Frozen is coming out on DVD today, so to celebrate, here’s a pattern for the dress Elsa wears to her coronation. My Barbie version of Elsa comes with the ice-power dress she makes for herself, but you can’t get ahold of the coronation dress for less than a hundred dollars (click to see the ‘limited edition’ on the Disney blog). But Frozen fans might want Elsa to have a bit more of a wardrobe.
First and most importantly…
Now that you have that in your head, let’s organize our materials and crochet Elsa a dress! (Or any lucky Barbie that wants to look like the latest Disney princess.) (Wow, I sound like a Disney spokesperson.)
- Worsted-weight yarn in dark blue, black, and a small amount of gold
- Size H (5.00 MM) hook
- Embroidery thread and needle for embroidering dress decorations (if you’re going to do that — I avoided it for the time being because I’m not that good at sewing)
- Hook clasps to close back of bodice
- Small ponytail holder that fits around your Barbie’s waist (this will help cinch it up to avoid bagginess)
- Additional materials if you’d like to make the cape:
- Purple yarn (I did Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream in purple, because that’s what I had)
- Size J (6.00 MM) hook
- Button for clasp
I use US crochet terms in all of my patterns. The below chart shows US to UK terms with all of the abbreviations.
Inc = 2 sc in next st
Extended double crochet (ex-dc) = Same as a dc, but with an extra step…yarn over, stick hook into stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch. CHAIN ONE. (yarn over, pull thru 2) 2x. stitch is complete.
Start with the main color (dark blue).
1: Ch 13, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across (12)
2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across
5: Ch 1, turn, sc 3, inc, sc across to last 4 stitches, inc, sc in last 3. (This helped increase the sides.)
6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across
7: Ch 1, turn, inc, sc, inc, sc to last 3 sts, inc, sc, inc.
8: Ch 1, turn, sc 6, 4 dc in next st, sk 1, sc2tog, sk 1, 4 dc in next st, sc in last 6 stitches. (This forms the scallops for the last bit of the blue.)
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Join the main color yarn to the other end of the beginning chain , a stitch away from the middle. (You can guess. It will be fine. 😉 ) Sc in that stitch. (Crochet over the end so you don’t have to weave it in later.) (dc, ex-dc, dc) in the next st, sc in the next stitch. Fasten off, weave in the end.
I did not have gold yarn, so I used some brown instead.
Join the yarn to the top of the bodice with the wrong side of the shells facing (the wrong side is the back.) Slip stitch loosely in each stitch across for a surface slip stitch border.
Join the yarn to the bottom of the chain and slip stitch in each spare loop across until you get to the (dc, ex-dc, dc). Sl st 1. Sl st, ch 1, sl st, all in the next st. Then sl st in the next st as normal. Continue to sl st across, f/o, weave in the ends.
I used the pattern from the Winter Princess Dress, with a few rows removed, which I will now copy and paste here for your convenience.
At the beginning of each round, ch 2, which will count as your first dc. At the end of each round, sl st to the beginning chain. I haven’t written this in the pattern to save time, space, and your valuable printer ink if you choose to print it.
Ch 63, join with a slip stitch to 1st ch form ring, being careful not to twist chain.
Rnd 1: *Dc 7, dc2tog* 8 times.
Rnd 2: Dc 1 in each st around.
Rnd 3: *Dc 6, dc2tog* 8 times.
Rnd 4: Dc 1 in each st around.
Rnd 5: *Dc 5, dc2tog* 8 times.
Rnd 6: Dc 1 in each st around.
Rnd 7: *Dc 4, dc2tog* 8 times.
Rnd 8: Dc 1 in each st around.
Rnd 9: *Dc 3, dc2tog* 8 times.
Rnds 10-11: Dc 1 in each st around.
Rnd 12: *Dc 2, dc2tog* around.
Rnd 13: dc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing, sew the small ponytail holder to the top of the skirt, and sew the skirt to the bodice, making sure the back of the bodice stays open.
Top Black Layer
Join black to the upper right corner of the bodice. Don’t work into the gold border, go into the stitches behind them.
Dc in first 4 stitches. Sk 2. Dc in next 4 sts, half-triple in next stitch (the sc2tog). Dc in next 4 stitches, sk 2, dc in last 4 stitches. The skipped stitches form the armholes, which you will add sleeves to later if you desire.
Ch 1, turn. Sk first stitch, sc2tog across. F/o and weave in ends of black.
Row 1: Ch 14, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across (13 sts, now and throughout)
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each ch across in FRONT LOOPS ONLY, when you reach the last stitch sc through both loops to keep from creating large gaps.
F/o, leave long tail for sewing, whipstitch row 5 to starting chain, and sew sleeve to armhole.
Yay! You’re done with the dress! You can embroider some flowery stuff on the skirt if you feel the urge. I think I will do that sometime, but since I’m not very good at sewing, I decided to steer clear for the time being. It would be truer to the movie if you did add it, though. 😉 I superglued a purple jewel (from Oriental Trading Company) onto the front of the dress. I do love sparkly things! If you’re going to give this to a small child, please don’t add it because it’s a choking hazard. (I swallowed a button as a baby and lived to tell the tale, but there’s no use tempting fate.)
The turning chain counts as a stitch in this pattern! (very unusual for me, I know!)
Ch 10. Starting in 3rd ch from hook (sk ch counts as hdc), (2 dc), dc 2, (2 dc), dc 2, (2 dc), hdc in next ch. [The (2dc) is an increase. There are three increases throughout the row.]
Row 2: Ch 4, sl st in last chain to form button loop. If you have a larger or smaller button then adjust the number of chains to fit. Turn, sl st in first 4 stitches of row. Sc in next 4 sts. Skip the rest. (The sl sts also count as skipping stitches. You will not work into them again.)
Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Dc in same st. 2 dc in each of the next 3 sts. (8)
Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc in same st, dc in next st. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* across. (12, I think…sorry, I’m not good with stitch counts!)
5-9: Ch 2, turn, dc in same st (increase made), dc in each st across. (1 more st each row)
10-16: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st across evenly.
17-22: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc in each st across until last 2 sts, dc2tog. At the end of row 22 you will have 5 stitches.
23: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog. f/o, weave in ends.
I added a double crochet border along the sides, please refer to the picture below if you need more help, I just dc-ed along the sides and when I got to the bottom where it has a more jagged edging, I used the Triangle Edging by Moogly (but I did a variation, I did 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around post of single dc just made.) Then when I got to the normal sides I just did plain dc and then f/o and weave in ends.
Finally attach a button to the other side of the collar part and you’re done! I think I like the cape better than the dress, actually. 😉
I hope you like this pattern, if you do end up making one of these dresses, please send me a picture! I’d love to see. It could work for other princess dresses too, without the sleeves it looks a good deal like Merida’s favorite blue dress, or you could add puffed sleeves for Rapunzel, or the stereotypical Cinderella dress…lots of possibilities.
Have a lovely day! Go forth and watch Frozen!
*I do not hold rights to anything Disney. I just happen to really like princesses. 😀