Fashion Doll Patterns:

Sleeveless Top and Dress

Want to knit using fashion doll patterns?

This is a very easy pattern to knit for Barbie or any other fashion doll (11 to 11 1/2 inches). My cousin from Denver designed this pattern. We were reminiscing about our fashion dolls from the early 1960's, and when we picked up our needles and yarn, these versatile designs emerged.

This is a great pattern to follow to begin an adventure in making doll clothes.  The simple but elegant design can be used for a classic shell and shift dress, as you see here.  You can turn this into an elegant formal dress by using metallic yarns, or yarns with textures, or even adding beads while you knit (as you gain more experience).

You can also sew beads on for embellishment after the dress or top is complete.

If you are interested in learning how to knit with beads, I found an excellent video by Knit Picks

Barbie Fashion Doll Pattern to Knit

Materials: 4-ply worsted weight yarn. Leftover yarn works well since so little is required.

Needles: Size 5 U.S.

Gauge: 9 stitches = 2 inches; 15 rows = 2 inches


Cast on 14 stitches.

Rows 1-6: K each row.

Rows 7-20: Work in stockinette stitch (purl one row, K one row) beginning with a purl row, 7 times for a total of 14 rows.

NOTE - For dress, continue in stockinette stitch for a total of 30 rows.

Rows 21-23: K each row.

Row 24: K 3 stitches, bind off next 8 stitches, K remaining 2 stitches (3 stitches left on each side for shoulders).

Row 25: K 3 stitches, cast on 8 stitches, K 3 stitches (14 stitches total).

Rows 26-30: K each row.

Rows 30-43: Purl one row, K one row 7 times for a total of 14 rows.

NOTE - For dress, continue in stockinette stitch for a total of 30 rows.

Rows 44-48: K each row. Bind off all stitches.

Below is a picture of the top before stitching the side seams.

Your seam will lay flat and the design will be intact if you "weave" your stitches in. See pictures below:

If you use this technique, you will see the results below:

This is one of many Barbie fashion doll patterns that are free on my site about making doll clothes.

Congratulations on using these patterns to knit for Barbie.

Want to see how you can sew an outfit for her?

Here is a Directory of free patterns to knit.

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