Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Color Block Skirt

 
 
 
 

MATERIALS:

Size 10 thread in green
Size 10 thread in blue
Size 10 thread in yellow
Size 10 thread in pink
Size 10 thread in purple

Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

One sew on snap

DIRECTIONS:

Row 1:  With purple, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (10 sts)

Rows 2-10:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  At the end of row 10, change to pink in last st and fasten off purple.  (10 sts)

Row 11:  Ch 1, sc in next 9 sts, 3 sc in next st, turn corner, sc in end of each row 1-10, turn corner, 3 sc in first st of beginning ch, sc in next 9 sts, turn.  (34 sts)

Rows 12-15:  Ch 1, sc in next 10 [11,12,13] sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 12 [14,16,18] sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 10 [11,12,13] sts, turn. At the end of row 15, change to yellow in last st and fasten off pink.  (38, 42, 46, 50 sts)

Rows 16-20:  Ch 1, sc in next 14 [15,16,17,18] sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 20 [22,24,26,28] sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 14 [15,16,17,18] sts, turn.  At the end of row 20, change to blue and fasten off yellow.  (54, 58, 62, 66, 70 sts)

Rows 21-25:  Ch 1, sc in next 19 [20,21,22,23] sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 30 [32,34,36,38] sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 19 [20,21,22,230 sts, turn.  At the end of row 25, change to green and fasten off blue.


NOTE:  In the following rows you will not be turning the corner like with the previous colors.


Rows 26-35:  Ch 1, sc in next 25 sts, turn. At the end of row 35, do not fasten off green.  Holding RS tog, sc piece together forming a tube shape.  Fasten off green. 

Row 1 of waistband:  Find center back of piece, join green with sc in center back st, sc in each st and in each end of row across, turn.  (50 sts)

Rows 2-4:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (50 sts)

Row 5:  Ch 1, (sc in next 2 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts) across to last 2 sts, sc over last 2 sts, fasten off.  (37 sts)

FINISHING: 

Sew snap to back opening.  Weave in all ends.



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Diamond Lace Top

I decided to go ahead and make a top for the mini maxi skirt.  I also remembered why I rarely put sleeves on my patterns....lol.  If you are making this for a child you can leave the sleeves off as you have to guide Barbie's arm through the many openings in the sleeves.


MATERIALS:

Size 10 thread in aqua
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
2 sew on snaps

DIRECTIONS:

Yoke:  Make 2 (for front right and front left)

Row 1:  With aqua, ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (25 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (25 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc dec over the first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (24 sts)

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (24 sts)

Rows 5-10:  Repeat rows 3 and 4.  At the end of row 10 you should have 21 sts.

Row 11:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, ch 7, sk next 7 sts, sc in last 7 sts, turn.  (20 sts)

Row 12:  Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn.  (20 sts)

Row 13:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (19 sts)

Row 14:  Ch 1, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, FASTEN OFF.  (18 sts)

Lace bottom section:

Row 1:  Join aqua with sc in first st of row 1 of right front piece, sc in next 14 sts, overlapping next 10 sts of right front piece and left front piece sc 2 fronts together, sc in last 15 sts of left front piece, turn.  (40 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 3, (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, *sk next 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st;  repeat from * across to last 3 sts, sk next 2 sts, dc in last st, turn.  (10 shells, 1 dc)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 3, dc in next ch 2 sp, ch3, skip next 2 dc, sc in space between last shell and next shell;  repeat from * across ending with last sc in top of turning ch, turn.  (20 ch 3 spaces)

Row 4:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), sk next ch 3 loop, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, *sk next 2 ch-3 spaces, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc; repeat from * across to last ch 3 loop, sk next ch 3 loop, dc in last sc, turn.

Rows 5-6:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 once more.  FASTEN OFF.

Sleeves:

Round 1:  Join aqua with sc in middle st of underarm hole, sc 15 sts evenly around armhole, join with sl st to beg sc.  (16 sts)

Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, * sk next 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st; repeat from * around to last 3 sts, sk next 3 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.  ( 4 shells)

Round 3:  * Ch 3, dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in sp between last shell and next shell. repreat from * around (no need to join as you are right where you need to be for next round).

Round 4:  Ch 3, sk next ch-3 loop, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, * sk next 2 ch-3 spaces, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, repeat from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. 

Rounds 5-?:  Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until desired length is achieved, but ending with round 4.  FASTEN OFF.

Finishing:

You may want to do a finishing row of sc around top edges of top.  I did, but the top looked fine even without it.

Sew 2 snaps to back opening of top.





Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mini Maxi Skirt

Hi all,

Sorry for the long delay in posting lately.  In December I had to work overtime every single day, including Saturdays and Sundays (except for Christmas).  In January, I spent the month looking for a new place to live and then moving.  Now it is February and I have a little more time.  It doesn't hurt that it is snowing and I am stuck inside.  I know that in most states a little snow doesn't hold people back from continuing their business, but here in Portland, Oregon if it snows then the whole place shuts down :-) 

I saw this diamond pattern and knew that I wanted to make it into a skirt, but it is a very open pattern and since I didn't want to have to sew in a lining I decided to make a skirt similar to a skirt I wanted as a teenager in the 80's.  Something like the picture on the left. 




MATERIALS:

Size 10 thread in aqua
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
One sew in snap

DIRECTIONS:

Underskirt:  You can add rows if desired to make underskirt longer.

Row 1:  Beginning at hips with aqua, ch 41, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn.   (40 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOP of each st across, turn.  (40 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 1, [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] across to last st, sc in last st, turn.  (53 sts)

Rows 4-5:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (53 sts)

Rounds 6-15:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, join with sl st at the end of each round.  Fasten off at the end of last round.

Overskirt:

Row 1:  Join aqua with sl st in first FRONT LOOP of row 2, ch 3 (counts as first double crochet), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, *sk next 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in last st, turn.  (10 shells, 1 dc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 3, dc in next ch 2 sp, * ch 3, skip next 2 dc, sc in sp between last shell and next shell, repeat from * across, ending with last sc in top of turning ch, turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet), skip next ch 3 loop, (2 dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next dc, *skip next 2 ch 3 loops, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, repeat from * across to last ch 3 loop, skip next ch 3 loop, dc in last sc, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Rounds 4-?:  Repeat rows 2 and 3 but joining into rounds until desired length is achieved.  Fasten off.

NOTE:  I suppose I could have figured out a better way to join these rounds so that there isn't a seam down the back (see second picture) but I didn't.  Just finish each row as instructed and join with a slip st to beginning of row and then turn for next round. 

Finishing:

Sew snap to back opening of skirt.




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blue Lace Up Dress

I have noticed that my most popular designs are the really simple ones, so here is another one.  This dress is worked from side to side in a tube shape so that it can be pulled on with no fasteners.  The lace up front adds a lovely detail that keeps this simple dress from being too boring.  As per request, I will now also (try to remember to) add pictures of the back of my designs so you can see what it looks like from that angle. 


 
MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in blue
Size 10 thread in white
Size 6 (1.80 mm) steel hook
 
DIRECTIONS
 
NOTE:  I did not finish the top or bottom edge of this dress as I thought it looked fine without it, but you may want to add a row of sc around top of dress to give it a little more structure as it may stretch out of shape with repeated pulling of the dress on and off.  

 
 
Row 1:  With blue ch 50, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Rows 2-16:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOP only of each st across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Row 17 A:  [Ch 3, sk next 2 sts, sl st in FRONT LOOP only of next st] across, fasten off blue.  (16 ch 3 spaces)
 
Row 17 B:  Working in BACK LOOPS of row just worked, join white with sc, sc in each st across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Rows 18-26:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOP only of each st across, turn piece and fasten off white.   (49 sts)
 
Row 27:  Join blue with sc in BACK LOOP, sc in BACK LOOP only of each st across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Row 28 A:  [Ch 3, sk next 2 sts, sl st in FRONT LOOP only of next st] across, turn.  (16 ch 3 spaces)
 
Row 28 B:  Working in BACK LOOPS of row just worked, sc in each st across, turn.  (49 sts)
 
Rows 29-42:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOP only of each st across, do not fasten off blue.
 
SEAM:  Holding right sides together and matching sts, sc back seam together completely to form a tube shape.
 
FINISHING:  Cut a length of blue thread long enough to lace up the front.  Thread through the ch 3 spaces in row 17A and 28A like you would a pair of sneakers from bottom to top.  Tie in a bow at top.  
 
 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Creamsicle Cutie" dress

Just a cute, sweet little dress that is super easy to crochet.
 
 



MATERIALS:

Size 10 thread in peach
Size 10 thread in white
1 white ribbon rose
2 sew on snaps
Size 6 (1.80 mm) steel hook


DIRECTIONS:

Row 1:  With peach thread ch 31, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 4 chs, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in last 15 sts, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next 14 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in last 5 sts, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in last 15 sts, turn.  (30 sts)

Rows 4-26:  Repeat rows 2 and 3. 

Edging:  At end of row 26, ch 1, work 40 sc evenly spaced across hdc edge of piece (top of dress), turn piece and sl st in first 15 sts of row 1, now holding the back seam together, sc the rest of the 15 sts together, now working around dc edge of piece (bottom of dress), ch 1, 2 sc in end of each dc row (52 sts), join to beg sc, fasten off.

Top of dress:

Row 1:  Join white with sl st in first st at top of dress, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in each st across, turn.  (40 sts)

Rows 2-5:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in each st across, turn.  (40 sts)  Fasten off at end of row 5.

Ruffle:

Join white with a sl st in any st at bottom of dress, ch 3 (counts as first tr), tr in same st as joining, 2 tr in each st around, join to top of beg ch 3.  Fasten off.  (52 sts)

Finishing:

Sew 2 snaps to back opening of dress.

Using a length of white thread, gather front of dress between breasts and fasten off.

Sew on a white ribbon row to front of dress.
















Sunday, September 8, 2013

Being very slow getting new clothes posted, so sorry!

Just want to let everybody know that I realize how slow I am getting new clothes and conversions posted.  My vacation did not turn out how I planned (when I wanted to get a lot of this done) and I work at a manufacturing plant that requires a lot of overtime.  I work on the clothes whenever I am able and they will make it here someday, but I can't promise when!  Just that more IS coming.  Thank you for your continued patience!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

3 Tier Slip On Dress

I saw a picture of a little girl in a white dress that had three simple ruffle tiers and I thought it was so cute I decided to make it for Barbie.  The base of the dress is made in a tube shape with no opening.  Then the three tiers are added to the dress base.  It is loose so it just pulls on with no need for any fasteners.  This is a very simple dress and works up very quickly.

 
 
MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in pink
Size 10 thread in variegated pinks/white
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
 
GAUGE
 
If you work a couple of rows and the dress fits around the widest part of doll easily then you're golden.  If it is too small, go up a hook size.  If it is too big, go down a hook size.
 
DIRECTIONS
 
 
BASE:
 
Round 1:  Starting at bottom of dress with pink, ch 45, join ch together to form circle, ch 4 (counts as first tr, now and throughout), tr in each ch around, join to top of beg ch 4.  (45 tr)
 
Rounds 2-4:  Ch 4, tr in each st around, join.  (45 tr)
 
Round 5:  Ch 4, tr in BACK LOOPS only of each st around, join.  (45 tr)
 
Rounds 6-8:  Repeat rounds 2-4.
 
Round 9:  Repeat round 5.
 
Rounds 10-12:  Repeat rounds 2-4.
 
Round 13:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS only of next 5 sts, ch 10, sk next 10 sts, sc in BACK LOOPS only of next 15 sts, ch 10, sk next 10 sts, sc in BACK LOOPS only of last 5 sts, join to beg sc.  (45 sc)
 
Round 14:  Ch 1, sc in each st and in each ch around, join to beg sc.  (45 sc)
 
Rounds 15-20:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to beg sc, fasten off.  (45 sc)
 
 
TIERS:
 
Round 1:  Join variegated with sc in any front loop of round 4 (8, 12), sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] around, join to beg sc. (60 sc)
 
Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same st, sk next 3 sts, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 3 sts] around, join to top of beg ch 3. (15 shell sts)
 
Rounds 3-6:  Sl st in first ch 1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same ch sp, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in each ch sp around, join to top of beg ch 3.  (15 shell sts)
 
Round 7:  Ch 1, sc in each dc and in each ch 1 space around, join to beg sc. (75 sc)
 
Round 8:  Ch 2, [sl st in next st, ch 2] around, join to beg sl st.  Fasten off.