Sunday, February 16, 2014

Diamond Lace Top

I decided to go ahead and make a top for the mini maxi skirt.  I also remembered why I rarely put sleeves on my patterns....lol.  If you are making this for a child you can leave the sleeves off as you have to guide Barbie's arm through the many openings in the sleeves.


MATERIALS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

Yoke:  Make 2 (for front right and front left)

Row 1:  With aqua, ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.  (25 sts)

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

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc dec over the first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (24 sts)

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (24 sts)

Rows 5-10:  Repeat rows 3 and 4.  At the end of row 10 you should have 21 sts.

Row 11:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, ch 7, sk next 7 sts, sc in last 7 sts, turn.  (20 sts)

Row 12:  Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch across, turn.  (20 sts)

Row 13:  Ch 1, sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each st across, turn.  (19 sts)

Row 14:  Ch 1, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, FASTEN OFF.  (18 sts)

Lace bottom section:

Row 1:  Join aqua with sc in first st of row 1 of right front piece, sc in next 14 sts, overlapping next 10 sts of right front piece and left front piece sc 2 fronts together, sc in last 15 sts of left front piece, turn.  (40 sts)

Row 2:  Ch 3, (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, *sk next 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st;  repeat from * across to last 3 sts, sk next 2 sts, dc in last st, turn.  (10 shells, 1 dc)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 3, dc in next ch 2 sp, ch3, skip next 2 dc, sc in space between last shell and next shell;  repeat from * across ending with last sc in top of turning ch, turn.  (20 ch 3 spaces)

Row 4:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), sk next ch 3 loop, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, *sk next 2 ch-3 spaces, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc; repeat from * across to last ch 3 loop, sk next ch 3 loop, dc in last sc, turn.

Rows 5-6:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 once more.  FASTEN OFF.

Sleeves:

Round 1:  Join aqua with sc in middle st of underarm hole, sc 15 sts evenly around armhole, join with sl st to beg sc.  (16 sts)

Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, * sk next 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st; repeat from * around to last 3 sts, sk next 3 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.  ( 4 shells)

Round 3:  * Ch 3, dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in sp between last shell and next shell. repreat from * around (no need to join as you are right where you need to be for next round).

Round 4:  Ch 3, sk next ch-3 loop, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, * sk next 2 ch-3 spaces, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, repeat from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. 

Rounds 5-?:  Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until desired length is achieved, but ending with round 4.  FASTEN OFF.

Finishing:

You may want to do a finishing row of sc around top edges of top.  I did, but the top looked fine even without it.

Sew 2 snaps to back opening of top.





Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mini Maxi Skirt

Hi all,

Sorry for the long delay in posting lately.  In December I had to work overtime every single day, including Saturdays and Sundays (except for Christmas).  In January, I spent the month looking for a new place to live and then moving.  Now it is February and I have a little more time.  It doesn't hurt that it is snowing and I am stuck inside.  I know that in most states a little snow doesn't hold people back from continuing their business, but here in Portland, Oregon if it snows then the whole place shuts down :-) 

I saw this diamond pattern and knew that I wanted to make it into a skirt, but it is a very open pattern and since I didn't want to have to sew in a lining I decided to make a skirt similar to a skirt I wanted as a teenager in the 80's.  Something like the picture on the left. 




MATERIALS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

Underskirt:  You can add rows if desired to make underskirt longer.

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

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

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

Rows 4-5:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.  (53 sts)

Rounds 6-15:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, join with sl st at the end of each round.  Fasten off at the end of last round.

Overskirt:

Row 1:  Join aqua with sl st in first FRONT LOOP of row 2, ch 3 (counts as first double crochet), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same st, *sk next 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in last st, turn.  (10 shells, 1 dc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, ch 3, dc in next ch 2 sp, * ch 3, skip next 2 dc, sc in sp between last shell and next shell, repeat from * across, ending with last sc in top of turning ch, turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet), skip next ch 3 loop, (2 dc, ch 2, 2dc) in next dc, *skip next 2 ch 3 loops, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, repeat from * across to last ch 3 loop, skip next ch 3 loop, dc in last sc, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Rounds 4-?:  Repeat rows 2 and 3 but joining into rounds until desired length is achieved.  Fasten off.

NOTE:  I suppose I could have figured out a better way to join these rounds so that there isn't a seam down the back (see second picture) but I didn't.  Just finish each row as instructed and join with a slip st to beginning of row and then turn for next round. 

Finishing:

Sew snap to back opening of skirt.