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Sometimes, I take a break from my “work” crochet to make something I know I won’t have to write up a pattern for.

My daughter was given a few Barbie dolls at garage sales, and she loves playing with them. The only thing is…well….they were dressed rather scandalously. Husband and I decided that we were going to have to get them proper clothes before she could play with them again. That’s why I started this dress.

Barbie Knit and Crochet Dress

I started with a top down, crocheted yoke made with some sock yarn remnants gifted to me by a friend (she died it that green color herself). Then after joining at the underarms, I picked up stitches with blue malabrigo sock yarn (also scraps from the same friend) and began working in stockinette stitch. The waist has 1×1 ribbing for a tiny bit of waist shaping. I plan on continuing the dress to about midcalf length and then going back and adding sleeves.

The body of the dress was done with the “magic loop” method of circular knitting. I must say that the first time I ever tried magic loop, I hated it, but I have since come to adore it.

Oh, and after mentioning this to a friend, she dug up a lot of her daughter’s old Barbie clothes (her daughter is in college now) and gifted them to us. So my daughter can play with her dolls, and I don’t have to worry about rushing on the dress.