Thursday, March 20, 2014

Journey Girl Basic DC Short Sleeve Top

I love 18" dolls! My collection now contains 15 dolls. There are lots of patterns for American Girl dolls and those with similar body types. But the Journey Girl has a slimmer body, narrower shoulders, and her backside doesn't stick out as far. I've searched but there seem to be few resources for instructions and patterns for making clothes for the Journey Girl. A few weeks ago I started to design some clothes specifically for the JG. Here is one of the first ones. It's a very simple dc top done in worsted weight yarn. 
If you make this I would love to know how you liked it and I would love to see pictures!  



Journey Girl Basic DC Short Sleeved Top
Written pattern copyright Kimberly Saunders 2014
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Do not sell or reproduce this written pattern. If you sell anything made from this pattern, please give credit to me for the design 
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Supplies:
Worsted Weight Yarn 
Crochet hook size H (5mm)
3/8 -5/8" button for back closure

Gauge: 9dc = 2" and 5 rows = 2"

Special Stitches:
Starting Double Crochet: SDC = Pull chain to almost as high as a dc, yo and pull up a loop in the first stitch, yo and pull through one loop,  yo and pull through 2 loops.  
Click HERE for a photo tutorial.

Notes:
*The top is worked from the top down, turning after every row.
*Work all dc in row 1 in the back ridge of the loop for a more finished look at the neck edge.
*The first row is the right side.
*If you would rather do a chain 3, or other method, at the beginning of rows 1-4 you can.
*In rows 5-9 the ch 2 at the beginning is to fill in and avoid holes. Ignore it once made.

Top

Chain 41 + 4 for the button loop.

Row 1: Working in the back ridge of chain, dc in the 5th ch from hook and in next 4 chs, *3 dc in next ch, dc in next 9 chs,* repeat 3 times, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 5. Turn. (49 dc)

Row 2: SDC, dc in next 5 sts, *3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts,* repeat 3 times, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts. Turn. (57 dc)

Row 3: SDC, dc in next 6 sts, *3dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts,* repeat 3 times, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts. Turn. (65 dc)

This next row will form the armholes.

Row 4: SDC, dc in next 9 sts, skip 13 sts, dc in next 19 sts, skip 13 sts, dc in next 10 sts, join with a sl st to the SDC. Turn. (39 dc)

Row 5-9: ch 2, dc in each st across, join with a sl st to first dc. Turn. (39 dc)

At this point you can finish off or add a bit of a lacy trim to the bottom.

Row 10: With right side facing (sc, ch 1, dc) in every other st. There will be an extra stitch at the end, just skip it. Join with a sl st to first sc. Finish off.

Finishing:  Weave in ends. Attach button to the second to last dc on row 1.






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