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Created by Elaine Baker - Ladyfingers
April, 2014

Use #3 US double-pointed or circular needles
#2 fine fingering yarn or #3 baby or sport yarn


#3 double-pointed or circular needles

Cast on 30 stitches. Knit 2 rows.
Place Markers: Knit 5, PM, Knit 5, PM, Knit 10, PM, Knit 5, PM, Knit 5 = 30 sts.
Knit across, increasing BEFORE and AFTER each marker (4 stitches increased).
Purl - with NO increase.
Continue these two rows until stitches are divided as follows:
8 (right back), marker, 11 (sleeve), marker, 16 (front), marker, 11 (sleeve), marker, 8 (left back). = 56 sts.

Cap Sleeves:
Knit 8, remove marker, BIND OFF next 11 stitches, remove marker, knit 16, remove marker, BIND OFF next 11 stitches, knit 8. = 32 sts.
Purl back across the row. DO NOT purl 2 stitches together at underarm areas.

Place markers to decrease to waistline: NOTE: SM = slip marker
Knit 3, PM, Knit 10, PM, Knit 6, PM, Knit 10, PM, Knit 3 = 32 sts.
Purl back across the row.
Knit 3, SM, slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over knit stitch, knit 6, knit 2 together, SM, Knit 6, SM, slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over knit stitch, knit 6, knit 2 together, SM, Knit 3. = 28 sts.
NOTE: You will always knit 3 at the beginning - ONLY DECREASE BETWEEN THE MARKERS WITH 10 STITCHES, always knit 6 center stitches, ONLY DECREASE BETWEEN THE MARKERS WITH 10 STITCHES, and always knit the last 3 stitches.
Purl back across the row.
Continue to decrease between the 1st and 2nd AND 3rd and 4th markers until there are 20 stitches on the needle.
Knit in stockinet stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) for 4 rows - to waistline.

Knit across, increase by knitting in the front and back of each stitch (2 stitches increased for each stitch)= 60 sts. This will give you a nice skirt, but not very full. For more fullness, after you purl back across the row, on the next knit row - knit and increase in every other stitch. = 90 sts.
Work skirt for 24 rows in any of the following stitches:
Stockinet (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) - or -
Garter Stitch (knit every row) - or -
Knit 2, slip 1 across the row - purl back.
To finish the skirt: knit 4 rows in garter stitch. Bind off. Sew back seam.

NOTE: You will notice that this pattern is almost identical to the previous Barbie "basic" dress pattern. However, this pattern uses a larger needle (#3 US double-pointed or circ), and, therefore, a lesser number of stitches required to complete an outfit.

1. Mint Green dress with matching trim - basic dress with capped sleeves, full skirt, the bound off edge is done in K1, P1 to give it a "new" look.
2. Bernat Jacquard yarn - you never know how an outfit will come out, but they are always lovely! Added sparkly trim near the hemline. This was knit with #1 needles and the "Sleeveless Dress" pattern from the Barbie Handout. Shown here to display the lovely yarn possibilities.
3. Lion Brand "Orangecicle" yarn, big ball, is a luscious color to work with - many outfits have been made with this yarn.
This is an Easter Dress and Hat, knit in seed stitch for the bodice and after the multi-colored long-strand eyelash trim.
4. Orangecicle yarn - another "Sleeveless Dress" knit with #1 US needles, and multi-colored yarn in cream with yellow, orange, deep purple spots by ICE. The skirt is done with the same Knit 2, Slip 2 across and purl back with Orangecicle yarn, knit and purl, then switch to the multi-colored yarn and do the same thing for 4 rows, before switching back to Orangecicle yarn again. (As mentioned in the first Quickie dress pattern post.)
5. Basic dress with capped sleeves and pleated skirt in yellow with peach and lavender spots - you can see that using #3 DP or circ needles has a more "relaxed" look to the knitting, instead of the much tighter knit with #1 needles.
6. Not a Dress! Just another outfit done in Orangecicle yarn. This is the basic dress top with capped sleeves, but made into a one-piece jumpsuit.
7. Same Orangecicle jumpsuit - added a shrug and hat knit in long-strand "furry" yarn. Shrug pattern has been posted previously - go to "Search", type "Ladyfingers - Elaine's Doll Clothes", scroll through 7 pages to find the shrug pattern.


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Beautiful dresses. I like the way you "jazz" them up with the different yarns. Thanks for sharing your pictures and patterns. I am sure a lot of ladies will be knitting a few soon. I will definitely try. I'll find a little girl somewhere who has Barbies. It is a good way to use up yarn bits and stash.
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