T-Shirt Dress for Tonner and similar 16” fashion dolls

Thanks to a very reasonable priced offer from MelGDolls, I was able to add this lovely green witch (Tonner “Cyclone Cantata”) to my collection. Yes, the nude dolls are much more reasonably priced, therefore I forwent the lovely dress this doll normally wears and decided to knit sth. up. Yes, she will get a black dress (or several), but until these are finished, she will have to wear what is available, among other things this colourful T-Shirt Dress 😉

Basically, it is knitted very similarly to the basic top and skirt, but with some more stitches in circumference (4st, 4*11st instead of 4*10) so that it does not stretch as much over the bust area.

The colourway was a surprise for me, too, as this was made from my lovely “advent calender” gift skein 🙂

Have your eyes adjusted again after this onslaught of colour? Then, off to the patter we go!

As most of my simple patterns, the dress is knit completely in the round from the collar down. (The short sleeves are simply cast off.) Therefore, it might take some maneuvering to get your dolls hands through the armholes while the dress is at about waist level…  some say that wrapping some tissue around the hands helps, so the fingers won’t get caught in the stitches.

DPN: double pointed needles
k: knit; p: purl
YO: yarn over
tbl: through the back loop

Materials:

  • set of 2.5 mm DPN
  • fingering weight yarn (4-ply, your average  “sock yarn”)
  • Cast on 44 st, divide onto four DPN and join to knit in the round. (For a wider neckline,you can always cast on more and then just skip the respective increase rounds, e.g. cast on 52, rib for collar, then go to round 14)
  • rounds 1-8: k1p1 rib (you can knit the knit stitches throught the back loop to make the “pop” a bit more)
  • round 9: Knit
  • round 10:  k5, YO, k1, YO, k5
  • round 11: knit (YO are knit purlwise to avoid holes) (=52 st)
  • round 12: k6, YO, k1, YO, k6
  • round 13: knit (YO are knit purlwise to avoid holes) (=60 st)
  • round 14: k7, YO, k1, YO, k7
  • round 15: knit (YO are knit purlwise to avoid holes) (=68 st)
  • round 16: k8, YO, k1, YO, k8
  • round 17: knit (YO are knit purlwise to avoid holes) (=76 st)
  • round 18: k9, YO, k1, YO, k9
  • round 19: knit (YO are knit purlwise to avoid holes) (=84 st)
  • round 20: here we bind off the sleeves: knit 11, bind off 19, knit 24, bind off 19, k11
  • round 21: close the round again under the little sleeves, the last stitch before and first stitch after each bind off are knitted together tbl (=44 st in the round; 11 st per needle!)
  • knit until bust is covered
  • decrease round 1: Needle 1: knit to third to last st., ssk, k last st; Needle 2: k1, k2tog, k rest; Needle 3: as Needle 1; Needle 4: as Needle 2
  • decrease round 2: knit (=10 st per needle; 40 st)
  • decrease round 3: as dec. round 1
  • decrease round 4: as dec. round 2 (=9 st per needle; 36 st)
  • knit to end of waist (about 2.5 cm)
  • increase round 1: Needle 1: knit to last st., M1, knit rest; Needle 2: k1, M1, knit rest, Needle 3: as Needle 1; Needle 4: as Needle 2
  • increase round 2: knit (=10 st per needle; 40 st)
  • increase round 3: as increase round 1
  • increase round 4: as increase round 2 (=11 st. per needle; 44st)
  • increase round 5: as increase round 1
  • increase round 6: as increase round 2 (=12 st. per needle; 48 st)
  • You can knit the skirt plain, or start to knit in pattern: k1, *(P2, k2), end on k1
  • if you like, knit a bit of an increase in each purl section so you have k1, *(p3, k2) end on k1
  • for bottom hem, increase in each knit section (k1, p3, k1, M1, k1) etc. (end on k1 M1!) to get k1 *(p3, k3), end on k2
  • knit two rounds
  • bind off in pattern
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2 thoughts on “T-Shirt Dress for Tonner and similar 16” fashion dolls

  1. hello. is your t shirt dress for a 16″ doll have a big neck hole to go over doll head easily? also, I was told that if knitting a Barbie pattern with larger needles and yarn will fit a 16″ tonner doll. is this true? thank you!

    • Hi, yes, the neck is wide enough to easily dress the doll. Personally, I slide them in feet first 😉
      Technically, knitting Barbie patterns with larger needles and/or yarn could work, but you will have to figure out conversion size by trial and error. And the finer the yarn, the better the fit imho (I’m just too lazy for lace weight…). You can also find some nice (and some free) patterns at DollsWestDesigns!

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