Wednesday 9 April 2014

Barbie crochet dresses and bag

This green dress is the first crochet pattern I made and published for Barbie.  I've amended the pattern to reduce the number of increases by increasing only on alternate rounds.  

The bodice is made first in dc (US sc) rounds, then the skirt is worked from the base of the bodice in trs (US dc) 


To fit:  12” Barbie (the latest model) and most fashions dolls
Materials: 25g 4ply yarn( I used Patons Soft Cotton 4ply), Crochet hook no 3.50 (or size to match tension)
Tip: Any 4 ply yarn would do, I made the dress in some left over sock yarn which was quite interesting.  Crochet cotton is not suitable as its too thin.  

Tension: (Gauge) 24sts x 26 rows to 4” over dc (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
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

Place a marker at beginning of each round to keep track of rounds

If you find any mistakes or have any queries about this pattern please leave a comment below or contact me.



worked in rounds - hook through back loop only
Using no 3.50 hook make 26ch
Rounds 1:2 dc all around
Round 3: 1dc in each of next 6dc, miss 1 dc, 1dc in each of next 12dc, miss 1 dc, 1dc in each of next 6dc, (24dcs)
Round 4:8:   dc all around 

Round 9: 1dc in each of next 5dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in each of next 12 dc, 2dc in next dc, dc to end (26dcs)
Round 10:13: dc all around

(work through both loops on either side of 7ch to avoid a loop)
Round 14: 1dc in each of next 5dc, 7ch, miss 2 dc, 1dc in each of next 12dc, 7ch, miss 2dc, dc to end
Round 15: 1dc in each of next 4dc, miss next dc, 1 dc in each of 7 ch, miss next dc, 1dc in each of next 5dc, miss next dc, 1dc in each of next 4dc, miss next dc, dc in each of 7ch, miss next dc, dc to end   Sl st in next dc fasten off.


Using no 3.5 hook, rejoin yarn to base of bodice and work in rounds as follows:
Round 1:    3ch (counts as 1 tr) (2tr in next st, 1tr in next st) repeat to end, sl 
st in top of 3ch   (38trs) approx

Round 2:    3ch, 1tr in each tr around,  sl st in top of 3ch
Round 3:    3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 2tr,) repeat to end, slst in 
top of 3ch
Round 4:    3ch, 1tr in each tr around, sl st in top of 3ch
Round 5:    3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 3tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch
Round 6:    3ch, 1tr in each tr around, sl st in top of 3ch
Round 7:    3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 4tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch

To make skirt longer continue in rounds as above following increase on every alternate round.
To finish - Neaten all ends.

Crochet Dress with contrast trim and matching bag

Materials: 25g 4ply yarn in main and contrast, (I used Patons Soft Cotton 4ply)
Crochet hook no 3.50 (or size to match tension)

Work bodice as crochet dress    


As crochet dress but, after each treble round, work a round of dcs in contrast.  Finish skirt hem by working (1dc, 1ch) in contrast around.  Using contrast work (1dc, 1ch) around neck edge.


work through both loops to create a firm texture

Using no 3 hook and main colour, make 12 chain
work 1dc in each ch, then continue along bottom side of ch to make 24dc
Rounds 1: 5: work 5 rounds dc
Round 6: 8: Using contrast, work 3 rounds dc
Round 9: miss 1 dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc, 13 chain, miss 7 dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc, miss 1 dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc,13 chain, miss 7 dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc

Motif (make one in each colour)
Using no 3 hook make 4 chain, sl st in first ch to make loop
Work 6 dc in loop fasten off

To finish: Sew seam. Fasten off ends. Attach motifs to front of bag as shown in photo

PDF pattern for download


  1. Beautiful design, thank you for sharing!

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  3. very pretty thanks for sharing pattern

  4. Hello, excited to find this pattern! I was wondering whether the yarn you mention is pure cotton or a mix - I’m thinking pure cotton would be too ridged as I imagine the dress needs some give to put it on?

    1. Yes I used pure cotton 4ply but it works well with any 4ply yarn

    2. Thank you for sharing. As a granny (83) I have 5 great grand children to crochet for. Again many thanks

  5. Hi. TYFS. Question: on the bag after rounds 6-8. The directions then says round 19. How did we get to 19 after 6-8?

    1. i don't even think that there is even 19 rounds on the bag i think it's only 8 rounds cause the bag looks to small to have 19 rounds on it anyways!

    2. Hi
      It's a typo should be round 9.
      Thanks for pointing this out

  6. When finishing a round do you slip stitch to join? Is it a ch 3 at beginning of round then dc in same as slst or in first dc?

  7. Do you slip stitch to start new rnds.What rnd do you start the skirt

    1. Hi the bodice is made in continuous rounds so you don't need to slip stitch to begin a new round. Its best if you place a marker at the beginning of the round to keep track. You start the skirt where it is stated in the pattern. For the skirt is round begins with 3ch. Hope this helps

  8. In run 1 of the bodice, do you do 2 dc inch stitch. If so, then round 3 does not work.

    1. i still don't get it pls help

  9. Please disregard the last post. I misread the pattern. I understand now.😊

  10. What did I do wrong??? Making the bodice I double crouched. The bodice ended up long as a dress. I did the stitch dc correctly. But looking at the stitch in photo it don't look like dc. I'm confused???

    1. The pattern is written using uk crochet terms. I think you maybe doing the US version of double crochet which in UK is the treble. so where the pattern says dc, use sc, and for tr use dc. Hope this helps.

  11. I can’t figure out the bag at all I’ve ch12 and dc in 12 then how am I going into rounds with so little ?

    1. Dc in the first 12 ch then turn work and continue along the bottom edge, join into a round
      Hope this helps

  12. I tried making this pattern and it came double the size. Are your stitches in US?