I've improvised my crochet dress pattern to make this blue and white crochet dress for Barbie. The pattern uses 4ply yarn - I used Patons 4ply soft cotton, but any 4ply would work. The bodice is made first in dc, from the waist to neckline, then the skirt is added from the waist to the hem. The pattern is very easy, worked in continuous rounds and all you need to know is how to do double crochet, treble crochet and slip stitch.
As the dress has no back opening and crochet is quite open be very careful when dressing barbie that her feet and hands dont catch the threads.
If you make the dress please let me know if you find any typos or other mistakes so I can amend the pattern. And I would love to hear your comments.
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Barbie Crochet Nautical dress
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Barbie Nautical theme Crochet dress
To fit: 12” Barbie (the latest model)
Materials: 25g 4ply yarn in blue, white and scrap of red ( I used Paton’s Soft Cotton 4ply)
Crochet hook no 3.5 and 3.00(or size to match tension)
Tension: (Gauge) 24sts x 26 rows to 4” over dc using 3.50 hook (check your tension and use suitable size hook)
Abbreviations: Dc: double crochet (US single crochet), tr: treble crochet, (US double crochet) ch: chain, slst: slip stitch, inc: increase
Notes: This dress is a close fit so any differences in yarn weight will make a smaller or larger garment. Cotton thread is not suitable.
Work through the back loop only for a softer fabric
The dress is worked in rounds, place a marker at the beginning of each round to keep track of number of rounds
Using no 3.5 hook and blue yarn, make 26ch
Rounds 1:2: dc all around
Round 3:4: change to white yarn, dc all around
Round 5: change to blue yarn, dc all around
Rounds 6:8: rep last 3 rounds
Round 9: change to white yarn, 1dc in each of next 6dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in each of next 12dc, 2dc in next dc, dc to end (28dc)
Round 10: dc all around
Round 11: using blue, dc all around
Round 12: change to white yarn, dc all around
Round 13: 1dc in each of next 6dc, make 8ch, miss 2dc, 1dc in each of next 12dc, make 8ch, miss 2dc, dc to end.
Round 14: using red yarn 1dc in each of next 4dc, miss 1dc, 1dc in each of next 8ch, miss 1dc, 1dc in each of next 10dc, miss 1dc, 1dc in each of next 8ch, miss 1dc, dc to end. Pull yarn through and fasten off.
using no 3.5 hook, rejoin blue yarn to base of bodice and work as follows:
Round 1: 3ch (counts as 1st tr) (2tr in next st, 1tr in next st) repeat to end slst in top of 3ch (38trs)
Rounds 2:3: 3ch, 1tr in each tr around, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 4: 2ch, 1dc in each tr around, slst in top of 2ch
Round 5: 2ch, 1dc in each dc around, slst in top of 2ch
Round 6: 3ch, (2tr in next dc, 1tr in each of next 2dc) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch
Round 7:8: 3ch, 1tr in each tr around, slst in top of 3ch,
To finish - Pull yarn through and neaten all ends.
Using no 3hook make 3ch, work 6dc in 3rd ch from hook. Pull yarn through and fasten off
Sew motif on neckline as on photo