18 Inch Doll Clothes – Dress Pattern for Dolly

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Now Dolly needs a crochet dress. This is an 18 inch doll clothes pattern. Crochet this one-piece dress for dolly. The crocheted dress will fit most 18 inch dolls. The pattern is worked in one piece from start to finish and uses a striped yarn so you don’t need to change colors! The dress looks beautiful in a single color too.

This pattern fits (I have tried it on all 3 of these brands): My Life as Dolls, Our Generation 18 Inch Dolls and American Girl Dolls. The pattern is not affiliated or designed for any one single ‘brand’ and I honestly cannot recommend one brand over another as my children love each doll equally.

 Dress Pattern for Dolly

Dress for Dolly 18 Inch Doll Clothes Oombawka Design Crochet

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This simple to crochet doll dress is perfect for Dolly! Sized and shaped to fit an 18″ doll, the doll dress is crocheted using medium weight [4] yarn and a 6 mm (J) hook. The dress is initially worked back and forth in rows. After row 12 the dress is finished in continuous rounds. The dress is worked all in one piece. This is a fun to crochet and a simple project to make for 18″ dolls. Pair this with the Simple Spring Vest for Dolly to make a set. This dress will look lovely in a single color yarn.

Supplies

  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes. Medium Weight [4] Yarn. No-Dye-Lot Solids: 5 oz (141 g) / 236 yds (215 m). 100% Acrylic.
  • Hook: 6 mm [J]
  • Finished Project Yardage: 45 g or 1.6 oz ; 76 yds or 69 m
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional), Snaps (optional) to fasten, sewing needle and sewing thread

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Size

6 inches wide on a flat surface
9 inches long from shoulder to hem of skirt

Gauge

approximately 4 rows of sc per inch; 3 sc per inch

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

ch – chain
R – row until you complete R12 (after R12, R – round)
RS – right side (pretty side of the project)
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Helpful Video Tutorials

Join with a Single Crochet Stitch (Standing Single Crochet)

Quick Stitch Guide 

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes

  • This dress is worked back and forth in rows until you complete R12. The remainder of the project is worked in continuous rounds. You may wish to use a stitch marker to mark your place.
  • When we skip the stitches to create the armhole, you can simple squeeze the fabric closer to allow you to sc into the next stitch without making it extra big.
  • If you wish to add a small button or clasp to the back of the dress please see the one I used in this post: Coat and Hat for Dolly Darla did not want a closure as the back fabric almost touches (after being taken off and put on repeatedly) and it is easier for her to manage when she is changing her doll’s clothing a zillion times a day.
  • The project is worked in one piece from start to finish. I did not change yarn colors I simply worked with the yarn straight from the skein.
  • Fits 18″ Dolls like American Girl, Our Generation and My Life as

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18 Inch Doll Clothes Dress For Dolly oombawkadesigncrochet

Dress for Dolly Pattern Instructions
18 Inch Doll Clothes

 

R1: RS: Ch 21, beg in 2nd ch and work 1 sc in each of the next 2 chs, 3 sc in the next ch, 1 sc in each of the next 3 chs, 3 sc in the next ch, 1 sc in each of the next 6 chs, 3 sc in the next ch, 1 sc in each of the next 3 chs, 3 sc in the next ch, 1 sc in each of the next 2 chs, ch 1, turn. [28]

R2: 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, ch 1, turn. [36]

R3: 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, ch 1, turn. [44]

R4: 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, ch 1, turn. [52]

R5: 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 11 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 11 sts, 3 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, ch 1, turn. [60]

R6: 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, sk the next 13 sts (this creates an armhole), 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts, sk the next 13 sts (this creates the 2nd armhole), 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, ch 1, turn. [34]

Now, flip the dress right side (RS) out. 

R7: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [34]

R8-R12: Rep R7

We will be continuing in rounds from this point forward. Please use a stitch marker, or paperclip (or something) to mark your place at the beginning of each round.

R13: 1 sc in each st around. [34]

R14-R31: Rep R13. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.

You can always make the dress longer by adding extra repeats after R31!

 

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The doll pictured today is Darla’s My Life as doll.

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7 Comments

  1. Hi Jennifer, no I did not slip stitch to join. I worked in continuous rounds and used a stitch marker to mark my place. If you’d like to slip stitch to join that is ok too. Just make that slip stitch super tight so it doesn’t add any extra width to the dress and so you don’t accidentally work into it. All the best, R

  2. Hello, do I join at the beginning of row 13 or at the end of the row to start continuous rounds?

  3. Hi Sharon 🙂

    This dress is worked back and forth in rows until you complete R12. The remainder of the project is worked in continuous rounds. You may wish to use a stitch marker to mark your place.

    Hope this helps!
    Rhondda

  4. Hi, do I join at beginning of row 13 or end of the row to start continuous rounds?

  5. Hi Carrie, you can email it to me if you’d like 🙂 or if you are on Ravelry you can create a project page and I can see it there too! Thank you for trying the pattern! Darla’s one doll has a larger behind too and it makes the dress shorter at that back a bit. I guess they don’t stuff them all the same!! All the best, Rhondda

  6. I loved the dress. It turned out great. Just my granddaughter doll has a large behind…so its as little snug. Wish I could send you a pic of the dress…short vest and purse.