You work this colorful rainbow fashion doll top using front loop single crochet stitch. It’s an easy project; the most challenging thing about it is its small size. If you’ve never tried thread crochet before, this project is an excellent way to ease into it.
Skill Level: easy
You can use embroidery floss or crochet thread to make this top. My sample project is made with mercerized cotton embroidery floss. You will need 1 skein each in the following colors:
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. I bought them at a Joann Fabric and Craft store.
You will also need a needle and sewing thread.
When top is laid flat, it measures 2.5 inches high by 5 inches wide.
6.5 sc sts and 8 rows = 1″
How to Crochet the Rainbow Doll Top:
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 sc 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 sc 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 sc 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 sc 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 sc 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 sc in the row.
Rep 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.
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.) Rep 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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This page was last updated on 11-2-2019.