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Springtime Ruffled Top and Skirt

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Top and Skirt Crochet Pattern

The top and skirt will fit 14 1/2" tall dolls such as Wellie Wishers, Hearts4Hearts, Glitter Girls.

This two piece outfit for your doll features ruffles at the sleeves, the hem of the top and the hem of the skirt. It's a stream-lined yet elegant look, suitable for either dress casual or business casual occasions.

I crocheted the top in white, with green edging, and the skirt in matching green with a white line for contrast. However, many other color combinations are possible. You can match the top to the skirt for a more formal look or go crazy for a more casual one.

Materials: Aunt Lydia's Viscose from Bamboo Crochet Thread Size #10 and/or Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread size #10 (100% mercerized cotton).
Note: Viscose thread is softer than cotton, so the final product will be more delicate. I recommend viscose for the top and cotton for the skirt.

Steel hook: 1.5 mm OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Notions: yarn needle, 3-4 small sew-on snaps, sewing needle and thread of matching color to sew on the snaps, any small embellishments of your choice.

Gauge for double crochet: 7 dc x 4 rows = 1" x 1" (2.5 cm x 2.5 cm)

Abbreviations:
Dc - double crochet
Sc – single crochet
Ch – chain
st, sts - stitch, stitches
sl st - slip stitch
RS - right side
WS - wrong side


Top

3dc at the beginning and 3 dc at the end of the row form button bands.

Chain 40.

Row 1 (RS): ch 2 (counts as 1 sc), sc in each of the 39 chains across. = 40 sc

Row 2 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 2 sc, * 1 dc in the next sc, 2 dc in the next sc - repeat from * 8 times, 1 dc in the next sc, *1 dc in the next sc, 2 dc in the next sc - repeat from * 8 times, 1 dc in the last 4 sc. = 56 dc

Row 3 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc - rep from * 4 times, 2 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, 2 dc in the next dc - rep from * 4 times, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. = 66 dc

Row 4 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 16 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 13 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 13 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 17 dc. = 70 dc

Row 5 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 7 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, *1 dc in each of the next 8 dc, 2 dc in the next dc rep. from * 2 times, 1 dc in each of the next 7 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 2 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 7 dc, *2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 8 dc - rep. from * 3 times. = 78 dc

Row 6 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 12 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 15 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 22 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 15 dc, 1 dc in the last 13 dc. = 108 dc

Row 7 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 12 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 30 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 22 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 30 dc, 1 dc in the last 13 dc. = 168 dc


Divide for Sleeves and Bodice:

Row 8 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 12 dc, chain 3, skip the next 60 dc, 1 dc in each of the next 22 dc, chain 3, skip the next 60 dc, 1 dc in the last 13 dc. = 54 sts

Row 9 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 12 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 the last 13 dc. = 54 dc

Row 10 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each stitch across the row.

Repeat row 10 two more times.

Row 13 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 48 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 3 dc. = 102 dc

Row 14 (WS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc -repeat from * to last 5 dc, 1 dc in each of the last 5 dc. = 125 dc

Row 15 (RS): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, *2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc - rep from to last 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. = 156 dc

In you wish, you can make a row of sc in each dc in contrast color along the sleeves and hem edges. Tie off.


Finishing

Weave in thread ends. Sew 3-4 snaps on the button bands.


Drawstring Skirt with Ruffle:

The skirt is worked in the round.

Chain 70 and join into round with slip st.

Round 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc, 1 sc in each chain across, join with sl st. = 70 sc

Round 2 (belt round): ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), skip 1 sc, *1dc in the next sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc - repeat from * to the end of the round, join with sl st.

Round 3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each st across, join with sl st. = 70 dc

Repeat round 3 five more times.

Optional: before round 9 (ruffle), you can make a round of sc in contrast color.

Round 9: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the same dc, 2 dc in each dc across, join with sl. st. = 140 dc

Round 10: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc),1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc, * 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc - repeat from * across, join with sl st. = 175 dc

Round 11: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each dc across.

Repeat round 11 one more time or to desired length.


Belt

You can use a 12" long piece of ribbon, or you can chain 12" long string, then make a row of sc in each chain. Tie off.


Finishing

Weave in all thread ends. Insert ribbon or crochet belt into belt round.

Have fun!


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