Sunday, 29 June 2014

Teddy bear crochet dress and headband

Another crochet dress for your bears worked in double crochet rows for the bodice and treble crochet clusters for the skirt.  The pattern is in two sizes to fit most bears from 12" to 17".  All bears are different  and this pattern is so easy to adjust to fit - if you want to make the skirt longer just work an extra round of clusters or add a few more dc to the bodice to increase the width.


The model is my granddaughters Build a Bear 17" bunny wearing the larger size







This is build a bear Li'l Cub wearing the smaller size.






Teddy Bear crochet dress and headband pattern

To fit: 12/13" and 15/17" Bear (larger sizes are in brackets)
Actual measurements:  1st size:  chest 14", length from shoulder to hem 8.5"
                                  2nd size: chest 17", length from shoulder to hem 10"
Tension:  18 sts x 20 rows to 4” over dc using no 4 hook
Materials: 100g double knit yarn, small amount of contrast,  Hooks size 4.00mm and 4.50mm (or size to match tension) 
Abbreviations:  Ch, chain, dc: double crochet (US single crochet), tr: treble crochet, (US double crochet), ch: chain, slst: slip stitch, dec: decrease, m1dc: miss 1dc
Notes:
When working the clusters, work through both loops.
When working double crochet rows work in the front loop only and make one chain at beginning of row as an edge stitch - do not count this in stitch count.


Dress 

Bodice 

worked in rows (see note above)

Back
Using no 4 hook and main colour make 31 (37) chain
Next row:  1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end  (30 (36)dc)
Work 4 (5) rows dc
Armhole shaping   
Next row:  slst over next 3 (4)dc, 1dc in each of next 24 (28) dc, turn
Continue on 24 (28)dc as follows:
Next row:  m1dc, 1dc in each of next 21 (25) dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc
(22 (26)dc)
Next row:  dc across
Next row:  m1dc, 1dc in each of next 19 (23) dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc* 
(20 (24)dc)
2nd size only:   m1dc, 1dc in each of next 21 dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc  (22dc)
Both sizes:   Next row:  dc across
Next row:  m1dc, 1dc in each of next 17 (19) dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc 
18 (20) dc)
Pull yarn through and fasten off

Front
Work as back to *
2nd size only:   m1dc, 1dc in each of next 21 dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc   (22dc)
Next row:  (buttonhole row) 1dc in each of next 2dc, 1ch, m1dc, 1dc in each of next 14 (16) dc, m1dc, 1ch, 1dc in each of next 2dc
Next row: m1dc, 1dc in next 17dc, m1dc, 1dc in next dc    (18 (20)dc)
Pull yarn through and fasten off

Sew side seams of bodice

Skirt 
worked in rounds
Using no 4.00 hook join contrast  yarn to base of bodice at centre back with right side facinG
Round 1:  2ch, work 1dc in each chain around.  Slst to top of 2ch at beg of round
Round 2:  2ch, work 1dc in each  dc around.  Slst to top of 2ch at beg of round
Change to main colour
Round 3:  2ch, work 1dc in each dc around.  Slst to top of 2ch at beg of round
Change to 4.50 hook and continue in main colour
Round 4:  3ch (counts as 1tr), 2tr in same dc, (miss 1 dc, 3tr in next dc) to end, slst in top of 3ch   30 (35) clusters
Round 5:  slst into next tr, 3ch, 2tr in same tr, (3tr into middle tr of next cluster) repeat to end 
Round 6: Repeat last round 1 (2) times
3 (4) rounds of 30 (35) clusters 
Round 7 (8): Change to contrast  and work dc around
Rep from round 2 to round 7(8)  once, 
(approx 43 (54) clusters on last round)                
Pull yarn through and fasten off


Straps

Using no 4.00 hook and main colour, make 
24ch,  Work 3 rows dc
pull yarn through and fasten off. (leave a trail for sewing)


To Finish

Using no 4.00 hook and contrast, work a round of dc around top edge of bodice.
Sew straps in place at back of bodice keeping in line with armholes.  Check length of straps over your bear’s shoulder, to ensure a good fit, then sew on buttons.  
Neaten ends.


Headband

Using no 4.00 hook and main, make 54 ch (check around bear’s head for good fit)
Work 3rounds dc
Pull yarn through and fasten off.

Motif
Using no 4.00 hook and contrast  made 3ch
Work 6dc in 3rd ch from hook, slst in top of 1st dc
(3ch, 2tr in same dc, slst in next dc) around.  Fasten off

To Finish
Sew motif on headband
Neaten ends.