Bowtiful 18″ Doll Dress

Bowtiful 18" doll dress crochet pattern
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Bowtiful 18″ doll dress crochet pattern

Thanks for checking out my Bowtiful 18″ doll dress crochet pattern. For those of you who follow my blog you probably know I have a passion for designing dolls clothes and have been crocheting for 18″ dolls over the last few weeks. I wanted to make a pretty and classic dolls dress which is quick and easy to make. I came up with the ‘bowtiful’ dress and headband, named after the simple but beautiful bow design.

Bowtiful 18″ doll dress description

The Bowtiful 18″ doll dress crochet pattern includes a pattern for a matching headband. The dolls clothes are designed to fit 18″ child style dolls and the pattern is suitable for both thinner and wider waisted dolls. The dolls dress is fitted up to the waist and flows out in a classic A-line skirt. The dolls dress buttons up at the back and has a subtle trim on the skirt. The dolls headband and waistband are completed with a pretty bow.

How it’s made

The 18″ doll dress crochet pattern is easy skill level and would also be suitable for confident beginners. You will need to know all your basic crochet stiches as well as the V-stitch. You’ll also need to know how to increase and work into a raw edge. The dress in made in one-piece and the bows and buttons are the only parts you’ll need to sew on. Overall its a very fast easy crochet pattern. To make the crochet dolls dress I used Aran (weight 4) yarn. I used a 5mm crochet hook for my small waisted 18″ doll, I recommend using a 5.5mm crochet hook for a doll with a larger waist. The actual pattern below includes clear instructions on this. The dolls outfit uses approximately 72g (142m/156yd) of yarn.

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The Bowtiful 18″ doll dress crochet pattern is available in both free and paid versions. Simply scroll down for the free pattern. Alternatively, the paid crochet pattern includes the following –

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Bowtiful 18″ doll dress crochet pattern

This free crochet pattern will help you create a 18″ doll dress with matching headband. However, you can purchase your very own copy of the crochet pattern in a advert free, printable pdf file from my Etsy or Ravelry store.

Crochet pattern info

18” doll sizes

Choose measurements of your doll and use the hook recommended below

Small – waist 8”-11” / hips 11”-12”

Large – waist 11”-14” / hips 12”-13”

Crochet hook sizes

5mm (H-8) for small doll

5.5mm (I-9) for large doll

Yarn

Aran (weight 4) yarn

Click here to learn about yarn weights

I used Stylecraft special aran. The following amounts are based on a 5mm hook. Add on a little extra if your using a 5.5mm hook.

A – Fondant – 56g (110m/121yd)

B – Silver – 16g (32m/35yd)

Total – 72g (142m/156yd)

View this yarn on Love Crafts website

Terminology

USA

Click here for U.K. translation

Abbreviations

ch – chain

MR – magic ring

sl st – slip stich

st / sts – stitch / stitches

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2 single crochet in one space)

dc – double crochet

5dc – increase/shell (5 double crochet in one space)

Gauge / tension

Gauge is important as everyone crochets with a different tension. Therefore, if your 2” swatch doesn’t match up you can change your hook size to suit your tension.

5mm hook – 2” x 2” = 5 rows of 7 hdc

5.5mm hook – 2” x 2” = 5 rows of 6 hdc

Finished sizes (small/large)

Headband W14cm

Dress L23cm x W15cm / L24cm x W16cm

Pattern notes

I do not count chains or finishing slip stitches in my stitch count. Numbers in brackets are the number of rows/stitches.

Stitches separated with a comma are to be made in separate spaces. eg. (sc, inc) would mean sc in first stitch then inc in next stitch. eg. (sc x 2, inc) would mean sc in first stitch, sc in second stitch, then inc in next stitch.

I chose to change colours while completing the last stitch on the previous rows. You can use this method or your preferred colour changing method.

Supplies

You will need the following supplies to complete the crochet project (links will take you directly to my recommended supplies) 

– Crochet hooks 

– Tapestry needle

– Aran Yarn

– Stitch markers (optional)

– Scissors

– Tape measure

– 15mm buttons x 2

Free Bowtiful 18″ doll dress crochet pattern

Bow (make 2)

Row 1

• Use colour B (grey) & a 5mm hook

ch x 8 then start in 2nd ch from hook

hdc x 7

ch 2 & turn

(7 sts)

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Row 2

V-st in first stitch

(Skip 1, v-st) 3 times

ch 2 & turn

(4 sts)

Rows 3 – 5

V-st in ch space x 4

dc in 2nd turning ch from previous row

ch 2 & turn between rows / ch 1 & turn after row 5

(3 rows of 5 sts)

Row 6

• sc x 13 (1 in every dc & ch space)

sc in 2nd turning ch from previous row

Fasten off

(14 sts)

Row 7

• Attach yarn back to row 1 chain spaces

• hdc x 7

ch 2 & turn

(7 sts)

Rows 8 – 12

• Repeat rows 2-6 for 2nd half of the bow

• Wrap plenty of yarn tightly around the centre

(5 rows)

Headband

Row 1

• Use colour B (grey) & a 5mm hook

ch x 45 then sl st into 1st ch to make a circle & ch 1

hdc x 45

sl st to 1st st to join & fasten off

Sew on bow and weave in ends

(45 sts)

Dress

Row 1

• Use colour A (pink) & hook recommended on page 2

ch x 25 then start in 2nd ch from hook

(2hdc, hdc x 2) 8 times

ch 1 & turn

(32 sts)

Row 2

(2hdc, hdc x 3) 8 times

ch 1 & turn

(40 sts)

Row 3

(2hdc, hdc x 4) 8 times

ch 1 & turn

(48 sts)

Row 4

(2hdc, hdc x 5) 8 times

ch 1 & turn

(56 sts)

Row 5

(2hdc, hdc x 6) 8 times

ch 1 & turn

(64 sts)

Row 6

(2hdc, hdc x 7) 8 times

ch 1 & turn

(72 sts)

Row 7

The skipped stitches will be the arm holes

hdc x 10, skip 16 sts, hdc x 20, skip 16 sts, hdc x 10

ch 1 & turn

(40 sts)

Row 8

hdc x 40

ch 1 & turn

(40 sts)

Row 9 – 10

Change to colour B (grey)

hdc x 40

ch 1 & turn

(40 sts)

Round 11

Change to colour A (pink)

hdc x 40

sl st into 1st st to join & ch 2

(40 sts)

Round 12

(2dc, dc) 20 times

sl st into 1st st to join & ch 2

(60 sts)

Round 13

(2dc, dc x 2) 20 times

sl st into 1st st to join & ch 2

(80 sts)

Round 14 – 19

dc x 80

sl st into 1st st to join & ch 2

(6 rounds of 80 sts)

Round 20

(V-st & skip 1) 40 times

sl st into 1st st to join & ch 1

(40 sts)

Round 21

sc x 80 (1 between every v-st and 1 in every ch sp)

sl st into 1st st to join, fasten off & weave in ends

(80 sts)

Assembly

Sew bow onto the waistband and weave in all ends

Buttons & button holes

Row 1

Use yarn colour A (pink)

Attach yarn to row 1 chains – left side

sc x 10 down raw edge (1 at the end of every row)

ch 1 & turn

(10 sts)

Row 2

sc x 2

ch 2 & skip 2 (button hole)

sc x 2

ch 2 & skip 2 (button hole)

sc x 2

Fasten off & weave in ends

(6 sts)

Row 3

Use yarn colour A (pink)

Attach yarn to row 1 chains – right side

sc x 10 down raw edge (1 at the end of every row)

ch 1 & turn

(10 sts)

Row 4

sc x 10

Fasten off & weave in ends

Sew buttons on the opposite side to button holes

(10 sts)

Bowtiful 18″ doll dress free crochet pattern

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