Thursday, 24 April 2014

Teddy bear crochet dress

Lovely summer crochet dresses for 15" bears - great for build a bears.  This is an easy crochet pattern using only double crochet and treble crochet (UK) and using less than 100g double knitting yarn.  The pattern is for 3 styles of dress:  A basic style, a two colour dress which I made using a budget speckled yarn and a sparkly yarn.  The princess dress is again made with budget yarn and l shoestring ribbon. All patterns are made using rows for the bodice and rounds for the skirts, with a centre back opening. 
The model is my 15" build a bear cub.



If you try the patterns please leave me  a comment.













Teddy Bear Crochet Dresses pattern


To fit: 15”/38cm Teddy Bear
Tension: 18sts x 20 rows over 4" dc using no 4 hook 

Abbreviations: Ch, chain, dc: double crochet (US single crochet), tr: treble crochet, (US double crochet), htr: half treble, ch: chain, sl st: slip stitch, dec: decrease
dec1dc: insert hook into next dc pull through yarn, insert hook into next dc pull through yarn, yarn over hook and pull all sts off, tog: together

Notes:

Work in back loop only when working rounds, front loop only in rows - unless otherwise stated
When working double crochet rows, make one chain at beginning of row as an edge stitch - do not count this in stitch count.
When working rounds place a marker at beg of rounds to keep track of number of rounds

Sundress 



Materials:
100g double knit yarn, Crochet hooks size 4mm and 4.5mm (or size to match tension)
Two small buttons

Bodice worked in rows
Using no 4 hook make 65ch
Next row: 1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in each chain to end (64dc)
Work 9 rows dc

Armhole shaping

Row 1: 1dc in each of next 12dc, make 18ch, miss next 8dc, 1dc in each of next 24dc, make 18ch, miss next 8dc, 1dc in each of next 12dcs
Row 2: 1dc in each of next 10dc, *dec1dc, 1dc in each of next 18ch, dec1dc, **1dc in each of next 20dc, rep from * to **, 1dc in each of next 10dc
Row 3: 1dc in each of next 9dc,*(dec1dc) 2 times, 1dc in each of next 14dc, (dec1dc) 2 times,** 1dc in each of next 18dc, rep from * to **, 1dc in each of next 9dc
Row 4: 1dc in each of next 8dc,*(dec1dc) 2 times, 1dc in each of next 12dc, (dec1dc) 2 times,** 1dc in each of next 16dc, rep from * to **, 1dc in each of next 8dc

fasten off yarn

Skirt (worked in rounds)
Using no 4.50 hook join yarn to base of bodice with right side facing.

Base round: 3ch, 1tr in same sp, (1tr, in next 2 sts, 2tr in next st) rep to end of round. Sl st in top of 3ch at beg of round, (84trs)
Next round: 3ch, 1tr in same sp, (1tr, in each of next 3tr, 2tr in next tr) rep to end of round. Sl st in top of 3ch at beg of round, (104trs)
Next round: 3ch, 1tr in same sp, 1tr, in each tr around
Rep last round 4 times (or length required).
Next round: 3 ch, 1tr in same sp, work 2tr in each tr to end of round. Fasten off.

To Finish
Work a row of dc along centre right back edge making 2ch buttonholes at neck edge and 1” from waist edge
Sew 2 small buttons at back to correspond with buttonholes.Fasten off ends. _____________________________________________________________________


Dress with contrast trim 



Materials: 100g double knit yarn, 20g contrast yarn
Crochet hooks size 4mm and 4.5mm (or size to match tension) Two small buttons 

Work bodice as sundress in main colour

Skirt (worked in rounds)

Using no 4.50 hook join contrast yarn to base of bodice with right side facing.
Round 1: 2ch (counts as 1dc), work 1dc in each st, slst to top of 2ch to form a round. (64dcs)
Round 2: using main colour, 3ch, 1tr in same sp, (1tr, in next 2dc, 2tr in next dc) rep to end of round. Sl st in top of 3ch at beg of round, (86trs)
Round 3: using contrast colour, work 2ch, 1dc in each tr, sl st to top of 2ch
Round 4: using main colour, 3ch, 1tr in same sp, (1tr, in each of next 3dc, 2tr in next dc) rep to end of round. Sl st in top of 3ch at beg of round, (107trs)
Rep last 2 rounds 2 times, then round 3 once, (or length required)
Next round: using main colour, 3ch, 1tr in same sp, work 2tr in each dc to end of round. Fasten off.

Neck edging: using 4mm hook and contrast work 54dcs evenly around neck edge. Fasten off yarn

Armhole edging: using 4mm hook and contrast work 30dcs evenly around armhole edge.
Change to main colour , sl st in next 8dc, 1dc in dc, (2tr in next dc)12 times, 1dc in next dc. Sl st in next 8dc. Fasten off

To finish  As sundress 




 Purple Princess dress



  Materials:  100g purple double knit yarn, 50g pink double knit yarn, Crochet hooks size 4mm and 4.5mm (or size to match tension), Two small pink buttons, ½ metre 5mm purple ribbon 

Bodice Using pink work as sundress

Skirt using purple work as sundress

Sleeves make 2 Beginning at centre of missed dc on bodice armhole, and with right side facing, join purple yarn and work 26 dc all around.
Round 1: 1dc in each of next 4dc, 1htr in each of next 4dc, 1tr in each of next 2dc, 2tr in each of next 6dc, 1tr in each of next 2dc, 1htr in each of next 4dc, 1dc in each of next 4dc (32sts)
Round 2: 1dc in each of next 4dc, 1htr in each of next 4htrs, 1tr in each of next 6trs, (miss 1tr, 1tr in next tr) 2 times 1tr in each of next 6trs, 1htr in each of next 4htrs,1dc in each on next 4dc (30sts)
Round 3: 1dc in each of next 4dc, 1htr in each of next 4htrs, 1tr in each of next 5trs, (miss 1tr, 1tr in next tr) 2 times 1tr in each of next 5trs, 1htr in each of next 4htrs,1dc in each on next 4dc (28sts)
Round 4: 1dc in each of next 4dc, 1htr in each of next 4htrs, 1tr in each of next 4trs, (miss 1tr, 1tr in next tr) 2 times 1tr in each of next 4trs, 1htr in each of next 4htrs,1dc in each on next 4dc (26sts)
Round 5: 1dc in each st around.
Fasten off

Belt

Using no2 hook and pink make (5ch, 1htr into 3rd ch from hook) 20 times, 3ch. Fasten off

To finish


Work a row of dc along centre right back edge making 2ch buttonholes at neck edge and 1” from waist edge
Loosely stitch belt around waist.  Thread ribbon through front bodice as on photo.
Sew small button on other edge to correspond with buttonholes

Finish all ends. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Barbie Crochet Easter Bonnets




Its nearly Easter so I've crocheted a couple of bonnets for Barbie. 

If your crocheting is fairly tight you might have to go up a couple of hook sizes.  Also I've noticed that other fashion dolls seem to have bigger heads that the latest Barbie (the model in photo) Its best to check your tension, but, as these little hats are so quick to make you can redo them in a flash if necessary. 

The pattern is below so please have a try and let me know what you think.  If you find any typos or have problems with the pattern let me know then I can amend it.


You could do a matching bag from the crochet dress pattern

Have fun and Happy Easter

 





Barbie Easter Bonnet


To fit: 12" Barbie (the latest model)
Materials: 25g 4ply yarn in main and small amounts of 2 contrast ( I used Patons Soft Cotton 4ply)Crochet hook no 3.00 (or size to match tension) 
Tip: Any 4 ply yarn would do. Crochet thread isn't suitable as its too thin
Tension: (Gauge) 24sts x 32 rows to 4" over dc using 3.00 hook (check your tension and use suitable size hook)

Abbreviations:  Dc: double crochet (US single crochet), tr: treble crochet, (US double crochet), ch: chain, slst: slip stitch, inc: increase

When working rounds work through both loops and place a marker at the beg of each round to keep track of rounds

Using no 3 hook and main colour, make 3ch

Work 6 dc in 3rd ch from hook 
Round 1: 2dc in each dc to end (12dcs)
Round 2: (2dc in next dc, 1dc in next dc) repeat to end (18dcs)
Round 3: (2dc in next dc, 1dc in next 2dc) repeat to end (24dcs)
Rounds 4:10: dc all around
Round 11: work 2tr in each dc to end
Round 12: change to contrast, (1dc, 1ch) in each tr around
fasten off yarn

Motif (make 3)

Using no 3 hook make 4 chain, slst in first ch to make loop
Work 6 dc in loop fasten off

Using a scrap of green yarn make 6ch for leaves, sew on to hat, Sew motifs over leaves as shown on photo.
Or, after sewing motifs onto hat, embroider leaves around (as shown on pink hat)
To finish: Fasten off ends.

 



 

 

 

 




Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Barbie crochet dresses and bag

Over the last  year I've had a lot of fun creating knitted and crochet clothes for my grandchildren's barbies and build a bears. Then I had a go at writing up the patterns which, at first, was a bit tricky especially the crochet.  My first attempt is a simple crochet dress for barbie which is great for beginers.  There are a few tips about choosing yarn etc plus I recently amended the pattern to include a different version and added a bag. If you have a go at the pattern l would love to hear your comments.



 






I'm working on a crochet dress for teddy bears which should be ready soon

The patterns all use popular yarns such as double knit and 4ply - great for using up your stash.  For Teddy bears I often use value double knit which is so cheap and knits up quickly.  You can often find odd balls in the bargain bins of your local yarn/craft shop. 



Barbie Crochet dresses and bag  pattern


 To fit:  12” Barbie (the latest model) and most fashions dolls
Materials: 25g 4ply yarn( I used Patons Soft Cotton 4ply), Crochet hook no 3.50 (or size to match tension)
Tip: Any 4 ply yarn would do, I made the dress in some left over sock yarn which was quite interesting.
Tension: (Gauge) 24sts x 26 rows to 4” over dc (check your tension and use suitable size hook)

Abbreviations:  Dc: double crochet (US single crochet), tr: treble crochet, (US double crochet), ch: chain, slst: slip stitch, inc: increase
Notes:
This dress is a close fit so any differences in yarn weight will make a smaller or larger garment. Cotton thread is not suitable.
Work through the back loop only for a softer fabric

Place a marker at begining of each round to keep track of rounds

Dress

Bodice   worked in rounds
Using no 3.50 hook make 26ch
Rounds 1:2 dc all around
Round 3: 1dc in each of next 6dc, miss 1 dc, 1dc in each of next 12dc, miss 1 dc, 1dc in each of next 6dc, (24dcs)
Round 4:8:   dc all around 

Round 9: 1dc in each of next 5dc, 2dc in next dc, 1dc in each of next 12 dc, 2dc in next dc, dc to end (26dcs)
Round 10:13: dc all around
Round 14: 1dc in each of next 5dc, 7ch, miss 2 dc, 1dc in each of next 12dc, 7ch, miss 2dc, dc to end
Round 15: 1dc in each of next 4dc, miss next dc, 1 dc in each of 7 ch, miss next dc, 1dc in each of next 5dc, miss next dc, 1dc in each of next 4dc, miss next dc, dc in each of 7ch, miss next dc, dc to end   Sl st in next dc fasten off.

Skirt
using no 3.5 hook, rejoin yarn to base of bodice and work in rounds as follows:
Round 1: 3ch (counts as 1st tr) (1tr in next st, 2tr in next st) repeat to end sl st in top of 3ch (38 trs)
Round 2: 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 2tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 3: 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 3tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 4: 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 4tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 5: 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 5tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
To make skirt longer continue in rounds as above following inc pattern
To finish - Neaten all ends.

 
Crochet Dress with contrast trim and matching bag

Materials: 25g 4ply yarn in main and contrast, (I used Patons Soft Cotton 4ply)
Crochet hook no 3.50, 3.00 (or size to match tension)

Work bodice as crochet dressSkirt
Using contrast yarn and no 3.5 hook, rejoin yarn to base of bodice and work in rounds as follows:
Round 1: 2ch (counts as 1dc) 1dc in each chain to end slst in top of 2ch to form round (26 dc)
Round 2: change to main colour, 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in next tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,
Round 3: change to contrast 2ch, 1dc in each tr to end slst in top of 2ch
Round 4: change to main colour, 3ch, (2tr in next tr, 1 tr in each of next 2tr,) repeat to end, slst in top of 3ch,

Round 5:  as round 3
Round 6: change to main colour, 3ch, 1tr in each tr around
repeat last 2 rows 2 times
Next round: change to contrast, 2ch, (1dc, 1ch) in each dc around.
Fasten off

Neck edging
Using no 3 hook and contrast work (1dc,1ch) all around neck

Bag (work through both loops to create a firm texture)

to keep track of rounds, place a marker at the beg of round
Using no 3 hook and main colour, make 12 chain
work 1dc in each ch, then continue along bottom side of ch to make 24dc
Rounds 1: 5: work 5 rounds dc
Round 6: 8: Using contrast, work 3 rounds dc
Round 19: miss 1 dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc, 13 chain, miss 7 dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc, miss 1 dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc,13 chain, miss 7 dc, 1dc in each of next 2dc

Motif (make one in each colour)
Using no 3 hook make 4 chain, sl st in first ch to make loop
Work 6 dc in loop fasten off

To finish: Sew seam. Fasten off ends. Attach motifs to front of bag as shown in photo