Thursday, December 13, 2012

New dress coming soon

Hi all,

It has been a couple of months since my last post (again), but just wanted to let my followers know that a new dress is forthcoming.  Where I work is keeping everybody busy with overtime everyday and 7 days a week until Christmas day.  We might even be working Christmas Eve!  The overtime pay is great, but there is  no time to do anything, including keeping up with this blog.  But we are still getting a 4 day weekend for New Year's and that is when I will post again.  I will try to keep the pattern pretty but simple since that is what is most popular amongst my patterns.  Until New Year's weekend.  Have a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

New Craft Area

As I mentioned in a previous post, the reason I haven't been posting the past couple of months is because I am trying to redecorate my apartment.  Well, I am not very far into that particular project, but I do have one thing finished that I would like to share and that is my new crafting/sewing area.  It took me a great deal of time to paint the furniture so that has been taking all my spare time.

Fashion Doll Dream Home book in plastic canvas

Hi Everybody,

If any of you are like me you like to make the furniture in plastic canvas for Barbie as well as crocheting for her.  If so, I would just like to let you know that a "Fashion Doll Dream Home"  book in plastic canvas is available in my daughter's etsy shop along with some other crochet books and magazines that she has just listed.  This book is in almost perfect condition.  I was shopping at a thrift store the other day and found a copy that was a little beat up for $1.99!  So I decided to go ahead and keep that copy and sell my nearly new copy.  I  found only 3 copies on Ebay and the lowest starting bid is $35.00.  One copy is buy it now for $80.00!  I think $40 dollars is a good deal so get it now while you can.

Pink and Black Pinstripe Jacket

Here is the jacket.  "Shirt" is just a piece of lace wrapped around her torso to keep her from being naked under the jacket in case you are wondering.

 
NOTES:

1.  Jacket is meant to be fitted.  This will make it seem a little small, but it is meant to be pulled in at waist and closed with a hook and eye closure.

2.  I like the look of the three-quarter sleeves, but you can certainly make them longer if you want.

3. If you like the look of the thinner pinstripe better, follow the directions I have posted. If you like the look of the thicker pinstripe better then work skirt as posted except sew back seam with what you consider the right sides together. For the skirt ruffle, waistband and jacket always hold the piece right side towards you when working all other black rows.
 
4. Always make sure to get the last st of a row especially when working sc rows as this pattern makes it difficult to see the last stich of the row.
 
5. Make sure to work all sl st rows as loosely as possible, otherwise it will make your fabric bunch up and be too tight.

6. Ch 2 counts as first dc throughout pattern.

7. BL=Back Loop, FL=Front Loop

8.  Jacket is worked from middle of back to front on one side and then from middle of back to the front on the other side. 
 
 
MATERIALS:

Size 10 thread in pink
Size 10 thread in black
1 hook and eye closure
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

GAUGE:

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

DIRECTIONS FOR JACKET:

FIRST SIDE:

Row 1:  With pink ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 2, dc in BL of next st, [dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 1, [sc in FL of first (next) st, sc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 4:  Repeat row 3.

Row 5:  Repeat row 2.

Row 6:  Ch 1, [sc in FL of first (next) st, sc in BL of next st] 10 times, turn.  (20 sts)

Row 7:  Repeat row 6.

Row 8:  Ch 2, dc in Bl of next st, [dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (20 sts)

Row 9:  Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 9 chs, [sc in FL of next st, sc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 10:  Repeat row 3.

Row 11:  Repeat row 2.

Row 12:  Ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog, [sc in FL of next st, sc in BL of next st] 3 times, [dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of next st] 5 times, sc in FL of next st, sc in BL of next st, sl st in next st, leave rem sts unworked.  Fasten off.  (20 sts)

SECOND SIDE:

Row 1:  Join pink with sc on the other side of row 1 of first side making sure to join in the FL of the first st at the top of jacket, sc in BL of next st, [sc in FL of next st, sc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Rows 2-12:  Repeat rows 2-12 of first side.  BUT DO NOT FASTEN OFF pink thread so you can continue with edging without having to join thread.

EDGING:

Ch 1, work sc evenly spaced around entire piece.  It does not really matter how many sc as long as it looks nice and lays flat.  I tried to get about 1 sc in end of every sc row and 2 sc in end of every dc row and 3 sc in all outside corners.  It does not have to be exact but try to space them evenly so when collar is worked both sides match up.  Fasten off.

Sew shoulder seams.

COLLAR:

Row 1:  With right side facing, count down 22 sts from shoulder seam on right side of jacket, join pink with sl st in FL of 22nd st, working rest of row in FRONT LOOPS ONLY, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in each st up to shoulder seam, across back and down first 15 sts of left front, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next st.  Fasten off pink.

Row 2:  With right side facing join black with sc in first st of collar, sc in each st around collar.  Fasten off black.

SLEEVES:

Row 1:  Join pink with sc in underarm st, 20 sc evenly spaced around armhole, join to beg sc.  (20 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in FL of next st, sc in BL of next st] around, join to beg sc.

Row 3:  Repeat row 2.

Row 4:  Ch 2, dc in BL of next st, [dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of next st] around, join to top of beg ch 2.

Rows 5-13:  Repeat rows 2-4 three more times.

Rows 14-15:  Repeat rows 2 and 3 once more.

Row 16:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) 4 sts, sc next 2 sts tog] 3 times, sc last 2 sts tog, join to beg sc. (16 sts)

Row 17:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to beg sc.  Fasten off pink. (16 sts)

Row 18:  With wrong side of sleeve facing, join black with sl st in FL of st, sl st loosely in FL of each st around, join to beg sl st.  Fasten off black.  (16 sts)

JACKET EDGING:

With wrong side facing, join black with sl st in FL of any st at bottom of jacket (I started at center back), sl st in FL of each st around entire jacket (this will include remaining loops left from row 1 of collar, join to beg sl st.  Fasten off.

FINISHING:

Sew hook and eye closure to front of jacket under bust.







Pink and Black Pinstripe Skirt

First week of October with one day to spare....lol!  New personal rule.  Take the amount of time I think it is going to take me to do something and then times it by 3!  Then I might be closer to the amount of time it will really take me.  Anyways, here is the first outfit I promised.  I like the subtle pinstripe effect of this outfit.  When you are working the pieces you might think that I have made it inside out because the stripe on the other side is wider and is actually the correct side.  But I like the thinner pinstripe better for the look I was trying to achieve.  You can certainly work the pieces so that the larger stripe shows on the outside if you like that look better.  P.S.  The "shirt" on Barbie is actually just a piece of lace wrapped around her so she is not naked under her jacket.  I didn't have a black shirt for her to wear and as I don't own a car, I did not want to take the bus somewhere just to get one. 

 
 
 
NOTES:
 
 
1.  If you like the look of the thinner pinstripe better, follow the directions I have posted.  If you like the look of the thicker pinstripe better then work skirt as posted except sew back seam with what you consider the right sides together.  For the skirt ruffle, waistband and jacket always hold the piece right side towards you when working all other black rows.
 
2.  It is hard to see in picture but there are more than the 2 stripes that are showing.
 
3.  Always make sure to get the last st of a row especially when working sc rows as this pattern makes it difficult to see the last stich of the row.   
 
4.   Make sure to work all sl st rows as loosely as possible, otherwise it will make your fabric bunch up and be too tight. 

5.   Ch 2 counts as first dc throughout pattern.

6.    BL=Back Loop, FL=Front Loop

MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in pink
Size 10 thread in black
1 sew on snap
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

GAUGE
 
10 sc = 1 inch, 10 sc rows = 1 inch
 
 
DIRECTIONS FOR SKIRT
 
 


Row 1:  With pink, ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (24 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 2, dc in BL of next st, [dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (24 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 1, [sc in FL of first (next) st, sc in BL of next st] across changing to black in last st, turn.  Do not fasten off pink.  (24 sts)

Row 4:  Ch 1, sl st loosely in FL of each st across.  Fasten off black.  (24 sts)

Row 5:  Now going back to end of row where pink thread is pick up thread in first pink loop showing behind row in between black thread loops, ch 1, sc in same sp, sc in each pink loop across, turn.  (24 sts)

Row 6:  Repeat row 2.

Rows 7-8:  Ch 1, [sc in FL of first (next) st, sc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (24 sts)

Rows 9-12:  Repeat rows 2-5.

Row 13:  Repeat row 2.

Row 14-15:  Repeat rows 7 and 8.

Row 16-19:  Repeat rows 2-5.

Row 20:  Repeat row 2.

Rows 21-22:  Repeat rows 7 and 8.

Rows 23-26:  Repeat rows 2-5.

Row 27:  Repeat row 2.

Rows 28-29:  Repeat rows 7 and 8.

Rows 30-33:  Repeat rows 2-5.

Row 34:  Repeat row 2.

Rows 35-36:  Repeat rows 7 and 8.

Rows 37-40:  Repeat rows 2-5.

Rows 41-42:  Repeat rows 2 and 3.  Do not fasten off pink. 

Waistband: 

Row 1:  Holding RS tog, sc first 20 sts tog, sl st in next 4 sts on right side of back seam only up to top of skirt, ch 1, 40 sc evenly spaced around top of skirt picking up black in last st, turn.  Do not fasten off pink.  KEEP SKIRT INSIDE OUT.

Row 2:  Ch 1, sl st loosely in FL of each st across.  Do not fasten off black.

Row 3:  Now go back to end of row where pink thread is and pick up thread in first pink loop  showing in back of row in between black loops, ch 1, sc in same sp, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in each st across picking up black in last st, turn.  Fasten off pink.

Row 5:  Ch 1, sl st loosely in FL of each st across.  Fasten off black.

RUFFLE:

Turn skirt right side out.

Row 1.  Join pink with sc in end of any row at bottom of skirt, 50 sc evenly spaced around bottom of skirt, join to beg sc, turn.  Do not fasten off pink.

Row 2:  Join black with sl st in FL of first st, sl st in FL of each st around, join to beg sl st, turn.  Fasten off black.

Row 3:  Pick up pink, ch 3, tr in same sp, 2 tr in each pink loop showing behind row in between black loops around, join to top of beg ch 3, turn.  Fasten off pink. 

Row 4:  Join black with sl st in FL of first st, sl st in FL of each st around, join.  Fasten off black. 


FINISHING:

Sew snap to back opening of skirt.


 
 
 


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hi all,
Just want to check in with everybody who follows my blog.  I realize it has been two months since my last post.  I do have a new outfit in mind.  It will be a fitted jacket and skirt set, but I am busy right now working overtime and trying to redecorate my apartment so I will not be getting around to posting it until the first week of October (when I get a week off of work).  Maybe I will even do two outfits at that time to make up for the long absence.  I just want to let everybody know that more outfits are forthcoming.  Thanks.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Electric blue wrap dress

My daughter has recently gotten into dying yarn/thread and she dyed me up a pretty blue ball of thread and a pretty pink ball of thread.  This design is what I decided to use them on.  I would have to say that this is my second easiest design to make.  There is minimal ends to weave in and minimal sewing and the shaping is super simple :-)  So you should be able to whip out this dress in an evening or so.



Wow!  My camera's date is WAY off...lol


Materials

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

Gauge

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

Directions


Note:

Dress is worked in BACK LOOPS only for body of dress.  Pink ruffle and edgings excluded.


Row 1:  With blue, ch 4, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (3 sts)

Rows 2-19:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc across row to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (You will have 39 sts by the end of row 19)

Row 20:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc across row to last st, 2 sc in last st, ch 11, turn.  (41 sts and 11 chs)

Row 21:  Sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in next 9 chs, sc across row to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (52 sts)

Row 22:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc across row, turn.  (53 sts)

Row 23:  Ch 1, sc across row to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (54 sts)

Rows 24-25:  Repeat rows 22 and 23 once more.  (You will have 56 sts by end of row 26)

Row 26:   Ch 1, sc in next 41 sts, turn.  (41 sts)

Rows 27-43:  Repeat row 26.  (41 sts)

Row 44:  Ch 1, sc across to end of row, ch 16, turn.  (41 sts, and 16 chs)

Row 45:  Sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in next 14 chs, sc across row to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (55 sts)

Row 46:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc across row, turn.  (54 sts)

Row 47:  Ch 1, sc across row to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (53 sts)

Rows 48-49:  Repeat rows 46 and 47.  (You will have 51 sts at end of row 49)

Row 50:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 37 sts, sc dec over next 2 st, turn.  (39 sts)

Rows 51-68:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc across row to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  DO NOT fasten off at end of last row.  (You will have 3 sts at end of row 68) 

Edging: 

Ch 1, sc in end of each row and in each st until you come to back (rows 26-43), sc dec ends of 2 rows together across back (this will make for a better fit), sc in end of each row and in each st all the way around rest of dress, join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Shoulder seams:

Find center st of back and sew left shoulder strap to left of center st and sew right shoulder strap to right of center st.

Pink edging and ruffle: 

Starting at center st of back between shoulders, join pink with sc, sc in each st down to bottom edge of dress, ch 4 (counts as first tr), tr in next st, 2 tr in each st across bottom edge of dress, sc in each st back to beg sc, join to beg sc, fasten off.

Armholes:

Join pink with sc in any st, sc around armhole, join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Finishing: 

Sew snap to where end of wrap meets side of dress.  Sew another snap on inside of dress where end of wrap meet side of dress.




Sunday, July 1, 2012

Chocolate and Pink Monster High doll outfit



Materials

Size 10 thread in chocolate brown
Size 10 thread in pink
4 small snaps
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

Gauge

See note in post for Monster High doll white dress.

Directions for Skirt

Row 1:  Staring at waist with brown, ch 31, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, dc in next st] across, turn.  (30 sts)

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

Rounds 4-?:  Repeat round 3 until piece measures 2 1/4". 

Last row:  Ch 1, sc in each st around.  Fasten off.

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.

Finishing:

Sew small snap to back opening of skirt.


Directions for top

Row 1:  Starting at bottom, with brown, ch 31, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, dc in next st] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 3:  Repeat row 2.

Row 4:  Ch 1, (sc in first (next) st, dc in next st) 3 times, sc dec over next 2 sts, dc dec over next 2 sts, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 2 times, sc dec over next 2 sts, dc dec over next 2 sts, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 2 times, sc dec over next 2 sts, dc dec over next 2 sts, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 2 times, turn.  (24 sts)

Row 5:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, dc in next st] across, turn.  (24 sts)

Rows 6-9:  Repeat row 5.

Row 10:  Ch 1, (sc in first (next) st, dc in next st) 3 times, (sc and dc in next st) 2 times, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 2 times, (sc and dc in next st) 2 times, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 2 times, (sc and dc in next st) 2 times, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 2 times, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 11:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) st, dc in next st] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 12:  Ch 1, sc in first 10 sts, dc in next 4 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, dc in next 4 sts, sc in last 10 sts, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 13:  Ch 1, sc in first 14 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, sc in last 14 sts, fasten off.  (30 sts)

Row 14:  With RS facing, join pink with sc in first st, sc in each st across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 15:  [Ch 1, sl st in first (next) st] across.  Fasten off.

Finishing:

Sew 3 small snaps down back opening of top.

Pink Monster High doll outfit



Materials

Size 10 thread in pink
3 or 4 small snaps
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

Guage 

See note in previous post

Directions for Skirt

Row 1:  Starting at waist with pink, ch 33, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (32 sts)

Rows 2-3:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (32 sts)

Round 4:  Working in BACK LOOPS only, ch 4 (counts as first tr), tr in each st around, join.  (32 sts)

Rounds 5-7:  Repeat round 4.  Fasten off.

Ruffles:

Join pink with sl st in FRONT LOOP of first st of round (s) 4 (5,6,7), ch 4 (counts as first tr), 4 tr in same st as joining, sk next 2 sts, [5 tr in next st, sk next 2 sts] around, join to top of beg ch 4.  Fasten off.  (11 tr clusters)

Finishing:

Sew small snap to back opening.


Directions for top

V-Stitch=  (dc, ch 2, dc) in st indicated

Row 1:  Starting at top band with pink, ch 6, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (5 sts)

Row 2:  Working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across, turn.  (5 sts)

Rows 3-?:  Repeat row 2 until piece measures 3 1/2"

Edging: 

Ch 1, 28 sc evenly spaced across first long edge, ch 1, sc in each st of first short edge, ch 1, 28 sc evenly spaced across second long edge, ch 1, turn.

Row 1:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [ch 3, sk next st, sc in next st] across to last st, sc in last st, turn.  (15 sc, 13 ch 3 spaces)

Row 2:  (Ch 5, dc) in first sc (beg v-st), sk next sc, sc in next ch 2 sp, [v-st in next ch sp, sc in next ch 2 sp] across, turn.  (7 v-sts, 7 sc)

Row 3:  (Ch 5, dc) in first sc (beg v-st), sc in next ch 2 sp, [v-st in next sc, sc in next ch 2 sp] across, turn.  (7 v-sts, 7 sc)

Rows 4-7:  Repeat row 3.

Row 8:  Sl st in first ch 2 sp, ch 4, 4 tr in same ch sp, 5 tr in next sc, [5 tr in next ch 2 sp, 5 tr in next sc] across to last ch 2 sp, tr in last ch 2 sp.  Fasten off.


Finishing:

Sew 2 or 3 small snaps down back opening.

White Monster High doll dress

I had a special request this week to convert some of my patterns to fit the Monster High dolls, so this is not a post for an outfit that will fit Barbie.  But I am working on a new outfit for Barbie and I also haven't forgotten all the other things I've planned to do.   They are in progress and will make it to this blog someday!  Here are three of my crocheted outfits converted to fit the Monster High dolls.  It was pretty easy to convert the patterns, but these dolls have an even weirder shape than Barbie! The curve in their back is crazy and their big heads, OH MY!!  Maybe you have nieces or daughters or granddaughters who play with these dolls more than Barbies.  I don't know what's popular these days as my daughter is 17 and I don't keep up with the trends.  So if you would like to see more conversions just let me know.




White Dress

Materials

Size 10 thread in white
2 small snaps
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

Gauge

I didn't bother with trying to find gauge because I am using the same hook size I use for all my designs and if you have found a hook that gets you good results with my designs then stick to that hook.

Directions

V-Stitch=  (dc, ch 1, dc) in st indicated.

Row 1:  Starting at top band with white, ch 6, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (5 sts)

Row 2:  Working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in each st across, turn.  (5 sts)

Rows 3-?:  Repeat for 2 until piece measures 3 1/2". 

Edging: 

Ch 1, 28 sc evenly spaced across first long edge, ch 1, sc in each st across first short edge, ch 1, 28 sc evenly spaced across second long edge, ch 1, turn.

Row 1:  Ch 1, [sk first (next) st, sc in next st, sk next st, v-st in next st], across, turn.  (7 sc, 7 v-sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) ch 1 sp of v-st, v-st in next sc] across, turn.  (7 sc, 7 v-sts)

Rows 3-6:  Repeat row 2.

Round 7:  Ch 1, sc in first ch 1 sp, v-st in next sc, (sc, v-st, sc) in next ch 1 sp, v-st in next sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, v-st in next sc, (sc, v-st, sc) in next ch 1 sp, v-st in next sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, v-st in next sc, (sc, v-st, sc) in next ch 1 sp, v-st in next sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, v-st in next sc, join to first sc, turn to keep to pattern.  (10 sc, 10 v-sts)

Rounds 8-?:  Repeat round 7 until piece measures 3 3/4", making sure to end on WS (or side you like least).

Last round:  Ch 1, sc in ea sc, 2 sc in each ch 1 sp of v-st, around, DO NOT TURN FROM NOW ON.

Ruffle section:

Round 1:  Working in FRONT LOOPS only, [sl st, ch 2] in each st around, join.

Round 2:  Working in BACK LOOPS of previous round, st st in first BL, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each BL around, join to top FL of beg ch 4.

Round 3:  Ch 2, working in FRONT LOOPS only, [sl st, ch 2] in each st around, join to first sl st.

Round 4:  Working in BACK LOOPS of previous round, sl st in first BL, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join to top of first ch 4.  Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew 2 small snaps to back opening.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Red, white and blue skirt


And here is the skirt that goes with the top.  I am working on some red shorts that will go with the bikini top and the red and white top, and a beach towel and tote that will go with the shorts or bikini, but those patterns will not be posted until next weekend. 



Gauge

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

Materials

Size 10 thread in red
Size 10 thread in white
Size 10 thread in blue
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
1 sew on snap
2 or 3 mm rhinestones, approximately 125
Jewel glue

Notes:

 1.  The first 3 or 4 rows of this skirt are a little confusing at first and a little difficult to execute, but it get much easier after that.  I recommend using different colored st markers to mark row 2a and 2b so you can tell which is which.  Rows 1-3 are making pleats and each pleat makes an S shape by turning your work back and forth.  Row 4 is a little hard to sc around all the S shapes but it gets easier by row 5.

2.   For rows 8-12 I fasten each row off, but you can carry threads if you like.

Directions


Row 1:  Starting at waist with white, ch 45, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 2a:  Working in FRONT LOOPS, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 2b:  Working in BACK LOOPS of row 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first st of row 2a and 2b at the same time, sc in next st of row 2a and 2b at the same time, *sc in front lp of each of next 4 sts on row 2a, TURN, working in unworked lps of 2a and back lps of 2b at same time, sc in each of next 4 sts, TURN, working rem lps of row 2b, sc in each of next 4 sts, [sc in next st of row 2a and 2b at same time] twice, rep from * across, turn. (I do not know how many sts this is at this time and I didn't care to count)

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [sc in front lp of next st, sc in back lp of next st] across to last st, sc in both lps of last st, turn.

Rows 5-7:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), [hdc in front lp of next st, hdc in back lp of next st] across, turn.  Fasten off at end of row 7.

Round 8:  Join red with sl st, ch 2 (counts as first dc now and thru row 12), [dc in front lp of next st, dc in back lp of next st] around, join to top of beg ch 2.  Fasten off.

Round 9:  Join white with sl st, ch 2, [dc in front lp of next st, dc in back lp of next st] around, join to top of beg ch 2.  Fasten off.

Rounds 10-12:  Repeat rows 8 and 9 and then row 8 once more. 

Round 13:  Join blue with sl st, ch 2 (counts as first hdc now and for the rest of skirt), [hdc in front lp of next st, hdc in back lp of next st] around, join to top of beg ch 2.

Rounds 14-17:  Ch 2, [hdc in front lp of next st, hdc in back lp of next st] around, join to top of beg ch 2.  Fasten off at the end of round 17.

Finishing

1.  Sew snap to back opening of skirt.

2.  Glue rhinestone in desired pattern on blue part of skirt.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Red and white top

And here is the top as promised.  I will post the skirt tomorrow. 





Gauge

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

Materials

Size 10 thread in white
Size 10 thread in red
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps
small length of 1/4th" red ribbon
fabric glue

Notes:

1.  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. Then make sure to crochet that amount in between each stitch marker.

2.  Anytime I say RS facing, I mean whichever side you like (or looks) best.

3.  I am using a new technique of the regular sc, hdc, and dc in this set.  You alternate working in the back loops and front loops.  It keeps a plain piece of sc's from looking too plain.  Also, I wasn't strict when writing out the pattern to keep to the FL/BL pattern.  If the pattern calls to work the BL in the final st of the row, but it turns out you work it in the FL it's no big deal.  Sometimes, I think I got off because I lost track, but I just kept going and it still looked fine.


4.  HDC next 2 sts tog = (yo, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull up loop) 2 times, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook

Directions

Row 1:  Starting at bust with white, ch 8, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (7 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS of each st across, turn.  (7 sts)

Rows 3-?:  Repeat row 2 until piece measures 5" long.  DO NOT fasten off.

Edging

Ch 1, 44 sc evenly spaced across first long edge, ch 1, sc in 7 sts across first short edge, ch 1, 44 sc evenly spaced along 2nd long edge, ch 1, sc in 7 sts across 2nd short edge, join.  Fasten off.

Red edging

Holding piece with RS facing, join red with sc in first st of either short edge, sc in next 6 sts, ch 1, sl st in first st of long edge, [ch 2, sl st in next st] across to last st, ch 1, sc in 7 sts across 2nd short edge, ch 1, sc in FRONT LOOP of first st of 2nd long edge, sc in BACK LOOP of next st, [sc in FL of next st, sc in BL of next st] across, join to beg st, turn.

Row 1:  Ch 1, [sc in FL of next st, sc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 2:  Repeat row 2.  Fasten off.

Row 3:  With RS facing, join white with sl st in first st of row 2, ch 2 (counts as first hdc now and throughout), [hdc in FL of next st, hdc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (44 sts)

Row 4:  Ch 2, hdc in FL of next st, [hdc in BL of next st, hdc in FL of next st] twice, hdc next 2 sts tog, [(hdc in BL of next st, hdc in FL of next st) 3 times, hdc next 2 sts tog] 4 times, [hdc in BL of next st, hdc in FL of next st] 2 times, turn.  (39 sts). 

Rows 5-6:  Ch 2, [hdc in FL of next st, hdc in BL of next st] across, turn.  (39 sts)

Row 7:  Ch 2, [(hdc in FL of next st, hdc in BL of next st) 4 times, 2 hdc in FL of next st, 2 hdc in BL of next st] 3 times, [hdc in FL of next st, hdc in BL of next st] 4 times.  Fasten off.  (45 sts)

Bottom red edging

With RS facing, join red with sl st in first st of row 7, [ch 2, sl st in next st] across.  Fasten off.

Finishing

1.  Sew 3 snaps evenly spaced down back opening of top.

2.  For straps, glue red ribbon in place.




Friday, May 18, 2012

4th of July Bikini

As promised, here is the pattern for the binkini.  Tomorrow I will post the pattern to the red and white top.

Gauge

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

Materials

Size 10 thread in Blue
Size 10 thread in Red
Size 10 thread in White
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
Approximately 65 rhinestones (2 or 3 mm)
Jewel glue
3 sew on snaps


Note:  Do not fasten off red or white unless specified.  Carry thread along side of work and cover these threads later as you work the edging.

Note:  I always like to crochet in the back ridge of the starting ch as it prevents the holey look.

Note:  Anytime I say RS facing, that means whichever side you like best.

Note:  Rhinestones are optional.  I liked the look, but it was a lot of work.

Directions for Bikini Top

Row 1:  With blue, ch 9, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (8 sts)

Work rest of rows in BACK LOOPS only.

Rows 2-19:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (8 sts)

Row 20:  Ch 1, [sc dec over next 2 sts] 4 times, turn.  (4 sts)

Row 21:  Ch 1, [sc dec over next 2 sts] 2 times, changing to red in last st, turn.  (2 sts)

Row 22:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (2 sts)

Row 23:  Ch 1,  2 sc in each st across, changing to white in last st, turn.  (4 sts)

Row 24:  Ch 1, 2 sc in each st across, turn.  (8 sts)

Row 25:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, changing to red in last st, turn.  (8 sts)

Rows 26-27:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, changing to white in last st, turn.  (8 sts)

Rows 28-29:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, changing to red in last st, turn.  Fasten off white. (8 sts)

Rows 30-41:  Repeat rows 26-29 three more times.

Row 42:   Ch 1, work one more of red.  DO NOT fasten off red yet.

Edging

Ch 1, work a sc in end of each row across 1st long edge, ch 1, sc in each st across 1st short edge, ch 1, sc in end of each row across 2nd long edge, ch 1, sc in each st across 2nd short edge, join.  Fasten off.

Tie

Ch 150 tightly.  Wrap tie around center of top and pull tightly to cinch.  Double knot. 

Finishing

1.  Sew 1 or 2 snaps to back opening.

2.  Glue rhinestones in desired pattern on blue section of top.



Directions for Bikini Bottom

Waistband

Row 1:  With blue, ch 5, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (4 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (4 sts)

Rows 3-?:  Repeat row 2 until piece measures 5 inches. 

Edging:  Ch 1,  40 sc evenly spaced along 1st long edge, ch 1, sc in each st across 1st short edge, ch 1, 48 sc evenly spaced along 2nd long edge, ch 1, sc in ea st across 2nd short edge.  Fasten off.

Rest of bikini bottom

Row 1:  With right side facing, count over 18 sts on side of waistband with 48 st, join red with sc in next (19th) st, sc in next 11 sts, turn.  (12 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 8 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, changing to white in last st, turn.  (10 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (8 sts)

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

Rows 5-12: Keeping to color pattern, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (6 sts)

Row 13:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (8 sts)

Row 14:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in last st, changing to white in last st, turn.  (10 sts)

Row 15:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (12 sts)

Row 16:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, changing to red in last st, turn.  (12 sts)

Rows 17-18:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, changing to white in last st, turn.  (12 sts)

Row 19:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (14 sts)

Row 20:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, changing to red in last st, turn.  Fasten off white.  (14 sts)

Row 21:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last st, turn.  (16 sts)

Row 22:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, leaving a long tail for sewing back to waistband.  Fasten off.  (16 sts)

Sew left 8 stitches of panty to left 8 stitches of waistband and sew right 8 stitches of panty to left 8 stitches of waistband.

Leg opening 

With RS facing, join blue with sc in any st, work 30 sc evenly spaced around leg opening, making sure to cover carried threads, join to beg sc. 

Finishing

1.  Sew snap to back opening.

2.  Glue rhinestones to waistband in desired manner.





Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hi all, 
Sorry it has been so long since I have posted.  A few people are wondering when I will be posting new patterns.  I am working on it right now (I swear...lol).  Here are some pics to prove it!  I will be posting the actual patterns probably starting on Friday night.  I have finished a bikini set, a skirt and a top.  I am working on some shorts right now and I will be finishing with a matching tote bag and beach towel.  Thanks for visiting.



Sunday, March 4, 2012

Striped Sherbet Sundress

I almost called this piece "Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy" sundress;  partly because of it's lemony yellow color, but mostly because it is an easy design that works up pretty quickly.  This dress is mostly worked in one piece (with the ruffle added on) and it has very little shaping.  I was able to use three colors pretty simply by carrying thread along sides of piece and then working over the thread when working the edging.  I think it turned out really pretty for being such a simple design :-)





Materials

Size 10 thread pink (Color A)
Size 10 thread in green (Color B)
Size 10 thread in yellow (Color C)
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
2 sew on snaps


Gauge

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


Directions

NOTE:  Carry thread along sides until specified to cut or fasten off.

SKIRT PART OF DRESS:

Row 1:  With pink (color A), ch 35, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in back ridge of each ch across, changing to green (color B) in last st, turn.  (34 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS ONLY of each st across, changing to yellow (color C) in last st, turn.  (34 sts)

Rows 3-20:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS ONLY of each st across, changing color to follow color sequence in last st, turn.  (34 sts)

Row 21:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS ONLY, 2 sc in first st, sc in remaining sts across, turn.  (35 sts)

Row 22:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS ONLY of each st across, turn.  (35 sts)

Rows 23-26:  Repeat rows 21 & 22 twice more.  (37 sts at end of last row)

Row 27:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS ONLY, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in remaining sts across, turn. (36 sts)

Row 28:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS ONLY of each st across, turn.  (36 sts)

Rows 29-32:  Repeat rows 27 & 28 twice more, turn.   (34 sts at end of last row)


Row 33:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS ONLY of each st across, turn.  (34 sts)

Rows 34-51:  Repeat row 33.  Row 51 should end at bottom (non-pointed side) of skirt with yellow (color C).   FASTEN OFF PINK AND GREEN. 

EDGING: 

Note:  Remember to cover (work over) carried thread while working the edging.


Still working with yellow, ch 1, sc in end of each row of non-pointed edge of skirt, now holding wrong sides of skirt tog, carefully matching sts, sc first 25 sts of back seam tog, now working only in row 1 (pink side of back opening), sl st in next 9 sts (back opening).  Do not fasten off.

TOP PART OF DRESS:

Row 1:  Ch 1, sc in end of each row along top of dress, working 3 sc in center point in front (row 26), turn.  (53 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, [sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, [sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts] across, turn.  (43 sts)

Rows 3-8:  Ch 1, sc in next 21 (22,23,24,25,26) sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in last 21 (22,23,24,25,26) sts, turn.  (45,47,49,51,53 sts)

Row 9.  Ch 1, sc in first 20 sts, (sc dec over next 2 sts) 3 times, sc in next st, ch 21, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in back ridge of next 19 chs, sl st in next st (first tie  made), ch 21, sc in back ridge of 2nd ch from hook and in back ridge of next 19 chs, sc in next st (second tie made), (sc dec over next 2 sts) 3 times, sc in last 20 sts.  Fasten off.

RUFFLE:

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

FINISHING:

Sew 2 snaps evenly spaced down back opening of dress.  I had to overlap the snap quite a bit at the waist to make a more fitted look.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Daughter's new Etsy Shop

Ok, I am going to shamelessly promote the Etsy shop my daughter just started.  She is an avid crocheter and knitter and wants to make some spending money since she is only 16 and is having a hard time finding a job that will hire a 16 year old.  She has some items she made, but there is also a few crochet books that she is getting rid of.  Please check it out!  Here are some sample pictures of what she has. 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AmbersCrochetCottage














Saturday, February 4, 2012

"Beautiful in Burgundy" dress

I saw this design on a pretty little box that I have and decided to try to mimic it in crochet for Barbie.  My original goal was to make this dress in a short and long version.  I have the short version done, but I need to still work on making it longer.  Maybe it will be done by next week.




Materials

Size 10 thread in burgundy
Size 10 thread in french rose
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps

Gauge

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

Directions

This dress is worked from the waist down and then from the waist up.

Row 1:  Starting at waist, with burgundy, ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch, [sc in next ch, dc in next ch] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) dc, dc in next sc] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc, (sc and dc in next st) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 5 times, (sc and dc in next st) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 5 times, (sc and dc in next st) twice, sc in next dc, dc in last sc, turn.  (36 sts)

Row 4:  Ch 1, [ sc in first (next) dc, dc in next sc] across, turn.  (36 sts)

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc, (sc and dc in next st) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 4 times, (sc and dc in next st) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 4 times, (sc and dc in next st) twice,  (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 4 times, (sc and dc in next st) twice, sc in next dc, dc in last sc, turn.  (44
sts)

Row 6:  Ch 1, [ sc in first (next) dc, dc in next sc] across, turn.  (44 sts)

Rows 7-8:  Repeat row 6.

Rounds 9-15:  Repeat row 6, joining with sl st to beg st, TURN to keep to pattern st. Fasten off at end of last round.  (44 sts)

Row 16:  Holding skirt upside down and with back facing you, count 11 sts to your right, join burgundy with sc in 11th st which should be a dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] across, DO NOT JOIN, turn.   (44 sts)

Row 17:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (42 sts)

Row 18:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, [dc in next sc, sc in next dc] across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (40 sts)

Rows 19-36:   Repeat rows 17 and 18 alternately.  There should be 4 sts at end of row 36.

Row 37:  Ch 1, (sc dec over next 2 sts) twice.  Fasten off.  (2 sts)

Row 1:  Starting at left back on opposite side of row 1, join burgundy with sc in first dc, dc in next sc, [sc in next dc, dc in next sc] across, turn.  (30 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc, (sc and dc in next st) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 5 times, (sc and dc in next st) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 5 times, (sc and dc in next st) twice, sc in next dc, dc in last sc, turn.  (36 sts)

Rows 3-5:  Repeat rows 4-6 of skirt.

Row 6:  Ch 1, (sc in first (next) dc, dc in next sc) 9 times, (sc and dc in next st) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) twice, (sc and dc in next st) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 9 times, turn.  (48 sts)

Row 7:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) dc, dc in next sc] across, turn.  (48 sts)

Row 8:  Sl st in first 16 sts, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 8 times, sl st in next st, leave rem sts unworked, turn.  (16 sts, 17 sl sts)

Row 9:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) dc, dc in next sc] 6 times, (sc dec over next 2 sts) twice, turn.  (14 sts)

Row 10:  Ch 1, (sc dec over first (next) 2 sts) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 5 times, turn.  (12 sts)

Row 11:  Ch 1, (sc in first (next) dc, dc in next sc) 4 times, (sc dec over next 2 sts) twice, turn.  (10 sts)

Row 12:  Ch 1, (sc dec over first (next) 2 sts) twice, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) 3 times, turn.  (8 sts)

Row 13:  Ch 1, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) twice, (sc dec over next 2 sts) twice, turn.  (6 sts)

Row 14:  Ch 1, (sc dec over first (next) 2 sts) twice, sc in next dc, (dc, sc, dc) in last dc, turn.  (6 sts)

Rows 15-20:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, dc in next sc leaving remaining sts unworked, turn.  Fasten off at end of last row leaving a tail to sew end of strap to back.  (2 sts)

Edging around top of dress

Don't forget to sew end of strap to back first.

Row 1:  Join pink with sc in first st, work 50 sc evenly spaced around top edge of dress, turn.  (50 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) across.   Fasten off. 

Armhole edging

Round 1:  Join pink with sc in any st, work 25 sc evenly spaced around, join to first sc, turn.  (25 sts)

Round 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, sk next st, (sc in next st, ch 1, sk next st) around, join to first st.  Fasten off.

Bottom Ruffle

Row 1:  Join pink with sc in inverted point on left side of dress, work 32 sc evenly spaced down to point at knee, 3 sc in st at point, work 33 sc evenly spaced back up to inverted point, join to first st, DO NOT TURN.  (69 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 3,  (dc, ch 2, sc) in first st, sk next 2 sts, [(2 dc, ch 2 sc) in next st, sk next 2 sts] around, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew 3 snaps evenly spaced down back opening.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Hearts" Valentine's Day outfit (skirt)

Without futher ado, here is the skirt to the Valentine's Day outfit.  I tried a pattern stitch that I think mimics little hearts.  This skirt is not a fitted skirt like my other skirts; I thought I would try something different and made it to pull on with a drawstring to tighten.


Materials

Size 10 thread in white
Size 10 thread in red
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook

Gauge

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

Directions

Double 3 tr cluster

*^YO 2 times, insert hook in SAME sc as last st made, YO and pull up a loop, (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times^;  Repeat from * 2 times more (4 loops on hook), YO 2 times, skip next 3 sc, insert hook in next sc, YO and pull up a loop, (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times (5 loops on hook), repeat from ^ to ^ twice, YO and draw through all 7 loops on hook.

Row 1:  Starting at hips with white, ch 50, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (49 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, [ch 2, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts] across, turn.  (25 sc, 12 ch 2 spaces)

Row 3:  Ch 1, [sc in first (next) 2 sts, 2 sc in next ch 2 sp] across to last st, sc in last st, turn.  Fasten off.  (49 sts)

Row 4:  With red, join with sl st in first st, ch 6 (counts as first tr and ch 2), [work double 3 tr cluster, ch 2] across to last st, ch 2, work tr in last st, turn.  Fasten off.  (12 double 3 tr clusters, 2 tr)

Row 5:  With white, join with sc in first tr, 2 sc in first ch 2 sp, sc in next double 3 tr cluster, [3 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next double 3 tr cluster] across, sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in last tr, turn.  Fasten off.  (49 sts)

Rows 6-7:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (49 sts)

Rows 8-15:  Repeat rows 4-7 twice more.

Row 16:  With red, join with sc in first st, ch 2, sl st in top of sc just made, sc in same st as last sc made (picot made), sk next st, [sc in next st, ch 2, sl st in top of sc just made, sc in same st as last sc made, sk next st] across, join to beg sc.  Fasten off. 

Drawstring

Crochet 125 ch tightly.  Finish off.

Finishing

1.  Sew back seam all the way closed, using red thread on the red rows and white thread on the white rows.

2.  Thread drawstring through ch 2 spaces of row 2.  Tie in a bow.

"Hearts" Valentine's day outfit (purse)

I decided late last night to make a little heart shaped purse for this oufit, so here it is.  I will post pattern to skirt later today after I check over the pattern. 



Materials

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

Gauge

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

Directions

NOTE:  This heart pattern is not my original design.  I saw it on a youtube tutorial.  The link to that tutorial is posted in the post for the Valentine's Day top.  Also keep in mind I altered the pattern so it is not exactly like shown in the tutorial.

Make 2 hearts

Row 1:  With red, ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (7 sc)

Rows 2-7:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (7 sc) 

Row 8:  Ch 1, (tr, ch 1) 8 times in the center st of the side to the left of where you are working, sl st to last st on this side, ch 1, (tr, ch 1) 8 times in the center st of the side to the left of where you are working, sl st to last st on this side, turn.  (16 tr, 18 ch 1 spaces, 2 sl sts)

Row 9:  (Edging) Ch 1, sc in first ch 1 sp, (sc in next tr, sc in next ch 1 sp) 8 times, sl st in next sl st, sc in next ch 1 sp, (sc in next tr, sc in next ch 1 sp) 8 times, sc in next 6 sts, 3 sc in next st (point of heart), sc in last 7 sts, join to first sc, fasten off.

Sewing two hearts together

Holding two hearts wrong sides tog, matching up sts carefully, and starting at point of heart, join red with sc in first st, sc seam together up to (and including) 4th tr of first side of heart, ch 40 tightly, careful not to twist ch sc in 4th tr on second side of heart, sc back down seam to point of heart, join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew snap to the center of the inside of purse.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

"Hearts" Valentine's Day outfit (top)

Ha!  I think I should change my original goal of posting a new outfit every week to posting a new outfit every month...lol.  As the people who follow this blog can see, this is not a black New Year's eve party dress.  It was just not turning out the way I envisioned, so I set it aside for now and decided to do up something that was quick and easy.  So I did this outfit for Valentine's day.  This heart top can be made in like 30 minutes, it is that quick and easy.  The skirt is pretty quick and easy also, except for a bunch of pesky ends.  But I think having the ends was worth it to get the pattern stitch to mimic mini hearts.  The heart pattern for the top is not my original design.  I altered one I saw demonstrated on youtube.



Materials

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

Gauge

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

Directions

Note:   If you have any questions you can watch the tutorial of this heart on youtube here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2YzJOuSnJ4  Keep in mind that I altered this pattern a little.  I left out the ch 1 after every dtr to make the top fit better over the bust, added straps, and I did a different edging than the one demonstrated.

DTR = double triple crochet = Yarn over hook three times, then insert hook into next stitch.
Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch - five loops on the hook.
Loop yarn over hook and draw through two loops, (there are now four loops remaining on the hook), *yarn over hook and draw through two loops**, repeat * to ** twice more.

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

Rows 2-12:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (12 sc)

Row 3:  First rounded part of heart:  Now folding the side of square just made to the left of where you are working in half, find center st and work 10 dtr in center st, sl st to last st on this side (this will be the center top of heart).  Second rounded part of heart:  Now folding the side of square to the left of where you are working and find the center st, work 10 dtr in center st, sl st to last st on this side, turn.

Row 4:  Edging:  Ch 1, sc in next 10 dtr, sl st in next sl st, sc in next 10 dtr, sc in next 11 sts, 3 sc in next st (bottom point of heart), sc in last 12 sts, join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Straps (work one on each side of heart)

Row 1:   Count up 10 sts from bottom point of heart, attach red with sc in this st, sc in next 5 sts, turn.  (6 sts)

Rows 2-13:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (6 sts)  Fasten off at end of last row.

Finishing

Sew snap to back opening.