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 Simple Yet Sophisticated Cocktail Dress for Barbie
With a flurry of parties to attend, here is a simple cocktail dress to make for your Barbie doll. I made this trendy by adding a high-low skirt with a simple tube top.
This is a free crochet pattern for the high-low cocktail dress for Barbie. This pattern is specifically designed for the Barbie Basics doll (or Model Muse). For more on body type differences, please visit Crocheting for Your Barbie Doll.
- Size No. 6 Crochet Steel Hook
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread
- 2 Small Snaps
- Short length of ribbon or any trim or embellishments you want to add
- Tapestry Needle
- Needle and Thread
Gauge is similar to Barbie Panties with No Snaps: 10 sc = 1", 12 sc rows = 1"
Note: I made the skirt with the intention of making the seam invisible. The pattern already includes the instruction on how to do so.
Start From the Waist of the Skirt
Row 1: Ch 32, dc in the third ch from hook, dc in each ch across, turn. (30)
Row 2: Ch 2 (this turning ch does not count as dc from here throughout), (dc in the next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st) 3 times, turn. (33)
Row 3: Ch 2, (dc in the next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st) 3 times, turn. (36)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc in each st across, join with sl st on first dc (not the turning ch!), turn. (36)
Note: This is what helps make the joining seam invisible. Here is a photo of the seam:
Rnd 5: Ch 2, (dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around, join, turn. (45)
Rnd 6: Repeat Rnd 4. (45)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, (dc in the next 4 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around, join, turn. (54)
Rnd 8–12: Repeat Rnd 4. (54)
Fasten off at the end of Rnd 12.
Row 13: Attach the thread with a sl st at 16 sts before the first st of the previous Rnd, sc in the next st, dc in the next 28 sts, sc in the next st, turn. (30, excluding sl st)
Row 14: Sl st in the first st, sc in the next st, dc in the sts across to second to the last st, sc in the next st, sk last st, turn. (28)
Row 15–16: Repeat Row 14. (26, 24)
Fasten off at the end of Row 16.
Optional Border: Sl st in any st of the bottom edge, ch 3, sl st in the next st around. End with ch 3, join with sl st in first sl st. Fasten off.
Work on the Opposite Side of the Starting ch for the Bodice
Row 1: Join with sc and work sc in each ch across, turn. (30)
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each sc across, turn. (30)
Row 3: Ch 2, (dc in the first 5 sts, 2 dc in the next st) 2 times, dc in the next 6 sts, (2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 5 sts) 2 times, turn. (34)
Row 4: Repeat Row 2. (34)
Row 5: Ch 2, dc in the next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 12 sts, 2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 10 sts, turn. (36)
Row 6: Repeat Row 2. (36)
Row 7: Ch 2, dc in the next 12 sts, sk next st, 3 dc in the next 3 sts, sk next st, sc in the next 2 sts, sk next st, 3 dc in the next 3 sts, sk next st, dc in the last 12 sts, turn.
Row 8: Ch 2, dc in the first 20 sts, sk next st, sc2tog, sk next st, dc in the last 20 sts, turn.
Optional Row 9 Border: Sl st in first st, (ch 3, sl st in next st) across.
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Sew in 2 small snaps at the back to close.
Add Details for Color
If you find the dress to be too monotone, you can add a ribbon or some trim to break the color. Here is what my finished product looks like:
Norma on September 05, 2020:
I like the look of the dress. It can be changed to suit your taste!
Debbie Youngblood on March 04, 2019:
I am looking for crochet Barbie patterns.
marissa lopez on April 22, 2017:
very pretty, thanks:)
Priyanka Estambale from United States on January 08, 2013:
Pretty Pattern! :)