Saturday, 28 June 2014

Barbie knitted capri pants and cropped top

This design is made in 4ply yarn - ideal for using up those scraps of 4ply in your stash.  The legs of the pants are knit separately and then joined to knit the body with a centre back seam.  The cropped top is worked in one piece to armhole shaping with a centre back seam and one button fastening.
I've also added a cute headband!

 If you try the pattern please let me know if you have any problems

Thanks for your interest.

Barbie knitted capri pants and cropped top pattern

The pants have side leg seams and centre back seam.  
The top has a centre back seam with a button fastening

To fit: 12 in Barbie (latest model) 

Materials:  approx 25g 4ply knitting yarn in main and contrast colour, 1 small button
Needles size 3mm, and 3.25mm   ( US 2 and 3)
Tension: 30sts and  36rows over 4 in (stocking stitch) using 3.25 needles
Abbreviations:  k: knit, p: purl, beg: beginning, sts: stitches, yon: yarn on needle, rep: repeat, ss: stocking stitch, m1 pick up loop between sts and knit into back, tog: together, dec: decrease, inc: increase, psso: pass slipped stitch over

Capri Pants

Right leg
Using smaller needles and main cast on 14sts
Work 4 rows garter stitch (every row knit) Change to larger needles 
Work 4 rows ss
Inc 1st at each end of next and every following 6th row to 22sts ending wrong side Work 2 rows ss*
Next row:  Cast off 1st, k to end
Next row:  Cast off 3sts p to end
Fasten off yarn leave a long enough tail for sewing leg seam
Leave 18sts on holder
Left leg
Work as right leg to *
Next row:  Cast off 3sst, k to end
Next row:  Cast off 1st p to end
Do not fasten off yarn

Joining legs

Slip sts from right leg onto left hand needle with right side facing, Slip sts from left leg onto left hand needle with right side facing, (see photo)  36sts on left hand needle

The 3 cast off sts should be on either side of the row.

Work as follows:
(K2tog, k14, k2tog) 2 times, across 36sts
Next row:  purl
Next row:  k2tog, k29, k2tog
Work 5 row ss ending with a purl row
Change to small needles
Work 4 rows of k1, p1, rib
Cast off loosely in rib.

Cropped Top

Using smaller needles and contrast cast on 30sts
Work 2 rows garter stitch
Change to main
Work 2 rows garter stitch
Change to larger needles and contrast
Work 4 rows ss
Next row:  Cast on 2sts, k to end (the 2 cast on stitches are for the under flap of back opening)   32sts
Next row: k2, p to last 2sts k2
Next row: knit
Repeat last 2 rows one time
Next row: k2, p to last 2sts k2

Shape armhole

Next row:  k8, cast off 3sts, k12, cast of 3sts, k to end
Next row:  (buttonhole row) k2tog, yon, p4, cast on 9sts, p12, cast on 9sts, p6, k2
Change to main 
Cast of loosely knit wise, when casting off work k2tog at either side of 9 cast on sts to shape neckline.
Fasten off yarn.


Using no 10 needles and main colour, cast on 30sts
Work 2 rows in garter stitch
Cast off,  sew into a round

To finish

Capri pants - sew side leg seams and rear seam.  Fasten off all ends
Sew back seam to cast on sts of back edging, slst border flap in place.  Sew on small button to correspond with buttonhole.


  1. Great pattern, I turned the top around and used a gold button to fasten, looks good both ways. Thanks for the pattern.

  2. I love your patterns and so glad I found you. Just stumbled a bit on the joining legs part: Work as follows:
    (K2tog, k14, k2tog) 2 times, across 36sts but I think it's just me.

  3. Love your Barbie patterns. I have a stash of DK wool. What size needles should I use to accommodate.

    1. dk yarn will knit up too large for this pattern on larger needles. you could try using the needles suggested and check on your doll as you go

  4. Love this pattern, and I knitted long pants! Thanks!