Sunday, 25 November 2018

Barbie Jumpsuit

There are so many gorgeous jumpsuits around at the moment.  I just love those mid calf sparkly ones, great for the season's parties.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find any suitable sparkly yarn for these so chose a mix of trendy colours instead.  I used Sirdar Snuggly which is a lovely soft yarn and not too thick,  (some budget yarns knit up a lot bigger)   

The suit is knit from the neck down with a back fastening for ease of fit, and a belt.  I've given instructions for a basic model Barbie with variations for Curvy and Tall Fashionistas.  These can be made in the round quite easily.  I made the raspberry suit on 3.75 circular needles using the magic loop method.  Instructions can be found here:

how to knit magic loop

I love my hobby of designing patterns and posting them online.  But I often can’t find anyone who has the time to test my patterns, although I do knit them up a few times myself.  So mistakes can slip by, especially typos when transferring the pattern to my blog.  So, please, please, if you find and errors or have any queries, let me know either by commenting below or contacting me via the contact form.   Thanks

Here's a link for the pattern to download and print.  Unfortunately this doesn't always work with mobile devices, thats why I post the full pattern on this page

To fit: 12” Regular Barbie, Curvy and Tall Barbie Fashionista dolls
You will need:  approx 20g double knitting yarn  (I used Sirdar Snuggly)
Needles size 3.25 and 3.75mm   (either spns or dpns) 2 small buttons for back fastening, 2 small buttons for front decoration
Tension:  28sts and 32rows over 4 in (stocking stitch) using 3.75 needles
Abbreviations:  See side panel

The pattern fits a regular Barbie with variations for Curvy Barbie in brown and Tall Barbie in green

knit from the top down, rows start at centre back

Using 3.75 single point needles cast on 38sts
Row 1    k2, purl to last 2sts, k2
Row 2    buttonhole (right side) k2tog, yf, k3, kfb, k7, kfb, k8, kfb, k7, kfb, k7 42sts
Row 3    k2, p7, cast off 7sts, p12, cast off 7sts, p5, k2
Row 4    k7, cast on 3sts, k12, cast on 3sts, k9              34sts
Row 5    k2, purl to last 2sts, k2
Row 6    knit                                                  
Row 7 to 14    as rows 5 to 6, making 2nd buttonhole as before on row 10
Row 15   cast off 2sts, purl to end*                     32sts
For Tall Barbie work 2 extra rows stocking stitch
For Curvy Barbie work 2 extra rows as follows:
Row 16   (kfb, k1) 3 times k to last 6sts, (kfb, k1) 3 times   
Row 17   purl           38sts
Shape back
Row 1     kfb, k to last 2sts, kfb, k1
Row 2     purl
Repeat last 2 rows to 48sts (Curvy Barbie 52sts)

Divide for legs
K24, (Curvy Barbie 26sts) turn, leave remaining sts on a holder
Continue for right leg
** Work 28 rows stocking stitch for shorter legs
I did 28 rows brown set, 18 rows green set and 32 rows rasberry, but check the length on your doll
Cast off.

Left leg
Rejoin yarn to remaining 24sts, (Curvy Barbie 26sts) at centre front, knit to end Continue as right leg from **

For tapered trousers
As trousers above to **
For each leg work 32 rows stocking stitch, dec 1 stitch at each end of 9th then every 4th row to 14sts. cast off
For Curvy Barbie dec 1 stitch at each end of 5th and then every 4th row to 14sts.

Using 3.25 spnds cast on 60sts, 
Cast off.  Fasten off ends and press lightly to flatten

To finish
Sew leg and back seams.  Slip stitch under flap of back opening in place.  Sew 2 buttons to match buttonholes at the back

Make loops to keep the belt in place.  With the jumpsuit on the doll, tie belt around doll.  On each side of the waist sew a loop around the belt and secure at the reverse side of the jumpsuit.  
I sewed 2 small buttons on the front bodice for decoration

To knit on double point needles
Use single point needles to shape back then change to dpns
Rounds start at centre back.  Follow pattern working in knit stitches only 



  2. Your designs are amazing. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity in sharing them with us.

    1. thank you for your lovely comments. Happy knitting

  3. I have just made the Christmas Barbie dress and hat for both granddaughters. They are fab! Very easy to knit. Thank You.