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Abigail Flip-flop Doll ~ Free Crochet Pattern

I wanted to make something for my younger sister's birthday but didn't stop to think about the particulars until less than two days before. I needed something quick that required minimal stuffing. Enter Abigail.

She's no ordinary doll. Flip her dress over her head and you have a tulip-like flower. Flip the flower part back down over the stem and she's a pretty princess again. Neat, right?

Despite her cool turns-into-a-flower trick, the construction isn't all that difficult.  Both her head and dress are made in one piece, with some back loops only definition at the waist. The arms, flower stem, and leaf are made separately and stitched on afterward. Her hair is made by making a pink cap with two small pompoms stitched to it and then the whole thing is sewn to the head. If you'd rather buy pompoms than make them, that's fine too.(I owe a special thank-you to my brother Jack for once again working his pompom wizardry. I suffer from an inability to make pompoms so the success of Abigail's hair is due entirely to him.)

Oh, and don't forget to add this pattern to Ravelry HERE-- that way you can find it when you need it and avoid my last-minute panic 😉. Not a fan of Ravelry? Pin it HERE


St: Stitch
Ch: Chain
Sl st: Slip Stitch
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Tr: Treble Crochet
Inc: Increase-- place two stitches in the same space
Dec: Decrease
Blo: Back Loops Only-- Crochet in only the back loops
Picot: Chain 3, slip stitch to the first chain
*...*: Repeat the instructions between the asterisks


  • E/3.5 mm Crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Worsted weight yarn in 4 colors (I used tan, purple, green, and pink)
  • Stuffing
  • Small safety eyes (do not use for children three and younger)
  • Black embroidery floss (For the mouth) 

Head and Body:

Using tan,

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring. (6)

Round 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Round 3: *Sc in next st, inc in next st.* Repeat around. (18)

Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st.* Repeat around. (24)

Rounds 5 to 9: Sc in each st around. (24)

Round 10: *Sc in next 2 sts, dec 1.* (18)

Insert safety eyes between rounds 6 and 7, about 4-5 sts apart. (Now is also a good time to embroider the mouth) 

Round 11: *Sc in next st, dec 1.* (12)

Stuff head.

Round 12: Dec 6 times. (6)

Round 13: Inc in each st around. (12)

Round 14: *Sc in next st, Inc in next st.* (18)

On the last yarn over of round 14, Switch to purple. The round count starts over again, with the first round of purple as round 1. You do not fasten off. 

Round 1: *Sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st.* (24)

Rounds 2-6: Sc in each st around. (24)

Round 7: In the blo, *Sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st.* Repeat around. (30) 

Round 8: *Sc in next 4 sts, inc in next st.* Repeat around. (36)

Round 9: *Sc in next 5 sts, inc in next st.* Repeat around. (42)

Round 10: *Sc in next 6 sts, inc in next st.* Repeat around. (48)

Rounds 11-28: Sc in each st around. (48)

Round 29: * (Sl st, ch 2, 2dc) in next st, Sl st in next 2 sts.* Repeat around. (16 "petals" total) 

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Arms (Make 2):

Round 1: With tan, sc 6 in magic ring. (6)

Rounds 2-5: Sc in each st around. (6)

On the last yarn over of round 5, switch to purple.

Rounds 6-8: With purple, sc in each st around. (6)

Fasten off and sew to the torso.  


Using green yarn,

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring. (6)

Round 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Round 3: *Sc in next st, inc in next st.* Repeat around. (18)

Round 4: In the blo, sc in each st around. (18)

Rounds 5-15: Sc in each st around. (18)

Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st.* Repeat around. (24)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. 
(Full disclosure: I ran out of green yarn and was not able to make the stem as long as I'd like. I recommend adding more rounds between rounds 5-15 to make the stem longer-- keep in mind it shouldn't poke out past the edge of the dress.) 


Ch 8, leaving a long tail.

Round 1: Sc in the 2nd ch. Sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, tr in next ch. In last ch, 5 tr. Turn your work to crochet into the opposite side of the chain. Tr in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in same ch and first sc. Picot, sl st to first sc, and fasten off. (2sc, 1hdc, 2dc, 7tr, 2dc, 1hdc, 2sc, 1 picot)

Here's a chart, in case those instructions were a little bit hairy:

Made Using Stitch Fiddle

The rounded treble part of it should curve slightly. If you'd prefer a completely flat leaf, add more trebles in the last chain.

Use the long tail from the beginning chain to sew the treble part of the leaf to the stem. 

Stuff the body and stem, then sew the stem inside of the dress, flush with the bottom of the torso and before the dress flares out. 


Using pink, follow rounds 1-8 of the head. 
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. 
Make (or buy) two small pompoms that match your hair cap. Using strong thread, stitch them to either side of the hair cap. 
Sew the hair to the doll. 

And you're finished! 

Have a question, comment, or noticed an error in the pattern? Leave me a comment below. 

Copyright 2018. Do not reproduce this pattern, either in whole or in part. To share this pattern, please link back to this post. You make sell items you make using this pattern but I ask that you credit me as the designer. I work hard to develop my patterns and I ask that you respect that. 


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