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Wellie Wishers Chevron Summer Dress

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Dress Crochet Pattern

These bright summer dresses feature a chevron motif on the skirt. I think it looks best if you use 2 contrasting colors. The chevrons really stand out that way. However, you can use similar colors, one color or a color-changing yarn, for different looks.

This dress will fit 14.5” dolls, such as American Girl Wellie Wishers and Hearts4Hearts. A back opening lets you put it on and take it off quickly.

Skills Required/Technique Used: Chain, double crochet

Materials:
Crochet Thread #10, 2 colors 1 ball each. Choose colors to your taste, change the color sequence as you like – every row/round, or every 2 rows/rounds, as on our dresses.

Hook: 1.5 mm

Notions: 4 sew-on snaps size 2/0; sewing needle and thread matching the crochet thread to attach the snaps, small embellishments to your taste (optional). Stitch markers might be helpful.

Gauge: 14 dc x 8 rows = 2” x 2” (5 cm x 5 cm).

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
V-st – here 1 dc-ch 2 - 1 dc in 1 indicated stitch
V-st in V-st – V-st in ch-2-space of the V-st of the previous row or round
RS - right side
WS - wrong side


Dress

The dress is worked top-down as one piece, first back-and-forth, then joined in the round. 2 dc in the beginning of the row and 2 dc in the end of the row form a button band. Feel free to choose your own color combination and change the color sequence as you like.

Yoke

Chain 38. Distribute chain sts as follows:

5 back - 1 raglan - 8 sleeve - 1 raglan - 8 front - 1 raglan - 8 sleeve - 1 raglan - 5 back (you may place markers on raglan sts).

Row 1 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 4 chains, *V-st in the next chain, 1 dc in each of the next 8 chains, repeat from * three times, V-st in the next chain, 1 dc in each of the last 5 chains. Turn.

Work 5 more rows with 3-chain in the beginning (always counts as 1 dc), dc in each dc, V-st in V-st. In each row the number of stitches increases by 8 stitches.


Divide for sleeves and bodice

Row 7 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 10 dc, 1 dc in ch-2-space of the first V-st, ch 3, skip 20 dc (sleeve), 1 dc in the ch-2-space of the second V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 20 dc, 1 dc in the ch-2-space of the third V-st, ch 3, skip 20 dc (sleeve), 1 dc in the ch-2-space the forth V-st, 1 dc in each of the last 11 dc. Turn.

Row 8 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 11 dc, 3 dc in ch-3-space, 1 dc in each of the next 22 dc, 3 dc in ch-3-space, 1 dc in each of the last 12 dc. = 52 sts. Turn.

Row 9 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each dc across. = 52 sts. Turn.

Row 10 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, ch 2, *sc 1 in the next dc, ch 3 - repeat from * to last 3 sts, sc in the next dc, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 11 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *ch 2, 1 sc in ch-3-space, ch 2, 5 dc in the next ch-3-space - repeat from * to the last 2 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 12 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, * skip ch 2 - sc - ch 2 space, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, V-st in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc - repeat from * to the last 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn.

Joining the work into round:

In the next, 13th, row you can join the work into the round, as described below, or you can continue to work in rows, always making ch3, 1 dc in the beginning, and ending with 2 dc, and then sew closed the opening from the hem to the hip line.

Row 13 (RS): ch 3, 1 dc in the next dc, *skip the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each the next 2 dc, skip 1 dc - repeat from * to the last 2 dc, fold the dress, right side facing, and overlap the button bands (2 sts in the beginning and 2 sts in the end of the row), 1 dc in the next dc, connect with a slip stitch into the upper chain of the right button band, work dc in the last dc of the left button band, connect it with a slip stitch with the second dc of the right button band.

Round 1: with 2 slip stitches move to the next/second dc, ch 3 (counts 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *skip 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc - repeat from * to the last 3 dc, skip 1 dc, 2 dc in the next dc (the 1-st dc of the former button band), ch 2, 2 dc in the last dc (second dc of the former button band). Join into round with a slip stitch.

Round 2: With a slip stitch, move to the second dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc, 1 dc in the next dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *skip 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc - repeat from * to the last 7 sts, skip the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc, join with slip stitch.

Round 3: With a slip stitch move to the next/second dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc, 1 dc in the next dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *skip 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc - repeat from * to the end of the round, join with slip stitch.

Round 4: With a slip stitch move to the next/second dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc, 1 dc in the next dc, (1 dc, V-st, 1 dc) in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *skip 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, (1 dc, V-st, 1 dc) in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc - repeat from * to the end of the round, join with slip stitch.

Rounds 5-6: With a slip stitch move to the next/second dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc, 1 dc in the next 2 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, *skip 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc - repeat from * to the end of the round, join with slip stitch.

Round 7: With a slip stitch move to the next/second dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, (1 dc, V-st, 1 dc) in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, *skip 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, (1 dc, V-st, 1 dc) in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc - repeat from * to the end of the round, join with slip stitch.

Round 8: With a slip stitch move to the next/second dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next 3 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, *skip 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, V-st in V-st, 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc - repeat from * to the end of the round, join with slip stitch.

Repeat round 8 four more times. Tie off.


Finishing

Weave in thread ends. Sew sew-on snaps to the button bands. Embellish the dress to your taste.

Have fun!


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Comments

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Poster: Gabi
March 28, 2018

Can you explain the v stitch increases? If you chain 2, how does the math work out for 5 v stitches and 8 stitch increase in each row? Sorry, just a beginner crocheter?
Poster: Karen Hawkins
February 17, 2018

This pattern is too cute. Looks easy too! Thank you
Poster: Rabbit
February 17, 2018

This is lovely!

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