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Barbie Cut-Out Shell-Stitch Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)

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My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.

Barbie Cut-Out Shell-Stitch Dress

Barbie Cut-Out Shell-Stitch Dress

Crochet a Shell-Stitch Dress for Barbie With Cute Cut-Outs

One of the most memorable stitch patterns for me when it comes to making Barbie clothes is the shell stitch. The stitch pattern works faster than the basic single crochet pattern because of the space from the holes, which means the pattern should be easy to follow.

There are different variations of the shell stitch; the one I used here consists of double crochets and ch-2 spaces. If you are interested in more patterns using a shell stitch, please check out my pattern for a shell-stitched skirt and crop top for Barbie.

This is a free crochet pattern for a cut-out shell-stitch dress for Barbie. This pattern was made for a Barbie Made to Move doll. For more information on the different body types of Barbie, please visit Crochet Clothes for Your Barbie Doll.

Materials

  • Size No. 6 Steel Crochet Hook
  • Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread
  • 2 Small Snaps
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle and Thread

Abbreviations Used in American Terms

  • Ch: chain
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Ch sp(s): chain space(s)
  • Yo: yarn over
  • RS: right side
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Sk: skip
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Inc: work 2 sc in the indicated st
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Beg shell: (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the indicated st
  • Shell: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the indicated st
  • Beg cluster: ch 2, (yo, insert hook in the same sp, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook
  • Cluster: (yo, insert hook in the indicated sp, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook
The bodice of the dress has some pretty cut-outs along the neckline.

The bodice of the dress has some pretty cut-outs along the neckline.

Dress Pattern

We'll crochet the bodice first, then move on to the skirt.

Bodice

Starting from the top of the bodice,

Row 1: Ch 22, sc in the second ch from hook, (inc in the next ch, sc in the next ch) across, turn. (31 sc)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), 2 dc in the first sc, (sk next 2 sc, work shell in the next sc) across to the last 3 sc, sk the next 2 sc, 3 dc in the last sc, turn. (9 shells)

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in the first dc, ch 6, [work cluster in the next shell (ch-2 sp), ch 6] across, 2 dc in the last dc, turn. (10 ch-6 sps)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 dc, 7 sc in the next ch-6 sp, (sc in the next cluster, 7 sc in the next ch-6 sp) across, sc in the last 2 dc, turn. (83 sc)

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in the next sc, (sk the next 3 sc, work shell in the next sc) across to the last 5 sc, sk the next 3 sc, dc in the last 2 sc, turn. (19 shells)

Row 6: Ch 3, dc in the next dc, ch 1, sc in the next shell, ch 1, (sk the next 2 dc, dc in the next 2 dc, ch 1, sc in the next shell, ch 1) 2 times, sk the next 26 dc (sleeve), dc in the next 2 dc, ch 1, (sc in the next shell, ch 1, sk the next 2 dc, dc in the next 2 dc, ch 1) 5 times, sk the next 26 dc (sleeve), sc in the next shell, ch 1, (sk the next 2 dc, dc in the next 2 dc, ch 1, sc in the next shell, ch 1) 2 times, sk the next 2 dc, dc in the last 3 dc, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3, working in each dc, ch-1 sp, and sc, dc in the next 17 sts, sk the next ch-1 sp, dc in the next sc, sk the next ch-1 sp, (dc in the next 2 dc, sk the next ch-1 sp, dc in the next sc, sk the next ch-1 sp) 4 times, dc in the last 17 sts, turn. (48 dc)

Row 8: Ch 3, dc in the next dc, sk the next 3 dc, work shell in the next dc, (sk the next 4 dc, work shell in the next dc) across to the last 7 dc, sk the next 3 dc, work shell in the next dc, sk the next 2 dc, dc in the last dc, turn. (9 shells)

Row 9: Ch 3, dc in the next dc, (ch 1, sc in the next shell, ch 1, sk the next 2 dc, dc in the next 2 dc) 3 times, sc in the next shell, (sk the next 2 dc, dc in the next 2 dc, sc in the next shell) 3 times, ch 1, sk the next 2 dc, (dc in the next 2 dc, ch 1, sc in the next shell, ch 1, sk the next 2 dc) 2 times, dc in the last 3 dc, turn. (11 ch-1 sps)

Row 10: Ch 3, working in each dc, ch-1 sp, and sc, dc in the next 15 sts, sk the next st, (dc in the next 3 sts, sk the next st) 2 times, dc in the last 16 sts, turn. (38 dc)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in the first 15 dc, sk the next dc, (sc in the next 3 dc, sk the next dc) 2 times, sc in the last 14 dc, turn. (35 sc)

The skirt ends with a cut-out hem to match the bodice.

The skirt ends with a cut-out hem to match the bodice.

Skirt

Round 12: Work beg shell in the first sc, (sk the next 2 sc, work shell in the next sc) across to the last sc, sk the last sc, join with sl st in the first dc of the second shell to form a tab, turn. (12 shells)

Round 13: Working through both thicknesses for the first shell, sl st in each st until you reach the ch-2 sp, work beg shell in the first shell, work shell in each shell around, join with sl st in the first dc of the first shell, turn. (11 shells)

Round 14: Sl st in each st until you reach the ch-2 sp, work beg shell in the first shell, work shell in each shell around, join, turn. (11 shells)

Rounds 15–20: Repeat Round 14. (11 shells)

Round 21: Sl st in each st until you reach the ch-2 sp, work beg cluster in the first shell, (ch 6, work cluster in the next shell) around, ch 6, sl st in the beg cluster to join, turn. (11 ch-6 sps)

Round 22: Ch 1, (7 sc in the next ch-6 sp, sc in the next cluster) around, join with sl st in the first sc. (88 sc)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Sew in 2 snaps to close the dress.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can you convert this into an adult pattern?

Answer: I only work with Barbie patterns, so any conversion would have to be done by more talented designers.

Comments

Umme Salma from Ohio,USA on March 02, 2017:

wow I think this is just amazing,I have made beenies and mittens but never tried this. This looks more complicated and may take more time. and yes,more effort for sure..but it looks beautiful..Thanks for the information .