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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Knitting for Barbie

We have been having a lot of fun this Summer making ALL kinds of interesting things!
My friend, Bradley, of The Swell Doll Shop in Chapel Hill made this elegant Barbie dress one day. I used to make lots of Barbie doll clothes when I was young and I got out my sparkly yarn and had fun making one right quick.

Bradley gave me permission to share the pattern so you can make your own cocktail dress for the Barbies in your life. When you are at Yarns etc... in Chapel Hill just walk down the hall a few more feet and visit The Swell Doll Shop. You will be reminded of so many dolls from your childhood!

11 ½ inch Dolls Knitted Sheath dress

Materials: Sock yarn, fingering weight yarn (1/2 ounce)

Size 1 knitting needles

Steel Crochet hook

Three snaps

Safety pin or Small stitch holder

Gauge: 9sts=1”, 13 rows=1”

Dress: Skirt: beg at lower edge of front and back of skirt,

cast on 46 sts. Work in Stockinette st (k 1 row, p 1 row)

for 32 rows.

Cast on 4 sts at end of last row for placket =50 sts.

Next row: (k1, p1) twice. K to last 4 sts (p1,k1)twice.

Next row: (p1, k1) twice. P across to last 4 sts (k1, p1) twice.

Repeat last 2 rows twice more, end wrong side.

Waist shaping: row 39: (K1, p1) twice, k 9, k 2 tog, k 2, sl 1, k 1, psso,

k 12, k 2 tog, k2, sl 1, k 1 , psso, k 9, (p1, k1) twice- 46 sts.

Row 40 and all even rows: Keeping frst and last 4 sts in ribbing P across.

Row 41: (k1, p1) twice, k 8, k2 tog, k2, sl 1, k 1, psso, k 10, k 2 tog, k 2, sl 1,

k 1, psso, k 8, (p1,k1) twice- 42 sts.

Row 43: (k1, p1) twice, k7, k2 tog, k2, sl 1, k 1, psso, k 7, (p1, k1) twice-


Row 45: ((k1, p1) twice, (k 6, k 2 tog, k 2, sl 1, k 1, psso) twice, k 6 (p 1, k 1)twice -34sts

Work 13 rows even, end wrong side.

*Inc note- to inc, insert right-hand needle in bar before next st on left hand neele. K loop (inc made).

Bodice shaping (k1, p1) twice, k4, (inc 1 st, k 1) 19 times, end k 3, (p1, k1) twice-53sts. Work 7 rows even.

Left back: (k1, p1) twice, knit 10. Turn. Bind off 14 sts of left back. Do not end off. With crochet hook , sc across left back. End off.

Front: Join yarn at arm side, K1, p1, sl 1, k1, psso, k17, k 2 tog, p1, k1,-23sts. Turn. Leave remaining 14sts unworked for right back.

Next row: k1, p1, p to last 2 sts, k1, p1.

Next row: k1, p1, sl1, k1, psso, k15, k 2 tog, p1, k1- 21 sts. Work 1 row even.

Divide for straps, k 1, p1, k1, sl these 3 sts on a pin for left shoulder strap. Bind off next 15 sts for neck edge. P1, k1. Work in ribbon on remaining 3 sts for 16 rows or until strap fits doll’s shoulder. Slip 3 sts of left shoulder strap onto needle, work same as right strap.

Right Back: Join yarn at underarm. K 10, (p1, k1) twice. Bind off. Do not end off, With Crochet hook, sc across.

Finishing: Sew back seam to placket in place on wrong side. Sew straps to back, work 1 row sc on front of neck edge and lower edge of skirt. Steam-press edgings and seams lightly. Sew snaps to back.

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