Playing Barbie and Ken is fun for both kids and the young at heart. If your dolls are ready for a new wardrobe, you can accommodate them using simple knit and crochet. Not only can you choose colours and yarns that fit your style, but you can even try designing your own garments. To start off, try crocheting a simple tube top for Barbie or knitting a winter scarf for Ken. Because these projects require only basic stitches and little finishing, they are suitable for most skill levels.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Size US 6 crochet hook
- 50 yards size 10 crochet cotton
- 2-inch length of ribbon, 1/8-inch wide
- Four glass-head pins
- Sewing needle
- Small-eyed yarn needle
- Size US 4 knitting needles
- 50 yards DK weight yarn
- Measuring tape
Chain 44 using the crochet hook and crochet cotton. Chain one more as a turning stitch.
Work back across the foundation chain by working one single crochet into each stitch. At the end, work one chain as a turning stitch. Continue to work back and forth across the piece in this manner, being sure to work one chain at the end of every row. When the piece measures 1 1/2 inches, fasten off the yarn.
Whip stitch the two ends of the piece together, creating a tube top shape. Cut two lengths of ribbon to 3/4-inch long.
Place the tube top on the doll so that you can mark where the straps should go. Place pins in these spots. Take the tube top off of the doll, then sew the ribbon straps into place.
Weave in all ends using the small-eyed yarn needle.
Crochet a Barbie Dress
Cast on 12 stitches using the knitting needles and DK-weight yarn.
Work Row 1 by knitting one, purling one all the way across. This is row one of the pattern. You should end with a purl stitch.
Work Row 2 by knitting three, purling three all the way across. You should end with purl three.
Work Row 1 of the pattern again, then Row 2. Continue to alternate between the two rows until the scarf measures 12 inches long or desired length. Bind off, cut the yarn, then weave the yarn tails in using the small-eyed yarn needle.
Cut 20 2-inch lengths of yarn for fringe. You will place half of the lengths on one end of the scarf and half on the other end. Fold each length in half, pull the loop you've made through the end of the scarf, then slip the two ends through the loop and pull tightly.
Knit a Scarf for Ken
Tips and warnings
- Add embellishment to Barbie's tube top by sewing sequins or flowers onto the front of it. You can also make the tube top longer to create a tube dress.
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