How to Crochet a Tiny Shirt For Dolls – Free Pattern & Video Tutorial

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This week I’m going to show you how to crochet a tiny shirt for dolls. Included in this free crochet pattern is detailed written instructions as well as a step-by-step video tutorial. This pattern is Week 17 of the Amigurumi Advent Calendar Crochet Along.

This crochet pattern was designed to fit my Advent Amy doll pattern which is a 10 inch doll when crocheted to gauge. However, it could fit a number of my other amigurumi doll patterns that I have available.

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Missed the previous weeks of the CAL? No problem! You can start any time and there are already a lot of other free crochet doll clothes patterns available.

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How to Crochet a Tiny Shirt for Dolls

This pattern and tutorial shows how to crochet a tiny shirt for dolls that is worked from the neck-line down to the bottom hem. I like to design my tops (for dolls and people) from the top-down. It enables you to try your shirt on as you progress to see how it fits.

If you’re not matching gauge in this pattern, take some time to try your doll’s shirt on after the armholes are established in Round 4 to see if you need to make any adjustments.

After the armholes are established, we will work on the body of the doll’s shirt. In the last few rounds of the top, we’ll change colours and work in the back loop to create a some visual interest and some ridges that give the top a tiered look.

Lastly, buttons are sewn to the back of the shirt across from the chain-6 spaces we created. Those chain spaces act as button holes and will slip over the buttons to secure the shirt closed when placed on the doll.

amigurumi doll wearing a shirt made with this how to crochet a tiny shirt for a doll tutorial

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Where Can I Get a Printable Copy of this Pattern?

  • You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF pattern with all three parts of the doll together in one convenient 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 sent to you when they are released. Pattern updates will be emailed to Etsy buyers and updated in your Ravelry library for Ravelry users.
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Experiment with Color

This doll shirt is a a fun way to experiment with color. Try using two bright, contrasting colors or even 2 – 4 shades of the same color (i.e. shades of pink) and do each “tier” in a different shade. You don’t have to limit yourself to just the 2 colors like I did. Experiment and have fun with it.

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.  This pattern is for personal use only. 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 this pattern and all the CAL patterns sent to you when they are released.

How to Crochet a Tiny Shirt for Dolls Step-By-Step Video Tutorial:

Tiered Top – Tiny Crochet Shirt for Dolls Pattern

doll wearing a tiny crochet shirt in a flat lay with a mini amigurumi teddy bear

Using Colour K, Ch 24


Row 1: SC in the 7th CH from the hook and each remaining CH across. (18 STs & CH-6 SP for buttonhole)


Row 2: CH 1 and turn. (SC 2, SCINC) x 6. (24)


Row 3: CH 1 and turn. (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)


Row 4: CH 1 and turn. SC 3, CH 7, SK 8, SC 8, CH 7, SK 8, SC 3. (14 STS & 2, CH-7 SPs)


Row 5: CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST and CH across. (28)


Row 6: CH 1 and turn. SC 13, SCINC, SC 14. (29)

Row 7: CH 1 and turn. SC 13, SCINC, SC 15. (30)


Row 8: CH 1 and turn. (SC 4, SCINC) x 6. (36)

Row 9: CH 6 and turn. SK 6 CHs, SC 36. (36)

Row 10: CH 1 and turn. (SC 5, SCINC) x 6. (42)

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Change to Colour B


Row 11: CH 1 and turn. In BLO, SC across. (42)

Row 12: CH 1 and turn. SC across. (42)

Change to Colour K


Row 13: CH 1 and turn. In BLO, SC across. (42)


Row 14: CH 1 and turn. SC across. (42)

Change to Colour B


Row 15: CH 1 and turn. In BLO, SC across. (42)

Row 16: CH 1 and turn. SC across. (42)


FO and weave in ends.  Using sewing needle and thread, sew a button on the shorts, across from the CH-6 space from Rows 1 & 9. Use the CH-6 space to fasten the shorts closed by slipping it over the button once on the doll.

Sleeves

Round 1: With the right side facing you, attach yarn in Colour B to the center point in the bottom one of the arm holes.  SC 18 around the arm hole.  Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST. (18)


FO and weave in ends. Repeat instructions on the second sleeve.

I hope that you enjoyed learning how to crochet a tiny shirt for dolls with this free pattern and video tutorial. I’d love to see your beautiful finished project! Share your project with me on social media by tagging me @theloopylamb or using #theloopylambCAL in your posts.

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