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Monday, 13 August 2012

Free pattern dolls sweaters

These Sweater Ornaments make great package toppers and ornaments that may be hung from your Christmas tree. Or they can be used as decorations. You can make them smaller or larger by using various weight threads or yarns. The sweaters pictured above were make using size 10 thread and sparkly thread.

RATING: Intermediate(I always rate thread projects as intermediate although there's nothing too terribly difficult in this except the joining of the sleeves may be a new technique for some crocheters)

MATERIALS
Small amount of Size 10 Cotton in Color A (and B if desired) for a smaller sweater. I used a Sparkly red and white for one of my sweaters (OR Small amount of Fingering weight Sock yarn for a larger sweater )

Steel hook 1.50 mm - (Clover Size 2 hook or a 8 Steel hook) or a hook that you feel comfortable with

Embellishments (optional) : Tiny Flowers, beads etc. You can also carry a strand of Sulky metallic thread with your crochet cotton for more glitz.
(See the blue and white sweaters above)

GAUGE: Doesn't matter. Switch to larger hook if too small or switch to smaller hook if too big

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Don't chain after the slip st because it leaves a definite line - just hdc right in the first st pulling up a long loop. 
2. Always crochet your first stitch in the same stitch as your slip stitch

STRIPES: if making stripes, start out with Color A and crochet 2 rounds, then change to Color B and crochet 1 round. Keep alternating 
colors having 2 rows of A and 1 row of B. Or invent your own striping patterns.

SPECIAL STITCHES
Hdc dec over next 2 sts: yo hook, insert hook in next st, yo and bring up a loop, insert hook in next st, yo and
bring up a loop, yo and draw through all loops on the hook

ARMS - Make two Both Arms MUST BE MADE Before beginning the sweater

ROW 1: Leaving a long tail. Ch 9. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch. Sl st in first st to form a ring - you'll be 
working in Rounds from now on. (8 sts) With Long tail , sew first and last st together and weave in ends

RND 2: Hdc in each st (8 sts)

RND 3: Hdc in each st. Finish off and weave in all ends

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SWEATER - Starting at the bottom of the sweater:

ROW 1: Leaving a long tail , ch 23. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch, sl st in 1st st to form a ring(22 sts). Thread long tail through needle and wind through 1st st and weave in. (you can wait until later to do this if desired). you'll be working in rounds from now on





RNDS 2-3: Hdc in each st, sl st in 1st st.

RND 4: Hdc in next 5 sts of sweater, *Holding Sleeve with last row facing towards the top, hdc in each of the 8 sts around Rnd 3 of sleeve, *, hdc in next 11 sts on sweater, repeat from * to * . ending hdc in last 6 sts, sl st in 1st st (38 sts)

RND 5: Mark beginning of each rnd. Hdc in next 5 sts ,* hdc dec over next 2 sts, hdc in next 6 sts on sleeve, hdc dec over next 2 sts,* hdc in next 9 sts, rep from * to * once, ending hdc in last 4 sts , sl st in first st (34 sts)

RND 6: Hdc in next 5 sts ,* hdc dec over next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts on sleeve, hdc dec over next 2 sts,* hdc in next 9 sts, rep from * to * once, ending hdc in last 4 sts , sl st in first st (30 sts)

RND 7: Hdc in next 5 sts ,* hdc dec over next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts on slv, hdc dec over next 2 sts,* hdc in next 9 sts, rep from * to * once, ending hdc in last 4 sts , sl st in first st (26 sts)

RND 8: Hdc in next 4 sts ,* hdc dec over next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts on slv, hdc dec over next 2 sts,* hdc in next 8 sts, rep from * to * once, ending hdc in last 2 sts , sl st in first st (22 sts)

RND 9: ( hdc dec over next 2 sts) around. (11 sts)

RND 10: Sc in each st. fasten off and weave in ends. 

You can hot glue small flowers or beads onto your sweater if desired.

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