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.