With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: American Girl Crochet for their dolls

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

American Girl Crochet for their dolls


When those beautiful American Girl catalogs arrive in the mail, our granddaughters get so excited and pour through the pages pointing out new outfits for their dolls. But those prices can be pretty high, especially when you have more than one child making a wish list.
 Our granddaughters, Keri, Brenna and Shaela love their American Girl dolls.
Wanting to make some cute items for each of them, I searched for ideas. I crocheted these cute retro vests and hats as gifts for them following a free pattern from Red Heart. There is also a matching bag in their downloadable instructions.  Click the link to visit and check out the many other free patterns shared there.
The above vest and hat were made using the recommended RED HEART® “Soft Yarn.
The other two sets were made using yarn I had in my stash and resulted in a slightly larger garment but still fitting nicely. I used a "G" hook for all crocheting. 
Since the pieces are small, it is a great way to use yarn leftover from other projects.
Like in this variegated jacket and hat.
Add cute buttons to embellish.
For a little time and very little in materials, you can make an adorable beanie hat and matching jacket vest to fit any 18-inch doll. Change up the colors and the trim for unlimited options and bring on the happy smiles.

Lacy Leaf Hat
(Retro Doll Accessories Crochet Pattern from Red Heart)

Special Abbreviation
V-st = (dc, ch 1, dc) in same space.

Ch 3; join with a slip st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1 throughout), [dc in ring,
ch 1] 7 times; join with a slip st in 3rd ch of ch-4 – 8 ch-1
spaces.
Round 2: Slip st in next ch-1 space, ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in
same space and in each ch-1 space around; join with a
slip st in first sc – 8 ch-3 spaces.
Round 3: Slip st in next ch-3 space, ch 4, V-st in same
space, [(dc, ch 1, V-st) in next ch-3 space] 7 times; join in
3rd ch of ch-4 – 16 ch-1 spaces.
Round 4: Repeat Round 2 – 16 ch-3 spaces.
Round 5: Slip st in next ch-3 space, ch 4, dc in same
space, [V-st in next ch-3 space] 15 times; join in 3rd ch of
ch-4 – 16 V-sts.
Round 6: Repeat Round 2.
Round 7: Slip st in next ch-3 space, ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in
next ch-3 space and in each ch-3 space around; join.
Round 8: Slip st in next ch-3 space, ch 1, 2 sc in same
space and in each ch-3 space around; join – 32 sc.
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join.
Brim-Round 10: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, hdc in
next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, 2 dc in next 2 sc,
dc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next
sc, sc in next sc; TURN leaving remaining sts unworked.

Brim Edging
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, hdc
in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next
2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2
sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Fasten off.
Finishing
With sewing need and thread, sew buttons to front of brim
following photo as guide. Weave in ends.

Spring Stripes Vest
(Retro Doll Accessories Crochet Pattern from Red Heart)

Special Abbreviations
V-st = (dc, ch 3, dc) in same st or space
sc2tog = [draw up a loop in next st] twice, yo and draw
through all 3 loops on hook.

Row 1 (Right Side): Beginning at lower edge, ch 49; sc in
2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn – 48 sc.
Rows 2-6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each sc to last 2 sc; sc2tog;
turn – 46 sc.
Rows 8 and 9: Repeat Row 2.
Row 10: Repeat Row 7 – 44 sc.
Rows 11-14: Repeat Row 2.

Divide for Left Front
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first 10 sc; TURN leaving remaining sts
unworked.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each sc across; turn – 9 sc.
Rows 4-6: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 7-14: Repeat Rows 3-6 twice more – 7 sc. Fasten off.

Back
Row 1: With right side facing, skip next 2 sc of last long row,
join yarn with sc in next sc, sc in next 19 sc; TURN – 20 sc.
Rows 2-14: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off.

Right Front
Row 1: With right side facing, skip next 2 sc of last long row,
join yarn with sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc; turn – 10 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog; turn – 9
sc.
Rows 4-6: Repeat Row 2.

Rows 7-14: Repeat Rows 3-6 twice more – 7 sc. Fasten off.
Lower Border
Row 1: With right side facing, working in remaining loops
of beginning ch, join yarn with sc in first st, * V-st in next
st, skip next st, sc in next st **, skip next st; repeat from *
across, end at **; turn – 12 V-sts.
Row 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), dc in first sc, [sc in ch-3
space of next V-st, V-st in next sc] 12 times; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, slip st in ch-3 space of first V-st, ch 1, sc in
same space, [V-st in next sc, sc in ch-3 space of next V-st]
12 times; do not turn but pivot to work Front Edging.

Front Edging and Button Loops
With right side still facing, ch 1, working over post of st at
row ends, sc in first row, 2 sc in next row, sc in next row;
for button loops [(sc, ch 3, sc) in next row, sc in next 2
rows] 3 times; sc in each row to back neck, sc in each st
across back, working in row ends of opposite side, sc in
each row to last 2 rows on Lower Border, 2 sc in next row,
sc in last row. Fasten off.

Armhole Edging
Round 1: With right side facing, join yarn with sc in first
skipped sc at underarm, sc in next sc, working over post
of st at row ends, sc in each row around armhole opening;
join with a slip st in first sc – 30 sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, skip next 2 sc, V-st in next
sc, skip next 2 sc, [sc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, V-st in next
sc, skip next 2 sc] 4 times; join in first sc.
Round 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), dc in same sc, sc in
ch-3 space of next V-st, [V-st in next sc, sc in ch-3 space
of next V-st] 4 times; join in 3rd ch of ch-6. Fasten off.
Finishing
With sewing needle and matching thread, attach buttons to
left front aligned with button loops. Weave in ends.
           
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29 comments:

Snap said...

Too cute! Now I'm wondering if the girls will get matching hats and vests???!!!!!

Marysol said...

Adorable! I foresee lots of smiles on Christmas morning.

Daughter Sam loved reading American Girls-Samantha was, of course, her favorite protagonist.

Maple Lane said...

I love the doll clothes. Your granddaughters are so blessed to have a talented grandmother. I loved dolls when I was a little girl and remember one of mama's friends make doll clothes for mine.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness, these outfits are just darling! The girls will love them! Enjoy your day....

marie said...

These are so cute! The girls will love them. I think my granddaughters are almost ready for American Girl dolls. Charlotte will get her momma's Samantha doll on her 5th birthday next May.
Learning how to crochet was on my list of things to learn this year...sadly that didn't happen. You've inspired me to add it to my 2013 list!
Have a lovely day Lorraine.

Barbara F. said...

These are so adorable. Love the colors of the yarn. xo

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- They are going to love them. We don't have any real "doll players" in our family. It makes me kind of sad because I love to sew doll clothes. xo Diana

Adrienne said...

So cute! They are going to love them!
~Adrienne~

lindsey said...

These are so sweet...well done!

podso said...

Just as sweet as can be! My grandma sewed clothes for our dolls --quite the designer outfits for those little Jill dolls (before Barbies) ... I still have some of them.

Leann said...

Darling - I'm sure they'll love them. Can't wait till I get some grandbabies!!!

Enjoy them!
Leann

Jackie said...

You did such a wonderful job. These are marvelous! Oh I foresee lots of happy smiles come Christmas morning too!

Happy day!
Jackie:-)

Jackie said...

I love your audio Bible link and would love to post one on my blog. I visited there the other day and couldn't figure out how to get one added to a blog.

If it's not too much trouble and please forgive me if I am being intrusive...could you pop over and tell me how you added the bible on your blog?

Blessings!
Jackie:-)

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

how adorable...too cute...maybe one day I will have granddaughters to do something like this for, I know you enjoyed making them

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

These are both adorable but the second is my favorite.

Since I don't knit, what I was really paying attention to is the way you photograph them. Love the backdrops. Really shows them off.

Winnie said...

O-M-G These are soooooooooo cute!
My Mom used knit and sew for my dolls.....
ADORABLE

Ann said...

Those are really cute. Your granddaughters are going to love them. Katie from Westie Julep makes American doll clothes. She has made a ton of outfits and they are being auctioned off on ebay. the proceeds got to a westie rescue.

Pondside said...

Those little girls will never forget the Christmas when their Grandmother made outfits for their dolls - that is the real stuff of memories. I hope someday to have a granddaughter for whom I can make doll clothes too.

Susan said...

Wonderful work on your part, LDH. Those outfits are fit for fashion divas. Fabulous! Susan

EMMA said...

What a wonderful christmas present idea, the outfits all look great. Love the nail polish on the dolls feet!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

You are good! Honestly they are adorable outfits, Lorraine. If I ever have a granddaughter...

Helen said...

OMG! this is just too cute! My 5 years old daughter is drooling on the monitor looking at the American girls dolls. Thanks for the tutorial.

Sharkbytes said...

very cute!

Debbie Huffaker said...

Oh, my word, those are adorable. What a great job you did!!! The girls are gonna be so excited!

jelly andrews said...

How is wish I had even half of your talent! These are really cute. You really did a good job. So pretty!

georgieke said...

even here in Belgium , your dolls look great !Nice job done !!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

They turned out so cute! I just saw this on Pinterest and I'm pleased to report the link came back here flawlessly:@)

Dakotasews said...

I'm trying to crochet the vest and am stuck on the edging near the shoulders. Do you mind explaining that part or even taking a close-up picture if possible. Are the shoulder seams attached or are the sleeve edging details making the sleeves? Thanks, trying to finish for Christmas.

Denise D said...

héllo please I would like tô crochet that very coloured Pink and lemon green vest and hat. which one is its pattern? and thank you very much love Denise

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