Recently, I mentioned that I had crocheted a dress for the GB's baby doll, Nellie. It was fun to make. I based it on several top-down yoke-style pieces I have crocheted for the GB and other small children and babies. It's not exactly my own invention, but it required some trial and error and (oh, Lord) math to make it work well for a tiny doll. I think it worked out pretty nicely, and the GB seems thrilled with it. I have to tell you that having a little girl who loves dolls is a dream come true for me. I love dolls and always have. I'm so glad she does too.
(I would be fine if she didn't love them, everyone is different, girls don't have to like dolls, my son liked dolls too. Now that we have that out of the way, I love that she loves dolls! Hee).
It was easy to make. There are only three stitches in the whole thing: chains, (US) double-crochet and slip stitch. The yoke is crocheted flat to start, then crocheted in joined rounds to create the skirt. If you can do these things in crochet, you can make this dress.
I've been working on writing out what I did when I made it. I tend to make a few notes before I crochet something, along with a few unintelligible jottings as I work, and then I go back and write it neatly and coherently in my project notebook. I'm happy to share my pattern but I won't make any guarantees; I'm a moderately experienced crocheter and my ideas make sense in my head and as I work, but I'm very much a fledgling "designer" of crochet patterns.
The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK. From the yoke down, the colors are: Cloud Blue, Pomegranate, Spring Green, Wisteria, Shrimp, Aspen, Fondant and Aster. (We think this gives Nellie's dress a beachy look).
I used a G/6 (4 mm) Clover aluminum hook. You'll also need a small button, sewing thread and needle, and a yarn needle.
Nellie's Dress (fits 12-13 inch baby doll)
ch: chain stitch
ch sp: chain space
dc: (US) double-crochet stitch
sl st: slip stitch
Chain 42 to begin.
Row 1: Starting in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next 4 ch, sk1, ch1, dc in next 5 ch, sk1, ch1, dc in next 18 ch, sk1, ch1, dc in next 5 ch, sk 1, ch1, dc in next 4 ch, ch2 and turn.
Row 2: dc in first 3 stitches, (1dc, ch1, 1dc - we'll use an asterisk to represent this sequence from now on) in ch space, 5dc, (*) in next ch sp, 17dc, (*) in next ch sp, 5dc, (*) in next ch sp, 4dc, ch2 and turn.
Row 3: 4dc, (*) in next ch sp, 7dc, (*) in next ch sp, 19dc, (*) in next ch sp, 7dc, (*) in next ch sp, 5dc, ch2 and turn.
Row 4: 5dc, (*) in next ch sp, 9 dc, (*) in next ch sp, 21dc, (*) in next ch sp, 9dc, (*) in next ch sp, 5dc, ch2 and turn.
Row 5 (now begin making the skirt (and connecting the yoke to make "sleeves"): 6dc, (*) in next ch sp, ch6, (*) in next ch sp, 23dc, (*) in next ch sp, ch6, (*) in next ch sp, 7dc, ch2 and turn.
Row 6: 7dc, (*) in next ch sp, 6dc, (*) in next ch sp, 25dc, (*) in next ch sp, 6dc, (*) in next ch sp, 8dc, ch2 and turn.
Row 7 and beyond will be worked in the round
Row 7: dc in each stitch from the previous row, finishing with sl st in the top of the ch2 from the previous row to join the sides, making a back seam. Continue this way, repeating Row 7 and joining ends of each round until dress reaches the desired length (try it on the doll as you work).
Finishing: starting at one corner of the back opening, sl st down one side and up the other, making one or two stitches at the V where the joined rows begin (for reinforcement). Sew a small button onto on side of the back opening (I lined up my button with a place on the other side where there was a ch2 at the edge to use as a buttonhole). Weave in yarn ends.
PS - Nellie is made by Corolle and is from their Mon Premier Bebe Calin line. We've had her since the GB was about a year old. She is a perfect doll for toddlers because she's easy to dress. Mommies big and small love her.
You guys are really wonderful, I hope you know that. Your comments on my last few posts have been so touching and they've lifted my spirits a lot. It's going to be okay. I'll be talking about it more in the coming months, no doubt, because there will be a surgery this summer and I will probably need some moral support. But I think we're in very good hands now (I couldn't say that with confidence before the practitioner change), and that makes a very big difference. I know I'm always thanking people, but again...just thanks.
We have a new podcast online if you want to listen! Just click the button near the top of my sidebar to go to the Bear's website, where we house them. This time we're talking about rituals and their importance in our lives. Coffee and tea figure heavily, along with the swamp cooler, if you can believe it.