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Sylvanian Families Shell-Stitched Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)

Updated on August 27, 2014
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My favorite hobby is to crochet doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.

Mother Teri and Sister Freya Chocolate getting ready to go out for some mother-daughter time.
Mother Teri and Sister Freya Chocolate getting ready to go out for some mother-daughter time. | Source
Calico Critters Margaret and Halley's Dress Shop
Calico Critters Margaret and Halley's Dress Shop

Have your critters design their own clothes with this Dress Shop set.

 

When I first started crocheting with thread, my first few projects were for the Kelly doll, Barbie's little sister. Because there were only a few patterns available for a Kelly doll (especially when compared to Barbie doll), I have moved on to making clothes for Barbie.

Now that I started collecting Sylvanian Families, I find myself having more fun making tiny clothes for them. For my first pattern for the Father / Son critter, please visit Sylvanian Families Sleeping Bag (Free Crochet Pattern).

This hub is a free crochet pattern for a simple shell-stitched dress for the Mother and Sister critter of Sylvanian Families. All changes in size for the Mother critter are written in parenthesis.

Materials and Gauge

  • Size 10 crochet cotton thread
  • Size no. 7 crochet steel hook
  • 1 small snap
  • 11 sc = 1", 4 shell rows = 1"

Pattern

Note: Pattern is written for the sister size. Changes in size for the mother critter are all in parenthesis.

Starting at the waist, working from the bottom up:

Row 1: Ch 27 (31), sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (26, 30)

Row 1a (for mother critter only): Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (30)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the first 5 sc (6), ch 7, sk 3 sc (4), sc in the next 10 sc, ch 7, sk 3 sc (4), sc in the last 5 sc (6), turn. (20 sc, 14 ch; 22 sc, 14 ch)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the first 4 sc (5), sk 1 sc, sc in each of the 7 ch, sk 1 sc, sc in the next 7 sc (8), sk 1 sc, sc in each of the 7 ch, sk 1 sc, sc in the last 4 sc (5). (30, 32)

Fasten off.

Working in the opposite side of the beginning ch,

Row 1: Attach with a sl st in the first ch, (ch 5, dc) in the same st, [sk 1 ch, (dc, ch 2, dc)] across, sk the last ch, turn. (13 \/'s, 15 \/'s)

Round 2 (RS): Sl st in the first dc and first ch sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same ch sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each ch sp across, join with sl st in the 3rd ch. (13 \\//'s, 15 \\//'s)

Note: From this point on, the next lines will be worked in the round and there will be no turning.

Round 2a (for mother critter only): Repeat Round 2. (15 \\//'s)

Round 3: Sl st in the next dc and first ch sp, (ch 3, 4 dc) in the same ch sp, (5 dc) in each ch sp across, join. (13 \\|//'s, 15 \\|//'s)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Sew on a snap at the back to close the dress.

Note: This design has a hole at the back of the skirt to accommodate for the tails of your critters. As you can see in the picture below, the bunnies get to show off their tail if they want to.

Mother Teri and Sister Freya going down the ladder to have a night out.
Mother Teri and Sister Freya going down the ladder to have a night out. | Source

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      mohamed zahran 4 years ago from egypet

      nice

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      Jo 4 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

      I am literally jumping up and down! these are amazing, thank you so much for taking the time to write the pattern, and how generous of you to share it. I will be having a go later.

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      These are really cute. Thanks for sharing!