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Mini or Long Crochet Barbie Dress

Here is my first pattern for a crochet Barbie dress. Instructions are given for both a mini and long dress that flare out at the bottom. Both dresses are easy to crochet provided you are used to working with crochet thread.

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Mini or Long Crochet Barbie Dress

This adorable dress is held up and tied at the back with a string. It’s elegant and perfect for any girls doll clothing collection. The long dress can serve as a wedding or prom dress, while the short dress is perfect for a day at the beach.

Made with Crochet Thread

The crochet thread is a size 10. It comes wrap around a cardboard spool. You only need a small amount of thread to complete this. Leftover thread can be used to doilies or lots more of these dresses as gifts for your child’s friends.

I chose a thread because it allowed me to add details that regular yarn did not allow. Anything similar that meets the gauge would work just as well.

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How It’s Made

This dress is worked simply with the single and double crochet stitches. A few taller stitches are thrown in at the top for a touch of elegance.

The dress is tied at the back with a criss-cross lace, eliminating the need for buttons and snaps.

It is worked from the bottom up in one piece, except for the tie string. The skirt is worked in rounds, while the top part is worked in rows.

I did mine in a solid color, but the single and double crochets work well in a striped design, making it the perfect pattern for using up bits and pieces of crochet threads.

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A short crochet Barbie dress shown in blue.

Mini or Long Crochet Barbie Dress

This crochet Barbie dress can be made short or long by adjusting the length of the skirt.
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Skill Level

Materials

  • Yarn: Crochet Thread Size 10
  • Steel Crochet Hook: 8/1.50mm (or hook needed to obtain gauge.)
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Measurements

  • Gauge: 15 sts and 11 rows = 2".
  • Finished Size: Fits the 11.5" Barbie doll.

Abbreviations

Notes

  • The dress is worked in rounds from the bottom up to the waist. At that point you begin working in rows for the top.
  • When doing the back, it may seem as though it is not wide enough. However, once you crochet the side loops and weave the string in, it pulls together nicely.
  • You can adjust the length of the dress after the bottom ruffle is complete by following the special instructions given for the long dress.

Instructions

For Both the Long and Short Dress

  • Ch 90; being careful not to twist the chs, join with sl st in first ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, working into back bumps, sc in first ch and into each ch around; join with sl st in first sc. [90 sts]
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as first dc now and throughout), dc in next st and into each st around; join with sl st in first dc (3rd ch). [90 sts]
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * around to last 2 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts; join with sl st in first sc. [75 sts]
  • Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next st and into each st around; join with sl st in first dc (3rd ch). [75 sts]
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around to last 2 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts; join with sl st in first sc. [60 sts]
  • Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 4. [60 sts]
  • Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around to last 2 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts; join with sl st in first sc. [45 sts]
  • Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 4. [45 sts]
  • Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 5. [36 sts]
  • Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 4. [36 sts]

For the Long Dress Only

  • Rnd 11 (For the Long Dress Only): Ch 1, sc in first st and into each st around; join with sl st in first sc. [36 sts]
  • Rnd 12 (For the Long Dress Only): Ch 3, dc in next st and into each st around; join with sl st in first dc (3rd ch). [36 sts]
  • For the Long Dress continue with Rnds 11 and 12 until you have reached a desired length from the waist down. Once you have reached a desired length, continue with the "Top Part".

"Top Part" for Both the Mini and Long Dress

  • The top part is worked in rows in order to leave an opening at the back for tying.
  • Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first st and into each st across. Do not join at this row and onwards. Turn. [36 sts]
  • Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next st; rep from * across to last st, sc in last st. Turn. [25 sts]
  • Row 3: Ch 2 (does not count as st), dc in first st and into each st across. Turn. [25 sts]
  • Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 8 sts. Turn. [27 sts]
  • Row 5: Rep Row 3. [27 sts]
  • Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first 9 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 9 sts. Turn. [29 sts]
  • Row 7: Rep Row 3. [29 sts]
  • Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first 10 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 10 sts. Turn. [31 sts]
  • Row 9: Rep Row 3. [31 sts]
  • Row 10: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc into next 9 sts, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st. Turn. [42 sts]
  • Row 11: Rep Row 3. [42 sts]
  • Row 12: Ch 1, sc in first 12 sts, [sc2tog over next 2 sts] 9 times; sc in last 12 sts. Turn. [33 sts]
  • Row 13: Ch 1, sc in first 11 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, sk next st, tr in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in last 11 sts. Do NOT fasten off, continue with the loop row along the edge of the back opening.

Loop Row for String

  • Working along the edge of the back opening, sc in same st where last st was made, *ch 2, sk end of dc row, sc in end of next sc row**; rep from * down to the bottom of the opening, ch 2, turn your work and sc into the corresponding sc row on the other side of the opening. Rep from * to ** back up to the top. Join the last sc made to the first sc made in Row 13. Fasten off.
  • Note: You should have 5 loops on each side and one at the bottom for a total of 11 ch-2 loops.

String

  • Ch 120, Fasten off and weave in ends.
  • With the dress on Barbie, weave the string in between the center tr stitches of the last row in front. Then carry it over to the back, and weave it into the ch-2 loops as you would with shoelaces.
  • Tie a bow to secure.

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