My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
Crochet a Cute Pair of Ballet Shoes for Barbie
I have found that most of the available crochet patterns for Barbie help you create clothes rather than footwear. I recently got a request to make some knee-high socks, and I thought I should try making shoes first, as they require less work than socks do. These shoes will also serve as a base for my Barbie Basic Socks pattern.
This is a free crochet pattern for a pair of basic ballet flats for your Barbie doll. This pattern was fitted on the Barbie Basics doll. For more information on the different types of Barbie dolls, please visit my article called Crochet Clothes for Your Barbie Doll.
What if These Shoes Don't Fit My Doll?
While I am not sure about the actual difference between the various Barbie feet, I believe the older dolls have thicker feet, so the actual pattern may not fit. There are notes included in the pattern on how to change the size in case you do have trouble with the fit.
What Are Ballet Flats?
Ballet flats originated from the soft ballet slippers that dancers wear. This style gives the appearance of having little to no heel at all. Ballet flats are a stylish, yet comfortable type of shoe that is a classic staple for every girl's wardrobe.
While Barbie can comfortably wear any pair of shoes all day long, these flats offer a cheap and stylish alternative to complete any look.
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread
- Size No. 7 Steel Crochet Hook
Gauge is not important for this project. Details will be given on how to check the size, as well as how to change the stitches to fit dolls with larger feet.
Ballet Flats Pattern
Since this is a pair of shoes, you'll need to make two—one for each foot.
Starting at sole, ch 7, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, for toe end, 7 dc in last ch on this side, working on opposite side of the starting ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in next 2 ch, for heel end, 2 sc in last ch on this end, join with sl st in first sc, turn. (19 sts)
Ch 1, sc in each st around, join, turn. (19 sc)
At this point, your shoe should look like this:
See how the bottom of Barbie's feet fits perfectly on the bottom part of the shoe? In case you run into some problems with regards to the size, you can either:
- add more chains to the Rnd 1; or
- change the sc's to hdc's or dc's where appropriate.
Note: sc2tog = sc the next 2 sts together
Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, sc2tog 2 times, ch 1, sc in next st, ch 1, sc2tog 2 times, sc in last 5 sts, join, turn. (15 sts, 2 ch-1 spaces)
Here is what it should look like after Rnd 3:
Note: The 2 ch-1 spaces were intentionally added to reduce the holes created by decreasing stitches. If you find any more holes unappealing in succeeding rows, feel free to add more ch-1 spaces.
Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, sc2tog, sk ch-1 space, sc in next st, sk ch-1 space, sc2tog, sc in last 5 sts, join, turn. (13)
It should now look like this:
Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, sc3tog, sc in last 5 sts, join. (11 sc)
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Here are some more pictures of the finished ballet flats:
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on August 19, 2020:
Unfortunately, I do not have patterns for 9 1/2" dolls. Once you have done a few Barbie patterns, you should be able to adapt them to fit smaller dolls.
martic23 on January 23, 2020:
I love your patterns. They are so easy to follow. A friend gave me a box with about 32 Barbies in it, so now I am trying to making clothes for them for my granddaughter. Do you also have patterns for the Skipper or other 9 1/2" dolls? Or maybe other places that might have some free patterns?
dEBRA GREEN on November 16, 2017:
wonderful pattern, thankyou. l'm making a ballet doll for my neice
Sarah on September 14, 2014:
I will ditto Holly's comments. The first time using the pattern I missed the "turn" instructions, it makes a big difference on how it looks.
Thanks for taking the time to create something new in crochet for Barbie sized dolls.
Holly on September 05, 2014:
Cute! Came out perfect for me. Then again, how could they not? This is a great pattern and tutorial.