Here is a crochet pattern for any 11 to 11 1/2 inch fashion doll
that is relatively easy to make. The shell for Barbie is knit with a
single strand of yarn in order to eliminate bulkiness.
The jacket and skirt are constructed using 3 strands of a variegated Gossamer 100% Merino Wool yarn from Peru. The color is Blue Jean.
Size G-6 hook (4 mm)
Gauge: 4 sc = 1 inch
With 3 strands of Merino wool,
Chain 11. SC(Single Crochet) in 2nd chain from hook and rest of chains (10 SC total).
Rows 2 until the piece measures 4 1/2 inches: Chain 1, and SC in each of 10 sts.
To form the "flare" at the hem, SC and DC into each of the stitches along one of the 4 1/2 inch lengths.
The last row is done by making a chain 3 length and chaining into each of the stitches.
Finishing: Weave the back seam from the bottom to about 1 inch from the top. Fasten off and hide yarn ends. Sew a button on one side of the waist opening. The loose stitches provide for an easy buttonhole.
It takes much more time to knit, so enjoy the speed of this pattern.
Fashion Doll Jacket
Left Front: Chain 11 and SC in 2nd chain from hook and in the other 9 chain stitches.
Row 2: Ch 1, SC in each stitch until the last. 2 SC in last stitch.
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 SC in first stitch, then SC in every stitch until last.
Row 4: Ch 1, SC in each stitch until the last, then 2 SC in last stitch.
Row 5: Ch 1, 2 SC in first stitch, then SC in all others to end.
Right Front: Ch 14, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in other 12 chain stitches.
Row 2: Ch 1, skip 1, then SC in rest of sts until end.
Row 3: Ch 1, SC in each stitch.
Row 4: Skip 1st st, SC in all others.
Row 5: Ch 1, SC in each stitch until 2nd from end. Skip this stitch and SC in last stitch.
Ch 11, SC in 2nd chain from hook and all others to end.
Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in rest of stitches to end.
Row 3: Ch 1, SC in each stitch until last, then 2 SC in last stitch.
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 SC in 1st st, SC in each stitch until end.
Row 5: Ch 1, SC in every stitch to end.
Row 6: Ch 1, skip 1st stitch, SC in every stitch to end.
Row 7: Ch 1, SC in each stitch until end. Skip 2nd from end and SC in last stitch.
Row 8: Ch 1, skip 1st stitch and SC in each stitch until end.
Sew shoulder seams of back to front left and right pieces.
To make the sleeves, pick up 4 stitches on each side of the top seam, and Single Crochet into each, adding an extra SC at the seam (total 9 SC's).
Rows 2-6: Ch 1, SC in each of 9 stitches.
Row 7: *Ch 3, chain into next stitch*, repeat until end. This forms a ruffle at the end of the sleeve.
Collar: The collar is formed by doing a SC in each of 10 stitches, beginning at the top of the right front. Do one more row of SC in each of the 10 stitches to form the collar.
Front edge finishing: Chain into stitches around the edge of the jacket, beginning at one front end and ending at the opposite front bottom end.
Bury yarn ends - and enjoy the new jacket for your fashion doll!
I hope you enjoyed making this Barbie outfit.
Any fashion doll will look great in this ensemble that you knitted and crocheted.
Here is a close up picture
of the jacket and shell.
To eliminate a bulky shell, I only used one strand of the Merino wool from Knit Picks,
and very small needles. This is a VERY easy knit top for your
fashion doll to wear with the crochet skirt.
Making doll clothes can be a fun and fascinating hobby.
Sleeveless Shell: Knit Top
Needles: Size 1 US. Gauge: 8 sts = 1 inch.
Cast on 20 stitches.
Row 1 and all odd rows: Purl.
Row 2 and all even rows: Knit.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 (This is a stockinette stitch) until your piece measures 2 5/8 inches.
If you are using variegated yarn, be sure to start at the same place in the yarn pattern, and cast on 20 stitches. Knit in stockinette stitch for 2 5/8 inches. Bind off.
Note: Both pieces should look the same. The stripes will now match when you weave the side seams.
Finishing: Block the front and back pieces by pressing them flat. Be sure to lay a press cloth (or thin fabric) on top of the knitted piece before pressing.
Sew the shoulder seams, weaving from the arm end towards the center, creating 1/2 inch seams. Sew side seams from the bottom until you are 3/4 inch from the top (leaving room for your doll's arms).
You can design many different outfits for Barbie or another fashion doll, by just using different yarns and colors. For example, instead of using three strands of Merino wool, you can use a worsted weight yarn, possibly even a textured or "fluffy" yarn, to create a fancier looking set for evening wear.
On my Home Page, you will find links to patterns for American Girl dolls.
Want to create more ensembles?