Hello! I meant to post yesterday, but I hadn’t taken any pictures, and I refuse to post a pattern without pictures. 🙂 Finally, the stars have collided and I can share my latest creation with you.
I saw a completely awesome dress on the cover of my most recent book (‘These Broken Stars’, you can google it if you want to see) and I knew I wanted to crochet it for the Barbies. It took a while to figure out how to do the ruffles, and when I did figure it out, it took a LOT of yarn (at least for a Barbie dress! I think I could have made a cowl out of the same yardage!) I really like the finished product though, and I hope you do too. (It’s named the Galaxy Dress in honor of the space-themed book it was inspired by.)
- Size H (5.00 MM) crochet hook
- Size L (8.00 MM) crochet hook
- 1 skein of worsted-weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver, as usual)
Top (make 2 pieces)
Using smaller hook, ch 19. Work in back loops now and throughout.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 11 ch, hdc in last 6 ch.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first 6 sts, sc in next 12 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 12 sts, hdc in next 6 sts.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first 6 sts, sl st through both loops of next st and fasten off, leaving tail for sewing.
Make your second piece and then leave them be. We’ll join them after we make the skirt.
Using larger hook, ch 80 (I know!), join with a sl st to form a ring, being careful not to twist the chain. Yes, this seems really long, but that’s what makes it ruffle, you’ll see later.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc now and throughout), dc in next ch and in each ch around through back loops only, sl st to beg ch to join.
Rnd 2-3: Ch 2, dc in each st around, sl st to ch 2 to join.
Rnd 4: Change to smaller hook. Ch 1 and work through the back loops only on this round. Sc2tog around, gathering up the opening a bit. Sl st to 1st sc to join. Change back to bigger hook.
Rnd 5: Ch 1. Work in the unused front loops of the previous round. Dc in each front loop around. When you get back to the beginning, make one more dc into the front loop of the CHAIN-2 from Round 3. Sl st to first dc to join (because there was no ch 2 at the beginning of this round.)
Rnd 6-9: Repeat Rnds 2-3, then repeat Rounds 4 and 5.
Rnd 10-13: Repeat Rnds 2-3, then repeat Rounds 4 and 5.
Rnd 14-15: Repeat Rnds 2-3.
Rnd 16: Switch to smaller hook and sc2tog around.
Rnd 17: Continue with smaller hook and sc2tog around. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.
- Start with the top and fold one of the pieces in half. Use the tail from Row 4 and weave it through three stitches so you can sew the BOTTOM 4 stitches together. Fold it so you can sew along the chain end as well, basically you’re sewing an armhole.
- Do this on the other piece too.
- Hold the pieces together so the sc side meets in the back, then sew together the bottom 4 stitches there.
- Overlap the front, the chain end of the hdc side, by one row, then sew about 5 stitches up.
- Put the top on the Barbie and slide the skirt up to it (this made it easier for me anyhow.) Fold the skirt in half and mark the halfway points, then start at the side of the top and sew the skirt to it, using the markers to help place it.
- Weave in all ends and you’re done!
This pattern is straightforward apart from the ruffle procedure in Rounds 4 and 5, so I’ve taken some pictures that will hopefully help! So crochet Rounds 1-3 and then you can refer to this tutorial if you need.
I hope I explained everything okay, it was kind of confusing to write the skirt pattern, so if you have any questions please do ask. I think this might be my new favorite Barbie dress, as I am a huge fan of anything ruffly and fancy. 🙂
Have a great day!