Loom Knit a Doll Dress

 Knitting Doll Clothes is Important Because Barbie Always Needs a New Dress

knitting doll clothesKnitting doll clothes can be fun and easy. If you can make a couple of pom poms and a simple small knit hat this outfit is yours.. Personalize it even more with bows , buttons or colored string. The point is to dress-up Barbie with a beautiful easy to make gown.

For creative choices, a few changes to the pom poms and the yarn color and the dress takes on a  whole other look.

Take a look at the next picture for examples of mild changes with interesting visual implications. 

I so loved this project. I have recycled Barbie Dolls now for 3 years. They have been sent all over the world, which I think is awesome for what would have been throw a-ways.

 

 

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The Pattern:

Note: The finished dress is not meant to be put on and then taken off. It’s a one time deal unless you are able to modify the pattern.

Pattern is based on the use of two strands of worsted weight yarn ( Any Brand ) for a Barbie Doll or one that is similar in size and girth. You will need 7 – 9 Flat Pom Poms to decorate the dress.

Supplies:

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Loom Hook

Yarn Loom

Yarn Needle Loom

Yarn Scissors

Flower Loom

 

 

 

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  1. (Knot) Begin by tying or wrapping the end of your working yarn around the anchor peg on your loom. This is the 1 lonely peg on the brim of your loom. You can let it loose after you knit a row or two.
  2. (Cast On) Going Clockwise – Wrap every peg twice (You should have 4 strands on each peg ).
  3. Knit (E-Wrap stitch) With the Hook tool – Going Clockwise – Take the bottom two strands over the two top strands and behind the peg. Do this to all the pegs ( knit) When done that will complete 1 row. ( You should be left with two strands on each peg ) – Do this for 5 rows
  4. Create a brim – Pull the bottom loops (the first row that you knitted ) from the bottom and place 1 ( 2 stranded ) loop on each peg. Knit (e-wrap stitch) around the whole loom.
  5. Knit (E-Wrap stitch) With the Hook tool – Going Clockwise – Take the bottom two strands over the two top strands and behind the peg. Do this until you have completed enough rows to complete the desired length of your Barbie Dress.
  6. With your working yarn measure out a  ( about 6-8 inch ) strand of yarn. Thread your yarn needle and use it to pull the loops off your peg ( Gathering Method) Note: That last row of knitting is to be placed above her bust line and under her arms.
  7. Decorate the dress according to your preference once the dress is on the doll.

What a Difference a Color Makes … and a Few Other Changes

 

Making the choice to change the yarn color on this project can make a big difference.

Check out this bright pink as oppose to the above neutral brown. Both are stunning but in very different ways.

Take a closer look and you will see that the pom poms on the pink dress are puffy , while the one on the brown are flat. I find that the puffy pom poms give the dress a more winter look. The flat a more warm and sunny, instead of cold feel.

The knit stitching on the pink are more pronounce you can easily count the rows, while the brown has a softer looking appearance. This was accomplished by turning the brown dress inside out. In other words it is backwards. Again a warmer sweater like look to the pink dress.

The bottom of the pink dress is thick and was made in the contrasting white. Its meant to remind you of the brim of a winter hat. This is absent in the brown dress for obvious reasons.

Regardless of which you choose, this project is fairly simply even if a bit more time consuming then the others.

 

Note: This dress can be made shorter. Watch the video for instructions.

Loom Knit FlowerYou will be needing a Flower Loom for this Project.

I use the Knifty Knitter 4-1/2 Inch Flower Loom however other name brands make the same loom with minor, non-consequential differences.  If asked to choose another easily available flower loom I would choose the Boye Flower Loom . In reality, the brand name, color or price is really not what’s most important. What you’re looking for is the number of pegs which is 12..  By-the-way, this little loom is used here often.

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An Easy to Follow Video Tutorial of This Project

 


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Comments: 14

  1. Randee swartz July 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm Reply

    dear denise Thanks for your help on the dress i was able to make it like yours but i used green and sew it on the doll.

  2. Randee swartz July 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

    was that tiny hat put on backward and tied on her neck?dose it also have a little brim.

    • Denise Cenela July 24, 2013 at 8:10 am Reply

      Hey Randee, I had to go back and get the doll in order to answer your question.. It’s actually just a tiny brim place loosely on the dolls shoulders. I guess you could sew it or tie it. Hope that helps.

  3. Randee swartz July 23, 2013 at 1:00 am Reply

    guess what Denise I made the dress a halter top after i loom it off the the loom and knot it once on the back and put one yarn on her neck.very cool by for now.

  4. Randee swartz July 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Hi there how did you make that white dress in the video?

    • Denise Cenela July 23, 2013 at 7:23 am Reply

      Hi Randee, the white dress is the same as the others just knitted less for a shorter dress..sounds like a song :) .. the top part is just a tiny unfinished hat.

  5. Randee swartz July 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply

    Iam sorry i cant send you any photos because i dont know how to do it.

  6. Randee swartz July 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm Reply

    hi there again Iam thinking about doing the dress again but instead of all in one dress you cant take off iam going to try a flat panel from the waist up.i liked what you said in the email about my comment. see you later.

    • Denise Cenela July 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm Reply

      Great idea Randee, send a picture – would love to feature it.

  7. Randee swartz July 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm Reply

    hello i tried the barbie pattern it came out looking very cool and cute.

    • Denise Cenela July 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm Reply

      Hey Randee, Thank you, thank you for the positive feedback. You have no idea what this means to me… You’re Great !

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