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Free Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Strapless Top for 11.5" Fashion Dolls

This Easy Crocheted Top Fits Mattel's Barbie and Other Fashion Dolls

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Free Rainbow Top Crochet Pattern For 11.5 Inch Fashion Dolls

Front of the Finished Crochet Fashion Doll Top

Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Related Topics: Free Fashion Doll Crochet Patterns | Rainbow Patterns | Easy Crochet Patterns | Free Crochet Patterns

Skill Level: easy

Project Overview:

This colorful fashion doll-sized top is worked in single crochet stitch.

This is a great project for confident beginners who have mastered the chain stitch, the slip stitch, and single crochet. Those are the only stitches you'll need, since the top doesn't require any complicated shaping. You'll also need to know how to change colors.

The most challenging thing about this project is its small size. If you've never tried thread crochet before, this project is a good way to ease into it.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch

Materials:

This top is crocheted using cotton embroidery floss. You will need 1 skein each in the following colors:

  • Red
  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple

Crochet Hook: Size 6 / 1.80 MM. steel crochet hook, or size needed to obtain the correct gauge.

Your Choice of Closures: Choose any of the following:

  • Several small pieces of Velcro
  • 5-7 small snaps
  • 7 small buttons. The buttons in the example are Favorite Findings: Primary #442 by Blumenthal Lansing Co. They were purchased at a Joann Fabric and Craft store.

You will also need a needle and sewing thread.

Finished Size:

When top is laid flat, it measures 2.5 high by 5' wide.

Gauge:

6.5 sc sts and 8 rows = 1"

Directions:

To avoid tangles, wind each skein of embroidery floss into a small ball before crocheting.

Ch. 32 loosely using purple embroidery floss.

Note: Since embroidery floss does not stretch much, it is typical for foundation chains to be too tight in comparison to the rest of the crocheted piece. If this happens to you, crochet your foundation chain using a hook that is one size larger than the hook you will use for crocheting the rest of the top.

Work in front loops of stitches until directed otherwise.

Row 1: The first 2 chains from hook count as 1 sc st. Sc in 3rd chain from hook. Complete entire row working in sc. Change color to blue embroidery floss before completing the last step of the last single crochet in the row.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Complete entire row working in sc. Change color to green embroidery floss before completing the last step of the last single crochet in the row.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Complete entire row working in sc. Change color to yellow embroidery floss before completing the last step of the last single crochet in the row.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Complete entire row working in sc. Change color to pink embroidery floss before completing the last step of the last single crochet in the row.

Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Complete entire row working in sc. Change color to red embroidery floss before completing the last step of the last single crochet in the row.

Row 6: Ch 2, turn. Complete entire row working in sc. Change color to purple embroidery floss before completing the last step of the last single crochet in the row.

Repeat the first 6 rows 2 more times for a total of 18 rows. The last row will be worked in red embroidery floss; note that there is no need to change colors again before finishing. End off.

Weave in all ends.

Closures:

Button Band: The example shown has a button band closure. The button band is worked perpendicular to the completed rows of crochet. Choose the color of embroidery floss that best matches your buttons. Green floss was used in the example.

Directions: Join embroidery floss and work one sl st per crocheted row. Ch 2, turn, and work 1 sc in each sl st. Turn work. (Ch 5, skip 1 sc and insert hook into next sc after that. Work 1 sl st.) Repeat until end of row; when working the last loop in the sequence, ch 5 skip 2 sc, sl st, and end off.

Sew evenly spaced buttons onto the left side of the top.

Snaps or Velcro Closure:

As with the button band, the bands to attach snaps or Velcro are worked perpendicular to the completed rows of crochet. Crochet identical bands on both sides of the garment using purple embroidery floss.

Directions: Join embroidery floss and work one sl st per crocheted row. Ch 2, turn, and work 1 sc in each sl st.

Attach snaps or Velcro to top using even spacing.

Fit Information for Fashion Dolls:

This crocheted top will fit many 11 ½” fashion dolls, including the following:

  • Mattel Barbie dolls made using the 1966 body molds. Examples include Superstar Barbie, the Happy Holidays Barbies, and the Barbies in the Dolls of the World Series.

  • Mattel Disney dolls that were made using the 1966 body molds. Examples include Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, and Pocahontas.

  • Mattel celebrity dolls such as Marie Osmond.

  • Mattel’s Heart Family Mom.

  • Mattel Miss America dolls.

  • Creata Flower Princess dolls.

  • Mego Candi dolls- the smaller 11 ½” version, NOT the larger 18” version.

  • Kenner Darci dolls.

Fashion dolls are made using a variety of body molds. This top will not fit all of them, but it can be adapted to fit almost any fashion doll in the same general size range. To adapt this pattern to fit fashion dolls with slimmer bust lines, such as My Scene Barbie, Teen Skipper, and Generation Girl Barbie, reduce the number of chains in your foundation row of crochet. If you wish to adapt this top to fit a larger fashion doll, increase the number of chains in your foundation row of crochet.

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