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Waldorf-inspired crochet doll overall shorts

Waldorf-inspired crochet doll

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

waldorf-inspired crocheted boy doll

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.

free crochet pattern - waldorf-inspired doll with clothing

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)

free crochet pattern - waldorf-inpsired crochet doll

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.

Overall top:

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)

Overall straps:

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.

Second strap:

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…

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

26 thoughts on “Waldorf-inspired crochet doll overall shorts”

    1. Time is always a challenge… Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I hope you do make time to make some of these. That was very kind of SnApPy ToTs to share my link!

  1. I am the one who knits, but looking at your creations I wish I could crochet too. Lars can though ;)

  2. Kim Vij @ The Educators' Spin On It

    These are adorable MaryAnne. One day, one day I’ll take the time to learn this craft of Crochet. It’s been fun watching my mother in law and mom teach my kids to knit over the years.

  3. Oh the Sams are adorable in their new outfits. It is very cool that you can make patterns!
    A cape is a good idea, maybe hats too.

  4. These looks great, I love the green. Have you made this doll in a bigger size yet or kept it the same for the other kids?

  5. oh! I love! I love! I love! my great-gram tried to teach me how to crochet when I was a teen. Really wishing I had paid attention better because this is just too darling for words!

    1. Thank you, Andie! I used a photo guide to crochet and YouTube videos to learn a few years ago. It’s a fun hobby, and I especially like that you can do it in tiny little snatches of time.

  6. I am hopeless at following patterns for knitting and crocheting. They seem like a foreign language to me. I love your dolly and am glad she has a friend now!!!

    1. It’s definitely a language all of its own. I haven’t had much luck with my attempts at knitting, but crochet was more intuitive to me.

    1. Thanks, Cascia! They are fun to make and come together pretty quickly.

      Also, I tried to comment on your most recent post and my screen froze up. Not sure what the issue was, but it’s happened on your site before I think.

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