posted by Jane Lake
I think this vintage pattern, done in Knit-Cro-Sheen, is very well designed – and as timelessly appealing as ballet itself. Whether you crochet this doll for a little girl in love with ballet, for a ballet aficionado or for a collector of ballet memorabilia, it is sure to be well received.
Although Knit Cro Sheen thread is still available, the colors cited are not current. Use your choice of suitable colors in Size 10 crochet thread for best results.
J. & P. COATS “Knit-Cro-Sheen”, Art A.64, 3 balls of No. 65 Beauty Pink; 2 balls of No. 9 Yellow and 1 ball of No. 131 Fudge Brown; and;
J. & P. COATS OR CLARK’S O.N.T. SIX STRAND EMBROIDERY FLOSS, Art. A. or B. 11: 1 skein each of No. 76 China Blue, No. 12 Black, No. 140 Signal Red or No. 32 Purple.
Milwards Steel Crochet Hooks No. 4 and No. 7.
Cotton batting for stuffing … ¼ yard of white organdy and 2 yards of white eyelet ruffling, 1 inch wide for petticoat … ½ yard green ribbon, ½ inch wide … 3 snap fasteners … Small white beads.
Use double strand of Beauty Pink throughout.
Gauge: 6 sc make 1 inch; 5 rows makes 1 inch.
BODY … Starting at bottom with Beauty Pink and No. 4 hook, ch 16. 1st rnd: 3 sc in last ch; working along opposite side of starting chain, make sc in each ch across. 2nd and 3rd rnds: Sc in each sc around, increasing 3 sc evenly over rounded ends – to inc 1 st, make 2 sc in 1 sc. Work without increasing until piece measures 2½ inches, then dec 2 sc on each rnd until 32 sc remains – to dec 1 sc, work off 2 sc as 1 sc. Work one rnd without decreasing, then inc 2 sc on each of next 5 rnds. Work without increasing until piece measures 6 inches. Dec 4 sc on each of next 5 rnds. Stuff Body firmly with cotton and continue decreasing until 10 sc remain. Join and break off. Sew up opening.
HEAD … Starting at top, ch 2. 1st rnd: 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 2nd rnd: 2 sc in each sc around. 3rd to 7th rnds incl: Inc 7 sc evenly on each rnd. Work without increasing until piece measures 2 inches. Dec 7 sc evenly on each of next 4 rnds. Stuff Head firmly with cotton and continue decreasing until all sc’s have been worked off. Break off. Sew Head to Body. Embroider face with China Blue, Signal Red and Black embroidery floss.
LEG (Make 2) … Starting at bottom, ch 2. 1st rnd: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 2nd, 3rd and 4th rnds: Inc 3 sc evenly on each rnd. Work without increasing until piece measures 2 inches, then inc 1 sc in each of next 6 rnds. Work without increasing until piece measures 8½ inches. Stuff leg firmly with cotton, dec 3 sc on each rnd until all sc’s have been worked off. Break off. Sew legs to body. Embroider shoes with Purple embroidery floss.
ARM (Make 2) … Work as for Leg until 3 rnds have been completed. Work without increasing until piece measures 1¼ inches, then inc 1 sc on each of next 6 rnds. Work without increasing until piece measures 7½ inches. Complete as for Leg. Sew Arms on Body. Tie a piece of Beauty Pink around 1 inch from end to form wrist.
HAIR … With double strand of Fudge Brown, work as for Head until 7 rnds have been completed. Work 5 more rnds without increasing. Join and break off.
BANGS … With right side facing, draw thread through base of any sc on 5th rnd to base of sc on 4th rnd and, working over sc’s, craw loop through, thread over and draw through loop on hook, draw loop on hook out to measure ½ inch (loop st made), retaining all loop sts on hook, insert hook in ext sc, draw thread through, thread over and draw through loop on hook, the n draw loop on hook out to measure same as previous loop st. Make 8 more loop sts. Break off. Attach thread through sc on 4th rnd preceding first sc made on first row of Bangs and make 12 sts across. Break off. Make 3 more rows of loop sts the same way, having 1 loop st more at beginning and end of each row. Sew to Head.
BRAID (Make 2) … Cut 24 strands of Fudge Brown each 36 inches long. Divide these strands into 3 equal groups and make a braid. Roll Braids to form buns and sew to each side of head. String beads and place around neck. Sew a bead to each side of head for earrings.
DRESS – Bodice … Starting at bottom withYellow and No. 7 hook, ch 50 to reach loosely around doll’s waist. 1st row: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 3, turn. 2nd row: Skip first dc, dic in each dc, increasing 5 dc evenly across, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn. 3rd row: Skip first dc, dc in each dc across, dc in top of turning chain. Ch 3, turn. 4th row.: Work as for 2nd row, increasing 3 dc instead of 5. 5th to 8th rows incl: Repeat 3rd row. Break off at end of 8th row.
SKIRT … 1st row: Attach Yellow to opposite side of starting chain on Bodice, ch 4, 2 tr in same ch, 3 tr in each ch across. Ch 4, turn. 2nd, 3rd and 4th rows: Skip first tr, tr in each tr across, tr in top of turning chain. Ch 4, turn. 5th to 12th rows incl: Skip first tr, *tr in next 6 tr, 2 tr in next tr. Repeat from * across, Ch 4, turn. At end of 12th row, ch 1, turn. 13th row: Sc in first tr, * skip 2 tr, 6 dc in next tr, skip 2 tr, sc in next tr. Repeat from * across, ending with sc in top of turning chain. Break off.
SLEEVE (Make 2)… Starting at top, ch 32. 1st row: 2 tr in 5th ch from hook and in each ch across. ch 4, turn. 2nd and 3rd rows: Skip first tr, tr in eac tr across, tr in top of turning chain. Ch 4, turn. 4th row: Skip first tr, * work off next 2 tr as 1 tr. Repeat from * across. ch 1, turn. 5th row: Sc in each tr across. Break off.
FINISHING DOLL … Sew up sleeve seams. Sew up back seam of dress leaving a 4-inch opening. Sew sleeves to dress. Sew 3 snap fasteners to back opening. Make a petticoat of organdy and sew 2 rows of eyelet ruffling around bottom. Tie green ribbon around doll’s waist. Sew a few flowers to each side of head and remaining flowers to waist.
Source: Quick Tricks in Crochet, J. & P. Coats and Clark’s Book No. 293, October 1952.