I was able to crochet a sweater for my Hearts for Hearts dolls! I used Sweet Pea Fashions’ “Cobblestone Sweater”.
The Cobblestone sweater pattern is rated for advance beginner. This is probably correct. When I originally tried this, I did have some troubles with the single crochet ribbing. I would forget and add a single crochet to the turning chain one. As long as you feel comfortable making crocheted rows, this pattern wasn’t too bad. Also, don’t over think the crochet chart. I was confused when I went to do the shoulders sections if I was on the correct side. But following the directions, everything came out alright.
I started with the crochet hook (size C) recommend on the 14 inch doll pattern but realized when I was halfway through the ribbing that it would not be long enough. Since I had the 18 inch doll pattern also, I did compare the two and the 18 inch pattern recommends a size D hook. I used that and was able to get the recommended size shown in the 14 inch pattern. So I do believe that is a typo between the two patterns. They both call for the same weight of yarn and the only difference I could tell was the length of ribbing needed to achieve the dimension required to fit the dolls.
The back closes with three snaps.
I think this would be easy to change-up into a sweater dress. I think it would require adding about 8 to 10 more rows of the pattern to get the length needed just so you can follow the pattern for the shoulder area.
It took about a month with an I sized crochet hook but I finally finished Yarnspiration’s “Crochet It Shawl”. It took 2 balls of the country blue Caron simply soft yarn and 1 of the taupe color. The pattern was free.
The pattern is rated as intermediate. It is all single and double crochet stitches but I think it being a triangle is why it is at intermediate. It definitely take time and counting on the pattern.
Crochet It Shawl pattern
As I was ordering Edward’s Menagerie Dogs book, I realized I never made anything from the Birds book. Thus the next crochet project was a bird.
Ethel the Kiwi is a level one. I picked out this one since it was simple and the embellishments of loop chains is easy and similar to the sheep I previously made. Like before, I used a size H crochet hook and Red Heart yarn for my bird.
The birds are definitely more tricky than the original menagerie. The legs are very challenging. I had never had to split a round before and that is the method used to make the toes. Also, the thin 6 stitch sections made it hard to stuff the knee of the birds.
The body and head are constructed as a single piece. I was afraid of over stuffing my kiwi that before I was doing the loop chains, I went back and added stuffing to it. It is possible after the piece is closed up. I used a pencil eraser and small amounts of stuffing and pushed it through the stitches up near the neck of the bird. That was where the lack of stuffing was the most noticeable.
I think I prefer the original menagerie over the birds and am not sure if I will make another bird.
Right now, I am working on several skirts and finishing up a new outfit for Kirsten. With nicer weather coming soon (hopefully), I should be able to get a few projects that are lacking pictures taken to share on the blog.
I have been working on a crochet blanket since September but progress on it is very slow. I needed a break and decided to crochet my dolls a poncho.
I used the K-sized crochet hook and the left over Red Heart yarn from my koala and sheep. I really liked that Yarnpirations had a video that I could follow along when I needed it. It was simpler than I had thought it would be but I think that is because I was able to watch the video to see it being done.
Since I was using left over yarn, the collar is only 9 stitches wide. The collar is sort of awkward size, if I had it to redo, I probably would have used 6 or 7 slip stitches. 9 stitches does not fold over as nicely. I guess I can always hand stitch the “corners” of the neckline down to get a nicely folded collar. Also, the sides are only 4 slip stitches wide.
Boris the red squirrel proved to be just too tricky. I can’t seem to get the color change in the cheeks to look right on his face. As of now, the squirrel is in pieces in a bag awaiting the day when I am better able to make its head.
Next up on the menagerie was Samuel the Koala. Granted my mom would say I need to make another Dorset sheep so I stop taking the one I made her. But I really wanted a koala.
Samuel is a level 2. So it was just a simple color change for his nose and a light color to trim his ears. Like before, I used Red Heart super saver yarn and a size H crochet hook.
I really should have been working on making a squirrel from the Edward’s Menagerie, but I really wanted something that I could complete in a day. Instead, I pulled out Leisure Arts 6254’s booklet on dishcloth.
I started off with the first pattern in the book, Spiral. I used a G hook (4.25) and cotton yarn (Peaches and Cream if I remember correctly). The pattern was easy to follow. I just crochet very slow, so this one took me a couple of hours on Saturday and a couple more on the Sunday to finish. I really like the finished dishcloth. It looked and felt fairly substantial.
Then, as I was still putting off the squirrel, I went head and started the lacy dishcloth. This time, I went ahead and used the hook I got with the Crocheted Animal pals kit since it was a 4.0mm and the same ball of cotton yarn. The lacy dishcloth took about the same amount of time as the spiral. In the end, it doesn’t really look like a dishcloth. I think it is all the “holes” in the dishcloth that make me think that.
For a mother’s day surprise, I decided to make another animal from Edward’s Menagerie. Flipping through the level two critters, Hank the Dorset Sheep stood out. It was one which I could use the left over yarn from Emma the Bunny.
Like Emma, Hank was created with a size H hook. All the pieces (head, limbs, tail and ears) are created separately using either the general form instruction or critter specific instructions and sometimes a mix of both. After all the pieces are made, then you sew the pieces onto the body. The hardest part of putting together the animal was sewing the legs on. I was able to get Hank’s legs on in the first try. I used two straight pins and pinned the legs on. Then after waiting for thirty minutes to make sure the sheep could sit, I attached the two legs.
The fleece is chain loops. It took me a little while to get all the fleece completed.