Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Winter Crochet Snowflake Dress & Headband


This week I want to share with you another of my Winter Collection clothing that I made for Lily, the Winter Snowflake Dress & Matching headband.   These were actually made before the cardigan I shared with you last week.

I have had in mind for quite a while now that I wanted to create a mixed media dress.   Ever since I started lining crocheted bags with my sewing machine this idea has been playing around in my head.   I wanted to create a dress that has a crocheted top and a fabric bottom.   I love creating crocheted dresses, but when they are all made out of yarn they do have a tendency to be very heavy, which a child may not like and therefore not wear.   This is especially  a problem the larger and longer the dress gets, or the warmer you want it, especially for winter items.  Having the top crocheted and the bottom fabric seemed to solve this idea.

I had bought a few balls of the fancy yarn that Aldi had on special earlier this year and I knew I wanted to use the sparkly silver for this dress.   Its perfect for winter and reminds me of the snowflakes sparkling on the trees.   When paired with the amazing blue and white spotted fabric I found in my local hobbycraft it worked perfectly.  Even the snowflake yarn I picked up at Aldi the same day I was working on the dress fitted perfectly with the colour scheme and all seemed to bring this dress together.

The top portion is crocheted in half double crochet and is made where you divide the sleeves as you go.   Its quite a simple top nothing fancy in the stitching, I really wanted the yarn to be the star of this piece.   The sleeves are short, I wanted to give options to allow a top worn underneath, or a cardigan over the top or both or neither depending on the situation it was worn in.   The back of the dress has a opening which is closed by a small button to enable the dress to easily be put on and off.   To complete the silver section there is a row of edging in the snowflake (blue and white) yarn which just works perfectly.   I also used this yarn to create a snowflake motive to put on the dress to remind you that it is a winter piece.   The pattern I used for the snowflake is the same as in the snowflake cardigan, the motive found on Attic24's blog, this is then sewn to the dress.

Once the crocheted portion of the dress was finished, I had to figure out the skirt part.   Like a lot of little girls, Lily loves it when she is able to twirl with a dress on and make the skirt float around her, sothis dress had to have a circle skirt on the bottom to enable her to do this.   After figuring out the measurements needed, creating the circle skirt was a lot easier than I imagined it to be and within about 20 mins the skirt was cut out and ready to be sewn to the top.   I had found some amazing silver thread for my sewing machine, which was perfect for this project.   I used it to sew the crocheted top to the material skirt, and also to hem the bottom of the dress too.   I used my sewing machine to sew both parts of the skirt and it really did make it quick and easy.   However, they could just as easily be sewn by hand if you have neat stitching or no sewing machine to hand.

Once the dress was finished I immediately knew it needed an accessory to just finish it off and what better for a little girl than a headband.   This was constructed similarly to the dress, using the silver yarn as the base and finishing the details with the snowflake yarn.   It only took about 30 mins to make the headband and probably only around 4-5 hours to complete the dress, which has got to be one of the quicker clothing projects I have ever made.  Lily loves her dress and headband and so do I.   The colours all work perfectly together and really give it the lovely winter snowflake feel I was going for.   I love the simplicity of the dress and how light weight it is with the fabric bottom and I definitely intend to make more dresses with a crocheted top and fabric base.   In fact I have a Christmas idea floating in my head right now.

If you would like to make your own Snowflake dress and headband, then you can find the pattern for a child around age 4-5 here. I'll be working on a post on how to adjust sizing for clothing early next year, so if you want a different size, then watch this space.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and will join me next week for more crocheted projects,

Vicky x

Winter Snowflake Dress & Hair Band

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Aldi So Crafty Fancy Yarn – 3 x 50g balls in silver

·        25g of Aldi Rainbow Yarn in snowflake

·        5mm & 4mm hook

·        1 15mm button in blue

·        1 x 1.5m piece of cotton fabric (I chose blue with white spots)

·        Silver sewing thread

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        sl st – slip stitch

 

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        The Gauge for the Crochet section of the dress is 16 stitches and 12 rows of hdc in a 10cm square

·        This dress is designed to fit a child approximately age 4 to 5

·        The crochet section of the dress is made first and then the bottom portion is made and they are joined together.

·        I used a sewing machine to join the top and the bottom, but you could also sew by hand if required.

·        Where an instruction is put inside brackets ( ) then that instruction is to be completed in the same stitch.

·        All instructions with ( ) brackets from row 4 onwards to be worked in the ch 1 gap from the previous round

·        Turning at the end of each row ensures that the seam created stays straight down the back of the top

 

4.  Pattern

Top – work in silver 4mm hook

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 61

 

2

Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and to end, ch 1 turn

60

3

10 hdc, (hdc, ch 1 , hdc), 8 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 20 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 8 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 10 hdc, ch 1 turn

64 hdc & 4 ch 1

 

From this point on, work all instructions in ( ) in the ch 1 gap left from the previous round

 

4

11 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 10 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 22 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc),10 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 11 hdc, ch 1, turn

68 hdc & 4 ch 1

5

12 hdc , (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 12 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 24 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 12 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 12 hdc, ch 1, turn

72 hdc, & 4 ch 1

6

13 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 14 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 26, hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 14 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 13 hdc, ch 1,  turn

76 hdc & 4 ch 1

7

14 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 16 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 28 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) , 16 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 14 hdc, ch 1, turn

80 hdc & 4 Ch 1

8

15 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 18 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 30 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 18 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 15 hdc, ch 1, turn

84 hdc & 4 ch 1

9

15 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 20 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 32 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 20 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) 16 hdc, sl st, ch 1  DO NOT TURN

88 hdc & 4 ch 1

 

From now on work in the round not in rows

 

10

17 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc). 22 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 34 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 22 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 17 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

92 hdc, & 4 ch 1

11

18 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 24 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 36 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 24 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc),18 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

96 hdc & 4 ch 1

12

19 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 26 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 38 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 26 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 29 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

100 hdc & 4 ch 1

13

20 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 28 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 40 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 28 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 20 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

104 hdc & 4 ch 1

14

21 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 30 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 42 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 30 hdc (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 21 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

108 hdc & 4 ch 1

15

22 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 32 hdc (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 44 hdc (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 32 hdc (hdc, ch 1, hdc), 22 hdc, sl st, ch 1, turn

112 hdc & 4 ch 1

16

23 hdc, fold in half so the next 2 ch 1 gaps are  next to each other and put a hdc through both ch 1 gaps, this forms the first sleeve, 42 hdc, fold the next 2 ch 1 gaps together and put a hdc through both of these stitches to create the second sleeve, 23 hdc, sl st and ch 1, turn

88 hdc in main top plus 2 sleeves

17-25

Hdc around, sl st and ch 1, turn

88 hdc

 

Sl st and cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Neck edging – work in snowflake

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Sc around the top edge of the neck of the dress and down the back opening.   Put a (sc, ch 3, sc) in the top corner on the right hand side of the dress to create a button hole

 

 

Sl st to start and cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Sew button opposite side of button hole.

 

Bottom & Sleeve edging – work in snowflake

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Sc around bottom edge of the dress

 

 

Sl st to start and cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Repeat for both sleeves

 

 

To make the skirt

 

1.     Take your fabric and fold it into quarters, place to two folded edges nearest to you.

2.     With a tape measure held at the corner of the two folds measure two points, the first 3” from the top and the second 16” from the top.  

3.     Using multiple marks turn the measurements into a semi circle which should look like this.



4.      Cut along the curves at both the 16” and 3” lines and when you open out the fabric you should have a perfect circle skirt.

5.     Next you need to hem the bottom of the skirt, I did about ½” hem and sewed it in the silver thread.

6.     Finally to finish pin the top of the skirt underneath the crochet top so the top shows over the top of the skirt when finished and using the silver thread sew together.

7.     To finish off the dress I made a snowflake in the snowflake yarn  and a 5mm hook and sewed it to the top left of the dress.   The snowflake pattern is from attic24’s blog here https://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html

 

5.  Pattern

Headband – work in silver 4mm hook

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 64, sl st to join into the round

64

2

Hdc around, sl st , turn

64

3-6

Rep row 2

64

 

Sl st and cast off

 

7

In snowflake yarn, sc around both edges

64

 

Sl st and cast off, sew in ends

 

 

To finish off,  I made a snowflake in the snowflake yarn  and a 5mm hook and sewed it to the headband.   The snowflake pattern is from attic24’s blog here https://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html

 

 

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Knitted Snowflake Winter Cardigan



This week I want to share with you my Knitted Snowflake Winter Cardigan.   This is not something that I planned on making.   This was inspired by the latest release of yarn that Aldi had a couple of weeks ago.  I don't normally buy their double knit yarn, I find it quite thin and personally don't really use double knit acrylic much so I wasn't originally going to get any.   However, I found myself in my local store on release day and I fell in love with it.   It is super soft and the colours are so beautiful and so some found its way into my basket, along with some of the red, white and green mix.   The day I bought it I ended up using it as a trim on a dress (which I will share with you next week), but it inspired me so much to create this winter cardigan and the colours are just perfect for it.  Coincidentally this yarn is named snowflake and this is exactly how this cardigan has come out, like little snowflakes!

Having really enjoyed knitting Oliver's Pirate Costume I decided to have a go at knitting this one too.   In fact it pretty much uses all the same sort of stitches and ideas, but on much smaller needles.   The difference in knitting with double knit and chunky is quite large!   This took a lot longer to work up and was a lot more fiddly and reminded me why I much prefer to crochet over knit!   That said it has knitted up beautifully.   Parts of the cardigan started to pool without my even trying to get it to do so and I love how this created some lovely snowball effects in amongst the light blue to give the effect of a snowy day!   The back top half even started to give an argyle effect and this has definitely given me the idea to try and make a planned pooling crochet scarf using this yarn when I get some time.

The edge of this cardigan is done in a double rib stitch and the rest is worked up the usual 1 row of knit and 1 row of purl.   Its made in pieces and joined together.  The part I am most proud of is achieving the rib band along the side and back of the neck of the jumper.   I managed (with the help of a crochet hook) to cast of stitches through the edge of the cardigan and then used my needles with the cable in the middle (I have never actually used them before) to work the edge and I was really pleased with the effect.   I have no idea if this is a normal technique for knitting, or just something I figured out as I have a stronger crochet background but my hook and Tunisian Crochet knowledge definitely helped with this one!   I was especially pleased that I managed to figure out adding button holes to the side band too!

To finish the cardigan off, I added 5 little light blue buttons, which I happened to have in my stash but that paired beautifully with the colours of this yarn.   I also added a snowflake motif on one side of the cardigan in a silver yarn that I picked up in Aldi earlier in the year.   The motif is actually done in crochet ( I am not sure I have the knitting skills to knit one) and is a pattern I found from

blog.   Sometimes there is just no need to design something if someone has already made it exactly how I wanted it to look and this is definitely the case here.   After crocheting it up I simply sewed it on.

Overall I am happy with the cardigan, I think I could have made it a little larger so it would have fitted Lily a little longer, but it fits her nicely and will work for the rest of this winter and she seems to love wearing it.   If you would like to make your own then you can get the pattern for the Knitted Snowflake Winter Cardigan for age 3-4 below.   At some point in the new year, I will look at adding other sizes to some of my clothing designs and I have the idea of doing a blog post on how to adjust the size of clothing to fit whoever you are making it for.   But for now, I hope you enjoy this cardigan in the size it is written.

Join me next week for a matching Winter Dress & Headband.

Vicky x

Knitted Snowflake Cardigan

 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Aldi Rainbow DK yarn – 100g balls in the following colour;

o   Snowflake (3 balls)

·        Small amount of Aldi silver yarn DK

·        3.5mm & 4mm needles & 4mm crochet hook

·        3.5mm cable needles

·        5 x 15mm light blue buttons

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch holder (x 3)

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        K – knit

·        P – purl

·        Button holes – cast off 2, turn work, cast on 2 stitches, turn work knit the two stitches just cast on (then continue with pattern)

 

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        The gauge for this cardigan is 20 stitches and 26 rows in the 4mm needles working alternate rows of knit and purl

·        The cardigan is made in 5 sections and sewn together with a finishing band

·        The edging is best worked on needles with a cable in between

·        This cardigan is designed to fit a child around age 4, the finished measurements are;  52cm chest (this has some stretch) and 34cm in length.

  

4.  Pattern

Back – work 1 in snowflake in 3.5mm needles

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast of 54 stitches

54

2

(K2, P2) to end

54

3

(P2, K2) to end

54

4-7

Rep rows 1 * 2

54

 

Change to 4mm needles

 

8

K 54

54

9

P 54

54

10-81

Rep rows 8-9

54

82

Cast off 12 stitches, put next 30 stitches on a stitch holder, cast of 12 remaining stitches

 

 

Right Front Piece – Work in snowflake in 3.5mm needles

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast on 28

28

2

(K2, P2) to end

28

3-7

Rep row 2

28

 

Change to 4mm needles

 

8

K 28

28

9

P 28

28

10-81

Rep rows 8 & 9

28

82

Cast of 12 stitches, put remaining stitches on a stitch holder

 

  

Left Front Piece – Work in snowflake in 3.5mm needles

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast on 28

28

2

(K2, P2) to end

28

3-7

Rep row 2

28

 

Change to 4mm needles

 

8

K 28

28

9

P 28

28

10-81

Rep rows 8 & 9

28

82

put 16 stitches on stitch holder, cast of remaining 12 stitches

 

 

Sleeves – Work in 2 snowflake in 3.5mm needles

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast on 52

52

2

(K2, P2) to end

52

3-7

Rep row 2

52

 

Change to 4mm needles

 

8

K 28

52

9

P 28

52

10-71

Rep rows 8 & 9

52

72

Cast off 52 stitches

 

  

To put together;

1.     Holding right sides together, sew together the shoulder sections of the back and front pieces (the cast of 12 parts of both front pieces should match with the back piece)

2.     Holding right sides together, sew front pieces of the cardigan to the back along the sides, starting from the rib base and leaving a 10 cm gap to the shoulder on each side.

3.     Hold each sleeves right sides together and sew up the long side

4.     Places each sleeve so right sides are together and the seem of the sleeve is in the same places as the side seems of the cardigan and sew the sleeves in place.

5.     Sew in all ends

 

Cardigan Edging – Work in snowflake in 3.5mm needles with cable attached

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Starting at the bottom left corner of the cardigan (with it facing you) pick up a loop for each row of the side of the cardigan, (cut the yarn here) when you get to the stitch markers, place the stitches from the front left, back and then front right on to the needle, then (with new yarn) pick up a stitch from each of the rows on the right side of the cardigan.   You should now have 214 stitches on your needle looping around the inside edge of the cardigan

214

2

(K2, P2) to end

214

3-4

Rep row 2

214

5

K2, P2, make button hole across next 2 stitches, P2, (K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, make button hole across next 2 stitches, P2) x 4 then (K2, P2) to end

204 & 5 button holes

6-7

Rep row 2

214

8

Cast off and sew in ends

 

 

To finish

·        Sew 5 buttons opposite button holes.

·        Using silver & 4mm crochet hook, make a snowflake using this pattern by Attic24. https://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html

·        Sew snowflake to the front of the cardigan


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