The skirt is crocheted and very easy, the tank top is knit and a little more difficult. Plus is has lots of loose ends as it were.
The tank top pattern was completely invented by me so it is copyright Anna Merlini. You can use the pattern to make your own doll tank tops if you give me credit for the pattern and link back to this blog. You can’t use the pattern to make doll tank tops to sell.
For the skirt, I was inspired by the genius of http://priscillascrochet.net/free%20patterns/Kid%20Stuff/Fashion%20Doll%20Ballet%20Costume.pdf for the elastic and first 30 sc. After that I’ve completely invented the pattern so you can use the pattern to make your own doll skirts if you give Priscilla and I credit for the pattern and link back to our blogs. You can’t use this skirt pattern to make doll skirts to sell.
Crochet Doll Skirt
Using #7 crochet hook and Bernat yarn of your choice, make 30 sc around a 1 inch diameter hair elastic., join to first sc with sl st.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in join, sc in each sc around. 30 sc.
Round 3: Ch 2, hdc in ea sc around, join with sl st to top of Ch 2.
Round 4: Repeat Round 3
Round 5: Ch 2, (hdc in next 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. Join with sl st to top of Ch 2. 36 hdc.
Rounds 6 & 7: Repeat Round 3
Round 8: Ch 2, (hdc in next 5 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) around. Join with sl st to top of Ch 2. 42 hdc.
Round 9: Repeat Round 3
Round 10: Repeat Round 3 but do not join, instead continue into Round 11
Round 11: Sc in each hdc around. Do not join, make 4 sl st. Finish and weave in ends.
Knit Doll Tank Top
Make 2 alike
Using 3.25 mm needles, cast on 30 sts
First row: K2 tog to end. 15 sts,
Beg K row, st st 16 rows.
Row 17: K4, cast off next 9 sts, K2. This will leave 3 sts at ea end of the needle for the straps.
Row 18: Cast off first 3 sts P wise. You’ll have to attach yarn to cast off the rem 3 sts P wise.
Put both pieces wrong side together and sew top of tank top sleeves together. Weave yarn down 6 rows before you sew the sides of the shirt together or you’ll have sewn a straight jacket (don’t even ask how I know this, you darn well know I did it wrong the first time).
I think this tank top is a bit fiddly for someone my daughter’s age (3) because the doll’s fingers can so easily get caught in the weave of the top. On the other hand she had no trouble undressing and dressing the other dolls I’d just knit clothes for so maybe there’s no problem at all.