the first dc of the next V-st - rep from * 4 more times, skip ch-1-space, sc in the second dc of the same V-st, 1 V-st in each of the next 6 V-sts, dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Bodice:

Row 10: ch 3, dc in each of the next 3 dc, 1 V-st in each of the next 6 V-sts, ch 7, skip all shells and sc, 1 V-st in each of the next 14 V-sts, ch 7, skip all shells and sc, 1 V-st in each of the next 6 V-sts, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Row 11: ch 3, dc in each of the next 3 dc, V-st in each of the next 6 V-sts, dc in the first ch of the ch-7- space,* ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in the next chain of the ch-7-space - rep from * 2 more times, 1 V-st in each of the next 14 V-sts, 1 dc in the first ch of the 7-chain space,* ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in the next chain of the ch-7 space - rep from * 2 more times, V-st in each of the next 6 V-sts, dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Row 12: ch 3, dc in each of the next 3 dc, V-st in each of the next 6 V-sts, 1 V-st in each of the 3 ch-1- spaces, 1 V-st in the next 14 V-sts, 1 V-st in each of the 3 ch-1- spaces, V-st in each of the next 6 V-sts, dc in each of the last 4 dc, turn.

Row 13: ch 3, dc in each of the next 3 dc, V-st in each of the next 32 V-sts. Overlap the first 4 dc in the beginning of the row and the 4 dc in the end of the row. Work 1 dc in the first dc of the 4 dc in the end of the row, then insert hook into the first dc of the beginning of the row and connect both dc with a slip stitch. Repeat in the same way with each of the 3 remaining dc. In this way you connect the working piece into a round and can continue to work in the round.

Skirt:

Round 1 (eyelet or belt round): ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), skip the next st, * 1 dc in the next dc, ch 1, skip the next st - repeat from * across the round. Join with sl st.

Round 2: ch 4 (counts as 1 post and ch of V-st), dc in the same stitch, *skip ch-1-space, 1 dc in the next dc, skip ch-1-space, 1 V-st in the next dc - repeat from * to the last dc, dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 3: ch 4 (counts as 1 post and ch of V-st), 1 dc in the ch-1-space, *1 dc in the next dc, 1 V-st in V-st - repeat from * to the last dc, dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 4: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *1 dc in the next dc, DV-st in the ch-1 space - repeat from * to the last dc, 1 dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Rounds 5-7: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1-space, *1 dc in the next dc, DV-st in next DV-st - repeat from * to the last dc, dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Rounds 8, 9: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *2 dc in the next dc, DV-st in next DV-st - repeat from * to the last dc, 2 dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 10: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *dc in the next dc, ch 1, dc in the next dc, DV-st in next DV-st - repeat from * to the last 2 dc, dc in the first dc, ch 1, dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 11: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *dc in the next dc, dc in the ch-1 space, dc in the next dc, DV-st in next DV-st - repeat from * to the last 3 sts, dc in the first dc, dc in the ch-1 space, dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 12: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *dc in each of the next 3 dc, DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last 3 dc, dc in each of the last 3 dc. Join with sl st.

Round 13: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1-space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1-space, *1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in the next dc, 1DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last 3 dc, 1 dc in the first dc, 2 dc in the second dc, 1 dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 14: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1-space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, 1DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last 4 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 4 dc. Join with sl st.

Round 15: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1-space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1-space, *1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 1, dc in each of the next 2 dc, DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last 4 dc, 1 dc in the next 2 dc, ch 1, dc in each of the last 2 dc. Join with sl st.

Round 16: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *dc in the next dc, skip the next dc, DV-st in the ch-1 space, skip the next dc, dc in the next dc, DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last 5 sts, dc in the first dc, skip the next dc, DV-st in the ch-1 space, skip the next dc, dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 17: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *2 dc in the next dc, DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last dc, 2 dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 18: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1-space, *dc in the next dc, ch 1, dc in the next dc, DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last 2 dc, dc in the first dc, ch 1, dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 19: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the ch-1 space, dc in the next dc, DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last 3 sts, dc in the first dc, 2 dc in the ch-1-space, dc in the last dc. Join with sl st.

Round 20: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in the ch-1 space, ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 space, *skip the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc, ch 1, 2 dc in the next dc, skip the next dc, DV-st in DV-st - repeat from * to the last 4 dc, skip the first dc, 2 dc in the second dc, ch 1, 2 dc in the third dc, skip the last dc. Join with sl st. Tie off. Cut thread.

Round 21 (contrast color): using contrast color, sc in each st of 20th round.

With the same contrast thread work a round of sc around the armholes.



Belt:

With thread of the main color make a chain as long as you want the belt, in multiples of 11 (e.g. 44, 55, etc). Tie off. Cut thread.

With thread of the contrast color chain 10, sc in the 11th chain of the string, *chain 10, skip 10 chains of the belt chain, sc in the next ch - repeat to the end of string. Tie off. Cut thread.

Flowers:

To decorate the belt and yoke of the dress, make several flowers.

With color A ch 4, join with sl st into circle.

Round 1: ch 1, 12 sc into the circle.

Round 2 with color B: ch 1, *(1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc) into the next sc, 1 sc in the next sc - repeat from * across the round.

Tie off. Cut thread.

Finishing

Weave in the ends of thread. Sew 4-5 plastic snaps on the button band.

Sew the flowers to the ends of the belt and yoke. Thread the belt through the eyelets in the first round of the skirt.

Enjoy!

Bodice Chart

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Skirt Chart

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