Barbie Strapless Chevron Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)
While working on a different project involving chevrons, I got an e-mail requesting a new Barbie crochet pattern. Since the whole A-line shape does not really suit my Makies doll, I thought I would hit two birds with one stone by just designing the dress with Barbie as my model.
This article is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie Strapless Chevron Dress. I specifically designed it to fit a Barbie Model Muse body. For more information on the different Barbie body types available on the market, please visit Crochet Clothes for Your Barbie Doll. As per the guidelines of this site, I am not allowed to write in a language other than English, so the link to the Dutch version can be found at the bottom of the page.
Materials and Gauge
- Size No. 6 Crochet Steel Hook;
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread in MC and CC;
- 2 Small Snaps;
- Tapestry Needle;
- Needle and Thread; and
- Gauge is similar to Barbie Panties with No Snaps.
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch - chain;
- St(s) - stitch(es);
- Sl st - slip stitch;
- MC - main color;
- CC - contrasting color;
- BLO - back loops only;
- Sc - single crochet; and
- Sk - skip.
How to Make the Chevron Pattern
As seen previously from Barbie Strapless Pencil Dress, I have used a Chevron pattern before, but I was not able to increase and decrease with the Ridged Chevron Stitch pattern. This technique uses chain spaces to start the chevron pattern which gives the skirt more volume. So when starting, you want to have an odd number of chains to make sure you have a center for the chevron and an even number of stitches for its sides.
Here is the stitch pattern for the Chevron stitch:
- When starting the row, ch 1, sl st in the first st, (ch an odd number of sts, sk 1 st, sl st in the next st) across, turn.
- When doing an even row, ch 1, (sk 1 st, sc in the next sts until you reach the middle st, work 3 sc in the middle st, sc in the next sts until you reach the final st of the chevron, sk 1 st) across, turn.
- When doing an increasing row, repeat the even row, but work 5 sc in the middle st instead of 3.
- Make sure you place even rows below increasing rows to have a better flow for the skirt.
Working from the waist up:
Row 1: In MC, ch 36, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (35)
Rows 2-10: Repeat Rows 2-10 of the Top from Barbie Strapless Pencil Dress. Change to CC when you reach the last sc of Row 10.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off.
Working on the opposite side of the working ch, going from the waist down:
Row 1: With MC, ch 1, sc in each ch across, turn. (35)
Row 2 (Starting with the chevron pattern): Ch 1, sl st in the first sc, (ch 9, sk 1 sc, sl st in the next sc) across, turn. (17 chevrons)
Round 3 (Working an even row of the chevron pattern): Ch 1, (sk 1 ch, sc in the next 3 ch, 3 sc in the next ch, sc in the next 3 ch, sk 1 ch) across, join with sl st in the first sc of the 2nd chevron in this Round to form a tab, turn. (17 chevrons)
Round 4: Ch 1, working through both thicknesses for the first chevron, work an even row of the chevron pattern, join with sl st in the first sc of the first chevron, turn. (16 chevrons)
From this point, all odd Rounds are worked in BLO, while all even Rounds are worked in both loops.
Round 5: Ch 1, work an even row of the chevron pattern, join, turn. (16 chevrons)
Rounds 6-8: Repeat Round 5. (16 chevrons)
Round 9 (Working an increasing row of the chevron pattern): Ch 1, (sk 1 sc, sc in the next 3 sc, 5 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 3 sc, sk 1 sc) around, join, turn. (16 chevrons)
Round 10 (Working an even row of the chevron pattern): Ch 1, (sk 1 sc, sc in the next 4 sc, 3 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 4 sc, sk 1 sc) around, join, change thread from MC to CC in the last sc, turn. (16 chevrons)
Rounds 11-18: Repeat Round 10. (16 chevrons)
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Sew 2 snaps at the back to close.
For people wanting the Dutch version of this pattern, here is a link to a translation done by Nanske Panske: Barbie jurk Chevron.
Questions & Answers
How do I make a tab while crocheting?
The tab is formed when you join the row with a sl st in a st that is not at the very edge. This will cause both ends to overlap, thereby forming the tab for you to sew the snaps on later.Helpful 2
When using this Varbue chevron dress pattern, where does the 17th chevron stay after round 3 from the skirt?
Because you will be joining at the tip of the 2nd chevron, the 17th chevron and the 1st one are overlapping. That is why the chevron count in Round 4 becomes 16.Helpful 1