When I think of Barbie, I think of this one particular doll. She had long blonde hair that went down to her feet, and a tuft of criminally puffy bangs. Her dress was a form fitting, psychedelic number and she came with a set of hair accessories and a bottle of blue Dep hair gel.
Thank goodness today’s Barbies aren’t my Totally Hair Barbie from 1992. In 2016, Mattel began making their dolls with different body molds in petite, tall, and curvy, and the range of skin tones, hair textures and colors, etc. is vast. Even Ken got a makeover!
This year for the Junkyarn spring collection, I wanted to do a Galentine’s Day theme that the original Galentine’s Day creator Leslie Knope would be proud of. Although Barbie has a checkered history and some still bristle at her less than realistic features, I can only think of her as the “inspirational tool” she was for me as a kid.
So I’ve put together a little pattern (literally) for a cute cropped sweater for a Barbie of any shape — mine is modeled on a curvy body type doll from the Fashionista line. Since this is just a basic raglan in miniature, I’m calling this a recipe instead of a pattern.
Recipe by Kemper Wray/Junkyarn Designs
About 5g of sock weight yarn — I’ve used: Junkyarn Smooth Sock in Leslie for A and Boss Sock in Astronaut Barbie for B
Size 1/2.25 mm circular needles (for Magic Loop)
Small tapestry needle
Waste fingering weight yarn
Four small stitch markers
m1r/m1l - make 1 stitch right/make 1 stitch left
k/p - knit/purl
slm - slip marker
pm - place marker
Since this is such a tiny circumference, I’ve used Magic Loop and relied on markers to tell me where I am in the raglan shaping, but it
Cast on 24 stitches and split in half between two needles.
Join in the round and work in 1x1 rib for 2 or 3 rounds.
Round 1:* k4, pm, k4, pm, k4* repeat once
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: *Knit to marker, m1r, slm, k1, m1l* repeat until end of round (total of 4 times)
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until you have 44 stitches total. The 18 stitches between each set of markers will be the sleeve stitches.
Round 5: *K to marker, remove marker, cast on 2 stitches, place 18 sleeve stitches on waste yarn, remove 2nd marker, knit to end of needle* repeat once
Rounds 6-9: Knit all stitches
For Top A (ribbed edging):
Round 10: Knit all stitches
Round 11: *k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1* repeat on second needle — This will give the sweater the “nipped in” look that the first picture.
Work in 1x1 rib for 2-3 rounds then bind off.
For Top B (flared picot edge):
Begin Picot Bind Off -
Cast on 2 stitches using Cable Cast on, bind off 4 stitches and repeat across until all stitches have been bound off.
Place sleeve stitches on needles, half on each needle for Magic Loop. Knit until gap, pick up 2 stitches, continue knitting in the round. Knit 3 rounds plain. Work in 1x1 rib for 2-3 rows and bind off.
And there you have it! A couple of adorable, fashionable cropped tops for Barbie and her friends. The sweater should fit any of the new Barbie body types (mine was based on the new “curvy” design).
If you make Anita’s Cropped Sweater, please tag #junkyarndesigns and #anitascroptop on Instagram!