Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Candy Corn outfit (halter top)

Without further ado, the halter top to the candy corn outfit.


Materials

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

Gauge

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

Directions

Sc dec = Insert hook and draw up a loop in each of the next two stitches (three loops now on hook), hook yarn and draw through all three loops on the hook.

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

Row 2:  Working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across, turn.  (10 sc)

Rows 2-?:  Repeat row 2 until piece measures 4" long.  DO NOT fasten off.

NOTES:

1.  When working the following round, one long edge will have 14 more sc than the other long edge.  This is because the edge with more sc's will be the edge that fits around the doll under the bust where she is bigger.

2.  The easiest way I found to sc evenly along a piece is to fold it in half and mark with a stitch marker, then fold the half in half again and mark the quarter sections with a stitch marker.  Take the amount of stitches needed and divide by 4 (in this case, it will be about 8 sc and 12 sc).  Then make sure to crochet that amount in between each stitch marker.

Working around edges, ch 1, 34 sc evenly spaced along first long edge, 10 sc across first short edge, 48 sc evenly spaced across 2nd long edge, sc 10 along 2nd short edge, join to beg sc.  Fasten off. 

Row 1:  Join white with sc in first st of long edge that has 48 sc, sc in each st across, turn.  (48 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (48 sc)

Row 3:  (Left halter) Ch 1, sc in first 24 sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn.  (24 sc)

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in first 10 sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn.  (10 sc)

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.   (8 sc)

Row 6:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (8 sc)

Row 7:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sc, sc in next 4 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (6 sc)

Row 8:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (6 sc)

Row 9:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (4 sc)

Row 10:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (4 sc)

Row 11:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (2 sc)

Rows 12-21:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (2 sc)  Fasten off at end of row 21.

Row 3:  (Right halter):  Starting in first st on other side of row 2, join white with sc, sc in next 23 sts, turn.  (24 sc)

Rows 4-21:  Repeat rows 4-21 of left halter.

Starting at left edge of row 3, join white with sc, sc approximately 100 sts evenly spaced around top edge of halter.  The amount of sts isn't important.  Just sc enough sts to make the edge lay flat and have a finished look to it.

Finishing

Sew ends of straps together.  The halter should be able to slip over the dolls head. If it doesn't you can add more rows  to the straps or you can sew a snap to the straps.

Sew 2 snaps evenly spaced down back.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Candy Corn outfit (skirt)

Here is my version of a Halloween outfit.  I didn't want to create a costume for two reasons.  One, I don't particularly care for Halloween and two, I like my outfits to be versatile.  So I decided on the candy corn outfit.  That way it can be a Halloween outfit or not just by changing the colors of the skirt and halter top.  I normally like to make my skirt/top sets to look like a dress when paired, but this time it didn't quite work out because I had to add a waistband to the skirt so it would fit right.  It interrupts the "dress" look, but not by much.  I might make a belt to cover the waistband to turn it into a belted dress.  I am also tinkering with the idea of making a purse in a candy corn shape.  It's hard to tell from the picture in the front, but the skirt comes to a v-shape in the back and an inverted v-shape in the front.  Also, I normally have my skirts sit right on the hip line, but this skirt sits at her waist line.




Materials

Size 10 thread in orange
Size 10 thread in yellow
Size 6 (1.8mm) steel hook
1 sew on snap

Gauge

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

Directions

Notes:  By design this skirt is worked flat from back seam to back seam and will not meet in the back by at least a half inch, but when the back seam is sewn it will be able to slip on doll.

Sc dec = Insert hook and draw up a loop in each of the next two stitches (three loops now on hook), hook yarn and draw through all three loops on the hook.

Row 1:  Starting at back seam, with orange, ch 46, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (45 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (44 sc)

Row 3:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across, turn.  (44 sc)

Rows 4-25:   Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately.  There will be 33 sc at end of row 25.

Row 26:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st aross to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (34 sc)

Row 27:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across, turn.  (34 sc)

Rows 28-49:  Repeat rows 26 and 27 alternately.  There will be 45 sc at end of row 49.  DO NOT TURN at end of row 49.

Working around edges of skirt, ch 1, sc in each sc down first back seam of skirt to last sc, 3 sc in last sc, continuing across bottom, work 24 sc evenly spaced up to high point in front, sc in in center st of high point, work 24 sc evenly spaced across bottom to other back seam, working up second back seam, 3 sc in first sc, sc in each sc across, (total of 141 sts), turn, sl st in next 10 sts ( back opening), carefully matching up sts of back seam, sc back seam together (this will make for a sturdier seam than sewing as the skirt will be stretched to get over hips of doll).  Fasten off.

Waistband

Row 1:  Join orange in first st at back left opening, sc 40 evenly spaced across, turn.  (40 sc)

Row 2:  [sc in first (next) 2 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts] across, turn.  (30 sc)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, DO NOT TURN.  (30 sc)

Placket (overlap to sew snap to)

Row 1:  Ch 1, work 25 sc evenly spaced around back opening, turn.  (25 sc)

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

Row 3:  Repeat row 2.  Fasten off.

Ruffle:  Join yellow with sl st in any st at bottom of skirt, ch 4 (counts as first tr), 2 tr in same st as joining, 3 tr in each st around, join to top of beg ch 4.  Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew snap to back opening.




Sunday, October 23, 2011

White Shell Hat

And here is the pattern for the hat.  Sorry the picture is a little blurry.  An option I would like to do for this hat is to find some 1/4th inch ribbon to band around the hat or maybe add some tiny flowers.  I just haven't been able to find any in the right color.



Materials

Size 10 thread in white
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
1/4th inch pink ribbon (optional)
tiny pink or white ribbon roses (optional)

Gauge

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

Directions

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

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

NOTE:  When working in rounds I like to turn at the end of each round to make seam straight.

Round 1:  With white, ch 6, being careful not to twist ch, join to first ch forming a circle, 6 sc in ring, join to first sc, turn.  (6 sc)

Round 2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in ea st, join to beg st, turn. (12 sc)

Round 3:  Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] around, join to beg st, turn.  (18 sc)

Round 4:  Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] around, join to beg st, turn.  (24 sc)

Round 5:  Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] around, join to beg st, turn.  (30 sc)

Round 6:  Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] around, join to beg st, turn.  (36 sc)

Round 7:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, sk next 2 sts, shell in next st, sk next 2 sts] around, join to beg st, turn. (6 sc, 6 shells)

Round 8:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, [sc in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc] around, join to beg st, turn.  (6 sc, 6 shells)

Rounds 9-10:  Repeat round 8.

Round 11: Sl st up to first ch 2 sp,  beg shell in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, [shell in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc] around,join to beg st, turn.  (12 shells)

Rounds 12-13:  Sl st up to first ch 2 sp, beg shell in first ch 2 sp, [shell in next ch 2 sp] around, turn. 

Round 14:  Ch 1, sc in first 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc, [sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next 2 dc] around, join to beg st.  Fasten off. 

Finishing

Trim hat in desired fashion.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

White Shell Purse

Well, I just looked at the date of my last post and was shocked to find that it has been a whole month since I last posted.  Wow!!  I can't believe it has been that long.  So much for my "post every week" goal.  Oh well!  Here is the pattern for the shell purse.  I am not finished with the shorts/beach towel/beach bag that I am doing for this set as I want to get a Halloween dress out before it actually is Halloween.



Sorry for the blurry picture.  A photographer I am not!!

Materials

Size 10 thread in white
One 1/8" pink button or button to fit through buttonhole
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

Gauge

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

Directions

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

Purse body

Row 1:  With white, ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (12 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.   (3 sc, 3 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.  (3 sc, 3 shells)

Rows 4-?:  Repeat row 3 until piece measure approximately 2 1/2 inches long.

Last row of purse body:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first ch 2 sp, 2 sc in next sc, [2 sc in next ch 2 sp, 2 sc in next sc] across, turn.  (12 sc)

Flap

Row 1:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, sk next st, shell in next st, sk next st] across, turn. (3 sc, 3 shells)

Row 2:  Sl st in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, sc in next ch 2 sp, shell in next sc, sl st in next ch 2 sp, skip last sc, turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, sl st in first ch 2 sp, shell in next sc (ch 2 sp will be buttonhole), sl st in next ch 2 sp, sk last st.  Fasten off.

Edging

Starting at corner where flap meets purse body, join white with sl st, ch 1, sc in same st as joining, work 3 sc up to ch 2 buttonhole space, work 3 sc in ch 2 buttonhole sp, work 4 sc down other side of flap, work 20 sc evenly spaced down side of purse in ends of rows, work 12 sc across row 1, work 20 sc evenly spaced down other side of purse in ends of rows, join to first sc.  Fasten off.

Sew side seams of purse together folding flap over.

Handle

With white, ch 50, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in back ridge of each ch across.  Fasten off.  Tack each handle end to purse securely. 

Finishing

Sew button to opposite side of button hole.