Barbies and other long, plastic dolls with lifelike features are specially made to be dressed up. Children and doll enthusiasts can spend hours choosing outfits, putting clothes on their dolls then undressing them to put on a new outfit. You can make modular clothing for your dolls by knitting simple rectangles to fit their bodies and sewing the pieces together. This fast and easy method of making sleeveless shirts, skirts and dresses does not require any special techniques or complicated patterns.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Worsted-weight yarn
- Two U.S. size 6 straight knitting needles
- Barbie doll
- Tapestry needle
Cast on 12 stitches. Cast on stitches by making a slipknot with the yarn and placing it on one of the knitting needles. Then make a loop in the yarn and place it on the needle next to the slipknot, pulling the yarn tight to secure it. Continue making loops and putting them on the needle until you have 12 stitches.
Knit the first row. The knit stitch is made by inserting the right-hand needle upward through the first stitch on the left-hand needle. The right-hand needle tip should be behind the left-hand needle tip. Wrap the yarn from back to front around the right needle tip. Guide that tip downward through the stitch, catching the yarn as you go. Bring a new yarn loop onto the right-hand needle tip as you drop the worked stitch from the left-hand needle. Do this for every stitch in the row.
Purl the next row. The purl stitch is made by inserting the right-hand needle tip downward through the first stitch on the left-hand needle, so that the right needle tip is in front of the left needle tip. Wrap the yarn from back to front around the right needle tip. Bring that needle upward, catching the yarn as you go. Draw a new yarn loop up onto the right-hand needle as you drop the worked stitch from the left-hand needle. Do this for each stitch in the row.
Alternate rows of knitting and purling until the piece reaches its desired length, using your doll as a reference. If you want to make a top for your doll, work until the piece reaches from the shoulders to the waist, or shorter if you'd like. If you're making a skirt, work until the piece reaches from the waist to the ankles, the knees, or wherever you want the skirt to end. If you want to make a dress, work until the piece measures from the shoulders to a designated spot on the doll's lower body.
Bind off the stitches. Knit the first two stitches of the row, then use the left-hand needle tip to pick up the first knitted stitch. Lift the stitch over the second stitch and drop it off the needle. Knit the next stitch from the left-hand needle. Use that needle to pick up the second knitted stitch, lift it over the third stitch and drop it from the needle. Continue doing this until one stitch remains. Cut the yarn and draw it from left to right through the loop. Use the tapestry needle to weave in the loose ends.
Repeat Steps 1 through 5 to make a matching piece. You now have two sides for your doll garment.
Line up the back and front sides of the garment so that they are even. Cut a length of yarn. Use the yarn and tapestry needle to sew up one side of the garment. If you are making a shirt or a dress, leave an opening slightly inward from the top open to make an arm hole. Do the same for the other side.
Add a belt by cutting a length of yarn and sewing it in and out around the waist of the garment. Pull the ends tight and tie them once the clothes are on the doll to secure them in place.
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