Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Barbie crochet dresses and bag

Over the last  year I've had a lot of fun creating knitted and crochet clothes for my grandchildren's barbies and build a bears. Then I had a go at writing up the patterns which, at first, was a bit tricky especially the crochet.  My first attempt is a simple crochet dress for barbie which is great for beginers.  There are a few tips about choosing yarn etc plus I recently amended the pattern to include a different version and added a bag. If you have a go at the pattern l would love to hear your comments.



 






I'm working on a crochet dress for teddy bears which should be ready soon

The patterns all use popular yarns such as double knit and 4ply - great for using up your stash.  For Teddy bears I often use value double knit which is so cheap and knits up quickly.  You can often find odd balls in the bargain bins of your local yarn/craft shop. 



Barbie Crochet dresses and bag  pattern


 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.
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
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

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

Dress

Bodice   worked in rounds
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
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.

Skirt
using no 3.5 hook, rejoin yarn to base of bodice and work in rounds as follows:
Round 1: 3ch (counts as 1st tr) (1tr in next st, 2tr in next st) repeat to end sl st in top of 3ch (38 trs)
Round 2: 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 2tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 3: 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 3tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 4: 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 4tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 5: 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 5tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
To make skirt longer continue in rounds as above following inc pattern
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, 3.00 (or size to match tension)

Work bodice as crochet dressSkirt
Using contrast yarn and no 3.5 hook, rejoin yarn to base of bodice and work in rounds as follows:
Round 1: 2ch (counts as 1dc) 1dc in each chain to end slst in top of 2ch to form round (26 dc)
Round 2: change to main colour, 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in next tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 3: change to contrast 2ch, 1dc in each tr to end slst in top of 2ch
Round 4: change to main colour, 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 2tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,

Round 5:  as round 3
Round 6: change to main colour, 3ch, 1tr in each tr around
repeat last 2 rows 2 times
Next round: change to contrast, 2ch, (1dc, 1ch) in each dc around.
Fasten off

Neck edging
Using no 3 hook and contrast work (1dc,1ch) all around neck

Bag (work through both loops to create a firm texture)

to keep track of rounds, place a marker at the beg of round
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 19: 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