Sunday, 29 June 2014

Teddy bear crochet dress and headband

Another crochet dress for your bears worked in double crochet rows for the bodice and treble crochet clusters for the skirt.  The pattern is in two sizes to fit most bears from 12" to 17".  All bears are different  and this pattern is so easy to adjust to fit - if you want to make the skirt longer just work an extra round of clusters or add a few more dc to the bodice to increase the width.


The model is my granddaughters Build a Bear 17" bunny wearing the larger size







This is build a bear Li'l Cub wearing the smaller size.






Teddy Bear crochet dress and headband pattern

To fit: 12/13" and 15/17" Bear (larger sizes are in brackets)
Actual measurements:  1st size:  chest 14", length from shoulder to hem 8.5"
                                  2nd size: chest 17", length from shoulder to hem 10"
Tension:  18 sts x 20 rows to 4” over dc using no 4 hook
Materials: 100g double knit yarn, small amount of contrast,  Hooks size 4.00mm and 4.50mm (or size to match tension) 
Abbreviations:  Ch, chain, dc: double crochet (US single crochet), tr: treble crochet, (US double crochet), ch: chain, slst: slip stitch, dec: decrease, m1dc: miss 1dc
Notes:
When working the clusters, work through both loops.
When working double crochet rows work in the front loop only and make one chain at beginning of row as an edge stitch - do not count this in stitch count.


Dress 

Bodice 

worked in rows (see note above)

Back
Using no 4 hook and main colour make 31 (37) chain
Next row:  1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end  (30 (36)dc)
Work 4 (5) rows dc
Armhole shaping   
Next row:  slst over next 3 (4)dc, 1dc in each of next 24 (28) dc, turn
Continue on 24 (28)dc as follows:
Next row:  m1dc, 1dc in each of next 21 (25) dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc
(22 (26)dc)
Next row:  dc across
Next row:  m1dc, 1dc in each of next 19 (23) dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc* 
(20 (24)dc)
2nd size only:   m1dc, 1dc in each of next 21 dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc  (22dc)
Both sizes:   Next row:  dc across
Next row:  m1dc, 1dc in each of next 17 (19) dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc 
18 (20) dc)
Pull yarn through and fasten off

Front
Work as back to *
2nd size only:   m1dc, 1dc in each of next 21 dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc   (22dc)
Next row:  (buttonhole row) 1dc in each of next 2dc, 1ch, m1dc, 1dc in each of next 14 (16) dc, m1dc, 1ch, 1dc in each of next 2dc
Next row: m1dc, 1dc in next 17dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc    (18 (20)dc)
Pull yarn through and fasten off

Sew side seams of bodice

Skirt 
worked in rounds
Using no 4.00 hook join contrast  yarn to base of bodice at centre back with right side facinG
Round 1:  2ch, work 1dc in each chain around.  Slst to top of 2ch at beg of round
Round 2:  2ch, work 1dc in each  dc around.  Slst to top of 2ch at beg of round
Change to main colour
Round 3:  2ch, work 1dc in each dc around.  Slst to top of 2ch at beg of round
Change to 4.50 hook and continue in main colour
Round 4:  3ch (counts as 1tr), 2tr in same dc, (miss 1 dc, 3tr in next dc) to end, slst in top of 3ch   30 (35) clusters
Round 5:  slst into next tr, 3ch, 2tr in same tr, (3tr into middle tr of next cluster) repeat to end 
Round 6: Repeat last round 1 (2) times
3 (4) rounds of 30 (35) clusters 
Round 7 (8): Change to contrast  and work dc around
Rep from round 2 to round 7(8)  once, 
(approx 43 (54) clusters on last round)                
Pull yarn through and fasten off


Straps

Using no 4.00 hook and main colour, make 
24ch,  Work 3 rows dc
pull yarn through and fasten off. (leave a trail for sewing)


To Finish

Using no 4.00 hook and contrast, work a round of dc around top edge of bodice.
Sew straps in place at back of bodice keeping in line with armholes.  Check length of straps over your bear’s shoulder, to ensure a good fit, then sew on buttons.  
Neaten ends.


Headband

Using no 4.00 hook and main, make 54 ch (check around bear’s head for good fit)
Work 3rounds dc
Pull yarn through and fasten off.

Motif
Using no 4.00 hook and contrast  made 3ch
Work 6dc in 3rd ch from hook, slst in top of 1st dc
(3ch, 2tr in same dc, slst in next dc) around.  Fasten off

To Finish
Sew motif on headband
Neaten ends.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Barbie knitted capri pants and cropped top





This design is made in 4ply yarn - ideal for using up those scraps of 4ply in your stash.  The legs of the pants are knit separately and then joined to knit the body with a centre back seam.  The cropped top is worked in one piece to armhole shaping with a centre back seam and one button fastening.
I've also added a cute headband!

 If you try the pattern please let me know if you have any problems


Thanks for your interest.







Barbie knitted capri pants and cropped top pattern

The pants have side leg seams and centre back seam.  
The top has a centre back seam with a button fastening

To fit: 12 in Barbie (latest model) 

Materials:  approx 25g 4ply knitting yarn in main and contrast colour, 1 small button
Needles size 11, and 10   ( US 2 and 3)
Tension: 30sts and  36rows over 4 in (stocking stitch) using no 10 needles
Abbreviations:  k: knit, p: purl, beg: beginning, sts: stitches, yon: yarn on needle, rep: repeat, ss: stocking stitch, m1 pick up loop between sts and knit into back, tog: together, dec: decrease, inc: increase, psso: pass slipped stitch over

Capri Pants

Right leg
Using smaller needles and main cast on 14sts
Work 4 rows garter stitch (every row knit) Change to larger needles 
Work 4 rows ss
Inc 1st at each end of next and every following 6th row to 22sts ending wrong side Work 2 rows ss*
Next row:  Cast off 1st, k to end
Next row:  Cast off 3sts p to end
Fasten off yarn leave a long enough tail for sewing leg seam
Leave 18sts on holder
Left leg
Work as right leg to *
Next row:  Cast off 3sst, k to end
Next row:  Cast off 1st p to end
Do not fasten off yarn

Joining legs

Slip sts from right leg onto left hand needle with right side facing, Slip sts from left leg onto left hand needle with right side facing, (see photo) 



The 3 cast off sts should be on either side of the row.




Work as follows:
(K2tog, k14, k2tog) 2 times
Next row:  purl
Next row:  k2tog, k29, k2tog
Work 5 row ss ending with a purl row
Change to small needles
Work 4 rows of k1, p1, rib
Cast off loosely in rib.


Cropped Top

Using smaller needles and contrast cast on 30sts
Work 2 rows garter stitch
Change to main
Work 2 rows garter stitch
Change to larger needles and contrast
Work 4 rows ss
Next row:  Cast on 2sts, k to end
Next row: k2, p to last 2sts k2
Next row: knit
Repeat last 2 rows one time
Next row: k2, p to last 2sts k2

Shape armhole

Next row:  k8, cast off 3sts, k12, cast of 3sts, k to end
Next row:  (buttonhole row) k2tog, yon, p4, cast on 9sts, p12, cast on 9sts, p6, k2
Change to main 
Cast of loosely knit wise, when casting off work k2tog at either side of 9 cast on sts to shape neckline.
Fasten off yarn.


Headband

Using no 10 needles and main colour, cast on 30sts
Work 2 rows in garter stitch
Cast off,  sew into a round


To finish

Capri pants - sew side leg seams and rear seam.  Fasten off all ends
Top
Sew back seam to cast on sts of back edging, slst border flap in place.  Sew on small button to correspond with buttonhole.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Barbie crochet shorts and cropped top

This shorts and cropped top design was inspired by shopping with my granddaughters in Topshop. 

The pattern is worked in  continuous rounds through the back loop only for a softer fabric.  It was a bit tricky writing down the instructions for the shorts  but I put in some photos that should help.  If you have any problems with the pattern please let me know. 

I used Patons soft cotton 4ply as I have a stash of various colours to use up, but any 4ply should work.  Check your tension as yarns can differ in thickness and can make a bit difference with such a small garment. 

I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment if you try the pattern.



Barbie crochet shorts and cropped top

To fit: 12" Barbie (the latest model)
Materials: 25g  4ply yarn will make both items, Crochet hook no 3.5
Tension: (Gauge) 24sts x 26 rows to 4" over dc using 3.50 hook (check your tension and use suitable size hook)
Abbreviations: Dc: double crochet (US single crochet), tr: treble crochet, (US double crochet) ch: chain, slst: slip stitch, inc: increase, rnd/s: round/s
dec1dc: insert hook into next dc pull through yarn, insert hook into next dc pull through yarn, yarn over hook and pull all sts off 
Notes:
  • This item is a close fit so any differences in yarn weight will make a smaller or larger garment. Cotton thread is not suitable.
  • Work through the back loop only for a softer fabric
  • Place a marker at the beginning of each round to keep track of number of rounds

Shorts

Right leg
Using no 3.5 hook, make 20ch

Rnds 1:3: dc all around
Pull yarn through and fasten off. leave a long enough tail for sewing seam

Left leg

As right leg ,  Don’t fasten off yarn,

Body



Position of legs before next round
 

 


work body of shorts across both legs as follows:

Rnd 1:  1dc in next 9dc,of left leg, miss 1dc, continue across to right leg, miss 1dc, 1dc in next 18dc, miss 1dc, continue across to left leg, miss 1dc, 1dc in next 9dc. (36dcs)

After Rnd 1







Rnd 2: 1dc in next 8dc, dec1dc, 1dc in next 16dc, dec1dc, 1dc in next 8dc (34dcs)


Rnd 3: 1dc in next 7dc, dec1dc, 1dc in next 15dc, dec1dc, 1dc in next 8dc (32dcs)

Rnd 4: 1dc in next 7dc, dec1dc, 1dc in next 14dc, dec1dc, 1dc in next 7dc (30dcs)


Rnd 5: dc all around


Rnd 6: dec1dc, 1dc in next 13dc, dec1dc, dc to end (28dcs)


Rnd 7: dec1dc, 1dc in next 12dc, dec1dc, dc to end (26dcs)


Rnd 8: dc all around

Pull yarn through and fasten off

 
 

Top


Using 3.5 hook make 28ch

Rnd 1:6:  dc all around

Rnd 7:    1dc in each of next 6dc, make 9ch, miss 2dc, 1dc in each of next 12dc, make 9ch, miss 2dc, dc to end


Rnd 8:    1dc in each of next 4dc, dec1dc, 1 dc in each of 9ch, dec1dc, 1dc in each of next 8dc, dec1dc, 1dc in each of next 9ch, dec1dc, dc to end

Slst in next dc, pull yarn though and fasten off.

Edging

Rejoin yarn to centre back of base of top, right side facing.

3ch, 2trs in same space, (miss 1ch, 1dc in next ch, miss 1ch, 3trs in next ch) repeat around base of top (approx 8 clusters) Pull yarn through and fasten off.


To finish


Sew  seam of shorts. Neaten all ends.