Barbie Dress (#80)

You will need...

2 balls of Luster Sheen yarn
(Contrasting colors of your choice)
1 size E crochet hook
3 one eighth or one quarter inch buttons
1 embroidery needle
1 Barbie or similar doll

Abbreviations

sc-single crochet
dc-double crochet
hdc-half double crochet
ch-chain stitch
st-stitch
sts-stitches
mc-main color yarn
cc-contrasting color yarn
inc-increase
dec-decrease

Note....
For attaching and tying off yarn I like to
stitch the tails of yarn into work.
(Or crochet over them where possible)
At the end of the yarn I put a tiny dab
of super glue to help keep the yarn from
slipping back out later.





Bodice

Using mc, ch 40
Row 1-sc across ch 1 and turn
Row 2-sc for 5 sts, sc in one side of each st closest to
you for 13 sts, sc for 5 sts increasing 1 st in the
first and fifth sts, sc in one side closest to you
in each st for 13 sts, sc remaining 5 sts. ch 1 and turn
Row 3-sc for 18 sts, inc 1, sc 2 sts, inc 1, sc 2 sts,
inc 1, sc remaining 12 sts. ch 1 and turn
Row 4-sc 15 sts, " + * sc ch3 sc all in one
Side of st closest to you * repeat from
* to * to make two loops in same st + ch 3, in
next st repeat from + to + (you should now
have 5 loops) " sc in next 12 sts normally,
repeat from " to " sc in remaining 15 sts.
ch 14 and join to opposite end of row 4


Back

Join the end of each row to sides
with a sl st for rows 1 through 11.

Rows 1 through 4 -sc across ch sts
Row 5-sc across increasing 1 st in first and last
sts of row
Row 6-sc across
Row 7-sc across increasing 1 st in first and last
sts of row
Row 8-sc across increasing 1 st in first 2 and last
2 sts
Row 9-repeat Row 8
Row 10-sc across, sl st up an extra st of side
before turning

Row 11-skipping over first st dc next 2 sts, sc across
to last 2 sts, dc remaining 2 sts, at the end of the
row sl st up an extra 2 sts on side
Row 12-sl st for 8 sts, ch1, sc for 11 sts, ch 1 and turn
Rows 13 through 17-sc across 11 sts, ch 1 and turn

At the end of row 17, break yarn leaving a length of about 10 inches. Draw yarn through last loop made and pull tight.
Use this length of yarn to stitch the top and bottom portions of back together. For best results, put the top on your doll for proper alignment when you are stitching.


Skirt

Row 1-attach mc yarn at front bottom corner of top,
sc across increasing 1 st on each side of hip
ch1 turn
Row 2-sc across increasing 1 st on each side of hip
ch1 turn
Row 3-sc to hip inc. 1 st in next 2 sts, sc to other hip,
inc 1 st in next 2 sts, sc to the end ch1 turn
Row 4-sc to hip, inc. 1, sc across to other hip, inc. 1,
sc to end, ch1 turn
Row 5-sc across, join to opposite side.

Work in rounds from here on.

Round 6 through 12-sc
Round 13-*sc to hip, decrease 1 st, sc across to
other hip, decrease 1 st, sc to the end*
Rounds 14 through 20-sc around
Round 21-repeat from * to *
Rounds 22 through 25-sc around tie off and break yarn

Sleeves

Using mc attach yarn at the center back of right shoulder

1-sc all the way around armhole working sts on top of
shoulder outside the loops. (The loops are
meant to act as shoulder pads to help the
sleeves 'puff')
You should have 22 sts. It is all right if you are
off by a stitch or two but both sleeves need to
have the same number of stitches to be
proportionate)

(Now you will be working in rows.)

2-sc 1 st, 2 sc in each st for the next 8 sts, 1 sc in
tenth st, pick up one more st at the end with a
sl st, ch1 and turn
3-sc across row picking up an extra st at the end
with a sl st, ch1 turn
4 through 9-sc across decreasing 1 st in center and
picking up an extra st at the end of each row
using a sl st

(Work in rounds from 10 on)

10-sc to bottom center, inc 1 st in 2 sts at center, sc
the rest of the way around
11 through 13- sc around
14 and 15-sc to outside of the sleeve, decrease 1 st,
sc the rest of the way around
16-sc around, tie off and cut yarn

REPEAT INSTRUCTIONS FOR LEFT SLEEVE

Hip Skirt

With cc
Using an embroidery needle, stitch around waistline to make loops for crocheting onto. To do this, leave yarn attached to skein and draw enough yarn through when you are stitching to go all the way around.

Row 1-beginning on attached skein end, ch1, sc accross
increasing 1 st on each side of hip, ch2 turn
Row2-dc first 2 sts, hdc next 2 sts, sc to hip, inc. 1,
sc to other hip, inc. 1, sc to last 4 sts, hdc 2
sts, dc remaining 2 sts increasing 1 st in last st
Row 3-ch 2 and turn, repeat row 2
Row 4-ch1, turn, sc across increasing 1 st on each
side of hip, tie off and break yarn


Dress Opening

Using cc, attach at waistline on right side of dress.
sc 1 st, *ch5 (pulling yarn as tight as you can after
each ch) sc in same st, sc next 3 sts,* repeat
from * to * two more times.
sc the rest of the way up collar and back down to the
other side of waist, tie off and break yarn.


Lapel Trim

Using loops left free on bodice, attach yarn at end
closest to waist.
sc first 4 sts, dc remaining sts Tie off and break yarn.
You may want to leave the yarn long enough on both ends to stitch bottom yarn up through trim to shoulder and draw both ends of yarn to inside of dress to tie down lapels to help them lie down properly.




Buttons

You can really sew on the buttons any way you would like.
Here is how I did it...
Put the dress on the doll to properly position buttons with loops. Using an embroidery needle, draw a single strand of yarn through dress from the inside out, through the button, and back into dress. Then double knot the yarn pulling ends as tight as possible. Put a dot of super glue on the knot. Wait for it to dry and trim ends of yarn. (Be careful with how much glue you use, you wouldn't want to glue the dress to the doll haha)

I hope you have as much fun with this dress as I have had designing it and my daughter is having playing with it.

Tina
Mmummer@aol.com

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