Friday, April 20, 2012

Your Wish List and mine

I've had requests for a pattern for Princess Seam dresses, an easy starter dress, and a hoodie with capris.  What's on your wish list for patterns for Kidz n Cats?  Do you have other dolls for which you want patterns? 
Leave your suggestions in the comments box and I'll put them on The List.

Progress: Almost done with the Princess Seam dresses pattern (thanks for the idea, Pauline). 

On my Wish List is a tester who can commit to a 24-48 hour turnaround on trying out my sewing patterns.  The upside: free patterns.  The downside is finding the flaws (if any) and critiquing my work.

If  you want to help as a tester, you can contact me via email or in the comments.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Free Kidz n Cats Crochet Tank Top or Camisole

Here's a quick little top for your Kidz n Cats doll. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour for an experienced crocheter. I'm new at blogging, so I need to learn how to make a "Printer Friendly Version". In the meantime, I guess the only option is to highlight the pattern and print or save it.

Have fun, and if you get a chance, let me know how it worked and if you had any problems with the pattern.

Quick Tank Top / Camisole

For Kidz n Cats

And other slim 18 inch dolls

a Dollwear by Miss Connie Design

Materials: Size G (4 mm) crochet hook, DK (size 3) yarn. I used Caron’s Simply Soft for the purple example. The peach is made with British DK yarn, brand unknown.

Begin: Chain 54 (“Foundation chains”)

Row 2: Dc in 2nd ch from hook . Dc in next 5 FC. Ch 6, skip 15 FC, Dc in next 12 FC, Ch 6, skip FC, Dc in last 6 ch.

Row 3: Ch 2 (counts as first dc in this and all following rows). Dc in each dc and chain across

Row 4: Ch 2, Dc in each dc across.

Rows 5-7: Repeat Row 4 Note: You can crochet 7, 8 or 9 rows for different lengths. Models are shown with 8 rows.

Back Vent and Straps: Working along the back vent, 2 dc in each dc-post to the top corner. 3 sc in corner FC.

Sc in top of next 5 dc. Decrease over the next 2 st (dc and FC). This makes an “inside corner” that reduces the angle for straps that stay on the shoulders better. All the Decreases will involve one dc and one FC, whichever is first.

* Sc in each stitch up to 1 st before the next inside corner. Decrease over the next 2 sts (a ch and a dc, or vice versa).* Repeat from * to* 2 more times.

Sc to last dc. 3 sc in corner. Work 2 sc in each dc post down the other back vent.

Optional: If you would like to edge the armholes, attach yarn at underarm and sc around to the first st. Join with sl st, neaten yarn ends. Make sure both armholes have the same number of stitches.

Cut yarn, weave in loose ends to neaten. Fasten tips of yarn to inside of the Tank Top with a small drop of FabriTac glue or other fabric friendly glue.

Add 3 snaps or buttons on back vent for closures. Use the dc posts as buttonholes.

Decorate as desired.

Buttons, Bows, Rhinestones, Lace, Ribbon, Glue-On fabric pieces, Felt cut-outs, Fur, Feathers, Fuzzy Yarn……

Purrr..ty Please


What About the Cat?

Use the same hook and yarn as for your Kidz.

Chain 27 (foundation chains = FC)

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 3 ch (5 dc)

Ch 2, skip 4 FC, dc in next 8 FC.

Ch 2, skip 4 FC, dc in last 5 FC

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Dc in each dc and ch across (22 dc)

Row 3: Ch 2, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next 2 dc.

Dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next 2 dc,

Dc in last 5 dc.

Back vent and straps: Ch 1, 2 sc in each dc post to the top corner. 3 sc in corner FC.

Sc in next 3 FC, dec in next 2 FC

Sc in next 2 FC, dec in next 2 FC

Sc in next 6 FC, dec in next 2 FC

Sc in next 2 FC, dec in next 2 FC

Sc in next 3 FC, 3 sc in corner.

2 sc in each dc post down back vent.

Finish as for the Kidz top, but use 2 snaps or buttons. Decorate to coordinate with the Kidz top.

Thank you to Anne who tested the pattern for me.