Peplum Top for 16″ Disney Rapunzel: Free Crochet Pattern

Today I have another pattern for the lovely 16″ Disney Rapunzel. She’s super fun to design for; the larger scale is a nice change from Barbie outfits. This shirt was inspired by some fashions I’ve spotted this year, most notably ruffles, peplum, and yellow. I’ve never been particularly on top of fashion trends for myself, but Rapunzel will be!


  • G hook
  • worsted-weight yarn
  • 2 small snaps


Row 1: Ch 39. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc 3. 3sc in next ch, sc 10. 3sc in next ch, sc 7. 3sc in next ch, sc 10. 3sc in next ch, sc 4.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc 5, 2sc in next st. Ch 4, sk 12, 2sc. Sc 9, 2sc in next st. Skip next 12 sc, 2sc in next st, sc in remaining 4 sts.

Row 3-5: Ch 1, turn, sc across.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sc 4, sc2tog. *Sc 6, sc2tog* 3 times, then sc in last 4 sts.

Row 7-8: Sc

Row 9: Ch 1, turn. *Sc 4, sc2tog* across.

Row 10-11: Ch 1, turn, sc across.

Row 12: Do not turn. Ch 2. Bring your work to form a circle, with the RS of Row 11 facing. Working through the back loops, 3dc in each st around to form a ruffle. Sl st to join.

Single crochet up the side. Fasten off, weave in ends. Sew one snap to the top and one to the bottom, making sure to try it on the doll for placement.

closeup of ruffle and high-waisted shorts

I’ll post a third pattern for Rapunzel next week. But that’s the last one I have made. What should I crochet next for her? Your suggestions are always appreciated! 🙂


The one with the poodle poem

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my last post. It means a lot. Hugs to all of you who told me about your own beloved pets passing away. I’m glad to have you all as friends!

I wanted to branch out a bit and post a poem here. I took Intro to Poetry Writing this summer at my college, and nobody was more surprised than me when I discovered I like writing poetry. I never was much of a “poetry person,” but turns out I actually quite like reading and writing it. Just goes to show you should always keep an open mind!

Anyway, I wrote a couple dozen poems over the course of the class, and I thought it might be fun to post one here. Either that or this is the day my blog jumps the shark. This poem wasn’t for an assignment, it’s one I wrote about Ruby as a way of dealing with her passing away.

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Here’s the PDF if that doesn’t show up for you. The awesome cursive font is from

Nothing spectacular, but I had fun writing it and wanted to share it with you. I’m actually in the process of compiling all the poems I wrote about Ruby with the goal of self-publishing a poetry collection. What do you think of that idea?

Are you fans of poetry? Or do you prefer normal writing? I’d love to chat about it! (I still prefer traditional books myself.) As always, thank you for reading and for all your support. 🙂



Ruby’s Afghan

This post is not a cheery crochet project, but it’s something I want to share. It’s about my beloved poodle, Ruby, who passed away last week. If this is difficult for you to read about, please don’t feel guilty about skipping this post. 

If you set down a crochet afghan, it’s a scientific fact that a dog will appear there soon after. They flock to them like moths to a light. And once they lay down on the afghan, woe betide anyone who tries to disturb them. Take it from my family’s poodle, Ruby, who loved crochet afghans more than anything.


Case in point

I crocheted my first afghan when I was around 14. It’s made of granny squares from I Love This Yarn (my favorite yarn) in my favorite colors at the time. It’s much smaller than a traditional afghan because I ran out of patience…but that made it the perfect size for Ruby when she swiped it. I’m not sure how she accomplished it. One moment I had a brand-new afghan, the next moment it was Ruby’s afghan. But that was fine with me. She looked so content curled up on it.


Doing homework with me; her special afghan is the pink one

A few years later I made a mandala afghan with the thought that since Ruby had an afghan, this one would be for me. Wrong. The afghan turned out smaller than expected and I presented the poodle with a bright pink mandala blanket. It was added to her pile.


She ran to my side whenever I sat down on the couch with a crochet project. Her breeder was a knitter, so as a puppy she got used to laying next to people while they crafted. She was my crafting companion for many projects and even modeled some for me.


I thought a sweater might help keep her joints warm and less painful. The look on her face says what she thinks of this idea



When our new puppy Maisie came into our lives, I crocheted a new afghan for her. Because the first one was Ruby’s afghan. I couldn’t see her give that up.

Happy Claire surrounded by doggos: Ruby on gray afghan, Maisie on pink one (which is hers)

Pile of dogs and afghans. Ruby’s special one is on the far left.

Ruby suffered from arthritis for pretty much all her life. I think curling up with a warm, soft blanket felt good for her achy limbs. When she started losing mobility, she would spend all day napping on the couch. Sometimes I would snuggle with her. Other times she would curl up on an afghan. Still other times we would snuggle with an afghan, which was the coziest thing imaginable.


The plaid is my elbow. Ruby patiently humored me whenever I needed some cuddle time.

Last Tuesday she lay on her special blanket, in my arms, as she went to sleep forever. The hardest thing I’ve ever done is hug Ruby for the last time. When we laid her down on the blanket, she was relaxed instead of stiff with pain like she was for the last six years. The vet said she was ready to go. I know she was. But I could never be ready to say goodbye. She was the best dog I could ever have the privilege of loving.


She LOVED giving kisses.

I’ve written pages and pages about her. Taken so many pictures. Crafted things inspired by her. Maybe you’ll see some of it here. I want to share the joy she brought into my life. She’s not in pain anymore, and I’m glad, because she deserves to run and play again. I just miss her. But I’ll never forget her.

The blanket has returned to me. I wish it were still hers.

In memory of Ruby
13 years 10 months
October 3, 2004 – August 9, 2018


Ruby’s afghan

Jean Shorts for 16″ Disney Rapunzel: Free Crochet Pattern

Hi friends! Today I’m posting the first of several garments for one of my favorite dolls. She’s the 16″ Deluxe Disney Rapunzel, who I received for my birthday a few years ago. As you probably know, Rapunzel is my favorite princess, and I have a whole collection of Rapunzel dolls, but this one has to be my favorite…she’s gorgeous! She’s been sitting on my windowsill for months and I thought it was high time she got some attention.


She isn’t listed on the Disney Store website anymore, so perhaps she’s discontinued, sadly. I’m going to check if there are similarly-sized dolls who would fit in these clothes – do you know of any? But here’s a link to a doll review where you can see how she arrived.

I had a lot of fun making this outfit. I forgot how much I love making doll clothes. She’s a super fun size to design for, too – slightly bigger than a Barbie so more room for detail, but smaller than an American Girl doll so less intimidating. I’m planning to make her a whole wardrobe, but today I’m starting off with a pair of jean shorts! They’re modeled after the high-waisted shorts that seem to be popular this year.



  • H (5.00 MM) hook
  • Worsted-weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in Denim to get the jean short look)
  • 1 small ponytail holder that fits snugly around your doll’s waist (this is for the waistband)
  • 2 small white buttons (optional)
  • Work in front loops throughout, except for the last stitch of each row, which should be worked through both loops as usual.


Ch 13.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (12)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc across until 4 sts remain; hdc 4.

Row 3-4: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Repeat Rows 1-4 two more times. You’ll have 12 rows total.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. Sc 7, making 7th stitch through both loops. Skip last 5 sts. Ch 6.

Row 14: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in rest of the stitches across. (12 stitches)

Row 15: Ch 1, turn. Hdc 4, sc in remaining stitches.

Row 16-17: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Row 18-25: Repeat Rows 14-17 two more times. (Except Row 14 will just be a normal single crochet row, since you won’t need to work into a chain.)

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Fold in half so the legs align and sew the inner leg seams together. Then sew the back seams together. Since this is hard to explain, here are some in-progress photos (with my puppy as a backdrop):



Now we’re going to add some length to the top of the shorts. Join the yarn to any stitch and make (2sc in the end of a row, skip next row end) around. (This makes a more even edge than just making 1 stitch per row end.) Join with a sl st.

Row 2: Grab your ponytail holder and single crochet around, encasing the ponytail holder with each stitch. (It’s just like crocheting over your ends.) Sl st to join, then fasten off. Weave in ends.

Sew two buttons to the front if you wish. You’re all done!


Behind-the-scenes help from Maisie.

I’ll be back soon with one of the shirts you see in this post. What have you been crafting lately? Any doll clothes? I don’t know why I took a break from doll clothes for so long, they’re so much fun! Thanks for reading, and have a marvelous day. 🙂

The one with the amigurumi mountain

Can you tell from the title format that I’ve been watching way too much FRIENDS?

This is a super silly crochet project I finished a few months ago. The story behind it is that, after living in a flat state for most of my life, my family moved to a state that contains a lot of mountains. I absolutely love seeing mountains every day (except for when it’s foggy and the mountain is feeling shy), and I’ve grown really attached to “our” mountain, as I’ve come to think of it. And when I really like something, of course I have to crochet it.

Here’s the mountain in question (Mount Hood).


And here’s the amigurumi version.


It makes me giggle, and I like being able to hug a mountain! I used the adorable pattern by Petits Pixels, which was well-written and worth the purchase. It’s not completely done (the pattern includes a rubber-duck floatie that I think Mount Hood would love to wear), but I’m quite satisfied with it so far. It’s not really an accurate interpretation of Mount Hood, which is very pointy, but oh well. (I really hope there are no eruptions in the near future that will make this shape a reality.)

I’d never actually been to Mount Hood, just seen it from a distance, until my family went on a trip to Timberline Lodge. That’s where I got the close-up picture in this post. It’s absolutely stunning, and I was squealing for the majority of the trip. Also, the movie The Shining was filmed at Timberline Lodge, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to do some fangirling:


I just wish I had crocheted the mountain before the trip, for a good photo-shoot opportunity!

Do you guys have a favorite landmark in your state or country? It’s funny how attached you get to your surroundings after a while. I hope you’re all having a lovely Thursday!

P.S. Three chapters of my book By the Sea are up on Wattpad now – please check it out if you get a chance! You’ll have my eternal gratitude.

P.P.S. What do you think of the new theme I’m testing out?


Imperfect Blogging

It seems to be a regular occurrence now to have a month between posts, and I think I’ve figured out why. Thank you for sticking with me! This will be an update sort of post.

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I’m a perfectionist. I’m willing to bet a lot of you guys are, too – a lot of crafters seem to be. And I recently realized that I’m a perfectionist about blogging, too, which shouldn’t be a surprise to me. But that’s not what this blog is about. I made this blog to share my love of crafting with other people. The creative process is messy and not always pretty, but I want to share that too. I love seeing other people’s works in progress, so why not write about mine too?

I’ve fallen into a year-long case of writer’s block for this same reason: if it’s not perfect, why bother writing at all? But the truth is that everyone has to start somewhere, and I’ll never improve without practice. So I’m making a goal to write for fun again. To share my imperfect writing. I had so much fun with The Yarn Wars, even though it isn’t very good.

I created a Wattpad account, onceuponayarn, to post these writing adventures. I’d love if you wanted to read along. I’m trying something new that I’ve wanted to write for ages – a young adult romance, just to see how it goes. I also entered a Wattpad writing contest just for fun. And you know, it feels fantastic. It doesn’t matter if it’s perfect; you just have to write something.

Here’s the blurb for the novel. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and it’s a good summer writing project!

By the Sea (someone please help me title things)

endlessOn the edge of the sea, Lee Baker spends her days reading, crafting, and being homeschooled. Although their life at Oceanview Trailer Park is far from luxurious, Lee is happy the way things are, spending the days with her best friend Ana. But the summer Lee turns 17, everything changes.

When Noah moves to Myrtle Cove, Lee’s predictable life is turned upside down. Noah is quiet, anxious, and doesn’t want any part of his mom’s summer beach house plans. Lee is roped into being his tour guide, and unexpectedly, the two hit it off and strike up a friendship. Then Ana moves away. After losing her closest friend, Lee is reluctant to make another, but she doesn’t want to stay away from Noah. She begins to have feelings for him, and thinks he might feel the same way.

But when disaster strikes and Lee is left completely alone, will Noah stick around? And will she let him?


You can read it here, if you’re so inclined. I have two chapters posted so far, but I’m up to chapter 9. It’s super nice to have a writing project that isn’t for college. I was thinking about posting this here on Once Upon a Yarn, but Wattpad seems better suited for this sort of thing.

I’d love to know if you’ve had similar experiences with perfectionism. I’m honored to have you guys along for the ride. Your support means a lot to me, and thank you for all your kind words about my past writing. ❤


Amigurumi Monday: Occamy

Hi friends! I thought it might be fun to start a post series featuring my many amigurumi, many of which haven’t been featured on the blog yet. In the future, I may take my fandomgurumi on photo shoots, which is a lot of fun. 🙂 I’m planning for these to be short posts so I can keep up with them regularly – goodness knows I have enough amigurumi to keep a steady supply of posts ready.

Today I’d like to introduce you to the Occamy:


He’s made from the wonderful free pattern by Fillie Fanatic, which was well-written and easy to follow. The Occamy is a creature from the Fantastic Beasts movie that I absolutely loved, so I was delighted when I saw this pattern and could make my own. He’s living on my Harry Potter bookshelf, but the above photo was taken an early college morning (as evidenced by the Starbucks cup, before I gave up caffeine!) Turns out the Occamy can be worn as a very fashionable bangle bracelet. Not sure how he feels about that. 🙂 In any case, it was a very fun project, if a little fiddly with the embroidery floss and small hook.

Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?