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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tunisian (Afghan) Stitch Sweater for 18" Doll - Crochet

Good morning,

Yesterday I received a set of interchangeable afghan hooks for my birthday from My Honey.  Of course, I came right home and had to try them out.  ;)

I designed and made this sweater for my 18" doll, Ginger.  The pattern is below if you would like to make one, too.

Thanks, Honey, for the new hooks!  I just love new toys for my needlework projects.



Afghan (Tunisian) Stitch Sweater for 18" Doll - Crochet


A few yards each of blue and white #4 yarn

Size K afghan hook

Size I crochet hook for finishing


Foundation row: with blue chain 21, pull up a loop in second and each ch across leaving loops on hook.

Reverse row: chain 1 (it's the turning chain), *yo and pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * leaving last loop on hook.

Forward row: pull up a loop in each vertical post of work of row below (21 loops on hook)

Repeat Reverse and Forward rows until you have completed 9 sets of reverse and forward rows.

Change color to white at beginning of a forward row and continue in pattern for a total of 18 forward and reverse rows.


Work same as back through first row of second color (10 sets of forward and reverse rows).

Left front:

Work across 9 st for 5 sets of forward and reverse rows.

Left shoulder:

Work across 4 st for 3 sets of forward and reverse rows.

Right front:

with right side facing, skip 3 st and work across remaining 9 st for 5 sets of forward and reverse rows.

Right shoulder:

slip st to last 3 st (and one loop still on hook)

Work last 4 st of right shoulder for 3 sets of forward and reverse rows. Break off.

Join shoulders:

With right sides together sew or crochet (using I hook) together shoulder seams over the last 4 st on each shoulder of front to 4 st at ea end of last row of back.


With white and right side facing, join with a ss and pick up 11 loops on each side of shoulder seam.

Work 10 sets of forward and reverse rows.

Repeat for other sleeve.

Underarm seams:

With right sides together sew or crochet (using I hook) together underarm seams.


 Weave in all ends.

With I hook and blue yarn, sc around neck opening, cuffs, and bottom of sweater.



Wanda..... said...

Sweet little sweater you designed, Lois! So,I guess you are either traveling or onboard...enjoy the time...with your new knitting kit!

Anonymous said...

Ginger looks quite old! Was she one of your baby dolls from where you were a kid? Her new sweater is really cute! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Hope you had a wonderful day and evening!!!!...debbie

Montanagirl said...

He sure knew the right gift for you - that's very cute, and you're very talented!

Ann Nichols said...

This is adorable!!
But... a VERY happy Birthday to you!!
What a thoughtful gift from your hubby!
Hope this year is just wonderful for you and full of everything nice!
(PS I have had a hard time with blogger lately - that's why I haven't been visiting. So sorry!)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Looking beautiful in these soft colors.
Have a magical weekend, Lois xxxx

Cathy said...

Hello Lois
Making time to say Hello and Happy Birthday for whenever it is lol It was lovely of your family to treat you before the latest sailing and also give you such thoughtful gifts. Bet the crafty things get a real work out over the next few weeks.
Like Debbie I thought Ginger had a vintage look about her - 1950's maybe? whatever I rather like the sweater you designed for her nice colours also. What sort of knitting stitch do you think would equal the crochet one you have used?
Thanks for popping in and for your recent comments - it must be hard at times to find the time to click through - I know I find it that way.
Take care

Elaine said...

Your honey knows you well!

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

Ginger is only about eight years old. She is from Michael's and is my model to make clothes for our Granddaughter's 18" American Girl Dolls. Ginger has had a rough life traveling in my suitcase each time I am away from home. She tells me she doesn't mind, though, because she gets lots of new clothes. ;)

Cathy, you asked about a knitting stitch converstion. I would guess a good conversion would be #10 (US) knitting needles and #4 (same as I used) yarn. Each row (forward or reverse) = 1 row stockingette stitch.

I have Ginger traveling with me again and will complete her outfit. She can't run around in just a sweater! I'll publish the patterns for whatever I design for the rest of her outfit as soon as complete.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.

Very best,

Beth said...

Lois, what a delightful sweater! I've never done Tunisian crochet, but love the way it looks. Sounds like you have a honey of a Honey :-)