Monday, December 5, 2016

Crocheted Dress for 18" Doll

I am looong overdue for a post!  If you have kept up with the comment thread on a previous post, you will know why.
So today I am bringing you a project.  I did not write the pattern, it can be found here.
I am just sharing with you the slight adjustments I made.
 The pattern calls for fingering weight cotton yarn and a C(2.75mm) hook.  I happen to have a lot of baby weight acrylic yarn in my stash which is a bit thinner.  To compensate, I used a F(3.75mm) hook and otherwise worked the pattern as directed.  I had a 2 oz. skein and didn't use all of it.  I'm guessing you could probably get away with a 1 1/2 oz. skein.
I also decided that this would look a lot better with a slip underneath.  I used the free slip pattern for Molly found here.  Instead of hemming the neck and armholes, I finished them with bias tape.  Otherwise, I made the pattern as directed.
 Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out!

Don't want to make one but like the outfit?  Hop on over to my Etsy shop where it's listed for sale.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Upated Pretty Flowers Hat

I created the pretty pink flowers hat when I first started creating my own patterns.  Since then I have learned a lot more tips and techniques and a lot more about the math behind a hat.  I decided I wanted to come back and revisit this pattern, reworking it to make it even better.  So without further ado, the new and improved "Pretty Flowers Hat".

Yarn:  about 2 oz.  worsted weight  (I used a 3.5 oz weight skein, and it looks like I still have a little less than half the skein left.)
Hook:  I/9 5.5 mm

*Important!  When joining rounds, always skip the beginning chain and join into the first st worked.  This will create an almost invisible joining seam.  

R1)  Starting with a magic circle, chain 2 and work 12 dc into the magic circle.  Pull the circle tight.  Join with sl st to first dc (skipping the chain 2).  Chain 2.
R2)  Work 2 dc into first stitch and each stitch around. (24 st)  Join with sl st to first dc.  Chain 2.
R3)  Work 1 dc into first stitch and 2 dc into next stitch.  Repeat around, join with sl st to first dc.  Chain 2.  (36 st)
R4)  Work *1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc*  repeat around.  Join with sl st to first dc.  Chain 2.  (48 st)
R5)  Work *1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc*  repeat around.  Join with sl st to first dc.  Chain 2.  (60 st)
R6)  Work *1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc*  repeat around.  Join with sl st to first dc.  Chain 2.  (72 st)
R7)  Work 1 dc in each st around.  join with sl st to first dc.  Chain 2.
R8-10)  Repeat row 7, ending with a chain 3 on round 10.
R11)  Work 1 tr in first 3 stitches.
    Making the flower:
 Chain 4,  *yarn over twice and insert hook into 4'th ch from hook.  Yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 loops*.  Repeat between *'s once.  3 loops remain on hook.
 *Yarn over twice and insert hook into 3'rd st, pull up a loop.  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 loops*.  Repeat between *'s twice.  6 loops now on hook.
 *Yarn over twice and insert hook into 4th st, pull up a loop.  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops,  yarn over and pull through 2 loops*.  Repeat between *'s twice.  9 loops now on hook.
Yarn over and pull through over all 9 loops.
 Chain 4, *yarn over twice, insert hook into 4'th chain from hook.  Yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 loops*.  repeat between *'s once.  3 loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
Skip next two stitches, work 1 tr in each of next 3 st's.  Continue pattern of flower/3 tr around, ending with a flower.  Join with sl st to first tr.  Chain 3.  (6 flowers and 6 sets of 3 tr)
R12)  Work 1 tr into first 3 tr.
    Finishing the flower:
 Chain 2. < *Yarn over twice and insert hook into center of flower, pull up a loop.  Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook*.  Repeat between *'s two more times.  4 loops remain on hook.  Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.>
Chain 3.  Repeat between < >.
Chain 2.
Work 1 tr into each of next 3 tr's.  Continue working pattern around.  Join with sl st to first tr.  Chain 2.
R13)  Work dc's around, working 1 dc into each tr, 2 dc into each ch 2 space, 3 dc into each chain 3 space, 1 dc into each petal tip stitch.  (72 dc)  Join with sl st to first dc.  Ch 1.
R14)  Work 1 sc into each st around.  Join with sl st to first sc.  Finish off in the traditional way or for a more invisible ending, follow this fabulous method found here.
Weave in your ends and wear.





Monday, February 16, 2015

Cozy Blue Scarf

 Updated 1/1/17.  Pattern has finally been fixed!  Yay!  I apologize that it took so long and thank all of you for your kind words and support.  I'm also working on using this same pattern and making a big and chunky scarf.  Stay tuned!

(*This pattern needs some re-writing.  Unfortunately I am working too many jobs right now and I do not have the time to fix it.  I thought about just taking it down until I can get it fixed but if you scroll to the comments, someone left some helpful suggestions that should help you get through it.  I apologize for all the confusion my lack of editing on this one has caused and will get it fixed as soon as I can.  Until then, stitch at your own risk. *)

In my continued quest to make useful items out of small single skeins of yarn, I came up with another scarf pattern.  This one is actually quite bulky and cozy.  I used the entire skein and ended up with a 60" scarf.

Materials:  (1) 7 oz. skein of  Red Heart Super Saver.  Or any 7 oz. skein of worsted weight yarn.  I used light blue.

Hook:  H/8 5.00mm

Ch 34.

R1.  1 dc in 5'th ch, ch 1 and dc in same ch.  *Skip 2 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch.*  Repeat between *'s to end of row, skip 1 ch and  and dc in last ch.  Ch 3 and turn.

R2.  Dc, ch 1, dc in each ch 1 space, ending row with 1 dc in turning ch.  Ch 3 and turn.

R3.  Repeat R2, ending with ch 1 and turn.

R4.  Sc in each dc and ch 1 space.  Ch 3 and turn.

R5.  Skip first 3 sc, 5 dc in next sc.  *Skip 4 sc, 5 dc in next sc.*  Repeat between *'s to end of row, ending with 1 dc in last sc, ch 5 and turn.

R6.  Skip first dc. *Work 5 dc together in next 5 dc, ch 4.*  Repeat between *'s to last cluster, ch 2, 1 dc in turning ch, ch 1 and turn.

R7.  Sc in first dc, 2 sc in ch 2 space.  *Sc in 5 dct, 4 sc in ch 4 space.*  Repeat between *'s to end of row, ending with 3 sc in turning ch.  Ch 3 and turn.

R8.  Dc, ch 1, dc in 3'rd sc, *skip 2 sc, dc, ch 1, dc in next sc*, repeat between *'s aross, ending with skipping one sc and dc in last sc.  Ch 3 and turn.

To continue pattern, repeat R8 two more times, ending last repeat with ch 1 and turn, then repeat R4-7.  End scarf by repeating R8 3 times, finish off.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Chunky Turtleneck Sweater for Barbie

 How about a nice comfy sweater for your Barbie.  This is an easy pattern that works up fairly quickly.
You can use a baby/sport weight yarn for a chunky sweater look.
This peach sweater and the pink sweater were both worked up with baby/sport weight yarn.
You can also use a baby/fingerling weight yarn for a more fitted sweater.
I think you could probably also use a sock weight yarn but I have not tried that yet.
You can also choose to omit the turtleneck for a round neck sweater.
This pattern has options.  Options are good.
Let's get stitchin'.

Yarn:  baby/sport weight or baby/fingerling
Hook:  steel hook #0
Sewing needle and matching thread.
Big fat needle to weave in yarn ends.
Snap.

*Turning ch 2 counts as first stitch of row, so skip first st.  Last stitch of row is worked into the turning ch.  Pretty standard stuff.*

*IMPORTANT!  All stitches are worked into the BACK LOOP only.  This creates the ribbed effect.*

Body of Sweater.
Ch 24
R1)  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across.  Ch 2, turn.
R2)  Hdc in each st across, ch 3, turn.
R3)  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch/st across, ch 2, turn.
R4)  Hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn.
R5)  Repeat row 4.
R6)  Hdc in next 17 stitches. (18 stitches total)  Ch 2, turn.
R7)  Repeat row 4.
R8)  Hdc in each st, ch 8, turn.
R9)  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch/st across, ch 2, turn.
R10-11)  Repeat row 4.
R12)  Hdc in each st across except for last 2 st.  Ch 2, turn.
R13-15)  Repeat row 4.
R16)  Hdc in each st across, ch 3, turn.
R17)  Hdc in 3rd ch from hookand each ch/st across, ch 2, turn.
R18-19)  Repeat row 4.
R20)  Hdc in next 17 stitches. (18 stitches total) Ch 2, turn.
R21)  Repeat row 4.
R22)  Hdc in each st across, ch 8, turn.
R23)  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch/st across, ch 2, turn.
R24-25)  Repeat row 4.
R26)  Hdc in each st across except for last 2 st, ch 2, turn.
R27)  Hdc in each st across.
Join the two back edges by sl st up the back 14 stitches.  Finish off, weave in ends.
With needle and thread stitch shoulder seams of sweater.
Turn sweater to right side.

Sleeves.
Ch 28.
R1)  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across.  Ch2, turn.
R2-6)  Hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn.
R7)  Hdc in each st across.
Join sleeve by sl st up long edges of sleeve 24 st's. Finish off, weave in ends. Turn sleeve right side out.
Repeat to make the other sleeve.
With needle and thread, stitch sleeves into armholes, right sides together and stitching with wrong sides facing out.  Also, when placing sleeve in hole, the part where the sleeve was slip stitched together will be bottom center of sleeve.

Turtleneck (optional)
Ch 10
R1)  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, ch 2, turn.
R2-13)  Hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn.
R14)  Hdc in each st across.
Finish off, weave in ends.
With needle and thread, stitch turtleneck into neck hole, right sides together, and stretching turtleneck slightly to fit neck hole.

Sew in snap at top sweater edge (not turtleneck edge) at back of sweater.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Crochet Beret for Barbie

I had this great idea that I could take patterns for humans and work them down and create patterns for Barbies.  The plan so far hasn't worked as well as I had hoped but I did come up with this cute little beret pattern by doing that.



Here is how to make one for yourself.

Number 10 crochet thread.
Number 5 steel hook.
  *Note:  With exception to row 8, do not work any stitches into the dc3tog stitches.
Ch 4.
R1)  In first chain made, work 13 dc.  Sl st to beginning ch 3.  (14 dc)
R2)  Ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in each st around. Sl st to beginning ch 3.  (28 dc)
R3)  Ch 3, skip first st, *dc3tog, ch 1, dc3tog, 2 dc, 1 dc* repeat around, ending with 2 dc and joining with sl st to beginning ch 3.
R4)  Ch 3, *(dc3 tog, ch 1, dc3tog) in ch 1 sp, dc, 2 dc, dc* repeat around, ending with 2 dc and joining with sl st to beginning ch 3.
R5)  Ch 3, *(dc3tog, ch 1, dc3tog) in ch 1 sp, dc, dc3tog, ch 1, dc3tog, dc*repeat around, ending with dc3tog and joining with sl st to beginning ch3.
R6)  Ch 3, *(dc3tog, ch 1, dc3tog) in ch 1 sp, dc* repeat around, ending with dc3tog and joining with sl st to beginning ch 3
R7)  Ch3, *(dc3tog, ch1, dc3tog) in ch 1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1 sp, dc* repeat around, ending with 2 dc and joining with sl st to beginning ch 3.
R8)  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st and ch 1 sp around, join with sl st to beginning st.
R9)  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, join with sl st to beginning st.
R10)  Repeat row 9, finish off.
If you're not up to making your own, head on over to my Etsy shop where you can purchase one.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bright Shells Scarf

I've got another easy scarf pattern that doesn't use a lot of yarn.  This was one of my favorite scarves to work up.  Once I got going, it was a stitch that I could work without thinking too much about it.  It made a nice somewhat dense texture that was still very soft.

Materials:  4 oz. worsted weight yarn.
My yarn that I used.
Is that not one groovy looking yarn label?

Hook:  H/8 5mm


Ch 32.
R1.  Sc in second ch from hook.  *Skip 2 chains, 5 dc in next chain.  Skip 2 chains, sc in next chain.*  Repeat between *'s to end of row.  Ch 5 and turn.

R2.  *Sc in 3'rd dc.  Ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2.*  Repeat between *'s to end of row.  Ch 1 and turn.

R3.  Sc in 1'st dc.  *5 dc in sc, sc in dc.*  Repeat between *'s to end of row, ending with sc in turning ch.  Ch 5 and turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length ending with R2.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Barbie Furniture

I have debated long and hard about whether or not to share the instructions for this project with you.
 So cute, aren't they! 
And so far, I have decided to be selfish and keep the how-to to myself.  There was a lot of mumbling and drawing and measuring and thinking involved in coming up with how to make these and I'm just not quite ready to relinquish my secrets. 
Maybe later.
But I will share some pretty pictures with you.
Mighty generous of me, I know.
And when you are done looking at the pictures, if you decide that your doll desperately needs one of these, like, today, then head on over to my Etsy shop, and let her pick out one for herself.
 What a comfy place for Barbie to sit a spell.
 Barbie can take a short nap...
or a long one.
Two's company...
three's a party!
And a few more....