Secret Agent Doll Clothes | New Crochet Pattern


Doll clothes can be great fun to make. In fact, I made at least 3 doll outfits for Crochet Spot (Doll Blouse and Jumper, Doll Peasant Dress, and Vintage Doll Bathing Suit) and many more doll accessories. Granted, I don't play dolls anymore but then over half the fun is being able to give it to someone that does.

My youngest siblings' equivalent to playing dolls are stuffed bears. She has collected them practically from birth and consequently, each of them have their own personalities. Believe me when I tell you that you would never guess the far-fetched stories she creates. In making this outfit for her, I have only aided and abetted in another one. 

Let me introduce my latest crochet pattern: Secret Agent Doll Clothes! 


This is, in essence, a trench coat and fedora. I wanted something straight out of a 50's cop film, you know, the film noir with the dark figures, shadows of shades across the suspects fearful face, damsels in distress, and loads of mystery.

Okay, so I've been watching Peter Gunn. But anyway...

I carefully recorded the bears measurements for future reference. Then I started with the coat and began brainstorming how I wanted to do it. Many of the doll clothes I've made in the past I began with the top down method so I knew what kind of shape it would give me, and in a way, I wasn't sure if I wanted it. But I also worried the method of crocheting separate pieces (back, front left panel, front right panel, sleeves, etc) would cause lumpy seams, too lumpy for a small piece like this. I could have tried it, and maybe next time I will, but I decided to go with the circular, top down method.


My plan was to afterward add a collar with sharp tips and a belt closure instead of buttons (though I love buttons dearly). I measured the "first draft" on the bear and made some adjustments, but I really didn't have too much trouble here. I considered giving the coat a border to soften the lapels but due to fear of not enough yarn, decided not to.

I began making the collar by building on the original foundation chain and increasing, giving extra stitches to the tips of the collar. After the coat was finished I blocked the one collar to keep it down, but the other stayed down naturally.


The pockets were an afterthought. I felt that the coat needed something and I finally realized I hadn't thought of pockets. I really quickly sat down and added two square pockets to the front of the coat. I really love how they look, plus they actually hold little things. My sister put little "bottle cap" coins in them.

Back view with belt

I considered stitching the belt to the coat to keep the pieces together but that thought somehow didn't make it into my notes (I try to make notes of everything) and so I ended up forgetting until later. But it is a nice idea.


The hat was something else. It's really easy and simple to make, and frankly, it is all about the shaping afterward. As long as the hat is long enough you can put a large crease down the middle and turn the brim up in back and down in front, and right away you have a fedora look-alike hat. I adore its cuteness! After making this one I realized I really wanted to make one for my niece and nephew. So larger sized fedoras are coming soon!


I cut a 14" strand of black ribbon and glued it to the hat, then stood back to survey my work, so to speak. I was satisfied. For once I didn't have any regrets.

Of course, now that I look at it I can think of a few things that could use tweaking...

And that is how I made this adorable little Secret Agent outfit. When I gave it to my sister for her bear, she was quite pleased, only I know she already knew it was for her because she saw me crocheting it. I always say, it is hardest to keep a gift a secret when you are making it in the open.

Here's the pattern!


Secret Agent Doll Clothes


Skill Level easy

Finished size
Coat – 7 ½” (19 cm) long, 12” (30.5 cm) waist, 6” (15 cm) armholes
Hat – 13 ½” (34 cm) circumference

Materials
Medium weight yarn (approximately 120 yards of color A (light brown in the photo) and 50 yards of color B (dark brown in the photo)
Crochet hook I (5.50mm)
14” (35.5 cm) of 3/8” ribbon
Fabric glue

Gauge
6 sc = 2’’
7 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 7.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 6 sc
Row 2 – 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Finish off.

Coat

Row 1: with color A, ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 30 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc: 38 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, * sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * across, sc in remaining sc: 46 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, * sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * across, sc in remaining sc: 54 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, * sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * across, sc in remaining sc: 62 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, * sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * across, sc in remaining sc: 70 sc
Row 7: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, * sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * across, sc in remaining sc: 78 sc
Row 8: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, * sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * across, sc in remaining sc: 86 sc
Row 9 – 12: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 86 sc
Row 13: ch 1, turn, sc in next 12 sc, skip next 20 sc, sc in next 22 sc, skip next 20 sc, sc in last 12 sc: 46 sc
Row 14 – 27: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 46 sc
Finish off.

Collar

With inside facing, join yarn in last ch of beg ch-31,
Row 1: ch 1, turn, sc in each ch across: 30 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, (sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice, sc in enxt 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 35 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) 4 times, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 40 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) 3 times, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 45 sc
Finish off.

Sleeves

Join yarn in any stitch on the sleeve opening,
Round 1: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc around (work sc2tog to close the gap at the base of the sleeve), sl st in first sc: 21 sc
Round 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 21 sc
Repeat for other sleeve.


Pockets (make 2)
Row 1: ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 5 sc
Row 2 – 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 5 sc
Single crochet evenly around, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew pockets to coat front.

Block coat collar if desired.

Belt
Row 1: with color A, ch 61, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 60 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 60 sc
Single crochet evenly around, skipping end sc for a rounder point.
Finish off.


Hat
(crown)
Round 1: with color B, 6 sc in adjustable ring, sl st in first sc: 6 sc
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 12 sc
Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 18 sc
Round 4: ch 1, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 24 sc
Round 5: ch 1, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 30 sc
Round 6: ch 1, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
(body)
Round 7 – 16: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
(brim)
Round 17: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 42 sc
Round 18: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 48 sc
Round 19: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 54 sc
Round 20: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 54 sc
Finish off.


Hatband
Glue or stitch ribbon to hat.

Shape hat with a crease on top, back turned up, front turned down.


I hope you like my pattern! It was great fun to make and I'm sure it will be for you too. If you are interested in purchasing a PDF version of this pattern, you can buy it at both Etsy and Ravelry! In the meantime, let me know what you think in the comments below!


This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.


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