How to Crochet a Doll Dress – Free Pattern

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This week I’m sharing my free crochet pattern to create a crochet dress for amigurumi dolls. This beautiful pattern is beginner-friendly and reminds me of princess dolls that I had when I was a little girl. Included in this post is the full free pattern for the dress as well as a step-by-step video tutorial for how to crochet a doll dress.

I’ll be sharing some links to some other free crochet doll dress patterns and doll garments that you can add to your doll’s wardrobe as well. This pattern is Week 12 of the Amigurumi Advent Calendar Crochet Along and is designed to fit my Advent Amy doll pattern. However, it could fit a number of my other amigurumi doll patterns that I have available.

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How do you make a crochet doll dress?

For this pattern, we are going to start with the bodice of the dress and work down towards the skirt. Then we will change colors and work on the skirt. After finishing with the skirt, we will return to the top of the bodice and crochet the straps of our dress. We will use stitches of varying heights to make the straps appear wider in sections and to make it look like the straps taper towards the center-front of the bodice. Buttons are then sewn onto the back to finish.

purple sample dress for amigurumis dolls made with this how to crochet a doll dress free pattern and tutorial

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Where Can I Get a Printable Copy of this Pattern?

  • You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free crochet PDF pattern with all three parts of the doll together in one convenient pdf file in my Ravelry and Etsy shop OR

  • Buy the Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL Bundle in my Ravelry or Etsy shops and get this pattern and all the CAL patterns in printable bundle files.
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Ways to Customize This Crochet Doll Dress

Many of our lovely amigurumi advent calendar crochet along participants are making multiple dolls and advent calendars. Since each doll is getting their own wardrobe I thought it would be a great idea to include some fun ways to customize this dress.

  • Use different colors to create holiday dresses. Try orange and black for Halloween, red and white for a Christmas dress. You get the idea.

  • Add extra rows to the skirt to make it a full-length gown.

  • Omit rows from the skirt to make a shorter dress.

Important Note About The Supply List for this Project:

The supply list shown for this pattern shows the materials needed Weeks 10 – 18 of the Amigurumi Advent Calendar Crochet Along. Not all materials will be used this week. A new/updated material list will be posted starting Week 19. The supply list for Weeks 10 – 18 can be found on any of the previous week’s patterns (links listed above).

Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

Skill Level:

  • Easy

Terminology:

  • US Term

Supplies:

Abbreviations:


Special Techniques and Stitches:

  • Invisible Finish/Join: FO leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end. Learn how to do this with my invisible finish/join tutorial.

Finished Size:

  • Clothing to fit Advent Amy Doll which is approximately 10.5” tall.


Gauge:

  • Clothing: 4 sts across x 6 rows = 1” square.

  • Doll: Rounds 1 – 4 of the Leg = 1.5” across at widest point.

 

Notes:

  • Gauge is important for ensuring that all of the parts of your doll fit appropriately.  If you don’t plan to match gauge, ensure that you maintain a consistent tension throughout your project. 

  • Most of the pieces are worked back and forth in turned rows, unless noted.  Read instructions for each piece carefully before starting to crochet.

  • For pieces worked in continuous rounds, a stitch marker is used to marker the first ST of the round and is moved up in each consecutive round.

  • CH 2 in Round 6 of the body of the bear counts as a ST.

  • You may need to fold down the ears of the bear for it to fit into the advent box.

You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern with all three parts of the doll together + 1 outfit in one convenient file in my Ravelry and Etsy shops
OR
Buy the Amigurumi Advent Calendar CAL Bundle in my Ravelry or Etsy shops and get printable versions of all of the CAL patterns at once.

Step-By-Step Video Tutorial For This Pattern

Dress


Using Colour D, CH 30.

Round 1 (RS): SC in the 7th CH from the hook and each CH across. (24 STs, CH-6 SP)

Round 2 (WS):  CH 1 and turn. (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)

Round 3:  CH 1 and turn. (SC 4, SCINC) x 6. (36)

Round 4:  CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across. (36)

Round 5:  CH 1 and turn. (SC 11, SCINC) x 3. (39)

Round 6:  CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across. (39)


Round 7:  CH 1 and turn. (SC 12, SCINC) x 3. (42)

doll wearing a crochet dress in two shades of purple


Round 8:  CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across. (42)


Round 9:  CH 6 and turn. SK 6 CHs, SC in the next ST and in each ST across. (42 sts, CH-6 SP)

Rounds 10 – 12:  CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across. (42)
Change to Colour J

Round 13:  CH 1 and turn. Working in the BLO, (SC, SCINC) x 21.  Join last ST to first ST with SL ST. (From here on out referred to as “Join”) (63)

Round 14:  CH 1 and turn. (SCINC, SC 2) x 21.  Join. (84)


Rounds 15 – 25:  CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST around. Join. (84)
FO and weave in ends.

FO and weave in ends.  Using sewing needle and thread, sew 2 buttons on the dress, one opposite from the CH-6 space from Round 1 and the other opposite the CH-6 space from Round 9. Use the CH-6 space to fasten the dress closed by slipping it over the button once on the doll.

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Dress Straps

With WS of dress facing you, attach Colour J to the base of the first SC of Row 1 of the dress.

Row 1: SC in the same ST as the join, SC in the next 4 STs, CH 16, SK 5 STs, SC in the next 4 STs, CH 16, SK 5 STs, SC in the last 5 STs. (14 sts & 2 CH-16 SP)


Row 2: CH 1 and turn, SL ST in the first 5 STs, SL ST into the first 2 CHs, SC in the next 2 CHs, HDC in the next 2 CHs, DC in the next 4 CHs, HDC in the next 2 CHs, SC in the next 2 CHs, SL ST in the next 2 CHs, SL ST in the next 4 SC STs, working into the CHs, SL ST into the first 2 CHs, SC in the next 2 CHs, HDC in the next 2 CHs, DC in the next 2 CHs, HDC in the next 2 CHs, SC in the next 2 CHs, SL ST in the next 2 CHs, SL ST in the last 5 SC STs.

FO and weave in ends.

I hope that you enjoyed learning how to crochet a doll dress with this crochet doll dress pattern and tutorial. I’d love to see your progress you’ve made on your dolls and doll clothing!  Share your projects with me on social media by tagging me @theloopylamb or using #theloopylambCAL in your posts.

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