This is something a little unusual for me, and is quite different from the other patterns that I've written. One day I would love to be able to design knitting patterns for my own jumpers and cardigans and other items of clothing, and I decided that starting with Barbie clothes would hopefully help me to understand better shaping/increases/decreases etc.
Not that Barbie has the most realistic body figure I grant you!
Nevertheless, last month I set myself the challenge of designing at least one item of clothing for Barbie, and I came up with this simple but rather fashionable skirt. So now your Barbie doesn't need cold knees in this changeable British weather!
Using 3.25mm needles and 4-ply yarn cast on 28 stitches
Row 1 - *k1, p1* rib pattern, repeat to the end of the row Rows 2-3 - repeat rib pattern
Row 4 - knit
Row 5 - purl
Row 6 - knit
Row 7 - purl
Row 8 - *k6, kfb* repeat 4 times (32)
Row 9 - purl
Row 10 - knit
Row 11 - purl
Row 12 - *k7, kfb* repeat 4 times (36)
Row 13 - purl
Row 14 - knit
Row 15 - purl
Row 16 - *k8, kfb* repeat 4 times (40)
Row 17 - purl
Row 18 - knit
Row 19 - purl
Row 20 - *k9, kfb* repeat 4 times (44)
Row 21 - purl
Rows 22-31 - starting with a knit row, continue in stocking stitch for 10 rows
Cast off and sew your skirt together (the seam goes at the back)
The top is not my own design - if you would like to knit the top to go with this skirt you can find the free pattern here.
before and after skirts
Designing this was a really good experience for me, and boosted my confidence immensely when I pretty much nailed the overall shape of the skirt in one (because I had been planning and thinking about this in my head an awful lot!). I had to tweak the size of the skirt as the first was way too large, but this was also a fun exercise which (I hope) will help me understand altering sizes more when it comes to 'real people' clothes.
As a result of this design I am actually really eager to start work on a pencil skirt for myself! I think this will be an autumn/late summer job before I start - too busy with other things at the moment, and hoping the heat in the UK will come back soon!
Watch this space over the coming months for people sized versions of clothes (I hope!) and perhaps some more knitted garments for your Barbie!