My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
Crochet Some Knee-High Socks for Barbie
I have finally finished designing the requested knee-high socks. Perfect for the fall/winter season, these socks will help your Barbie stay trendy and dressed for the weather.
While measuring the socks on your doll, take note that the longer the piece, the easier it will be to put on. The extra material helps you pull the socks up the leg (much like a knee-high boot). As with regular socks, you can also make these socks slouch by not pulling them up too much.
You Can Make Low Socks, Too
This is a free pattern for making some basic socks for Barbie. You can end off earlier to get lower socks or continue on with the pattern for knee-high socks. This was done on a Barbie Basics doll, and if you need help on any adjustments, just follow the notes or leave a comment below.
This pattern uses the same materials and gauge as my Barbie Ballet Flats pattern.
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread
- Size No. 7 or No. 6 Steel Crochet Hook
While a no. 7 steel hook was used for the ballet flats, I tried making these socks with both no. 6 and 7 steel hooks with the same results. Just make sure you crochet tightly, as these socks are meant to fit like a second skin.
Gauge is not important for this project. Details will be given below on how to check the size, as well as any changes in stitches you can make for dolls with larger feet.
To start the socks, make the base found here in my Barbie Ballet Flats pattern, but do not fasten off at the end of Rnd 5. Your base should now look like this:
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join, turn. (11)
Rnd 7: Repeat Rnd 6. (11)
Note: End here if you would just like to make ankle socks. Continue with the pattern for higher length socks. Here is a picture for reference:
Rnd 8–16: Repeat Rnd 6. (11)
Note: Because the sock is now tight and the leg of the doll is getting wider, we now need to increase on the next Rnd. This pattern will continue until we reach the knee.
Note for Adjusting the Size: Pinch the sock to see if there is still some room left. If there is, just keep the same number of stitches until there is no room left. You will then need to start increasing at that point.
Rnd 17: Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 5 sts, join, turn. (12)
Rnd 18: Repeat Rnd 6. (12)
Note: If you are happy with this length, end here. This is a good length for regular socks. Here is a picture for reference:
Rnd 19: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 4 sts, join, turn. (14)
Rnd 20: Repeat Rnd 6. (14)
Rnd 21: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, sc in last 4 sts, join, turn. (17)
Rnd 22–36: Repeat Rnd 6. (17)
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Notes for Changing Sizes
Before attempting to make the socks, make sure the base part fits your Barbie properly. The base pattern has several notes in it to ensure you get it right.
For every few Rnds, fit the socks to your doll. You might need to use your hook to help pull up the sock just to make sure the fit is right.
What if the Socks Don't Fit My Doll?
In case the socks do not fit, you can remove the rows where the problem started and work a few increases before trying again. This pattern is my personal attempt at making knee-length socks for my Barbie, and the experience can vary for everyone.
How to Style Knee-Length Socks
I made these socks to match my design for the Barbie Lace Casual Top and Mini Skirt. Just go for the color of your choice and you can easily mix and match with Barbie's crocheted outfits.
The possibilities are endless. And if your daughter manages to lose one (or both) or the socks, you can easily replace them with a new pair.
manuela on May 07, 2020:
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on June 12, 2014:
Hi, Hylie. Yes, I used size 10 crochet thread for this project. As for the gauge, you can just fit your socks as you go along to make sure it fits, that's what I usually do anyway when creating these designs.
Hylie on June 12, 2014:
Good instructions, but I'm not so good with gauge and yarn sizes, did you use thread-like yarn??? Looks like it.
Crafty Lady66 on November 13, 2013:
I really liked this pattern .like 'PenHitsThe Fan I made my own doll clothes but not this fancy lol.TY for sharing
Kathy Bracy on July 11, 2013:
I should clarify... I made the Ballet flats for the young girls to put on their dolls.
Kathy Bracy on July 11, 2013:
Am so glad that you designed and shared this pattern. Perfect for young girls to put on their dolls. Have made several of these.
Amy L. Tarr from Home on June 30, 2013:
I loved to make Barbie clothes when I was a kid. I never got this fancy though. That's very creative.
Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on December 20, 2012:
Oh! This is EXACTLY what I was hoping for. Thank you, dezalyx for this fabulous pattern. Also, the pictures are perfect. Voted up, useful, amazing, and beautiful, will share on Facebook and also pin. Wonderful!
Mercia Collins from United Kingdom on December 15, 2012:
lovely pattern for all those well dressed Barbie dolls. clear and well-written, well-done