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Barbie Strapless Pencil Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)

Updated on July 14, 2017
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My favorite hobby is to crochet doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.

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This is a formal dress Barbie can wear to any party. The silhouette is very flattering and is actually inspired from something a celebrity wore on a local talk show here in the Philippines.

This hub is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie Strapless Pencil Dress. I specifically designed it to fit a Barbie Model Muse body. For more information on the different Barbie body types available in the market, please visit Crochet Clothes for Your Barbie Doll.

Materials and Gauge

Abbreviations Used in American Terms

  • Ch - chain;
  • St(s) - stitch(es);
  • Sl st - slip stitch;
  • MC - main color;
  • CC - contrasting color;
  • Sc - single crochet;
  • Dc - double crochet;
  • Dc2tog - double crochet the next 2 sts together;
  • Sk - skip; and
  • RCS - ridged chevron stitch.

Ridged Chevron Stitch

Whenever I work on a new design, I always try to incorporate new stitch patterns before actually starting the project. For this hub, I chose to use the Ridged Chevron Stitch pattern. Since I was not familiar with how to increase and decrease with this pattern, I only used it when I needed even Rounds so there would be no problem.

Here is the stitch pattern for the Ridged Chevron Stitch:

  • Make sure your stitches are divisible by 12 before working on the pattern.
  • Ch 2, 2 dc into the first st, (work in back loops only for all stitches), *work 1 dc into each of the next 3 sts, dc2tog twice, 1 dc into each of the next 3 sts, 2 dc into the next st twice*, repeat from * ending with a 2 dc only once into the last st, turn.

This is how the Ridged Chevron Stitch looks like. The ridges are visible for every two rows of the pattern.
This is how the Ridged Chevron Stitch looks like. The ridges are visible for every two rows of the pattern. | Source

Pattern

Starting from the top of the skirt:

Row 1: With MC, ch 37, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each ch across, turn. (35)

Note: Always work in the back loops for this pattern.

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in the first 8 sts, dc2tog, dc in the next 15 sts, dc2tog, dc in the last 8 sts, turn. (33)

Row 3: Ch 2, dc in the first 8 sts, dc2tog, dc in the next 13 sts, dc2tog, dc in the last 8 sts, turn. (31)

Row 4: Ch 2, dc in the first 8 sts, work 2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 13 sts, work 2 dc in the next st, dc in the last 8 sts, turn. (33)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in the first 8 sts, work 2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 7 sts, work 2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 7 sts, work 2 dc in the next st, dc in the last 8 sts, join with sl st in first dc, turn. (36)

Rnd 6: Work the RCS starting from this Rnd.

Keep working the stitch pattern until you reach the desired length. I stopped at Rnd 18.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Starting on the opposite side of the working ch for top:

Row 1: With CC, join with sc on the end of your starting ch and work 1 sc across each st, turn. (35)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the first 10 sc, work 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 13 sc, work 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the last 10 sc, turn. (37)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the first 10 sc, work 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 15 sc, work 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the last 10 sc, turn. (39)

Row 4-5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn. (39)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in the first 10 sc, work 2 sc in the next sc, (sc in the next 8 sc, work 2 sc in the next sc) 2 times, sc in the last 10 sc, turn. (42)

Row 7: Repeat Row 4. (42)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in the first 16 sc, sk the next sc, work 7 dc in the next sc, sk the next sc, sc in the next sc, sc2tog, sc in the next sc, sk the next sc, work 7 dc in the next sc, sk the next sc, sc in the last 16 sc, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in the first 15 sc, sk the next sc, dc in the next 7 dc, sk the next sc, sc in the next st, sk the next sc, dc in the next 7 dc, sk the next sc, sc in the last 15 sc, turn.

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in the first 14 sc, sk the next sc, sc in the next 7 dc, sk the next sc, sc in the next 7 dc, sk the next sc, sc in the last 14 sc. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Sew 2 snaps evenly across the back to close the dress.

Variations

Because I did not want to end up with small strands of thread (in case of any design errors), I only used 2 colors for this dress. Try changing the colors every few rows to get a different look and emphasize the chevron pattern.

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    • marissa lopez profile image

      marissa lopez 6 months ago

      thanks so much :)

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      nicolettemk 4 years ago from Rhode Island

      Thanks I hope so too!

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      dezalyx 4 years ago from Philippines

      While I don't have my own little girl, I can't stop myself from making tiny clothes, too. :) Hope your little girl will enjoy the clothes you'll be making.

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      nicolettemk 4 years ago from Rhode Island

      This is adorable. I know I will be making some of these as my little girl grows up, I just can't help myself but to make tiny clothes! Cute pattern!