My girls, Nikki and Daisy, made a very important decision today. Nikki finally confessed to me that she didn’t like the way the leggings looked on her. And Daisy being my little Tomboy confessed that she truly wanted them. So now the new outfit belongs to Daisy. What do you think?
Part II: Crocheting the Sweater the First Time Through
So the crochet stitch pattern, the crochet hook size, and the thread have been chosen. I first went through my stash of crochet hooks to find the one size D that I own. When my sister tested my first sweater pattern, she had to buy a size D. She went to Hancock’s and Joanne’s with no luck and was about to give up when I found it online at Walmart. So she went to Walmart and bought it there. Now why didn’t the needlecraft stores have it? But I digress. Now to dig out all the Perle Cotton thread in that pretty wine color. I hope I have enough.
Can I use my first pattern as a starting point? Well, let’s give it a try. Here is how it went.
Eight rows into the sweater I realize I’ve dropped a couple of stitches. But where? And how far back will I have to rip? Arrrrrgh! Four rows back! Why didn’t I catch this sooner? And Nikki is wanting to know when her sweater is going to be done. Every 5 minutes she is asking if it is done yet. I’m working on it Nikki. Be a good little doll and go play with Daisy and Pansy.
So now that more than half the sweater is ripped back to just before I made my first mistake, and I re-crochet the next four rows. Then row nine and I think this is where I want to change things up a bit. Started with the new crochet stitch pattern, and things are looking really good until……Oh, man, I don’t have enough stitches for my pattern! But I counted!! What went wrong? Double Arrrrrrgh! I needed one more stitch. Well, this is just a first run so that I will know where to make adjustments I tell myself. And so I cheat a little on the pattern so I can continue – only I will know.
After writing a note on my pattern of the change I need to make, I finish the sweater and barely have enough thread. Whew! Now to make something for Nikki to wear with the sweater. How about some leggings and a tank top? Do I have a pattern? No. So to the internet I go. After a google search, I have both of those patterns and a tutorial for making the cutest ruffled skirt.
I need knit fabric for the outfit. Surely I have some somewhere. Searching. Searching. Oh, hey! Why not use those old t-shirts I stashed away for making t-shirt yarn? Here’s a deep forest green. That’ll work! Cutting. Sewing. Searching for the Velcro. Cutting. Sewing. Done!
Hey, Nikki, come try on your new outfit. What do you think?
Nikki, stop jumping on the bed!
The second time through on this sweater is coming soon. Maybe I’ll get the count right this time.
Lana, Daisy, Pansy and Nikki
Part I: Auditioning Crochet Stitch Patterns Don’t you just love those sketches in the crochet books that represent a crochet stitch pattern? That question was asked with more than a hint of sarcasm. Could you tell? LOL I guess I could invest in a crochet encyclopedia that had pictures of actual pieces of crochet work in each pattern. But even that would not be very helpful because the choice of thread and size of crochet hook can make a huge difference in how the piece looks. I have been crocheting small swatches of different stitch patterns today in order to get a better idea of how each might work in a sweater for 18” dolls such as American Girl. Here are the swatches I’ve crocheted so far: The first two were done with baby yarn and the last one is crochet thread. All were done with the same size hook. The last two are actually the same pattern. Perfect example of how different a crocheted piece can look when done in different threads or yarns. Different size hooks can make them look different as well. Which one did I choose? The last one! I wanted something lacy that looked difficult to do but, in fact, is easy. I can’t wait to see how it works out.