Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blue Lace Up Dress

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


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

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

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Creamsicle Cutie" dress

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



MATERIALS:

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


DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

Rows 4-26:  Repeat rows 2 and 3. 

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

Top of dress:

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

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

Ruffle:

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

Finishing:

Sew 2 snaps to back opening of dress.

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

Sew on a white ribbon row to front of dress.
















Sunday, September 8, 2013

Being very slow getting new clothes posted, so sorry!

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

Sunday, August 4, 2013

3 Tier Slip On Dress

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

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

 


Saturday, July 13, 2013

To all those patiently waiting for new and/or converted patterns

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you all know that new patterns and some converted patterns will be coming soon.  I have been pretty busy working a lot of overtime and painting some furniture for my apartment, but I will have a week off coming up soon to work on posting patterns.  Thank you all for your patience. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Nautical Shorts

Ok, I have reposted the poll for whether I should convert some of my patterns to fit Chelsea and Skipper dolls.  I don't think it was working last time as I would see differing answers and amounts of votes every time I logged in.  I hope it works better this time.  I have actually purchased a Skipper and a Chelsea doll just in case there is enough interest.  I did not realize until I went to the store to buy these dolls that there is no longer such a thing as a Kelly doll.  They have converted her to Chelsea so if I do convert patterns it will be to fit the Chelsea doll (I think she is slightly larger than the old Kelly doll). 

Now about the shorts pattern.  These shorts are crocheted from side to side in one piece and then they are sewn together up one leg, across the crotch and down the other leg.  They are also high waisted as most nautical shorts are.  As with the pants, I am not fully satisfied with this pattern, but I just wanted to try it out working it from side to side to see how it would turn out.  I will keep working on new pants/shorts patterns until I have a winner.


 
MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in red
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
One sew on snap
6 tiny white buttons
 
GAUGE
 
As with all my other patterns I do not figure out gauge.  On the plus side, these shorts are worked from side to side so it is very easy to add or subtract rows if needed.
 
DIRECTIONS
 
Row 1:  With red thread, ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. 
(15 sts)
 
Rows 2-3:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (15 sts)
 
Row 4:  Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sc in BACK LOOPS only of last 15 sts, turn.  (20 sts)
 
Rows 5-30:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (20 sts)
 
Row 31:  Ch 1,  sc in BACK LOOPS only of next 15 sts, leave remaining sts unworked, turn.  (15 sts)
 
Rows 32-33:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (15 sts)
 
Row 34:  Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sc in BACK LOOPS only of next 15 sts, turn.  (20 sts)
 
Row 35-60:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (20 sts)
 
Row 61:  Ch 1, sc in next 15 sts, leave remaining sts unworked, turn.  (15 sts)
 
Row 62-63:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (15 sts)
 
Row 64:  Sl st in each st across.  Do not fasten off.
 
Waistband:
 
Row 1:  Ch 1, sc in end of each row across long straight edge, turn.  (63 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 1, sc dec over next 2 sts across to last st, sc in last st, turn.  (32 sts)
 
Row 3:  Ch 1, [sc in next st, sc dec over next 2 sts] across to last st, sc in last st, turn. 
(22 sts)
 
Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in each st across.  Fasten off. 
 
Finishing:
 
Holding shorts piece with RS together, sc first leg seam together, sc crotch seam together overlapping left back and right back so that you are crocheting through 3 layers, sc second leg seam together.  Fasten off.
 
Sew snap to opening. 

Sew 6 white buttons as shown in picture.

Leggings

Here is the pattern for the leggings.  I am not the happiest with this pattern, but I like to try new and different way of doing things so I will keep trying until I make a pattern for pants that I really like.  These leggings are crocheted from side to side in one piece and then they are crocheted together starting from the bottom of one leg, going up the pant leg and across the crotch and then down the other leg.  Also, I made them to be really tight so if little hands are going to be using these pants then I suggest that you add 2 (or more) rows to each leg section to make them a little looser and easier to get on. 

 
 
MATERIALS
 
Superfine sock weight yarn in cream
Size 1(2.75 mm) steel hook
1 sew on snap
 
GAUGE
 
I did not keep track of gauge for this project as it is very stretchy and has a lot of give.  Also it is easy to keep fitting the pants to the doll to determine if you should add more rows or not.
 
DIRECTIONS
 
 
Row 1:  With cream yarn, ch 12, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each ch across. (10 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 36 (first leg), sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 7 chs, hdc in next 12 chs, dc in next 15 chs, dc in BACK LOOPS of next 10 dcs, turn.  (45 sts)
 
Row 3:  Ch 2, working in BACK LOOPS only, dc in  next 24 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, sc in  last 8 sts, turn.  (45 sts)
 
Row 4:  Ch 1, working in BACK LOOPS only, sc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, dc in last 25 sts, turn.  (45 sts)
 
Rows 5-10:  Repeat rows 3 and 4.  If you want the leggings to be looser add desired amount of rows in multiples of 2.
 
Row 11:  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in BACK LOOPS only of next 9 sts. (10 sts)
 
Row 12:  Repeat row 2 for second leg.
 
Rows 13-20:  Repeat rows 3 and 4.  If you added rows for first leg, add same amount of rows for second leg.
 
Row 21:  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in BACK LOOPS only of next 9 sts, turn.  (10 sts)
 
Row 22:  Sl st in next 10 sts.  Do not fasten off yet.
 
Waistband: 
 
Row 1:  Ch 1, 2 sc in end of each dc row, turn.  (42 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 1, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 38 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, fasten off.  (40 sts)
 
 
Finishing:
 
Holding piece with RS together, sc first leg together starting at ankle and working up the leg.  Sc across crotch making sure to overlap back left and back right so that you are crocheting through 3 layers..  Sc second leg together.  Fasten off.
 
Sew snap to back opening.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Nautical One Piece Swimsuit



MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in blue
Size 10 thread in red
Size 10 thread in white
2 sew on snaps
3 tiny buttons
 
GAUGE
 
As you can guess by now, I don't bother too much with gauge. I always use the same size hook and if you find a hook that works with one of my patterns it will work for all my patterns.
 
DIRECTIONS
 
NOTE:  The bottom of the swimsuit will be a little baggy in the back but this will help get the suit on and off the doll more easily.
 
Waistband:
 
Row 1:  With red, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (10 sts)
 
Rows 2-36:  Ch 1, sc in BACK LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (10 sts)
 
Edging:
 
Ch 1, sc in end of each row across first long edge of piece (36 sts), ch 1, sc across short edge, ch 1, sc in end of each row across 2nd long edge of piece (36 sts).  Fasten off.
 
Top:
 
Row 1:  Holding RS facing, join white with sc in first st of either long edge of waistband, sc in same st as joining, 2 sc in each st across, turn.  (72 sts)
 
Rows 2-5:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (72 sts)
 
Row 6:  Ch 1, (sc dec over next 2 sts) across, turn.  (36 sts)
 
Row 7:  Ch 1, sc in next 12 sts, ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (first strap), sc in next 12 sts, ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (second strap), sc in last 12 sts.  Fasten off.
 
Tie a length of white thread around center of top, gather and knot off to create the bandeau look.
 
Bottom:
 
Row 1:  On opposite side of red waistband with RS facing, join blue with sc in first st, sc in each st across, turn.  (36 sts)
 
Rows 2-4:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (36 sts)
 
Row 5:  Ch 1, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) across, turn.  (54 sts)
 
Row 6:  Sl st in first 15 sts, sc in next 24 sts, leave remaining sts unworked, turn.  (24 sts)
 
Rows 7-9:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 20 (18,16) sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, turn.  (22, 20, 18 sts)
 
Rows 10-12:  Ch 1, (sc dec over next 2 sts) twice, sc in next 10 (6, 2) sts, (sc dec over next 2 sts) twice. turn.  (14, 10, 6 sts)
 
Rows 13-17:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (6 sts)
 
Rows 18-25:  Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18) sts, 2 sc in last 2 sts, turn.  (8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 sts)
 
Rows 26-29:  Ch 1, sc in each st across.  Fasten off.  (22 sts)
 
Finishing: 
 
Sew back of bottom to back of waistband easing to fit.
 
Sew 2 snaps to back opening.

Sew 3 buttons spaced down front of suit as shown.
 
25 sc evenly spaced around each leg opening. 
 
 
 
 


 
 

Blue Skirt



MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in blue
Size 10 thread in white
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
1 sew on snap
6 tiny buttons
 
GAUGE
 
As you can guess by now, I don't bother too much with gauge. I always use the same size hook and if you find a hook that works with one of my patterns it will work for all my patterns.
 
DIRECTIONS
 

Row 1:  With blue ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 chs, hdc in next 5 chs, dc in next 20 sts, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next 19 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in next 20 sts, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 4-23:  Repeat rows 2 and 3. 
 
Edging: 
 
 You should end up on the dc side of skirt at the end of row 23.  Ch 1, 2 sc in end of each row across bottom of skirt.  (46 sts)
 
Seam:
 
Holding RS tog, sc first 15 sts of back seam together.
 
Ruffle:
 
Join white with sl st in any st, ch 3 (counts as first tr), 2 tr in same st as joining, 3 tr in each st around, joing to top of beginning ch 3.
 
Finishing:
 
Sew snap to back opening.
 
Sew 6 small buttons as shown in picture.
 


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nautical Striped Top

I was talking to a co-worker the other day about needing to do a new outfit for my blog and she suggested that I do a sailor type outfit.  I was going to do that but then I decided I really need navy colored thread to make it look authentic, and since I do not have navy thread I decided to do a nautical themed outfit instead.  Even though this outfit turned out cute I think it would have looked better with navy thread also.  These pieces can be made in any color though and without the buttons you can create a whole different look.  Also, I pulled the top in a lot at the waist because I like my snaps to do my shaping for me when I want to keep a design simple.  If you do not pull the top in as much it will look more like a crop top that is not fitted.


MATERIALS
 
Size 10 thread in blue
Size 10 thread in red
Size 10 thread in white
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
2 sew on snaps
 
GAUGE
 
See previous posts
 
DIRECTIONS
 
 
Collar:
 
Row 1:  With blue, ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (5 sts)
 
Row 2-50:   Working in BACK LOOPS only, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (5 sts)
 
 
Edging: 
 
Ch 1, sc in end of each row across first long edge of piece (50 sts), sc down first short edge of piece, ch 1, sc in end of each row across second long edge of piece (50 sts).  Fasten off.
 
 
Body:
 
Row 1:  Join red with sc in first st of either long edge of collar, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 8 sts (armhole), sc in next 18 sts, skip next 8 sts (armhole), sc in last 8 sts, turn.  (34 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in each st across, changing to white in last st, turn.  Do not fasten off red.  (68 sts)
 
Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (68 sts)
 
Row 4:  Ch 1, [sc in next st, sc dec over next 2 sts] across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, changing to red in last st, turn.  Do not fasten off white.  (45 sts)
 
Rows 5-14:  Keeping to pattern, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (45 sts)  Fasten off red and white.
 
Finishing:
 
Sew 2 snaps evenly spaced down back opening.
 
Weave a length of red thread through beg ch from left back to center and weave a second length of red thread through beg ch from right back to center. Pull to gather lightly and tie in a bow.  I found it helpful to tie the ends of thread around a st at the back seam to keep thread from pulling out when gathering. 
 
 
 


Monday, April 29, 2013

"Summer Skies" Top and Skirt Set

The best part about this top pattern is that with only a couple of modifications it also becomes the skirt pattern.  You can't get any simpler than that!  These pieces are made working from side to side and instead of using increases or decreases I let the stitches themselves increase where I wanted. In other words I used sc around the waist, hdc where Barbie gets wider and dc where she is the widest.  Also, if your gauge isn't exactly like mine it is very easy to just add (or subtract) rows to alter the width or more chains to get more length.


 
 
MATERIALS
 
 
 Size 10 thread in blue
Size 10 thread in white
Size 6 (1.8 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps
 
 
 GAUGE
 
 
 As you can guess by now, I don't bother too much with gauge.  I always use the same size hook and if you find a hook that works with one of my patterns it will work for all my patterns.
 
 
 DIRECTIONS FOR TOP AND SKIRT
 
 
 NOTE:  I will be writing the pattern for both pieces at the same time since they are almost the same pattern.  I will specify any differences for the skirt.
 
 
 Row 1:  With blue, ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 chs, hdc in next 5 chs, dc in last 5 chs, turn.  (15 sts)
 
 
Row 2:  Working in BACK LOOPS only, ch 2 (counts as first dc now and throughout), dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in last 5 sts, turn.  (15 sts)
 
 
 Row 3:  Working in BACK LOOPS only, ch 1, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in last 5 sts, turn.  (15 sts)
 
 
 FOR TOP ONLY:
 
 
Rows 4-25:  Repeat rows 2 and 3.
 
 
FOR SKIRT ONLY:
 
 
Rows 4-31:  Repeat rows 2 and 3.
 
 
Edging: 
 
 
 Row 1:   Ch 1, 2 sc in end of each row across dc edge--last row worked should position you to be at the dc end of piece--turn.   (50 sts for top, 62 sts for skirt)
 
 
 Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st across.  Fasten off top.  For skirt, sc back seam closed leaving enough of an opening to fit skirt on doll, fasten off skirt.  (50 sts for top, 62 sts for skirt)
 
 
 Ruffle:
 
 
 FOR TOP ONLY:  Hold piece right side facing and upside down so ruffle will lay flatter when worked
 
.
 Row 1:  Working in FRONT LOOPS only, join white with sl st in 3rd st in from edge of row 2 of edging (I did this so that there isn't so much ruffle in the way of sewing on a snap later), ch 3 (counts as first tr now and throughout), 2 tr in same st as joining, 3 tr in each st across to last 3 sts leaving rem 3 sts unworked, turn.
 
 
 Row 2:  Ch 3, tr in each st across.  Fasten off.
 
 
 FOR SKIRT ONLY:
 
 
 Round 1:  Join white with sl st in any st at bottom of skirt, ch 3, 2 tr in same st as joining, 3 tr in each st around, join to top of beg ch 3.
 
 
 Round 2:  Ch 3, tr in each st around, join to top of beg ch 3.  Fasten off.
 
 
 Finishing:
 
 
 Sew 2 snaps to top and one snap to opening of skirt. 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I whipped up a few patterns this weekend, but do not have time to post the actual patterns today.  I have some pictures ready to share though.  I will get the patterns up throughout this next week.  These are very easy patterns as I did not use any fancy stitches (just sl st, sc, hdc, dc, tr) or difficult shaping.  There is some sewing involved though. 

LEGGINGS
 


 
"SUMMER SKIES" TOP AND SKIRT SET
 
 


NAUTICAL SHORTS AND TOP
 
 
 
ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT
 



NAUTICAL SKIRT AND TOP SET
 



 
 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Pretty in Pink" Sweater

I liked working with the sock weight yarn in my last project so much that I decided to do another outfit with it.  I was able to use a larger hook size with the sock weight so this project worked up a little bit faster than with the size 10 cotton.  I also like that the sock weight has a little bit of stretch and makes the sweater look more like a real sweater.  I am working on a pair of leggings to go with this sweater.  That will be posted soon.




Materials
 

Super fine sock weight yarn in Pink
Size 1 (2.75 mm) steel hook
3 sew on snaps
 
Gauge
 
10 sc = 1 inch, 10 sc rows = 1 inch
 
Directions for Sweater
 
 
NOTE:  V-ST = (dc, ch 1, dc) in stitch indicated
 
 
Top band of sweater:

Row 1:  With pink, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (10 sts)
 
Row 2:  Working in BACK LOOPS only, ch1, sc in each st across, turn.  (10 sts)
 
Rows 3-50:  Repeat row 2.  DO NOT FASTEN OFF at end of last row. 
 
Working around edge of top band: 
 
Ch 1, turn, work a sc in end of each row across first long edge of piece (50 sts), turn piece so that you will be working a second row over row just worked, ch 1, (sc dec over next 2 sts) across long edge just worked (25 sts), ch 1, sc in each st across first short edge of piece (this will make 51st row of piece), turn piece so you will be working across 2nd long edge of piece.
 
Body of sweater:
 
Row 1:  Ch 1, work 2 sc in end of first row along 2nd long edge of piece, work sc in end of next 49 rows, work 2 sc in end of last row, turn. (53 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in next st, sk next st, v-st in next st, sk next st, sc in next st, sk next st, v-st in next st, sk next 10 sts (armhole), [sc in next st, sk next st, v-st in next st, sk next st] 4 times, sc in next st, sk next st, v-st in next st, sk next 10 sts (armhole), sc in next st, sk next st, v-st in next st, sk next st, sc in next st, sk next st, v-st in last st, turn. (9 sc, 9 v-sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, [sc in first (next) ch 1 space of v-st, v-st in next sc] across, turn.  (9 sc,9 v-sts)

Rows 3-7: Repeat row 2.  Fasten off.
 
Finishing:  Sew 3 snaps evenly spaced down back opening of sweater.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Super Simple Sweater Dress

Since it is getting pretty cold outside I thought that I should crochet something warm for Barbie!  So I decided to crochet up a nice sweater dress in a neutral winter grey.  For this dress I chose to use a superfine sock weight yarn to give the dress the feel and texture of a sweater.  This is a super simple design with minimal ends and minimal shaping.  I worked the body side to side from back seam to back seam in a rib pattern.  Then I added a shell pattern worked in rounds around the bottom of the body and the same shell pattern worked in rows at the top of the body.  The hardest part about crocheting this dress was working sc evenly spaced around the top and bottom of the body piece, but even that wasn't too difficult. 




 
MATERIALS
 
Super fine sock weight yarn in grey
Size 1 (2.75 mm) steel hook
2 sew on snaps


GAUGE
 
I didn't really measure gauge for this dress, but there is a lot of forgiving stretch so I think it will be okay.
 
 
DIRECTIONS
 
 
Body of dress:
 
Row 1:  With grey, ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 2-8:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 9:  Ch 1, sc in BL of first st, ch 6, sk next 6 sts, sc in BL of next 23 sts, turn.  (24 sts, 6 chs)
 
Row 10:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 11-30:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 31:   Ch 1, sc in BL first st, ch 6, sk next 6 sts, sc in BL of next 23 sts, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Row 32:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st and in each ch across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Rows 33-41:  Ch 1, sc in BL of each st across, turn.  (30 sts)
 
Holding RS together, sc first 10 sts tog to form back seam.  Fasten off.
 
Bottom of dress:
 
Round 1:  Join grey in center back st, work 43 sc evenly spaced around bottom of body (one st in end of each row + 2). (43 sts)
 
Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in same st, sk 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, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sk next 3 sts, 3 dc in last st, join to top of beg ch 3.  (43 sts)
 
Round 3:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to beg sc.  (42 sts)
 
Round 4:  Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next 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, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next st, sk next 3 sts, sc in last 3 sts, join to beg sc.  (42 sts)
 
Round 5:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, working 2 sc in last st, join to beg sc.  (43 sts)
 
Rounds 6-?:  Repeat rows 2-5 until desired length is achieved. 
 
Collar:
 
Row 1:  With RS facing, join and work a sc in end of each row across, turn.  (41 sts)
 
Row 2:  Ch 1, 3 sc in first st, (sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times, sc in next 3 sts, (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times, 3 sc in last st, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in FRONT LOOPS only of each st across, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 4:  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, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next 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, sk next 3 sts, 4 dc in last st, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 5:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 6:  Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next 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, sk next 3 sts, 7 dc in next 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 last 4 sts, turn.  (57 sts)
 
Row 7:  Repeat row 5.
 
Rows 8-9:  Repeat rows 4 and 5.  Fasten off.
 
Finishing:
 
Sew 2 snaps to back opening of dress.