Sunday, 21 September 2014

Barbie in red - crochet dresses


A simple crochet pattern using basic stitches for 3 styles of red dress

fluffy neckline
peplum dress
frill hem
I had an odd ball of Patons soft cotton 4ply in a lovely shade of red in my stash.  So what else could I made but some little crochet dresses for Barbie. The soft cotton crochets so well and is lovely to work with but any 4ply will do'

Red dresses seem to be very popular this year, they are everywhere!  

Let me know if you try this pattern and I would love to hear your comments or see a photo.


Barbie's Red Crochet Dresses



To fit 12” Barbie (the latest model)

Materials:  approx 50g, 4ply cotton (or other 4ply yarn)
please note: not suitable for craft crochet thread
Small amount of eyelash yarn for dress with fluffly neckline
Crochet hook no 3.50 (or size to match tension)

Tension: (Gauge) 22sts x 24 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: htr: half treble, chain, sl st: slip stitch, inc: increase, beg: beginning

Note: These designs are worked in a continuous round so place a marker at beg of round to keep track of number of rounds.  
Work in back loop only as this is needed to make the peplum and ruffle hem.  It also gives a softer fabric 


Dress with fluffy neckline

Using no 3.50 hook make 30 chain 
Rounds 1-16:  dc around 
Shape waist:
Round 17:  dc 7, miss 1 dc, dc14, miss 1dc, dc 7, (28sts)
Round 18: dc 7, miss 1 dc, dc12, miss 1dc, dc 7, (26sts)
Rounds 19 – 22: dc around 
Round 23: dc 6, 2dc in next dc, dc 12, 2dc in next dc, dc to end (28sts)
Round 24: dc 7, 2dc in next dc, dc 12, 2dc in next dc, dc to end (30sts)
Rounds 25-28:    dc around
Shape armhole:
Round 29: dc 6, make 7 ch, miss 2dc, dc 14, make 7ch,miss 2dc, dc to end
Change to eyelash yarn
Round 30: dc 5, miss next dc, 1 dc in each of 7 ch, miss next dc, dc 5, miss next dc, dc6, miss next dc, dc in each of 7 ch, miss next dc, dc to end of round. Slst in next dc fasten off.  


Dress with peplum


Work as fluffy neckline dress to round 24. Place a marker at beg of round 16
Rounds 25:28 1dc in each of next 11dc, 1htr in each of next 3dc, 1slst in each of next 2dc, 1htr in each of next 3dc, 1dc in each of next 11dc.  
Fasten off yarn
Peplum 
Fold dress wrong sides together at round 16 to show loops, beg at centre back of dress
Using no 3.50 hook work through loops as follows:
Round 1:  insert hook through 1st loop and draw yarn through, make 3ch, (2tr in next loop, 1tr in each of next 2 loops) to end.  Slst in top of 3ch
Round 2:  3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1tr in each of next 3tr) to end.  Slst in top of 3ch
Round 3:  3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1tr in each of next 4tr) to end.  Slst in top of 3ch
Fasten off yarn



Dress with ruffle hem


Using no 3.50 hook make 30 chain 
Rounds 1-12:  dc around,   place a marker at round 4
Continue as fluffy neckline dress from round 17 to round 29
Next Round: dc 5, miss next dc, 1 dc in each of 7 ch, miss next dc, dc 5, miss next dc, dc6, miss next dc, dc in each of 7 ch, miss next dc, dc to end of round. Slst in next dc fasten off.  
Fasten off yarn

Ruffle hem
Fold dress wrong sides together at round 4 to show loops, beg at centre back of dress
Using no 3.50 hook work rounds through loops as follows:
Round 1:  insert hook through 1st loop and draw yarn through, make 3ch, (2tr in next loop, 1tr in next loop) to end.  Slst in top of 3ch
Round 2:  3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1tr in each of next 2tr) to end.  Slst in top of 3ch
Fasten off yarn

Rejoin yarn to base of dress at centre back, work rounds 1 and 2 as above.
Fasten off yarn

To Finish:  sew in all yarn ends.