Thursday, September 22, 2011

White Shell Swimsuit

Here is my version of a swimsuit for Barbie.  I think bikini's have been done to the Nth degree for her, so I decided against doing another one.  This suit is more modest but still cute.






Materials

Size 10 thread in white
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps

Gauge

10 sc = 1 inch, 10 sc rows = 1 inch

Note:

Sc next 2 sts tog
= a dec worked as follows.  Insert hook in st indicated, pull up loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next st indicated, pull up loop (3 loops on hook),  yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Shell = (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st indicated


Directions for Top

Row 1:  Starting above bust, with white, ch 41, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.  (40 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st, [sc in next st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st] across, turn.  (10 sc, 10 shells)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, [sc in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc] across, turn.  (10 shells, 10 sc)

Row 4:  Repeat row 3.

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next ch 2 sp, sc next 2 sts tog, sk next sc, [sc next 2 sts tog, sc in next ch 2 sp, sc next 2 sts tog, sk next sc] across, only sc in last sc instead of sk, turn.  (31 sc)

Row 6:  Working in FRONT LOOPS only, ch 1, sc in first st, sk next st, shell in next st, [sk next st, sc in next st, sk next st, shell in next st] across, turn.  (8 sc, 8 shells)

Row 7:  Ch 1, sc in first 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, [sk next sc, sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc] across.  Fasten off. 

Finishing

Sew 2 snaps to back opening.



Directions for Bottom

Row 1:  Starting at hips, with white, ch 37, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (36 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st, [sc in next st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st] across, turn.  (9 sc, 9 shells)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, [sc in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc] across, turn.  (9 sc, 9 shells)

Row 4:  Repeat row 3.

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc first 2 dc, sk next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, [sc in next sc, sc in next 2 dc, sk next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc], turn.  (45 sc)

Row 6:  Working in FRONT LOOPS only, ch 1, sc in first st, [sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st, sc in next st] across, turn.  (12 sc, 11 shells)

Row 7:  Ch 1, sk first sc, [sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, sk next sc].  Fasten off.

Underpanty

Row 1:  Working behind ruffle in BACK LOOPS of row 5, sk first 19 sts, join with sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts, leave remaining sts unworked, turn.  (7 sc)

Rows 2-12:  Ch 1, sc in each st across.  Fasten off leaving a long tail.  (7 sc)

Here is the TRICKY PART...lol

Using long tail, sew end of underpanty to BACK LOOPS of row 5, sewing 4 of the sts to right back and  4 sts to left back, overlapping one st.

Finishing

Sew one snap to back opening.




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pink Shell Top

Here is the pattern for the pink shell top.  Row 8 is an an eyelet row, so I went ahead and crocheted chains to weave through it.  You could also use some 1/4th" ribbon or just leave top as is.



Materials

Size 10 thread in French Rose
Size 10 thread in White (optional)
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps

Gauge

10 sc = 1 inch, 10 sc rows = 1 inch

Directions

Note

Sc next 2 sts tog = a dec worked as follows.  Insert hook in st indicated, pull up loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next st indicated, pull up loop (3 loops on hook),  yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Shell = (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st indicated

Row 1:  Starting above bust, with French Rose, ch 41, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.  (40 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st, [sc in next st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st] across, turn.  (10 sc, 10 shells)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, [sc in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc] across, turn.  (10 shells, 10 sc)

Rows 4-5:  Repeat row 3.

Row 6:  Ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next ch 2 sp, sc next 2 sts tog, sk next sc, [sc next 2 sts tog, sc in next ch 2 sp, sc next 2 sts tog, sk next sc] across, only sc in last sc instead of sk, turn.  (31 sc)

Row 7:  Ch 1, sc in ea st across, turn.  (31 sc)

Row 8:  (Eyelet row)  Ch 1, sc in first st, [ch 2, sk next st, sc in next] across, turn.  (15 ch 2 spaces)

Row 9:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, [shell in next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp] across, turn.  (8 sc, 7 shells)

Row 10:  Ch 1, shell in first sc, [sc in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc] across, turn.  (8 shells, 7 sc)

Row 11:   Repeat row 9.

Row 12:  Repeat row 10.

Row 13:  Ch 1, sc in first 2 dc, 3 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, [sk next sc, sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc] across.  Fasten off.

Tie (optional)

Make 2:  Ch 50 with white.  Fasten off.  Tie one ch to end of row 8 on left back and one to end of row 8 on right back.  Weave each ch so they meet in center front.  Tie in bow.

Finishing

Sew 3 snaps evenly spaced down back of top.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pink Shell Skirt

I am behind on my goals to post every week :-(  Oh well!  I am not done with the set that I plan on calling "Summer Stroll and Swim" set, but here is the pattern for the first piece.  It looks like a dress in the picture, but it is actually 2 pieces; a skirt and a top.  I like to do it that way, so there are more possibilities to mix-and-match pieces.  The whole set will include the pink top, the pink skirt, the hat, the purse, a pair of shorts, a bathing suit, a beach bag, and a beach towel.  Hopefully, I will get them posted this week. 



Materials

Size 10 thread in French Rose
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
One sew on snap

Gauge

10 sc = 1 inch, 10 sc rows = 1 inch

Directions

Note:  First row or two may not seem to be long enough to overlap at back, but it will be when the shell rows are worked.

Shell = (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st indicated

Row 1:  With French Rose, ch 41, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.  (40 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st, [sc in next st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st] across, turn.  (10 sc, 10 shells)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, [sc in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc] across, turn.  (10 shells, 10 sc)

Rows 4-5:  Repeat row 3.

Round 6:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, [sc in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc] across, join to first sc, turn.  (10 shells, 10 sc).

Rounds 7-desired length:  Repeat round 6. 

Last round:  Ch 1, sc in first two dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, sk next sc, [sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, sk next sc] across to last sc, work sc in last sc instead of sk.  Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew snap to back opening.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Preview of next weeks outfit


I have decided to share a preview of next weekends outfit because I am so excited about how it's turning out so far.  I am not done with it, but I already love it and I just love this color of pink. 

Silly cat!  She closes her eyes just like I do when my picture is taken...lol















Chocolate Colored Slacks

These slacks are the last piece in my "Chocolate Bubblegum" collection.  I had the most trouble with these as I have not had much experience crocheting Barbie pants.  I made the crotch piece completely separate and sewed it to the pants because I could not figure out how to do it in one piece.  I did not want to just sew the front and back together because I do not like the bunching and pulling look that that creates.  Also, you can see (slightly) where the legs are started, but only when the pants are off the doll.  On the doll they look pretty darn good :-)


Materials

Size 10 thread in brown
Size 10 thread in pink
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
one sew on snap

Gauge

10 sc = one inch, 10 sc rows= 1 inch

Directions


Rows 1-9:  Follow first 9 rows of brown skirt with pink ruffle.  Fasten off.

Crotch Piece

Row 10:  With brown, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (4 sc)

Row 11:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (4 sc)

Rows 12-14:  Repeat row 2.  Fasten off.

Sew on end of crotch to 4 center front stitches and sew other end of crotch to 4 center back stitches.

Note:  There should be 21 stitches remaining on either side of crotch where legs will be worked.

Round 1:  (First leg)  Join brown with sl st in end of middle row of crotch, ch 1, sc in same st as joining, dc in end of next row, sc in end of last row, dc in first st of row 9 of pants, (sc in next st, dc in next st) in next 20 sts, sc in end of next row of crotch, dc in end of remaining row of crotch, join to beg sc, turn.  (26 sts)

Note 1:  Turn at ends of rounds 1-33 of leg to keep to pattern.

Note 2:  Round 1 of leg may or may not keep to pattern of row 9.

Note 3:  When working rounds 34-37 you can either fasten off each round or you can carry the thread from round to round to avoid having to weave in ends.  If you carry the thread, then do not turn at the ends of rounds 34-37.  Or you can just skip the stripes and keep to the sc, dc pattern.

Round 2:  Ch 1, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] around, join to beg sc, turn.  (26 sts)

Rounds 3-33:  Repeat round 2.  Fasten off at end of round 33.

Round 34:  Join pink with sc in any st, sc in each st around, join to first sc. (26 sc)  Fasten off or do not turn and carry thread.

Round 35:  Join brown with sl st in any st, ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in each st around, join to top of beg ch 2.  (26 dc)  Fasten off or do not turn and carry the thread.

Round 36:  Repeat round 34.

Round 37:  Repeat round 35.

Round 38:  (Ruffle) Join pink with sl st in any st, ch 4, 4 tr in same st as joining, sk next st, [5 tr in next st, sk next st] around, join to top of beg ch 4.  Fasten off.

Repeat for other leg.

Sew snap to back opening.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Chocolate Jacket with Pink Ruffle

This is a cute jacket to change the look of any of the previous outfits.  When I was making the jacket I was fitting it to the naked Barbie, forgetting that it would have to go over another item of clothing, so it is a bit tight right under the bust. It can still be buttoned, I just didn't do it for the pictures cuz my fingers have a hard time with those teeny, tiny buttons.





Materials

Size 10 thread in brown
Size 10 thread in pink
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 4mm brown buttons

Gauge 

10 sc = 1 inch, 10 sc rows = 1 inch

Directions

Row 1:  Beg at bottom of jacket, with brown, ch 51, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (50 sc)

Rows 2-11:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (50 sc)

Row 12:  Ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc last 2 sts tog, turn.  (48 sc)

Rows 13-17:  Repeat row 12. (38 sc by end of row 17).

Rows 18-20:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (38 sc)

Row 21:  (Working first shoulder) Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, turn. (5 sc)

Rows 22-30:  Repeat row 21.  Fasten off, leaving long end to sew shoulder seam.

Row 21:  (Back)  Sk next 5 sts of row 20 (armhole), join brown with sc in next st, sc in next 17 sts, sk last 10 sts, turn.  (18 sc)

Rows 22-30:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (18 sc)  Fasten off at end of row 30.

Second Shoulder:  Work same as first shoulder.  You will have to flip this piece over and join brown with sl st in first sc on opposite side of row 20. 

Sleeves

Round 1:  Join brown with sc in center st of underarm, sc 20 sts evenly spaced around armhole (you may have to sc some sts tog to accomplish this), join to first sc, turn.  (20 sc)

Rounds 2-28:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to first sc, turn. (20 sc)  Fasten off at end of round 28.

Round 29:  Join pink with st st in any st, ch 4, 4 tr in same st, sk next st, [5 tr in next st, sk next st] around, join to top of beg ch 4.  Fasten off.

Finishing

1:  Carefully matching sts of back and front together, sew shoulder seams.

2:  Edging and buttonholes: 

Row 1: Starting in lower right corner of jacket, join brown with sc, work approximately 70 sc evenly spaced around opening of jacket, turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st around to last 9 sts, [ch 2, sk next st, sc in next 2 sts (buttonhole made)] 3 times.  Fasten off. (3 buttonholes made)

3:  Ruffle: 

Row 1:  Beg at lower left front, join pink with st st in corner sc, ch 4, 4 tr in same sc, [sk next st, 5 tr in next st] across.  Fasten off.  (26 tr clusters made)

4:  Sew 3 buttons opposite buttonholes.





Friday, September 2, 2011

Chocolate Strapless Top

This is a real cute and easy top, but for some reason it ended up overlapping a lot in the back.  I was too lazy to rewrite the pattern, so I just sewed the snaps about a quarter of an inch away from the edge in the back and it turned out good enough.  I like the look of this top with the brown skirt because it looks like a one piece dress when paired together. 



Materials

Size 10 thread in brown
Size 10 thread in pink
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps

Gauge

10 sc = 1 inch, 10 sc rows = 1 inch

Directions


Row 1:  Beg at waist, with brown, ch 41, sc in first ch, dc in next ch, [sc in next ch, dc in next ch] across, join pink in last st, fasten off brown, turn. (40 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, join brown in last stitch, fasten off pink, turn.  (40 sc)

Row 3:  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in each st across, join pink in last st, fasten off brown, turn (40 dc).

Row 4:  Repeat row 2.

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc in first st, dc in next st, [sc in next st, dc in next st] across, turn.  (40 sts)

Row 6:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc], turn.  (40 sts)

Rows 7-10:  Repeat row 6.

Row 11:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] 7 times, sk next dc, 7 tr in next sc, sk next dc, sc in next 2 sts, sk next sc, 7 tr in next dc, sk next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] 8 times, turn.

Row 12:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] 7 times, [dc in next tr] 7 times, sc next 2 sc tog, [dc in next tr] 7 times, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] 8 times, join pink in last st, fasten off brown, turn.

Row 13:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (47 sc)

Row 14:  Ch 2, sl st in first sc, [ch 2, sl st in next sc] across.  Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew 3 snaps evenly spaced down back opening.






Chocolate Skirt with Pink Ruffle

This is a pretty simple skirt to make.  You can do what I did with the two pink stripes or you could leave those out to reduce having to fasten off and weave in ends.  Or you can try to carry the yarn.  It looks a little messy on the inside but you don't have to deal with those pesky ends....lol

Materials

Size 10 thread in brown
Size 10 thread in pink
one sew on snap
Size 6 (1.8  mm) steel hook

Gauge

10 sc = 1 inch,10 sc rows = 1 inch

Directions

Row 1:  Beg at hips, with brown, ch 41, sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch, [sc in next ch, dc in next ch] across, turn.  (40 sts)

Rows 2-3:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] across, turn.  (40 sts)

Row 4:  Ch 1, [(sc in first dc, dc in next sc) 3 times, (sc, dc) in next dc, (sc, dc) in next sc] across, turn.  (50 sts)

Row 5:  Repeat row 2. (50 sts)

Rounds 6-15:  Working in rounds, ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] around, join to beg sc.  TURN AT ENDS OF ROUNDS to continue in pattern.  Fasten off at end of round 15.

Round 16:  Join pink with sc in any st, sc in each st around, join to beg sc.  Fasten off.  (50 sc)

Round 17:  Join brown with sl st in any st, ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in each st around, join in top of beg ch 2.  Fasten off.  (50 dc)

Rounds 18 & 19:  Repeat  rounds 16 & 17 once more.

Round 20:  Join pink with sl st in any stitch, ch 4, 4 tr in same st as joining, sk next st, [5 tr in next st, sk next st] around, join in top of beg ch 4.  Fasten off. 

Finishing

Sew snap to back opening.




Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pink Ruffled Short Skirt


This skirt is pretty quick and easy to do.  In order to avoid excessive fastening off and weaving in of ends, I worked this piece flat and sewed the back seam instead of working in rounds. 


Materials

Size 10 pink cotton thread

Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

one sew on snap

Gauge

10 sc=1 inch, 10 sc rows=1 inch.

Directions for Pink Ruffle Short Skirt


NOTE:  Ch 4 counts as first tr throughout pattern.

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

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

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

Rows 4-7:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (53 sc)

Row 8:  Working this row in FRONT LOOPS ONLY, ch 4, 4 tr in first st, [sk next 2 sts, 5 tr in next st]across to last st, sk last st.  DO NOT TURN.  (18 tr clusters made)

Row 9:  Working in side of last tr made, work 3 sl sts, sl st in end of row 8, TURN NOW, working behind ruffle in BACK LOOPS of row 8, ch 4, tr in each st across, turn. (53 tr)

Row 10:  Working in FRONT LOOPS ONLY, ch 4, 4 tr in first st, [sk next 2 sts, 5 tr in next st]across.  DO NOT TURN.  (18 tr clusters made)

Rows 11-14:  Repeat rows 9 and 10 two more times or until desired length is achieved.  Fasten off leaving a long end to sew up back seam.

Finishing

Sew back seam leaving an opening big enough to skip skirt on doll.  I sewed only the ends of ruffles together and that seemed to work well enough.  Sew snap to back opening.

Here are some more explanatory pictures



Rows 1-7 should look like this on doll.  It should measure about 5 1/2" by 3/4".


Row 8 should be worked in front loops like this.  This is the first ruffle row.



Row 9 is worked behind row 8 in free loops of row 8.  First you will 3 sl sts in end of last st made and sl st in end of row 8 like so.




Now you will turn piece over and work behind ruffle in free loops of row 8.  Work tr in each  free loop st like this.  This is still row 9.




Now row 10 is worked in front loops of tr row like so.




Hope this helps :-)