Friday, 18 November 2016

SWEATER & HEADBAND FOR AARTI

crochet girls sweater, crochet headband

SWEATER & HEADBAND FOR AARTI

This is a really simple project for a cute young lady.  I gave a whole set of ideas to the mum and she wanted something ‘really simple’.  None of the really simple ones that I sent were simple enough, but here's what I've done.
Thanks for joining me once again as we work on and discover this new pattern together. J

Materials usedToday I’ve used ~ 200 gms of the lovely Green color Bella Baby Baby Wonder & 50 gms of White Bella Baby Marvel Soft Baby 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
Col 80283950 , Lot 4052
Optional : Stitch marker
For Indians : The yarn I’ve used is a lot like our 3 / 4 ply Indian Oswal Cashmilon

Size made : For a 5 yr old

Difficulty level : Intermediate Skill level

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

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 dc row 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 video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8


How to join sides with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join sides with whip stich : Check the links below :


Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                              sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                       hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                               yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                     sc : Single crochet


Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

crochet sweater, crochet head band

The original pattern for this is from
www.redheart.com and is titled the Child's friendship knot sweater No WR 1980



This is a free pattern, but its for a top – and has just one front and one back.  I am using this pattern to make a front open sweater, so following the pattern with a twist. Here are my notes as I make this pattern.  Please refer to the original link for the pattern of the top.  Thank you.

The pattern starts at the bottom ribbing and we work our way up to the armholes and neck/shoulders.  For the ribbing, we will work up and down in back loops to get the ribbed effect. 

Once we’re done with the ribbing, we will pick up stitches along one side of the ribbed edge (which forms the width of our sweater or top) and then work side to side all the way up to the shoulders. 



1.       I started with 12 fsc for the front band which equals about 2” of ribbing.

2.     My yarn is pretty thin, so I found it a little tedious to work a slip stitch in each back loop, and have worked an sc instead – so used the sc-blo or Single Crochet in back loops only for my ribbed bottom start.

3.     I am working on a sweater with two fronts and one back. I started per pattern with the ribbing for the back, and worked as many inches as needed for the back (i.e half round waist measure).  The pattern works the ribbing along the width first, and then the number of rows you will work will depend on the length or half round waist measure.

4.     For the two fronts, if you are planning on a small button placket, then calculate the width you’ll need for this placket and then work only as many inches as needed after deducting placket width.  So say your round waist measure is 24”.  You will work 12” for the back.  Then if you decide say 2” button placket, you will work a total of 10” for fronts, so 5” only per front side. Got it?

5.     The pattern is absolutely awesome and so simple – and can be worked totally in one colour.  Just for a difference, I’ve added a second color, and I thought that this really brought out the stitch pattern.

6.     The pattern has a slight armhole decrease and shaping.  I’ve decided not to shape at all, and make one rectangle for the back and fronts (straight armhole) and then make two rectangles (without shaping of round arm at the end) for the sleeves.  As I wanted to ensure that the stripes (in my alternate color) went down the arm (as against round the arm), I’ve worked a rectangle with the start fsc row that will be the length of the arm, less the cuff width.  For the cuff, I am going to repeat the ribbing pattern that is worked along the bottom of the sweater.

7.     Finally for finishing it all neatly off, I am going to work in a placket that will start from the front, go around the back and then return to the front placket.  Work in the missed stitches for the button holes when working in the placket. 


Part 2 : Headband

crochet head band








I used the belt pattern given to make a headband.
1.       I started with 10 fsc and worked 5” as given in pattern till the row splits into two sets of 5 sts each

2.     Instead of the suggested sc, I’ve used hdc in each st till end, mainly because my yarn is pretty thin.. and I feel that the hdc will show the pattern off better.

3.     I followed all instructions till making of the knot and stitching it securely.  I’ve the re-attached my yarn at one end, and extended the strip till I have the length needed for my headband. 

4.     I then joined the strip to the other end to make it one continuous round headband.

5.     The other idea is to attach a satin ribbon to either sides of this knotted strip, and that can be used either as a headband or a belt.  A light scarf will even make it a trendy headpiece for an adult.  Go ahead and create.. remember to tag me though, so we can all ooh and aah together on your creation.


Part 3 : Make your own button


I should also share a new idea I had for the button. I had these lovely little pink beads that I’d already used on that final row, and thought they’d look lovely as a button. So first I took a regular shirt /pant button and covered it with a little fabric.  I then sewed in the beads onto that little fabric top.  The base of the button was easy to attach on, as there is the fabric to hold on to.. and I think the end result is pretty amazing.. what do you think?

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Part 4 : Finishing

Attach the sleeves.  Add in your buttons.  Fasten and weave in all ends.  Ta da ! You’re done!  What a beauty you’ve created. I’m so happy and proud, and I’m sure you are too.

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