Monday, 18 September 2017

Teddy Bear Halloween dress and hat

The days are getting chilly and autumn is almost here so its a good time to think about the next event in the calendar Halloween. 
This dress and hat is based on a pattern I made for Barbie (available as a free download on Ravelry)
The dress is a simple feather and fan stitch at the hem and garter stitch for the bodice.  Using garter stitch means there is no need to knit fussy neck and arm edges.  The dress was fairly simple to design but the hat was a bit tricky.  As you know Teddy Bear heads are an unusual shape so its not easy to design a hat that actually stays in place.  I tried sewing on elastic hair bands,  making  holes for the ears (not a good look for a witches hat!) Then came up with this pattern which stays in place if slightly askew or can be pulled down over the ears.  
My model is Build a Bear Lil Cub 15" but if you bear is small or larger you could easily adjust the pattern.
Please let me know how find this pattern and post a photo on Ravelry.




Teddy Bear Halloween Dress and Hat


Will fit a 15" build a bear
The actual measurement of the dress is 8" from hem to shoulder and 16" around chest.  


You will need:
 
Black and purple dress and hat:  100g dk yarn black, 25g dk yarn in purple, 25g dk lilac
Black and orange dress and hat:  100g dk yarn black, 50g dk yarn in orange (I used James C Brett Twinkle for a bit of sparkle)
No 3.25mm and 4mm needles.
Tension: 22sts x 30 rows over 4” using no 4mm needles and pattern            
Abreviations: k: knit, p: purl, tog: together, sts: stitches, k2tog: knit 2 together, ss: stocking stitch, yon: yarn on needle, rep: repeat
           
Black and Purple dress and hat

Dress
Back and front (both alike)
Using no 3.25 needles and purple, cast on 72sts
Work 2 rows in garter stitch (every row knit)
Change to no 4mm needles 
1st row: *(k2tog) 2 times, (yon, k1) 3 times, k2tog, **, rep from * to** to end of row
2nd row: knit
3rd row: knit
4th row: purl *** fasten off purple
Change to lilac
Repeat rows 1 to 4, fasten off lilac
Change to black
Repeat rows 1 to 2
Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 4.5ins ending on a wrong side
Change to purple  (don’t fasten off black)
Next row:  k2, k2tog to last 2sts, k2 across row (38sts)
Next row:  knit
Work 2 rows gs in black
Work 2 rows gs in purple
Following pattern of 2 rows purple and 2 rows black throughout, work another 4 rows gs

Shape armhole:
(right side facing)  Cast off 4sts at the beginning of next 2 rows.
Next row: k2tog, k to last 2sts, k2tog (28sts)
Work 9 rows garter stitch
Neck shaping
Next row: k8, turn, continue on 8sts:
Next row: knit
Next row: k5, k2tog, k1 (7sts)
Next row:  knit
Next row: k4, k2tog, k1 (6sts)
Work 7 rows garter stitch (check length of straps against your bear to ensure a good fit)
Cast off. Fasten off yarn leaving a tail for sewing seam.
Right front
With right side facing, rejoin yarn (following colour stripes) Cast off 12sts loosly
Next row: k8, turn, continue on 8sts:
Next row: knit
Next row: k1, k2tog, k5 (7sts)

Next row:  knit
Next row: k1, k2tog, k4 (6sts)
Work 7 rows garter stitch (check length of straps against your bear to ensure a good fit)
Cast off. Fasten off yarn leaving a tail for sewing seam.

To finish
Sew side seams
Sew shoulder seams
Fasten off all ends

Hat

Using 4mm needles and black, cast on 136sts
Work 4 rows in garter stitch
Then 6 rows stocking stitch
Next row:       k2tog across row     (68sts)
Next row:       knit
Change to purple
Work 4 rows gs, fasten off purple
Using black work 2 rows ss
Next row:       k1, (k2tog, k16) 3 times, k2tog, k11   64sts
Next row:       purl
Next row:       k1, (k2tog, k15) 3 times, k2tog, k10   60sts
Next row:       purl
Following dec as set in last 2 rows, continue to 24sts, ending on a purl row
Next row:       k1, (k2tog, k5) 3 times, k2tog    20sts
Next row:       purl
Next row        k1, (k2tog, k4) 3 times, k1   17sts
Next row:       purl
Next row        k1, (k2tog, k3) 3 times          14sts
Next row:       purl
Next row        k1, (k2tog, k2) 3 times, k1      11sts
Next row:       purl
Next row:       k1, (k2tog, k1) 3 times, k1       8sts
Next row:       purl
Next row:       k2tog 4 times
Next row:       p2tog 2 times
Cast off

Sew back seam and add a little tassel on top of hat  

Black and orange dress and hat

Dress
Back and front (both alike)
Using no 3.25 needles and black, cast on 72sts
Work 2 rows in garter stitch (every row knit)
Change to no 4mm needles 
1st row: *(k2tog) 2 times, (yon, k1) 3 times, k2tog, **, rep from * to** to end of row
2nd row: knit
3rd row: knit
4th row: purl ***
Repeat rows 1 to 4, 3 times
Change to orange
Repeat rows 1 to 4 then 1 to 2

Continue using orange work in ss to 4.5”
Continue as black and purple dress BUT working stripes on bodice, 4 rows black and 4 rows orange.


Orange and black hat
Using 4mm needles and orange, cast on 136sts
Change to black and using black throughout continue as black and purple hat