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 Pair of PJs for Barbie
Whenever I make Barbie clothes from patterns, I like to think of ways to complete the outfit rather than making just one piece of clothing, like a top or bottom. I was making a v-stitch cardigan for Barbie from Haven Cottage Crafts when I realized that the jacket looked like a pajama top. I had to edit it a little bit since there was no gauge given in the pattern, and I used a different sized hook. So, I thought I would come up with a matching pajama bottom to go with the top.
Free Pattern for Made to Move Dolls
This is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie-sized pajama set. For this pattern, I used a Barbie Made to Move doll as the model. The doll has bigger thighs than Barbie Model Muse dolls, so this might be a bit loose on the thinner dolls. I have included some notes at the end on how to do adjustments to the pattern. For more information on the different body types of Barbie, please visit my article called Crochet Clothes for Your Barbie Doll.
- Size No. 6 Crochet Steel Hook
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread
- Tapestry Needle
- Small Buttons or Beads
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch: chain
- Sl st: slip stitch
- Sk: skip
- Sp: space
- Sc: single crochet
- Dc: double crochet
Pajama Top Pattern
The pajama top is the v-stitch cardigan for Barbie from Haven Cottage Crafts. Here are my notes for the changes I made to the pattern:
- I used a Size No. 6 Crochet Steel Hook.
- Ch 51 instead of 53.
- Back: R7) sc into the next 3 dc instead of 6 dc.
- Sleeve: Ch 18 instead of 17.
- Sew everything with the wrong side facing you. Turn the top inside out to hide the seams.
- Sew the sleeves to the body first before sewing together the long sides of the sleeves.
- Make sure you do the entire pattern, including the band for the buttons.
Pajama Bottom Pattern
Make 2 pieces.
Row 1: Ch 33, work 3 dc in the 6th ch from hook, sk 2 ch, (3 dc in the next ch, sk 2 ch) across, dc in the last ch, turn. (9 3-dc sets)
Row 2: Ch 3, work 2 dc in the sp between the dc and 3 dc in the previous row, then work 3 dc in every sp across, turn. (10 3-dc sets)
Row 3: Ch 3, work 3 dc into each sp between sets of 3 dc across, dc in the last dc, turn. (9 3-dc sets)
Rows 4–23: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Row 24: Sl st to the 2nd sp between sets of 3 dc, ch 3, work 2 dc in the same sp, work 3 dc in each sp between sets of 3 dc until you reach the 2nd to the last sp, sk the final sp, turn. (8 3-dc sets)
Rows 25–28: Repeat Rows 3 and 2.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sewing and Finishing
Once you have both pieces done, lay the pieces together and sew the J-sides together. Open the pants and sew the leg seams together to finish the pants. Weave in all ends. Turn the pants inside out to hide the seams.
For pictures on how to do this part, please visit my article called Barbie Bermuda Shorts where I have previously uploaded pictures on how to do this step.
Adjustments to the Pattern
If you find the legs to be too wide for your doll:
- Reduce the 3-dc sets of the initial Rows by reducing the starting chain by multiples of 3. Each multiple of 3 reduces the width of the pant leg by 1 3-dc set.
If you want to have a tapered leg:
- Recall how the sleeves for the pajama top are done. Start with a smaller number of chains, increase by working 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc into a sp in the middle area slowly until you reach the desired width for the pant leg.
If you find the length to be too long or short:
- Add or reduce the number of Rows on either the wider part or the shorter part of the pattern, depending on where the problem area lies. Make sure you still end with an odd or even numbered Row, depending on where you are doing your adjustments on the pattern.
If you find the waist to be too big:
- Go back to the waistband with the thread, sc around the waistband, decreasing in each Round to slowly make the area smaller.
- You can also choose to just add a drawstring to the waist area to make it tighter. Since there are holes built into the stitch pattern anyway, just chain your desired length and weave it in and out of the holes to form a drawstring. My Barbie Bermuda shorts pattern (linked above) has a drawstring to it to make the waist smaller, in case you want pictures for this.
Judy Stallman on February 29, 2020:
Where is the pattern for the pajama top pattern? It talks about it but no pattern
Valerie Slinker on March 22, 2019:
I love this pattern, it is so soft looking. Thanks for sharing the pattern!!!
Sheila on July 21, 2017:
Hi, I'm the lady behind Haven Cottage. I was busy admiring all of your patterns when I saw the pajama set. And then I realized you used my pattern as the top! It looks wonderful! Thanks for the shout out!
Elisabeth Meier on January 26, 2017:
What a cool idea to use this Granny Square crochet pattern this way! Completely love your Pajama. Will try to do it for another doll.