Friday, 19 February 2016

A REALLY CUTE MOUSE CAP, SHOES n DIAPER SET


A REALLY CUTE MOUSE CAP, SHOES n DIAPER SET

I am so thrilled to be making my first cap, shoes n diaper set.. and so I chose my favourite cartoon character, Minnie Mouse. Thanks to the World Wide Web and Knotty Knotty crochet, I found a really cute ready-made pattern... and then I've added tweaked it just a bit , so here are those  notes for you.   J

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millennium acrylic yarn  with a 4 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                   dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                      ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                      rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                           
fdc : Foundation double crochet      

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

For most of the pattern I’ve used the links I’ve found given below… and then I’ve added my notes of how I’ve joined and added the little difference .. well, I’m not sure if it’s a ‘difference’, but as I felt there are a few gaps in the instructions given in the links below, I’m hoping that my notes fill those in.

So may I suggest that you scroll through the full write up first, before clicking on these links.  J


For the little Mouse cap with little flaps, I’ve used this link from Knotty Knotty Crochet http://knottyknotty.blogspot.in/2013/05/minnie-little-mouse-hat-shoes-and-skirt.html




For the cute little shoe that I made all in red, I used yet another link from Knotty Knotty Crochet http://knottyknotty.blogspot.in/2013/03/pretty-plain-little-mary-jane-free.html




There’s a cute little bow pattern here http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-pretty-pretty-bow/



The diaper cover pattern is another freebie from here http://cbraden7.blogspot.in/2011/08/diaper-cover-pattern.html


Here’s an awesome link for sizing of head for baby caps http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/08/baby-hat-knitting-sizes/


Here is a really neat link for sizing of diapers for babies https://in.pinterest.com/pin/190769734191107008/


The sizing for the diaper given was too small for me, so here’s what I’ve done.  I’ve used much of Knotty Knotty’s pattern and give her total credit for this.  
Instructions below are for the difference(s) I've made in my project.

DIAPER INSTRUCTIONS

Start with white yarn and 60 fsc.  Turn.
Row 1 : dc in each fsc till end. Turn.
Row 2 : dc in each dc till end. Turn.
Row 3 : dc in each dc till end. Turn.
Row 4 : sl-st in the 1st 15 sts, dc in each dc till last 15 sts. Skip last 15 sts. Turn.
Row 5 : dc in each dc till end. Turn.
Row 6 : dc 2-tog over 1st 2 dc ; dc in each dc till last 2 dc ; dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc. Turn.
Row 7 - 11 : dc 2-tog over 1st 2 dc ; dc in each dc till last 2 dc ; dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc. Turn.
Row 12 - 17 : dc in each dc till end. Turn.
Row 18 : sc in each dc till end , then go all around in sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.




SKIRT INSTRUCTIONS :
I’ve used much of Knotty Knotty’s pattern and give her total credit for this. However, as I've made a slightly larger diaper, I had to tweak the skirt instructions a bit too.

Start with red yarn 60 fsc. 
Row 1 : dc in each fsc till end. Turn.
Row 2 : (Increase row) : dc in 1st dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; (dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) till end. Turn.
Row 3 : hdc in each dc till end. Turn.
Row 4 - 7 : hdc in each hdc till end. Turn.
Row 8 : ch 1, sk 1st 2 hdc, 5 dc in the next hdc ; sk next 2 hdc, sl-st in the next hdc ; (sk next 2 hdc, 5 dc in the next hdc ; sk next 2 hdc, sl-st in the next hdc) ; rep (to) till end. Turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

FOR THE TAIL :
I did a fdc "rope" of 48 fdc, using black  yarn.
Leave a long tail for attachment.  Weave in ends from start side.

I attached the tail to the back centre of the diaper bottom.

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !


FOR THE POLKA DOTS : 

Start with white yarn and a magic circle ; 8 sc in the magic circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.
Round 1 : sc in the 1st sc ; (2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc) ; rep (to) all around ; 2 sc in the last sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.
Fasten off and leave a large tail for attachment.

I made six little circles, and attached them at the centre of every third scallop, starting from the 2nd scallopped / shelled centre).  This means that when the two ends of the front come together, it looks seemless and the lil polka dots are neatly and evenly divided apart.

FINISHING FOR SKIRT n DIAPER :

I’ve attached the tops of the white diaper and the red skirt from end to end, and as there are the same number of start stitches, it’s a neat attachment.
I’ve then put the two buttons on the centre flap of the diaper bit, such that it will loop into the first row of dc of the side flaps and will be neatly covered by the skirt





I just loved the end result and once again, thanks to Knotty Knotty crochet for making this a little simpler for us all. J

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