Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Back for good...

I love to crochet so much...

I've been looking for some patterns to start new projects and eperienced, something that happens to me very often: some of the ideas I have on my head are not out there, for me just to follow simple, fool proof instructions. Some, I can make based on some patterns I find, but regardless of the thousands of patterns on the web that I have been able to download, some are still not there. So today I´m starting to contribute with my own patterns for others to download! Maybe my version is what you are looking for, or at least help you get there...

Here is my first pattern, not my first creation, but the first one I wrote in understandable terms...Sorry for the the photo, it doesn't make any justice to my sparkled-eyes barbie, she looked very beautiful in that outfit ;-)... The best part of this pattern is that is very fast to crochet as it is made with DCS instead of SCS as most barbie clothing patterns out there...

BARBIE OUTFIT colors: pink (A), white (B) hook: SIZE 2
(US crochet terms)


Row 1
with A: ch 23, 6 dc in 3rd ch from hook (21st ch), ch 2, sl st to 21st ch, ch 20, FO.

Row 2
With B: back loops only, just for this row: join to first dc of row 1, ch 3, dc in same dc, 2 dc in next 5 dc, turn.12 dc

Row 3
ch3, dc in same dc, dc in next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) 5 times, turn. 18 dc

Round 4
ch3, dc in same dc, dc in next 2 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) 5 times, ch 16 join w/sl st to top of ch 3. 24dc+16ch

Rd 5
ch3, dc in next dc, 2dctog, (dc in next 2 dc, 2dctog) 5 times, dc in next 16 sc, join w/sl st to top of ch 3. 34 dc

Rd 6 - 7
ch 3, dc in ea dc around, join w/sl st to top of ch 3. 34 dc

Rd 8
ch 3, dc in same dc, dc in next 4 dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) 5 times, dc in next 4 dc, join w/sl st to top of ch 3, change to A. 40 dc

with A: ch 1, (sk 1 dc, 8 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, sl st to next dc) 8 times, FO.

with B: ch 28

Row 1
dc in 4th ch from hook and in ea ch across, turn. 26 dc

Row 2
ch3, dc in same dc, dc in next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) 12 times, turn. 39 dc

Row 3
ch3, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc (dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 6 times, dc in next 4 dc, turn. 46 dc

Row 4
ch 3, dc in ea dc across, turn. 46 dc

Round 5
overlap first 5 dc to last 5 dc, join with sl st, ch 3, dc in 5 overlaped dc of both sides (go through all four loops), dc in next 36 dc, join w/sl st to top of ch 3, turn. 41 dc

Rd 6
ch 3, dc in ea dc around, join w/sl st to top of ch 3, turn 41dc

Rd 7
ch 3, dc in ea dc around, join w/sl st to 1st dc, 40dc

same as with top.

To finish sew button at back of skirt.

(Update 12-06-15: in response to a question: I made this graph to try to explain what I mean by the overlap part on the 5th round of the skirt:

Red represents the first 15 dc made on row 4, then you continue crocheting until you reach the end, here black represents the las 15 dc. Now you will want to change from Rows to Rounds, forming a "ring" or cilinder will be more accurate... so instead of joining to the first stitch made you will overlap first 5, and last 5 dcs made on row 4, and join with sl st to the 5th dc made, Ch 3, turn and continue around. When you make the first 5 stitches on Round 5, you will not go just through the loops on last 5 dcs or the loops on the first 5 dcs of row 4, but though both sets of loops, meaning: first Ch3, will count as first dc, then to make second dc: yarn over hook, pass through both loops on fourth dc made on row 4, AND both loops on 45th dc made on row 4, yarn over, pass through first two loops on hook, yarn over pass trough  las two loops on hook, second dc made, and so on for 3rd, 4th and 5th dc on round 5. Hope this helps)

If you use this pattern I'll like to know how it turned out, and if you find anything dificult to understand just ask...

Right now I'm working on a bed cover for my older son, I will show this project later on..
Also soon I´ll be starting a caracter from Invader Zim.

(Update 09-02-2015: I was re-reading my blog and I realized I never posted the picture of that bed cover... well it didn´t make it to bed cover... but, it's a nice afghan!
To do this afghan I was inspired by the cro-quilts made by Happy Yellow House)

Happy crocheting!


  1. i really like this cute barbie outfit. My mom use to crocket me barbie dresses. I still have them today. They are awesome and last forever.

    1. Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy it and I'm glad you liked it :-)

  2. It is often difficult to know whether patterns are English or US crochet (which are different),I generally have to presume if it doesn't contain any sc(single crochet) that it is the English version. The same confusion also applies to hooks, size 2 or 2mm ? A suggested yarn would be most helpful, also a guage. Unless the writer states what country they are in, and very few websites do, then it is all very difficult.

    1. In this case is US crochet, I live in Costa Rica but all my influences are from the states, most of my books as well, the thing with the hooks also is confusing for me, even more because I buy some hook in my country and some i buy them online from US, that is why I hardly ever suggest a hook, maybe I should... in most of my amugurumis I crochet with a 4mm hook, in this particular case, the barbie outfit, I used a 2mm hook.

  3. is this yarn or crochet cotton and what gauge? this looks like a great pattern! Can't wait to try it!

    1. this is crochet cotton and unfortunately I dont know the gauge, to be honest i never used it on any pattern, sorry about that... the hook size I used is 2...

  4. what does the FO mean at the end of the first row

  5. Hi, I'm a bit confused about the skirt say, ch. 28. Then for Round 1: dc in 4th ch. from hook and in each ch. around, turn....26 dc. Is there an error here?? Thank you. Also, I don't understand Round 5 of the skirt....Overlap 1st 5 dc. to last 5 dc, join with a sl. st.,,,,,, please clarify how to do this round. Thank you so much for your assistance.

    1. Thank you for reading!, the first round has no error, when you make the Ch 28, and made a Dc in fourth chain from hook, it means that the 3 skipped ch, become a dc, and you crochet 25 dc on the rest of the chain, resulting in a total of 26 dc. Regarding Round 5 of skirt, I added an update with a graphic to try to explain it a little better, I hope thsi helps you! If you still need help, just ask and I´ll be more than happy to help you, may take long to answer but I definitely will ;-)

  6. Step 4 sl st to top of ch 3?

    Im lost at step 5, when dc in 16 ch how when it is at the opposite end of the row?