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Barbie Shell-Stitched Skirt and Cropped Top (Free Crochet Pattern)
I had every intention of designing this to put over the Strapless Bodysuit for Barbie. But when I put it on, it just did not look flattering. So, in order for the design to work, I decided to make it a separate piece, which you can mix and match with other separates. I have added a simple no-snap cropped tube top design to go with the skirt.
This pattern is designed to be put on Barbie Basics (or Model Muse). For more information on the different Barbie body types available, check out Crocheting for Barbie.
- Size No. 1 Steel Crochet Hook;
- Size No. 10 Crochet Cotton Thread (Variegated);
- 1 Small Snap;
- Tapestry Needle;
- Scissors; and
- Sewing Needle and Thread.
Abbreviations Used in American Terms
- Ch - chain;
- St(s) - stitch(es);
- Sl st - slip stitch;
- Sc - single crochet;
- Dc - double crochet;
- Ch-sp - chain space;
- Beg shell - ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in the indicated stitch;
- Shell - 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in the indicated stitch; and
- BLO - back loops only.
Row 1: Ch 34, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (33 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (33 sc)
Rnd 3: Beg shell in first sc, sk 2 sts, (shell in next st, sk 2 sts) across, sl st to join in starting ch, sl st into first ch-1 sp, do not turn. (11 shells)
Rnd 4: Beg shell in the first ch-1 sp (same as the one with sl st), shell in each ch-1 sp across, sl st to join in starting ch, sl st into first ch-1 sp, do not turn. (11 shells)
Continue repeating Rnd 4 until you are satisfied with the length. In the picture featured in this pattern, I made it until Rnd 11.
Rnd 12: Ch 3, 5 dc in first ch-1 sp, (6 dc in next ch-1 sp) across. Sl st to join. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends and sew 1 small snap on the waistband.
There is a tab made up of 2 skipped stitches on the waistband to fit the small snap properly. If you find your snap to be bigger than the waistband, just add rows of sc until it fits properly.
Pattern (Cropped Tube Top w/ No Snap)
Row 1: Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (8 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, working in BLO, sc in each st across, turn. (8 sc)
Repeat Row 2 until the piece goes around your Barbie. For the white tube top in the picture, I made 28 rows. Just make sure you end in an even Row.
Once you are satisfied with the length, join the row you are currently working on to the opposite side of the starting chain by matching each stitch together, and then sl st through both sides. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
If you want to make this for your other dolls or Barbies with different bodies, when you start the chain for the waistband, make sure you chain in multiples of 3 + 1 (for the turning chain).
This design also works for different-sized hooks, but I have found that the longer the dc is for each shell row, the better the design looks. This is especially true for those using variegated thread, because the skirt will become too busy with many color changes.
The top is made with ribbings because it has the property of being a bit elastic. In order to change the size, you can just add or subtract the number of rows to make it fit properly.