How to Crochet a Bed Doll Dress

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Bed dolls dressed in crocheted antebellum, centennial or cotillion dresses add an aesthetic appeal to any bedroom decor. The crochet patterns for each dress style are often a part of a larger collection that represents the four seasons or each calendar month. Bed doll dress patterns can be purchased online in PDF format or from your local book or craft shop. Individuals with extensive crocheting experience have an opportunity to showcase their skill levels using intricate stitches or ruffled flounces.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 skein baby yarn (main color)
  • 1 skein baby yarn (contrasting color)
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Bed doll
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

First Skirt Tier

  • Use the main color yarn skein to chain (ch) 16 stitches (sts) and then perform one double crochet (dc) on the third chain. Repeat the following instructions until you reach the end of the row and have in total, 20 stitches:

    2 dc in next chain followed by 1 dc in next chain.

    Once you reach the end of the row, slip stitch (slst) in the top loop of the first dc.

  • Work row two by ch 3, 2 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc in the same dc as the third ch and then skip (sk) 1 dc. Continue with 3 dc, ch 3 and then 3 dc in the next dc. This sequence will create a shell stitch. Repeat the shell stitch pattern for every second dc until you reach the end of the row. Finish the row with a slst on the top of ch 3.

  • Continue with row three by first ch 3. Then repeat the following sequence until the end of the row:

    1 single crochet (sc) in next ch 3 space (sp), ch 3, sc in sp between (bet) shell stitches.

    Finish the row by performing a slst in the top of ch 3.

  • Start row four with a slst into the first ch 3 sp. Repeat the following sequence until the end of the row:

    3 sc, 3 ch, 3 sc in first ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1.

    When you reach the end of the row, finish with a slst into the first sc.

  • Continue with the next row with a slst in the first ch 3 sp. Then, ch 4, 1 dc, ch 1 six times in the same ch 3 sp. Then repeat the following sequence until you reach the end of the row:

    Skip (sk) next 3 sc sts, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc in next sc, 1 dc, 1 ch seven times in the next ch 3 sp.

    Finish the row with sk 3 sc, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc in next sc and then slst into third ch of the starting ch.

  • Continue the next row by repeating the following sequence until the end of the row:

    Ch 5, sk 6 dc sts, slst into last dc in cluster, ch 5, slst into first dc of next cluster.

    Bind the row by cutting the yarn, leaving a six inch tail, and pulling the tail through the loop left on the hook. Gently tighten the knot to prevent unraveling.

  • Attach the contrast color yarn to the pattern by joining it between the first and second dc sts of one dc cluster. ch 3 and then dc bet next 2 dc sts 4 times. Working with the contrast color yarn, repeat the following sequence until the end of the row:

    Ch 1, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, sc bet next 2 dc sts and ch 3 five times.

    Finish the row with a ch 1, sc in last ch 3 sp, ch 1 and then slst into first sc.

  • Continue with a slst into first ch 3 sp and then repeat the following sequence until the end of the row:

    Ch 3, sc into next ch 3 sp three times, ch 2, sc in next sc, ch 2, sc in next ch 3 sp.

    Finish the row with a ch 2 and sc into last sc, ch 2 and finish with a slst into first sc.

  • Repeat the entire pattern from steps 1-8 for two more rounds, decreasing (dec) 1 ch 3 sp in each shell stitch and increasing (inc) 1 ch bet shells and sc for every round. Cut the yarn leaving a six inch shells and pull the tail through the loop on the hook to secure the pattern.

Second Skirt Tier

  • Join the contrasting color yarn to any of the ch 5 sts from step 6 of the first skirt tier. Repeat the following sequence until the end of the row:

    Ch 7, slst into next ch 5 sp, ch 5, slst into next ch 5 sp.

    Finish the row with a slst into first slst.

  • Continue the next row with a slst into the next ch 7 sp and repeat the following sequence until the end of the row:

    1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 7 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5.

    Finish the row with a slst into the first ch 3 sp.

  • Repeat steps 4-9 from the first skirt tier section. Then using the main color yarn, repeat steps 1-2 from the second skirt tier section. This will create the ruffled effect of the dress. When finished, cut the yarn leaving a six inch tail and pull the tail through the loop on the hook.

Bodice

  • Use the main color yarn to create the bodice of the dress. Join this yarn skein to the first dc at the waist. Continue by performing a sc bet each dc of the primary row of the waist. Finish with a ch 1 st and then turn.

  • Continue by stitching three rows of sc sts.

  • Begin the next row of the bodice with a ch 1 st and then turn. Perform a sc in the first three sc sts. Ch 3, sk 3 sc sts, sc in next six sc sts, ch 3, sk 3 sc sts, sc until the end of the row.

  • Continue with a ch 1 and then turn. Sc in each sc and perform 5 sc sts in every ch 3 sp. Cut the yarn and repeat the end off process.

  • Find all the six inch tails hanging on the dress and weave them into the dress using a tapestry needle or your crochet hook. Using the main color yarn, thread the needle to sew shut the back opening of the dress.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have limited crocheting experience, consider working on a simpler pattern before attempting a bed doll dress pattern.
  • Practice each step with an accessory yarn to make sure you understand the stitches beforehand.

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