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American Girl Doll Autumn Lace Dress

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Dress Crochet Pattern

This crochet dress is perfect for your doll to wear in the early Fall, when the leaves are starting to change color, but it’s still warm enough for skirts. With a different choice of colors, this would make a great summer dress also. I decorated the dress with leaf-shaped buttons.

Materials: Veil by Willow Yarns 306 yards(280 meters)/ 50 g size 10 Cotton Thread: color: Basil (MC); color Dandelion (A), color Ginger (B). 1 ball of each color will be enough to crochet 3 doll dresses in different color combinations.
Metallic or plastic sew-on snaps.

Hook: steel hook #2 (1.5 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.

Gauge: 32 dc = 4" (10 cm)

Abbreviations:
Dc - double crochet
Sc – single crochet
Ch – chain
sl st - slip stitch
V-st - V-stitch: dc-ch1-dc in the indicated stitch
RS - right side
WS - wrong side


Dress

The dress is worked top-down back and forth to the hip line, leaving an opening at the back. Then, you can either continue in rows, or, if you are an experienced crocheter, in rounds. Here I describe how to work the skirt in rows, and provide some tips if you wanted to work in rounds. The groups of 3 dc in the beginning and 3 dc at the end of each row form a button band. Feel free to substitute colors to your taste.

Chain 3 in the beginning of each row counts as I dc. Chain 2 in the beginning of each row counts as 1 sc.

Yoke

Chain 58 with color A.

Row 1 (RS): ch 3, insert hook in the 5th ch from the hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 chains, *2 dc in the next ch, 1 dc in each of the next 4 chains - repeat from * to last 4 chains, 2 dc in the next chain, 1 dc in each of the last 3 chains. Turn.

Row 2 (WS) (with color B): ch 2, 1 sc in each dc across. = 70 sts. Turn

Row 3: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sc, ch 2, sc in the next sc, *ch 3, skip 2 sc, 1 sc in the next sc- repeat from * 21 times, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc. Turn.

Row 4: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 3 dc under the ch-3 space - repeat from * 21 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 5 (with main color): ch 2, 1 sc in each stitch. = 91 sts. Turn.

Row 6: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, sc in the next sc, *ch 3, skip 3 sc, 1 sc in the next sc- repeat from * 21 times, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc. Turn.

Row 7: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, * ch 1, 4 dc under the ch-3 space - repeat from * 21 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 8 (with color A): ch 2, 1 sc in each stitch across. = 112 sts. Turn.

Row 9: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, sc in the next sc, *ch 4, skip 4 sc, 1 sc in the next sc- repeat from * 21 times, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc. Turn.

Row 10: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, * ch 1, 5 dc under the ch-4 space - repeat from * 21 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. = 133 sts. Turn.

Row 11 (with color B): ch 2, 1 sc in each stitch across.

Row 12: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, sc in the next sc, *ch 5, skip 5 sc, 1 sc in the next sc- repeat from * 21 times, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc. Turn.

Row 13: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, * ch 1, 6 dc under the ch-5 space - repeat from * 21 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. = 154 sts



Divide for Sleeves and Bodice:

Row 14 (with main color): ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc - repeat from *3 times, 1 dc in the next ch-1 space, ch 4, skip 31 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, *ch1, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc - repeat from * 5 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 4, skip 31 sts, 1 dc in the next ch-1 space, *1 dc in each of the next 6 dc, ch 1 - repeat from * 3 times, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 15: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc - repeat from * 2 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 7 dc, ch 1, skip the first chain of the ch-4 space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 chains of the ch-4 space, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc - repeat from * 5 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 chains of the ch-4 space, ch 1, skip the last chain of the ch-4 space, 1 dc in each of the next 7 dc, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc -repeat from * 2 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Rows 16, 17, 18, 19: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc - repeat from * 2 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 7 dc, *ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc - repeat from * 7 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the next 7 dc, *ch1, 1 dc in each of the next 6 dc - repeat from * 2 times, ch 1, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 20 (belt row): ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 dc in the next dc - repeat from * to last 3 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.


Skirt

Row 21: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, *1 sc in the ch-1 space, ch 3 - repeat from * to last 4 dc, skip 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 22: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 3 dc in the ch-3 space - repeat from * to the ch-2 space, ch 1 over ch-2 space, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 23: ch 2, 1 sc in each stitch across.

Row 24: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, 1 sc in the next sc, *ch 3, skip 3 sc, 1 sc in the next sc - repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 25: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 3 dc in the ch-3 space - repeat from * to ch-2 space, ch 1 over ch-2 space, 1 dc in each of the past 3 dc. Turn.

Crochet rows 26-28 the same as rows 23-25.

Row 29: ch 2, 1 sc in each stitch across. At the end of this row you can either turn and continue in rows or, if you are an experienced crocheter, join the skirt into a round in the following way: make sc to the last 3 sts of the button band: work the next sc, insert the hook in the first st of the right side button band and connect with a slip stitch; in the same way, work the remaining 2 sts of the button band. If you work in rounds, omit the button band sts in the beginning and in the end of each row, work *1 sc, ch 3* over the button band stitches in the first round, then continue the pattern as established.

Row 30: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, 1 sc in the next sc, *ch 3, skip 3 sc, 1 sc in the next sc - repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 31: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 4 dc in the ch-3 space - repeat from * to ch-2 space, ch 1 over ch-2 space, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 32: ch 2, 1 sc in each stitch across. Turn.

Row 33: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, 1 sc in the next sc, *ch 4, skip 4 sc, 1 sc in the next sc - repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row: 34: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 4 dc in the ch-4 space - repeat from * to ch-2 space, ch 1 over ch-2 space, 1 dc in each of the past 3 dc. Turn.

Repeat rows 32-34 two more times: rows 35-40.

Row 41: ch 2, 1 sc in each stitch across. Turn.

Row 42: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, 1 sc in the next sc, *ch 4, skip 4 sc, 1 sc in the next sc - repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 43: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 5 dc in the ch-4 space - repeat from * to ch-2 space, ch 1 over ch-2 space, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 44: ch 2, 1 sc in each stitch across. Turn.

Row 45: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2, 1 sc in the next sc, *ch 5, skip 5 sc, 1 sc in the next sc - repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Row 46: ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *ch 1, 5 dc in the ch-5 space - repeat from * to ch-2 space, ch 1 over ch-2 space, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. Turn.

Repeat rows 44 - 46 one more time: rows 47-49.

Row 50: ch 3, 1 dc in each stitch across. Tie off.


Belt: chain a string15” long. Turn and work 1 dc in each chain across. Tie off. Weave in thread ends.


Finishing:

Overlap the button bands and sew them together from the hem up to row 29. Sew 4 snaps on the button bands.

Have fun!



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Poster: barbara t.
November 4, 2017

this is sooooo pretty. i have to try it. it's been a long time since i've
crocheted barbie clothes for my daughter. now my granddaughter is 9, but she may not get it, i may keep it for my dolls. i liked crocheting with thread. thanks for sharing!!!!
this!
Poster: Barbara D
September 23, 2017

This dress is beautiful! I love the colors and pattern. Thank you for sharing these delightful patterns. I make these for my church who gives them to children in the hospital along with a doll.

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