Knitting Doll Clothes is Important Because Barbie Always Needs a New Dress
Knitting 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.
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.
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PATTERN: Use the e-wrap stitch through-out the project.
(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.
(Cast On) Going Clockwise – Wrap every peg twice (You should have 4 strands on each peg ). Knit-off
Knit (E-Wrap stitch) : 5 Rows
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 )
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. – This is the bottom of the dress.
Knit (E-Wrap stitch) : Knit until you have your desired length
Cast-off : 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.
Decorate the dress according to your preference once the dress is on the doll. I weaved in a string around the waist and tightened it to give it some curve.
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.
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.
An Easy to Follow Video Tutorial of This Project