Do you remember this little crochet baby doll that I made Anna before we left Massachusetts? I gave my baby doll crochet pattern a second round of testing and made this little boy baby doll at Johnny’s request. The pattern turned out great, but all of the kids agreed that he needed shorts, not a dress! So we adjusted the pattern to make him some overall shorts – still very easy to take on and off, and would, of course, work for the girl baby doll also. Still, for those of you who love your girly ruffles, here is a more girly version of the same outfit!
These shorts are very short, because he’s a baby and because that way they can be made up quickly, but you can easily add rows to make them a little longer.
Anna’s doll has held up well to many hours of baby love, and the two dolls have become fast friends! They are named Sam and Sam – short for Samuel and Samantha.
Doll overall shorts crochet pattern:
Starting with the shorts:
Chain 24; join with a slip stitch to form a loop.
R1: chain 1, sc in each stitch all the way round (24 stitches)
R2: chain 1, sc all the way round (24 stitches)
R3: (sc 5, inc 1) x7 (28 stitches)
R4: sc all the way round (28 stitches)
R5: (sc 6, inc 1) x4 (32 stitches)
R6: sc all the way round (32 stitches)
R7: chain 4, then attach to the opposite edge (see photo above) at the 16th stitch. This is dividing the two legs of the shorts.
R8: chain 1, then sc all the way around, including one side of the chained stitches. Finish off, then repeat for the other short leg. You can stitch more rows for longer shorts.
Finish off and weave in ends.
R1: Join at the right side of the front (four stitches out from the front center). sc 8 stitches. Note: If I have understood left-handed crochet correctly, you will want to join at the left side.
R2-5: chain 1, turn, single crochet in each stitch (8 stitches)
Chain 1, turn, sc 2. Repeat until you have a strap long enough to attach to the back of the shorts, crossing the back (there will be an X on the back when both straps are attached). 14 stitches was the best length for me, but this may vary depending how tightly you crochet.
Join with slip stitches to the far side of the back of the shorts.
Start at the opposite side of the overall shorts top, join in corner, chain one, sc 2. Ch 1, turn, sc 2, and repeat the process until done.
The overall shorts should stay in place nicely, while still being fairly easy to take on and off of the doll.
Give the finished doll to a child, and send them off on some adventures together!
My kids love these, and we have a couple more dolls in the making. Any requests for clothes we should make them? I’m thinking maybe superhero capes…