Worked on size 2 needles with Patton’s Grace
Cast on 72 stitches
Work 2 rows garter stitch
Purl 1 row
Start flower pattern (Note: this is quoted from Vogue Knitting on p. 144 of the 1989 ed.)
Row 1 (RS): K 10, *k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k12; rep from *, end last rep k10
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl, working [k1, p1] into each yo twice.
Row 3: K8, *[k2tog, yo twice, ssk] twice, k8; rep from * to end.
Row 5: repeat row 1
Row 6: repeat row 2
The finished flower pattern will look like this:
Work 32 rows stockinette stitch
Draw up live stitches for gathered skirt
cast on 21 stitches
Work 14 rows stockinette stitch
Row 15: Knit 1, knit 2 together twice, knit to last 5 stitches, knit 2 together twice, knit 1
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: Knit two together across, ending knit 1
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1
Row 20: Cast off purlwise
Finishing: Sew the skirt onto the top by picking up 3 or 4 stitches on the skirt for every 1 stitch you pick up on the top. (I found it was best to alternate picking up 3 stitches and then picking up 4 stitches. You may need to pick up 4 3 or 4 times in a row in the middle of the skirt).Crochet a string to the top to form the halter in the back.
Sew 4 snaps up the back of the skirt.
In case anyone was wondering, this is an original Great Date Barbie from the 1980s. She was a hand-me down from my cousin. The necklace she’s wearing is actually a chain extender, but I do have her original jewelry and clothes. She’s just wearing my creation for this post. A slightly newer, less valuable doll will model this dress for me at the fair.