The Little Lexi doll crochet pattern includes many pictures so you can see how things should be looking as you progress (I think this helps a lot). The pattern comes with instructions for the dress that you can make your own by adding flowers, ribbon, buttons, etc.
The finished doll has arms and legs that can move so that she can sit or stand. She's perfect for kids. (Except, if you let your kid sleep with crocheted dolls and/or stuffed animals, they get all mooshed looking. So don't let your kids moosh your hard work, ok?)
Skill level: Intermediate
I have been creating crochet patterns for about 9 years. In the beginning my patterns were pretty scary, but I think all the years of practice (and forcing my kids to wear my creations) has paid off! Hopefully you think so too.