My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
I have never tried designing a Barbie outfit by crocheting vertically. Sure, I have tried patterns from other designers that use the same method, but I have never liked the result. There is just something about making loose fitting clothes for Barbie that I never liked, so I usually crochet horizontally to ensure a good fit. Since I wanted to make shorts with vertical stripes, I decided to add a drawstring at the waist to mitigate the problem of loose fitting shorts.
This article is a free crochet pattern for Barbie Bermuda Shorts. It also includes a bonus pattern for a cropped top. This pattern was designed for a Barbie with a Model Muse body. For more information on the different body types of Barbie, please visit Crochet Clothes For Your Barbie Doll.
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch - chain;
- St(s) - stitch(es);
- Sk - skip;
- Sc - single crochet;
- BLO - back loops only;
- Sc2tog - sc the next 2 sts together;
- Ch sp - chain space;
- A - mint green; and
- B - white.
Barbie Bermuda Shorts
- Size No. 6 Crochet Steel Hook;
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread in A;
- Tapestry Needle; and
Row 1: Ch 24, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (23)
Row 2: Working in BLO from this Row onwards, ch 2, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each sc across, turn. (24)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (24)
Row 4: Ch 14, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in the next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, to form holes for the drawstring, sc in the next ch and in each remaining ch and sc across, turn. (35 sc, 1 ch-2 sp)
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the next 33 sc, ch 2, sk the ch-2 sp, sc in the last 2 sc, turn. (35 sc, 1 ch-2 sp)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sc, ch 2, sk the ch-2 sp, sc in the next 33 sc, turn. (35 sc, 1 ch-2 sp)
Rows 7 - 24: Repeat Rows 5 and 6 alternately. (35 sc, 1 ch-2 sp)
Row 25: Ch 1, sc in the first 24 sc, sk the remaining sc, turn. (24)
Row 26: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (24)
Row 27: Ch 1, sc in the first 23 sc, sk the last sc. (23)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Make another piece by repeating Rows 1-27.
Lay both pieces together with right sides facing each other, and sew the two J parts together.
Open the shorts and sew the leg seams together by going from the bottom of one leg up to the crotch area then down the other leg.
Weave in all the ends.
Turn the shorts inside out to hide the seams.
Ch 80 to make a drawstring. Insert the chain through the prepared holes by alternately going over and under the ch-2 spaces.
Barbie Cropped Top w/ Puffy Sleeves
- Size No. 6 Crochet Steel Hook;
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread in A and B;
- 2 Small Snaps;
- Tapestry Needle;
- Scissors; and
- Needle and Thread in a matching color.
Starting from the top,
Row 1: With B, ch 51, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (50)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (50)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the first 8 sc, ch 3, sk the next 8 sc – to form armholes – sc in the next 18 sc, ch 3, sk the next 8 sc, sc in the next 8 sc, turn. (34 sc, 6 ch)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn. (40)
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (40)
Rows 6 - 7: Repeat Row 5. (40)
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in the first 11 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 14 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 11 sc, turn. (38)
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in the first 13 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 8 sc, sc2tog, sc in the next 13 sc, changing the color to A, turn. (36)
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. (36)
With A, attach thread to the opposite side of the working ch, ch 1, sc in each ch across to form an edge. (50)
Working on the puffy sleeves,
Round 1: Attach thread with sc at one side of the sleeve (preferably somewhere at the back of the top to hide the seams), and work single sc’s at the underside of the sleeve and increases (2 sc’s in each st) for the remaining stitches. Join with sl st in the first sc, turn.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join, turn.
Rounds 3 – 4: Repeat Round 2.
Round 5: Ch 1, work single sc's in the same position as the single sc’s in Round 1, sc2tog in the same positions as the increases done in Round 1, join, turn.
The order for the stitches in Round 5 depends on where you started Round 1. So decreases will be worked for the parts where the increases were done previously to tighten the sleeves, while single sc’s are done to the underside.
Round 6: Repeat Round 2.
Round 7: With A, repeat Round 2.
Repeat the puffy sleeve on the other side.
Weave in all ends. Sew 2 snaps at the back to close.
Here is the back view of the completed outfit: