Southern Belle Button Doll-Free Pattern


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Southern Belle Button Doll

Skill Level:   Intermediate

Supplies:  Size 3 steel crochet hook, about 50 yds. #10 (bedspread weight) cotton crochet, small amounts of white; size 10 cotton crochet for trim: 90 buttons, needle, thread, hot glue and gun, 25mm wooden doll head, small amount white satin ribbon, small amount doll hair or yarn suitable for doll hair, thread spool.

Optional: For underskirt: 24 inches ruffled lace, 24 inch x 2 ½ inch fabric ribbon.

Stitches Used: ch (chain), slst (slip stitch), sc (single crochet), hdc (half double crochet), dc (double crochet), tr (treble), dtr (double treble), front post dc (front post double crochet), back post dc (back post double crochet).  Note: beginning ch3 counts as first dc

Front Post Double Crochet: (fpdc): Yo hook, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated st, yo hook, pull up lp, [yo hook, pull through 2 lps] twice.

Back Post Double Crochet: (fpdc): Yo hook, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated st, yo hook, pull up lp, [yo hook, pull through 2 lps] twice.

Unless noted otherwise, always skip the st behind the fpdc and the st in front of the bpdc.

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Dress:

Ch15, join with slst to form ring; ch1, sc in ring; 39 sc in ring; join with slst; do not turn in this or following rnds..              40sc

Rnd. 1: ch3, dc in same st; *dc in next st; 2dc in next*, repeat from *to*around; join with slst to beginning dc.        60dc

Rnd. 2: ch3, skip next dc; *2dc, ch1, 2dc in next st (shell); skip next dc; dc in next dc*, repeat from *to* around; join with slst to beginning dc..          15 shells

Rnd. 3 ch4; dc in same st; *shell in next shell; dc, ch1, dc in next dc (v stitch)*, repeat from *to* around, join with slst to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.    15 shells, 15 v-stitches

Rnd. 4: slst to ch-1sp; ch3, dc, c1, 2dc in same sp; *shell in next shell; shell in next ch-1 sp of v stitch*, repeat from *to* around; join with slst to beginning dc.  30 shells

Rnd. 5: slst to ch-1sp; ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc in same sp; skip 2 dc, *dc in sp between shells; shell in next shell*; repeat from *to* around; join with slst to beginning dc.

30 shells, 30dc

Rnd. 6: slst to ch-1sp; ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc in same sp; dc in next dc; *shell in next shell; dc in next dc; repeat from *to*; join with slst to beginning dc.  30 shells, 30dc

Rnds. 7-10: repeat rnd. 6; fasten off.

Rnd. 12: Attach white in any stitch, ch1, *sc, ch3 in next st*: repeat from *to* around; join to beginning sc; fasten off.

Bonnet:

Ch2, 8sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join, mark beginning of rnd. with safety pin.

Rnd. 1: 2sc in each sc    16sc

Rnd. 2: sc in first sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat around; join to back loop of beginning sc,  24sc

Rnd. 3: ch3; *2dc in next sc; dc in next sc*; repeat from *to* in next 18 st; ch 3, turn.   28dc

Rnd. 4: *front post dc in next dc, back post dc in next*; repeat from *to* in each dc; ch3; turn.      28dc

Rnds. 5: repeat rnd. 4.

Rnd. 6: repeat rnd. 4; ch1, turn.

Rnd. 7: sc in each dc; ch1; turn.  28sc

Rnd. 8: sc in back loop of each sc, ch1; turn.   28sc 

Rnd. 9: for hat brim: sc in first 3 sc; hdc in next 3 sc; dc in next 4 sc; 2tr in next 3 sc; dtr in next 4 sc; 2tr in next 3 sc; dtr in next 4 sc; dc in next 4 sc; hdc in next 3 sc; sc in next 3 sc; fasten off.

Rnd 10: Attach white in beginning sc; *ch 3, sc in next sc*; repeat from *to* in each sc, fasten off.

Rnd. 11:  skip brim, insert hook in bottom, back of hat; 16 sc across the back evenly; ch4; turn.    16sc

Rnd. 11: skip next sc; *dc, ch1 in next sc; skip next sc*; repeat from *to* across; ch1; turn.  7 ch-1sp(s)

Rnd. 12: slst to 2nd ch-1sp; ch3, 4dc in same sp; 5dc in next sp; repeat twice; fasten off.  20dc

Rnd. 13: Attach white, ch1, sc, ch3, sc, ch3 in same stitch ; *sc in next st; ch3, sc in same st, ch3*; repeat from *to* across, fasten off.

Lace ribbon, starting at 1st ch-1 space, weave ribbon evenly across the top and ending at last ch-1 sp, leaving about 8 inch tails to tie a bow.

Assembly:

24 inch x 2 ½ inch fabric ribbon

Sew lace to bottom edge; fold fabric in half, lengthwise, right sides facing and stitch up center.

Turn fabric to right side, baste across top and pull stitches to gather fabric to fit top side of spool, evenly spacing ruffles.  Glue in place.

String 22 buttons, using heavy duty thread, insert needle into buttonhole until all buttons have been stung; then reverse the process by running needle through opposite buttonhole, leave about a 3 inch tail, tie knot about 1 inch above the buttons.

(for hands and feet, a single button hole button can be used- string 21 buttons, then string the single button hole button; reverse the process by running the needle through the opposite button hole of the remaining 21 buttons), complete process as above.

Repeat this process for both legs and both arms.

Position leg on spool, place a dollop of glue to the leg string and then insert a button on top of string to secure it to the spool.  Repeat for second leg.

Place crocheted dress over top of spool, position evenly, glue in place.

Position arms to the top of the spool, pushing excess thread into center hole, place a dollop of glue into center hole of spool to secure arms, hold arms in place until glue sets.

Glue head to center, top of spool.

Position hair to head, glue in place.  If using yarn: Wrap yarn around a 2 inch cardboard about 40 times, tie with thread at top to secure, do not cut yarn; slide off cardboard and spread yarn out.  Position hair to top of head and glue in place.

Add hat, lightly glue in place.

Embellishments can be added, including, but not limited to satin roses, pearls, costume jewelry, etc.

© March 2007  Pattern may not be reprinted, republished or resold without express written permission.

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