You can never have too many Barbie outfits!! And a simple crochet style dress is an awesome addition to add to her wardrobe. Here’s my pattern for a fun, flirty style Barbie dress to crochet for that special 12″ doll lover!!
I have used a category 2 (fine weight) yarn and a Size E/4 (3.50mm) crochet hook for this dress. Probably no more than 50 – 75 yards.
The pattern includes the following abbreviation stitches: HDC – half double crochet and HDC foundation stitch, SC – single crochet, INC – increase, DEC – decrease, BLO – back loop only, SL – slip stitch, CH – chain, DC – double crochet
This entire pattern is worked in the round.
Begin your dress by completing:
22 HDC Foundation Stitches, SL join into top of 1st stitch. Be sure to leave a longer tail at the beginning so you have a thread to stitch up the join.
Rows 2 – 10 will be all SC (22 stitches). At the end of each row join your round using your preferred method. I like to use the no-cut joining method found here on Planet June blog.
Row 11 – 4 hdc, 1 hdc dec, 3 hdc, 1 hdc dec, 3 hdc, 1 hdc dec, 4 hdc, 1 hdc dec. (18 stitches) join
Rows 12 & 13 – 18 SC join
Row 14 – 8 sc, 1 sc inc, 8 sc, 1 sc inc, join (20 stitches)
Row 15 – 9 sc, 1 sc inc, 9 sc, 1 sc inc, join (22 stitches)
Row 16 – 5 sc, 1 sc inc, 4 sc, 1 sc inc, 4 sc, 1 sc inc, 5 sc, 1 sc inc, join (26 stitches)
Row 17 – 6 sc, 1 sc inc, 5 sc, 1 sc inc, 5 sc, 1 sc inc, 6 sc, 1 sc inc, join (30 stitches)
Row 18 – 30 SC join
Row 19 – CH 1, 30 HDC in BLO, join
Row 20 – 25 – repeat row 19
At this point, you can really decide how long you want your skirt to be. You could add a couple more of the HDC, BLO rows if you wish or maybe you actually want less rows to make the dress shorter. Also, if you want this look,
you can end your dress here and just do one row of SL stitches for a finished edge. Just fasten off and weave in your ends at the bottom and join at the neckline.
If you want to add the ruffled look here is what you will need to do.
Row 26 – CH 2, crochet 2 DC in each of the HDC going through both loops of the HDC stitch. Join.
Row 27 – CH 2, crochet 3 DC in each of the DC stitches. Join
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Again, make sure you join together your 22 HDC Foundation stitches together.
One of my favorite things about this dress is the simplistic ability to slip it on. It can be slightly snug going over her hips (my Barbie is the belly button style doll) but shouldn’t really pose any issues for children to dress the doll. There is really no definite front or back to the dress either so however it is slipped on works. Actually, you can put the joining seam at the side of the dress and your front and back looks seamless.
Please feel free to make this fun dress for all your Barbie enthusiasts. I have no issues if you want to make this dress and sell it (providing you are the one doing the actual crocheting), however, please do not distribute, copy or publish the pattern as your own. Should you elect to sell your finished products, please reference my blog www.stitch4ever.com as the pattern designer.