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Hourglass Doll Dress

Barbie models the Hourglass Doll Dress.

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Knitting clothes for dolls is a lot of fun because of the small scale, but it's also a great way to practice techniques you can use on garments for real people. This Hourglass Doll Dress is sized to fit an 11.5-inch fashion doll, and it includes lots of increasing and decreasing to hug her shape and add a ruffle to the bottom.

Worked in a bit of sock yarn, this little number can be knit up in an evening or two, and once you start knitting little clothes for dolls you'll just want to keep adding to her ensemble.


  • about 40 yards of fine-weight sock yarn (I used Three Irish Girls Adorn)
  • set of four size 3 US (3.25 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle


6 stitches and 9 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round.


4.5 inches around at bust, 5 inches long before ruffle, to fit a 12-inch fashion doll (my doll's actual measurements are 4.75 inch bust, 3 inch waist and 4.5 inch hips)


  1. Cast on 27 stitches, divide onto 3 needles and join in round. If desired, place a stitch marker to mark the end of the round.
  2. Knit two rounds of knit 1, purl 1 around (on an odd number of stitches, this makes Seed Stitch.
  3. Work in Stockinette Stitch for 1 inch.
  4. Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 4, k2tog, knit to end of round.
  5. Knit the next round.
  6. Repeat these 2 rounds until 19 stitches remain, ending with a plain knit round.
  7. Knit 1, make 1, *knit 6, make 1. Repeat from * to end of round.
  8. Knit 1 round.
  9. Knit 2, make 1, *knit 8, make 1. Repeat from * to end of round. 27 stitches.
  10. Work in Stockinette Stitch until piece is 5 inches from cast on edge.
  11. Knit in the front and back of each stitch. 56 stitches.
  12. Knit 2 rounds.
  13. Knit in the front and back of each stitch. 112 stitches.
  14. Knit 1 round.
  15. Bind off loosely.
  16. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
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