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 One-Shoulder Dress for Barbie
One of the things in crochet that sparks my interest is draping. Because I usually work with crochet cotton thread, it is difficult to achieve a fabric that flows the way I want it to. This is my first attempt at draping to achieve a one-shoulder silhouette on Barbie.
This article provides a free crochet pattern for a Barbie one-shoulder day dress. The dress is made to fit a Barbie Basics (or Model Muse) doll. For more information on the different body types of Barbie, please visit Crocheting for Your Barbie Doll.
This pattern is done in one piece and does not have any seams. Much like most crocheters, I hate sewing, so I try to make pieces that do not require you to sew anything except for the snaps.
- Size No. 1 Crochet Steel Hook
- Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread
- 1 Small Snap
- Tapestry Needle
- Sewing Needle and Thread
10 sc = 1", 11 sc rows = 1"
Note: I am a left-hand crocheter, so while the top of my dress goes from the left shoulder to the right, a right-hand crocheter will have a top that goes from the right shoulder to the left.
Working From the Top
Row 1: Ch 37, dc in the 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (35)
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in the first 11 dc, work 2 dc in the next 4 dc, dc in the next 6 dc, work 2 dc in the next dc, dc in the last 13 dc, turn. (40)
Row 3: Ch 2, dc in each dc across, turn. (40)
Row 4: Ch 2, dc in the first 27 dc, work 2 dc in the next 2 dc, dc in the last 11 dc, turn. (42)
Row 5: Repeat Row 3. (42)
Now Start Working in the Round
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in the first 16 dc, dc in the next 11 dc, ch 2, sk 6 dc (forming the armhole), sc in the last 9 dc, join w/ sl st in the first sc, turn. (25 sc, 11 dc, 2 ch)
Round 7: Ch 1, sc in the first 4 sts, dc in the next 4 sts, dc2tog 2 times, dc in the next 8 sts, sc in the last 17 sts, join, turn. (21 sc, 14 dc)
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in the first 6 sts, sc2tog 2 times, sc in the next 10 sts, dc in the next 5 sts, dc2tog 2 times, dc in the next 2 sts, sc in the last 5 sts, join, turn. (23 sc, 9 dc)
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sts, dc in the next 4 sts, dc2tog 2 times, dc in the next 8 sts, sc in the next 5 sts, sc2tog 2 times, sc in the last 5 sts, join, turn. (14 sc, 14 dc)
Round 10: Ch 1, sc in the first 18 sts, dc in the next 2 sts, dc2tog, dc in the next 2 sts, sc in the last 4 sts, join, turn. (22 sc, 5 dc)
Round 11: Ch 2, dc in the first 8 sts, sc in the next 19 sts, join, turn. (19 sc, 8 dc)
Starting on the Skirt
Round 1: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each st around, join, turn. (54)
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in each dc around, join, turn. (54)
Round 3: Ch 2, (work 2 dc in the next dc, dc in the next dc) repeat around, join, turn. (81)
Round 4–12: Repeat Round 2. (81)
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Sew in the snap at the back of Row 2 of top.
Questions & Answers
Question: Are your patterns printable ?
Answer: If you're looking for PDF files, unfortunately, no. Unless it's a paid pattern from my Ravelry store, all of my patterns are in HTML. You can print the web page if you really want a printed copy of the pattern.
PatBlack on October 20, 2018:
great.....mines was a little big. thinner yarn. thank you
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on January 23, 2018:
If you're using the same Barbie body type as mine, you should try using a thicker yarn or a larger hook.
Christina on January 22, 2018:
I am using #2 yarn and 2.5 hook. Looks good but the strapless sides budgles out and doesn't connect in the back like yours.
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on August 06, 2015:
Hi, Jo. Unless otherwise indicated, the joining is usually done with a sl st in the first sc. I have edited the pattern to reflect this clarification.
Jo on August 05, 2015:
I am making the Barbie dress called ONE SHOULDER DY DRESS in the pattern ( row 6) it says join but not where to join what stich do I join in??? Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gramidoll on July 20, 2013:
luv all your patterns for B. very user friendly!