This top is very simple and quick to make It's top down, seamless, one piece construction means less ends to weave in. It's an adjusted version of my Journey Girl Basic DC Short Sleeve Top.
The following 18" dolls have tried this top on and approve: American Girl, Gotz, Our Generation, Madame Alexander, and Springfield. It also fits a bit big, but wearable, on Journey Girl.
American Girl Basic DC Short Sleeve Top
Written pattern copyright Kimberly Saunders 2014
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Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet hook size H (5mm)
3 3/8 -5/8" buttons for back closure
Gauge: 9dc = 2" and 5 rows = 2"
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.
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*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.
*I don't put a starting dc at the beginning in the pattern for ease in reading and keeping track of the number of stitches.
*I use the Starting Double Crochet at the beginning of row. If you prefer another method, substitute it.
Chain 37 + 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 7 chs, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 9 chs, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 7 chs , 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 5. Turn. (45 dc)
Row 2: Dc in next 6 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts. Turn. (53 dc)
Row 3: Dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts. Turn. (61 dc)
This next row will form the armholes.
Row 4: Dc in next 10 sts, skip 11 sts, dc in next 19 sts, skip 11 sts, dc in next 10 sts. Turn. (39 dc)
Row 5: Ch 4 for button loop, dc across. Turn. (39 dc)
Row 6-8: Dc across. Turn. (39 dc)
Row 9: Ch 4 for button loop, dc across. Turn. (39 dc)
At this point you can finish off or continue with row 10 for a bit of a lacy trim.
Row 10: With right side facing (sc, ch 1, dc) in every other st. Finish off.
Finishing: Weave in ends. Attach buttons to left side, opposite of button loops.