Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lilac Shell Dress


 
MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in lilac purple
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps
 
GAUGE
 
As usual, I did not work gauge, but I always use the same size hook, so if you have made anything from this blog before and the hook you used worked, use that hook again.
 
DIRECTIONS

Row 1:  Ch 45, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 4 (counts as first dtr), 2 dtr in same st, 3 dtr in each st across, turn.  (132 sts)

Row 4:  Ch 1, [sc3tog] 8 times, ch 6 (armhole), sk next 18 dtr, [sc3tog] 16 times, ch 6 (armhole), sk next 18 dtr, [sc3tog] 8 times, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc in each st and in each ch across, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 6:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in same st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, *sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts; repeat from * across to last 5 sts, skip next 3 sts, 4 dc in next st, sk last st, turn.  (43 sts)

Row 7:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (43 sts)

Row 8:  Ch1, sc in first 4 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, *skip next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, skip next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st; repeat from * across to last 7 sts, skip next 3 sts, sc in last 4 sts, turn.  (43 sts)

Row 9:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (43 sts)

Row 10:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in first st, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, * skip next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts; repeat from * across to last 4 sts, skip next 3 sts, 4 dc in last st, turn.  (43 sts)

Rows 11-14:  Repeat rows 7-10.

Row 15: (Increase row)  Ch 1, 3 sc in first st, [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] across, turn.  (57 sts) 

Rows 16-18:  Repeat rows 8-10.

Rounds 19-?:  Repeat rows 7-10 joining at the end of each round.  Fasten off.   I find it helpful to turn at the end of each round to keep to the pattern more easily.  Alternatively, you may continue to work in rows instead and sew the back seam. 

Sleeves:

Join purple with a sc in underarm st, sc in each st to dtr of sleeve cap, [sc3tog] 6 times, sc in each st around to beg sc, join.  Fasten off.

Repeat for other sleeve.

Finishing:

Sew 3 snaps to back opening of dress.

Party/Bridesmaids Dress

This was supposed to start out as a "Cinderella" type dress, but the collar just did not want to work out for me.  Also, I was trying to hot glue a ribbon around the waist, but I did not like it, so I took it off.  But of course, a glob of hot glue remained that I could not get off so I had to figure out a way to cover it up.  I ended up gluing a bunch of ribbon roses to cover the glob of glue left behind.  This made the dress look more like a bridesmaids dress so let's just go with that...lol

 
 
MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in pink
Size 10 thread in white
8 white ribbon roses with bows
7 white ribbon roses
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps
 
GAUGE
 
As usual, I did not work gauge, but I always use the same size hook, so if you have made anything from this blog before and the hook you used worked, use that hook again.
 
DIRECTIONS
 
 
NOTE:  Skirt is worked from back seam to back seam.  Thread is carried along backside of work.
 
 
SKIRT:
 
Row 1:  With white, ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across,  turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st across picking up pink in last st, turn.  Do not fasten off white.  (30 sts)
 
Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts, hdc in next 10 sts, dc in last 10 sts, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 4:  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in last 10 sts, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 5-6:  Repeat rows 3 and 4, picking up white in last st.
 
Rows 7-8:  Ch 1, sc in ea st across, picking up pink in last st, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 9-44:  Repeat rows 3-8 six more times.
 
Rows 45-48:  Repeat rows 3-6 once more.
 
Holding RS tog, sc first 20 sts of back seam together.  Fasten off pink and white.
 
BOTTOM RUFFLES:
 
Pink scallops:
 
Round 1:  Attach pink with sc at back seam, 80 sc evenly spaced around bottom of dress (one sc in each sc and 2 sc in each dc), join to beg st.  (80 sts)
 
Round 2:  Working in FL only, [sl in next st, sk next 3 sts, 4 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sl in next st] around, join.  (8 scallops made) NOTE:  last sl st will not be made due to previous row being a st short.
 
Round 3: Sl st in each sl st and sc in each dc around, join. (15 sl st, 32 sc)
 
Round 4:  Ch 1, sk sl sts and 2 sc in each sc around, join.  Fasten off.
 
White under ruffle:
 
Round 1:  Attach white to any BL st of round 1 of pink scallops, sc in each st around, join.  (80 sts)
 
Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first tr), tr in same st, 2 tr in each st around, join.  (160 sts)
 
Round 3:  Working in BL only, hdc in each st, join.  Fasten off.  (160 sts)
 
Pink edging:
 
Join pink with sc in any FL of round 3, sc in each st around, join.  Fasten off.
 
TOP OF DRESS:
 
Row 1:  Attach pink with sc to first st at back seam of skirt, sc in end of each row across, turn.  (48 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in next st, dc in next st, sc next 2 sts tog, dc in next st] across to last 3 sts, sc next 2 sts tog, sc in last st, turn.  (38 sts)
 
Rows 3-7:  Ch 1, [sc in next st, dc in next st] across, turn.  (38 sts)
 
Row 8:  Ch 1, [(sc in next st, dc in next st) twice, (sc, dc) in next st] across to last 3 sts, sc in next st, dc in next st, sc in last st, turn.  (45 sts).
 
Rows 9-14:  Ch 1, [sc in next st, dc in next st] across, turn.  (45 sts)
 
Row 15:  Ch 1, [sc in next 4 sts, sc next 2 sts tog] across to last 3 sts, sc in last 3 sts.  Fasten off.  (38 sts)
 
FINISHING:
 
Sew 3 snaps to back opening of dress.
 
Sew 8 ribbon roses with bows to skirt (in between scallops).
 
Sew 7 ribbon roses to front of dress at waist as shown.  You might want to use a group of 3 or 5 ribbon roses because 7 is a bit much as I was covering up a boo boo.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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.