Saturday 27 July 2019

Barbie summer dress

The dress is knit from the top down with a back fastening for easy fit and a centre back seam.  For the striped dress work 2 rows each of contrasting colours or add a few stripes in the skirt and embellish with a pearl button  The dress will fit Regular Barbie, Curvy and Tall Barbie Fashionista dolls and most other 12" fashion dolls

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, if you find and errors or have any queries, let me know in the comments below.   Thanks

You will need:  approx 25g double knitting yarn (I used Sirdar Snuggly)
Needles size 3.25 (US 3) and 3.75mm  (US 5)
Tension:  24 stitches, 30 rows to 10cm/4" (stocking stitch) using 3.75 needles

Abbreviations: see side panel

To knit in the round using double point needles, follow pattern to row 8 then join into round, work in knit sts only and knit one row, purl one row for garter stitch.   Rounds begin at centre back.

Using 3.25 needles cast on 38sts
rows start at centre back
Row 1        k2, purl to last st, k1
Change to 3.75 needles
Row 2        rs, k6, (kfb, k8) 3 times kfb, k2, yf, k2tog      42sts
Row 3        k2, p4, cast off 8sts, p12 (includes st on right hand needle), cast off 8sts, p7, k1
Row 4        k8, cast on 3sts, k12, cast on 3sts, k6          32sts        
Row 5        k2, purl to last st, k1
Row 6        knit                                                  
Row 7        k2, purl to last st, k1
Row 8        cast off 2sts k6, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k6            28sts
Row 9        purl 
(for Tall barbie knit 2 more rows ss)      
Change to 3.25 needles               
Row 10-14  knit 5 rows garter stitch
Row 14      ws, pfb 28 times   56sts
Continue for Skirt
Change to 3.75 needles
Beginning with a knit row work 24 rows ss – adjust length here if you want
Work 4 rows gs   cast off loosely

To finish
Sew centre back seam and slip stitch back fastening in place.  Sew on button to match buttonhole.


  1. How cute are these dresses!! With options too. My granddaughter would like some long pants and a jacket for Barbie to go camping. Your patterns are lovely and I will be having a go at some of these. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi

      There is a fluffy jacket on here that could easily be knit in plain yarn. I will soon be publishing a pattern for flares that your granddaughter might like.