Barbie Capelet: Free Crochet Pattern

I’ve had this post written up for about a week, but WordPress wasn’t letting me upload any pictures. I’ve been trying every day to upload them, and finally it worked! Just to let you know, though,  I’ll be posting less frequently because it’s September and life gets busier this time of year. So if you don’t hear from me for a while, don’t worry! :) And now onto today’s (this evening’s?) pattern…

I watched Beauty and the Beast a month or so ago, and loved it! (I’ve been terrified of the Beast since I was a small child, so it was like exposure therapy – and now it’s one of my favorite Disney movies.) I wanted to crochet some of the outfits that Belle wears, like this cape in particular, and her yellow ball gown.

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I chose not to include the hood because it would be bulky in crochet, but that would be a cool modification if you wanted to add it. I used Homespun yarn and the color happened to coordinate quite well with Rapunzel’s dress!

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Materials

  • Small amount of bulky yarn (it would work with worsted too, I think, but bulky makes it warmer for whatever doll’s wearing it!)
  • I (5.50 MM) hook
  • contrasting color yarn if you want to add a border

Notes

  1. Foundation single crochet tutorial found here. You need this stitch so the capelet will stretch over the doll’s head.
  2. Fpexdc = front post extended double crochet = Yo, insert hook around post of stitch and pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop, (yo, pull through 2 loops) 2x. Stitch completed. To do an increase, insert your hook around the same post and do another fpexdc.

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Pattern

Make 16 foundation single crochets. Sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a dc). Starting in same st, *dc 3, inc in next st* around. Sl st to first dc. [20 sts]

Rnd 3: Ch 2, turn, dc around, sl st to join.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, 2 fpexdc around first st. *Fpexdc 2, 2 fpexdc around next st* 4x. Do not join.

Row 5-desired length: Ch 2, turn, dc across. (I’m pretty sure this cape is 15 rows.)

Fasten off, weave in ends…and you’re done!

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Hope you’re all having a wonderful day, or whatever time it is where you live! :)

Hazel’s Dress: Free Crochet Pattern

Hi! It’s wonderful to “see” all of you again! Thanks for your lovely comments on Rapunzel’s posts; she really appreciated them, and I helped her reply. ;)

Recently I was re-reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and I had the urge to crochet a dress that Hazel wears in the book. I’m not going to spoil anything, but she goes out to dinner and wants to dress up, so she wears a “knee-length, blue-print flowey Forever 21” sundress. Here’s my interpretation of it:

IMG_4410It was fun to try and crochet a ‘print’ pattern. After many failed attempts I came up with this zigzag-y fabric that is sort of drapey too. I should have made it a round longer to make it knee-length. Maybe next time!

As an aside, the color of that cover is my FAVORITE BLUE EVER. When people ask me my favorite color, I say “The-Fault-in-Our-Stars blue.” :)

I modeled it on my Insurgent Tris Barbie because Tris is modeled after Shailene Woodley, who plays her in the movie. Well, she also plays Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars movie (which I have not seen because I’d prefer not to turn into a puddle of tears). With her short brown hair, she actually looks quite a bit like Hazel, except for the bird tattoo. I iPhotoshopped it out in these pictures.

Materials

  • Small amount of DK/#3-weight yarn I used Loops & Threads “Snuggly Wuggly Big”. I can barely make myself type that name! :) It’s over 1,000 yards of yarn so of course I didn’t use the entire thing.
  • D (3.25 MM) crochet hook. Some D hooks say they’re 3 millimeters but mine is 3.25.

Note: V-st = (dc, ch 1, dc) all in same st.
Exdc = extended double crochet = yo, pull up loop, yo pull through 1 loop, (yo pull through 2 loops) 2x.

closeup of the pattern

closeup of the pattern

Pattern

Ch 5.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd st from hk, dc in next st. Sc, dc.

Row 2-4: Ch 1, turn. (sc in next st, dc in next st) across.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn. (dc, sc) in first st, dc in next st. (sc in next st, dc in next st) across.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn. (Sc in next st, dc in next st) across to last st, (sc, dc) in last st.

Row 7-12: Repeat Row 2.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sk first st, dc in next st, (sc, dc) across.

Row 14: Ch 1, turn, (sc, dc) across to last 2 sts, yo, pull up loop in next st, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull up loop in next st, yo, draw through all loops. (That’s a dc/hdc2tog.)

Row 15-18: Repeat Row 2.

Slip stitch to the other side and sc evenly around the edge. Slip stitch the back four stitches together with the wrong side facing. Flip it back to the RS and sc evenly around the bottom edge to get 24 sts. Sl st to join. Now we’ll start the skirt.

Row 1: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch.) *V-st in next st, sc in next st* around.

Row 2-11 (or 2-12 if you want it to be knee-length): Work in BACK LOOPS only for this round and onward. *Sc in chain, V-st in sc* around. Place a stitch marker if needed to keep track of rounds.

Edging: Keep working in your continuous rounds and do *exdc, ch 2, exdc* in place of the V-st. Sl st to join, fo, weave in ends.

And you’re done!

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AmiguruME: A Guest Post by Rapunzel

Hi! As you’ve probably guessed, it’s Rapunzel again. A quick reminder that I’m doing some guest posts while Cogaroo is away.

Today I wanted to talk about the book “AmiguruME” by Allison Hoffman. It’s the book that I was made from, so naturally it’s very important to me. :) Cogaroo really likes this book too, and she gives it her highest recommendations and five stars: ✩✩✩✩✩.

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The great thing about AmiguruME is you can make anybody you want – there are a bunch of famous people in the book (I especially like the crochet version of Willie Nelson), but you can also crochet your coworkers, favorite book or movie characters, or yourself. Before she made me, Cogaroo crocheted an Elsa from this book – she’s in the picture above.

Cogaroo’s favorite princess is Rapunzel, so next she crocheted me!

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Cogaroo said it was fun to modify the patterns and crochet different Disney characters. :) When I presented this post idea to her, she suggested that I do some side-by-side pictures of Elsa and me. I thought that would be sort of narcissistic, but she thought you might find it interesting. So…okay…here we go! You can click to enlarge any of these pictures.

Elsa has the “Short and Wide” female head and I have the “Tall and Skinny” version. That was possibly the strangest sentence I’ve ever written!

I win the “Longest Hair” contest; Elsa wins the “Most Dramatic Cape” and “Highest Heels” contest.

Elsa went to a new home after these pictures were taken. I’m happy for her, but I do miss her. :'( Hopefully Cogaroo will crochet me another friend soon!

To finish up, here’s one of my favorite pictures from my photo shoot (I included this in another post too, because I like it):

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Those are Rapunzel tomatoes that I’m posing with. See any similarities? ;)

Well, this is the last you’ll hear from me for a while. Cogaroo’s coming home and she’ll be posting again soon. Like I said, I still might post in the future though…if I can convince her to let me!

It’s been a pleasure talking to you all, and I really hope you liked my posts. :)

Peace, love, and pogo sticks,

✿ Rapunzel ✿

Design B

About the Author

IMG_4303Rapunzel is an eighteen-year-old crocheter, who is also a crocheted doll. Much of her time is spent wrangling her yard of hair, but she also loves writing, reading, candlestick making, and anything involving crafts. Once she accidentally glued a skein of yarn to her own hair. She’s loving her summer job guest posting for Cogaroo, and now she wants her own blog!

Hairdos for Really Long Hair: A Guest Post by Rapunzel

Hi again! This is Rapunzel. As a reminder, I’m doing some guest posts for Cogaroo while she’s away, and today I’ll be showing you some tips and tricks for doing really long hair.

Ever since I was first crocheted, I’ve struggled with maintaining optimal hair health. After all, my hair is about twice as tall as I am, and it’s hard to brush and style. Luckily I have a great friend who helps me with it, and she’s agreed to help me with this post!

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This is a picture of Bleuette and me, next to her hairdoing supplies and my tangled mess of hair. Bleuette is a great hairstylist, and she had her work cut out for her with my hair. We came up with five hairstyles and ranked them from worst to best, which I now present to you.

#5: The Bun

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Epic fail! I had way too much hair for this to work. Here’s a view from the back to make my point:

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I actually fell over from the weight of my hair. Not going to work.

#4: The Loop-through

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This was pretty practical, but it looks terrible (no offense, Bleuette.) It’s also very heavy. So we moved on to…

#3: Rope Braid

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I love how this one looked (haha, it actually looks like a hank of yarn!) but it was pretty bunchy around my face, and Bleuette says it was almost impossible to do. Maybe for special occasions, but not for everyday wear.

#2: Four-STrand Braid

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This one was my favorite! But again, it took Bleuette about twice as long to do this one as a normal braid, and I can’t imagine doing it on my own.

#1: Three-Strand Braid

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This one was the winner! It’s possible to do on my own, and you can’t beat the traditional braid. Bleuette and I are both pleased with it. :)

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That concludes our examination of several hairdos for Rapunzel-length hair…I hope you enjoyed it. :) I can’t believe this is my fourth guest post already! Hopefully you haven’t gotten tired of me yet. <3

See you next week!

✿ Rapunzel ✿

Design B

About the Author

IMG_4303Rapunzel is an eighteen-year-old crocheter, who is also a crocheted doll. Much of her time is spent wrangling her yard of hair, but she also loves writing, reading, candlestick making, and anything involving crafts. Once she accidentally glued a skein of yarn to her own hair. She’s loving her summer job guest posting for Cogaroo, and now she wants her own blog!

Granny Triangle Shawl: A Guest Post by Rapunzel

Hi! It’s Rapunzel again. As a reminder, I’m doing guest posts for Cogaroo while she’s away – I’m happy to be back and sharing another project with you.

I’m especially excited about this one because it was a very time-consuming project…and I really like how it turned out.

Look what I made!

Look what I made!

Yes, I made a granny triangle shawl! Cogaroo let me use this fancy skein of yarn from her stash. Purple is my favorite color (which you probably guessed), and I loved all the shades of purple in the yarn.

Please excuse the dead grass.

Please excuse the dead grass in the picture above. Also, this yarn is very difficult to photograph – the color is darker than that in real life. But it’s so warm and cozy. (You might think it’s weird to be crocheting a shawl in summer, but the air conditioning is on indoors and it gets pretty cold.)

Cogaroo helped me take these pictures before she left, but here’s a selfie I took:

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In this picture I rolled up the shawl and tied it around my neck, kind of like a bandanna.

If you’re interested in making a granny shawl, there are tons of patterns floating about the blogoverse. This pattern looks to be what I did. I used an “I” hook and some unlabeled bulky weight yarn – it felt kind of wooly.

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Another picture, just because! I’m wearing it now as I type. :)

Well, I’m running a little shorter on time today, so I think I’ll end this post here. I’m really enjoying this whole blogging business. Maybe I can convince Cogaroo to make me a blog! ;)

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day,

✿ Rapunzel ✿

Design B

About the Author

IMG_4303Rapunzel is an eighteen-year-old crocheter, who is also a crocheted doll. Much of her time is spent wrangling her yard of hair, but she also loves writing, reading, candlestick making, and anything involving crafts. Once she accidentally glued a skein of yarn to her own hair. She’s loving her summer job guest posting for Cogaroo, and now she wants her own blog!

Guest Posting 101: A Guest Post by Rapunzel

Hi, everyone! This is Rapunzel. As a reminder, I’m doing some guest posts while Cogaroo is away, which I’m really excited about – the guest posts, not Cogaroo being away. :)

After I did my last post about the rag rug, I realized that guest posting has its own science – there are certain things a person should and shouldn’t do when they’re posting on someone else’s blog. I put a lot of thought into this before my first post, and I thought I would share my ideas with you, in case you ever wanted to guest post on somebody’s blog!

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1. Know your audience

This is fairly evident, but if you’re posting on a sports-themed blog, you wouldn’t discuss Les Misérables or the best way to make a smoothie. You might, however, post about the best running shoes or ways to store your hockey sticks. Since I’m posting on Cogaroo Crafts, my posts will have something to do with crafting (apart from this one – but it’s still relevant!)

On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t have been offered a chance to guest post if you posted for a different audience. Still, it’s good to remember who will be reading your posts.

2. Read The archives

Before I wrote my first post, I went through most of Cogaroo’s archives to see what she liked to post about. I found that most of her posts were about crochet, and she also does a lot of doll related stuff. It’s good to make sure you don’t end up repeating a past post (so if I posted a pattern for Cinderella’s wedding dress, for example, that would be bad because Cogaroo’s already done that) – but you should also think about making your posts similar.

3. Introduce Yourself

If their typical blogger isn’t around, people want to get to know you. So tell them your name, a couple things about yourself, and be friendly. Use a couple emojis if you want! :) At the end of my posts, there’s an ‘About the Author’ section with my picture and a little bit about me. This is a nice way of providing that information without repeating it every post.

4. Figure Out The Comment Situation

There are a couple situations in which you would guest post: one is filling in while the blogger’s on vacation (like me), and one is just a ‘hey do you want to post?’ kind of thing. Either way, you should check and see what you should do about comments. Do you need to approve them? Should you reply to them? Cogaroo and I decided that we would wait until she returned to reply to comments. If someone asks a question, though, it’s probably best to reply to that.

If you’re using that person’s blogging account, make sure to sign your name at the end. For example, if I replied to a comment and said “Having yarn hair is really rough!”, it would look weird if “Cogaroo” showed up with that.

5. Be courteous

This is not the place to go ranting about the blogger. Even if you dislike their blog layout or something, it’s probably best to not say “I hate this sidebar! Nothing’s in order!” You could voice that concern to them, but don’t try and turn their followers against them. (I realize this sounds like staging a rebellion. Don’t do that either.) Also, don’t bring up political issues or any subjects that can make people pull out their soapboxes. Unless, of course, the blog is solely about controversial subjects!

6. Thank your host

Even just a nice “Thanks so much to Cogaroo for giving me this opportunity!” will do wonders. After all, you’re grateful for the opportunity, right? You’re more likely to be invited back if you give a thank-you, and it will make the readers look favorably upon you.

7. Make your posts concise but meaningful

This is something I can struggle with, I admit it – but it’s important. If you waffle on for 3,000 words while the typical post length is about 500, it won’t fit with the blog. If you do a three-word microblog post, that wouldn’t fit either. I like to give an introduction, talk a little bit about the topic, and then sign off. Also, if you don’t have something meaningful to say, don’t guest post in the first place! For example, in the last post, if I just wrote “I crocheted a rag rug” and inserted a picture, that would be kind of pointless.

Tip #8: Post cool pictures like Rapunzel posing by the Rapunzel tomatoes! :)

Bonus Tip: Post cool pictures like Rapunzel posing by the Rapunzel tomatoes! :)

What do you think about these tips? Do you have anything you’d like to add?

I’ll see you next Monday for another guest post (in which I’ll try to follow all my self-appointed rules). :)

Peace, love, and pogo sticks,

✿ Rapunzel ✿

Design B

About the Author

IMG_4303Rapunzel is an eighteen-year-old crocheter, who is also a crocheted doll. Much of her time is spent wrangling her yard of hair, but she also loves writing, reading, candlestick making, and anything involving crafts. Once she accidentally glued a skein of yarn to her own hair. She’s loving her summer job guest posting for Cogaroo, and now she wants her own blog!

Crochet a Rag Rug (For Your Dolls): A Guest Post by Rapunzel

Hello, everyone! This is not Cogaroo blogging – she’s away on vacation, and has no internet access. So she asked me to do a few posts while she’s away, and I happily agreed. I’m Rapunzel, a crocheted doll, and I enjoy writing, reading, candlestick making, and crafting. (She also gave me free reign to her yarn stash while she’s away – yay!)

Here's a selfie of me!

Here’s a selfie of me!

Since this is mainly a crochet blog, I thought I would share a crochet project with you all! You see, the floor in my room is really cold, and I wanted to make a rug. I raided the yarn and crocheted this:

It was hard crocheting with such a big crochet hook! It was “I” in human sizes, but it felt more like 100 millimeters. A great weight-lifting workout. I followed the basic rag rug pattern, with single crochets in an oval. All the same, I think some of you might want directions so…

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Materials

  • Various scraps of worsted-weight yarn (which is like T-shirt yarn for me – you could use T-shirt yarn and make a big rug, instead of one for a doll)
  • I (5.50 MM)) crochet hook (or use a Q-16 MM with the T-shirt yarn!)
  • Yarn needle & scissors

The Basic Pattern

Rnd 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 4 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Turn to work on other side of foundation ch, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st.

Rnd 2: Do not join, just continue in a spiral amigurumi-style. 2sc, sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts, sc 4, 2sc in last 2 sts.

Rnd 3: *Sc, 2sc*, sc 4, rep from * to * 3x, sc 4, rep from * to * 2x.

Rnd 4: *Sc 2, 2sc*, sc 4, rep from * to * 3x, sc 4, rep from * to * 2x.

You can probably see the pattern emerging: just up the number of stitches between increases. The next round would be *sc 3, 2sc*, the next would be *sc 4, 2sc*, and so on. You can change colors whenever you want, or whenever you run out of yarn – I had a lot of fun with this! (I decided mine looked better with the wrong side facing up – it had more texture and laid flatter. But you can choose whichever!)

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Another bonus with the wrong side facing up is that the stitches look like pi – ππππ. :)

Hope you enjoyed this pattern! It was great talking to you…and I’ll see you again in a bit. :) There will be a post every Monday until Cogaroo gets back, so stay tuned!

✿ Rapunzel ✿

Design B

About the Author

IMG_4303Rapunzel is an eighteen-year-old crocheter, who is also a crocheted doll. Much of her time is spent wrangling her yard of hair, but she also loves writing, reading, candlestick making, and anything involving crafts. Once she accidentally glued a skein of yarn to her own hair. She’s loving her summer job guest posting for Cogaroo, and now she wants her own blog!

A Blogging Break & Introducing Rapunzel

Hi there!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be on vacation from July 25 until August 13. I’m going to the same place I did last summer (click below to visit their website)…

Canoe Island French Camp!

I will NOT be answering emails or comments because there’s a no-electronics rule – yes, that’s three weeks without internet! So if you have any pressing concerns, please mention them before Saturday.

I’m not going to totally desert you for three weeks, though – I’ve found a lovely guest blogger who has agreed to do a few posts. May I introduce you to the wonderful…

✿ Rapunzel ✿

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Hi! I’m Rapunzel.

Cogaroo asked if I’d be interested in a summer job guest-posting for her blog, and I said yes! I’ve always been fascinated with blogging so I’m really excited about this opportunity.

A little bit about me: I’m an eighteen-year-old crocheted doll, who is also a crocheter! I enjoy just about every craft, like crochet, knitting, weaving, scrapbooking, and candlestick making. I also enjoy writing and reading, and now, blogging!

I’ll be posting every week or so until Cogaroo returns…I hope you enjoy reading my posts! :)

My first post will be on Saturday – see you then.

Here's a selfie of me!

Here’s a selfie of me!

Thank you, Rapunzel!

She will NOT be replying to your comments, though – I’ll help her do that when I come back. :) I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

So, I will be signing off on Saturday for a few weeks on an island in the sun. ;) I hope you all have a lovely rest of July!

Peace, love, and pogo sticks,
Cogaroo <3

A Dress For Joy

Have you seen “Inside Out” yet? It’s a wonderful movie, and it has my strong recommendations. I also LOVED the short before it, “Lava,” which is about a volcano who wants to fall in love. The funny thing was, I heard tons of movie-goers crying at Inside Out, but it was Lava that got me. ;) I see some crocheted volcanos in my future. But I digress; this post is supposed to be about Joy!

I got a Joy doll from the Disney Store, and I crocheted her a dress. She has the strangest proportions I’ve seen in a while, so it was a fun challenge! I used a modified version of the Summer Dress from my last post. I hardly had to frog anything, which was a pleasant and welcome change.

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My doll actually stopped talking after a day (which is okay because I love her anyway!), but here’s a quote she said that I thought was fitting for this post:

“Joy?

“Yes, Joy?

“You’ll be in charge of the console…And may I add I love your dress?

“Oh, this old thing? Thanks so much, I love the way it twirls!”

[Joy talking to herself, Inside Out]

Okay, here are the modifications I made – I’ll just write it out, like an original pattern. The bodice, anyway. The skirt isn’t my pattern. Check out the original post for more details on that.

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Materials

  • Small bit of sock yarn
  • D (3.25 MM) crochet hook
  • F (3.75 MM) crochet hook
  • Needle & thread
  • button (I thought Joy would like this daisy one:)

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The Pattern

Ch 13.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (12 sts)

Row 2-6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 7: Ch 2, turn, dc in first 8 sts, ch 3, sk 3, dc in last st. (Turning chain does not count as a stitch – still 12.)

Row 8-20: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 21: Repeat Row 7.

Row 22-25: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 26: Ch 5 (or whatever chain number will fit around your button), turn, skip first stitch and sc in each st across.

Sl st to the opposite side of the bodice. Ch 1 and make 30 sc evenly around, sl st to join. Now you can do whatever stitch pattern you want: I chose the V-stitches from the original post. I did 9 rows of V-stitches, then the edging. Then all you have to do is sew on the button, weave in the ends, and you’re done. (I switched to an F (3.75 MM) hook for the skirt to make it more drapey, and did (dc, ch 2, dc) for the V-stitches – after all, Joy likes her dresses to twirl!)

The chart

Like I said in my last post, I really like this typed-diagram thing (thanks again, Kristen!) So here’s another one.

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How about a couple polls?

And I think it’s past time for another poll, since I really enjoy having them. Actually, how about two polls! This first one is pretty self-explanatory. (Could there be a more fitting poll template for this movie?)

For this next one, I’m not talking about which emotion you enjoy feeling (I’m pretty sure the answer would be Joy, for me anyway), but which one you liked most in the movie. I’m torn between Anger and Sadness.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful joyful day! I’ll talk blog to you later. :)

Summer Dress for Disney Mini Animator Doll: Free Crochet Pattern

That was a long title, but I’m delighted to be sharing this new pattern with you!

First, a word on this new type of doll. Disney Animators’ Collection Dolls are designed to look like the younger version of the movie character, and recently they started making mini versions of these dolls. The mini versions also come with a bunch of accessories relating to their movie, in a carrying case.

I received Elsa as a gift on Easter, and loved her! So I waited eagerly for them to release mini Rapunzel (she’s my favorite princess), which happened last Tuesday, and I promptly ordered her. Well, she arrived today, and I had to crochet her a dress! Isn’t she the cutest thing ever?

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I love the little easel she comes with. :-)

This is actually just a pattern for the bodice (sounds fancy)…it’s like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure dress. You can pick whatever stitch pattern you want for the skirt; I’ll go into more detail on that later.

Materials

  • Small amount of Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread (size 10). I usually use typical cotton thread, but I just got this and wanted to try it out…and I never want to go back! It’s so soft and has great drape (plus I love this coral color.)
  • 2.1 MM crochet hook
  • Needle & thread
  • Small white button
  • Mini ribbon rose for embellishment, if desired

Pattern notes & Special stitches

  • Dress is worked from side to side to make the bodice, then the skirt is worked in joined, unturned rounds.
  • There are some short rows to shape the back of the bodice – don’t worry, it’s easy! You’ll work part of the way across, then turn and work across the shorter row, then turn and crochet across the entire row (so, 3 ‘mini rows’ in total.) I’ll label these ‘Row 1a, 1b, and 1c for clarity (with whatever number applies.)

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Dress

Leaving a foot-long tail, ch 11. You’ll use this tail to crochet a button loop at the end.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. You should have 10 stitches for this row and every row after. Crochet over your beginning tail on Row 2, which will put it on the correct side for the buttonhole at the end.

Row 2a: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, sl st in next st.
Row 2b: Turn, skip sl st, sc in next 3 sts.
Row 2c: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 3 sts and in original 7 sts from 2a. (10 stitches again)

Row 3-5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 6: Ch 2, turn, dc in first st (or use your preferred first dc of the row), dc in next 6 sts, ch 2, sk 2, dc in last st.

Row 7-15: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 16: Repeat Row 6.

Row 17-19: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 20a: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 5 sts, sl st in next st.
Row 20b: Turn, skip sl st, sc in next 5 sts.
Row 20c: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 5 sts and in original 5 sts from 20a. (10 stitches again)

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Sl st to the other side of the bodice to create the skirt opening. Ch 1 and crochet 26 sc evenly around. There are 21 rows, but some of them are wider than others, so it should work out fairly close. Sl st to the 1st sc. Now we’ll start the skirt.

CHART

I want to thank Kristen for introducing me to the typed diagram technique. I’m really excited about this! So now you get a tidier, more professional-looking chart. :)

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Stitch Key:

o = chain (also 8 and º)
. = slip stitch
x = single crochet
Ŧ = double crochet

closeup of the short rows

closeup of the short rows [Note: I edited the pattern so it’s symmetrical in the back – aka the gap is in the middle, not on the right. So it will look better than this picture.]

Choose Your Own Skirt Pattern

This dress is versatile in that you can pick whatever stitch pattern you want for the skirt. I chose a V-stitch because it looked nice with the thread. It just so happened that Mamma That Makes’ Davida Gown used this too, so I sort of followed her pattern. I’m going to write out my modifications below.

My skirt modificatons: Your first V-stitch of each row will be (ch 3, dc in same space), with the chain 3 counting as dc + ch 1. The first row is one V-st in every other stitch, so 13 total. Rows 2-7 are V-st in every V-st around. Then Row 8 is the edging from the gown pattern.

To finish, use your foot-long tail and pull up a loop at the edge of the bodice, ch 4, and sl st into the same st. Fasten off and weave in your ends. You should have only 2. Then sew a button onto the other side (try it on the doll to see what fits) and add a rose if desired. You’re done!

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I hope you enjoyed this pattern! I will also mention that I’ll be taking a bloggy break starting next weekend – just thought I would give a heads-up. So if you have any life-altering pattern concerns, now would be the time to express them. <3

Have a nice evening (or whatever time it is where you live)!