Vintage Barbie Style

I love vintage clothes.  I have a whole rack of them in my antique shop.  I have gorgeous dresses from the forties to turn of the century to 1800’s undergarments.  I also love barbie clothes.  (I admit it, I’m still playing with dolls!)  My love of vintage styles and my love of barbie clothes have come together and I have been delving into the world of vintage styled barbie dresses.

The first two pictures here are my latest.  I love the collar and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  Earlier I had tried this collared pattern and really need to use it again.

The first vintage style that I started playing with was this one.  (Warning!  Poor picture quality ahead!  But it’s still fun to look.)

And I kept playing with this pattern…

and then I tried it in solids….

 

and then I played around with beads and lace.

All of this was a lot of fun but there was still something I hadn’t tried.  I had been wanting to use vintage hankies so I gave that a whirl.

I really love how this one turned out!  So I forged on and tried a different vintage style with a hankie.

A few of these have sold but most of them can still be found in my Etsy shop.

Hope you enjoyed looking!

Bamboo Cables Cowl

For the longest time I have been meaning to learn how to do the different foundation stitches that eliminate the need for a starting chain. But I kept putting it off, stubbornly clinging to those tedious chains for some unknown reason. When I thought about how I wanted to design this cowl, and how I wanted it to look, I realized it was time. It NEEDED foundation double crochet. And so, I set about learning. Why, why was I such a brat about putting it off? It’s amazing! And so easy! I’m in love.
I’m not even going to give you a starting chain option. Seriously, if you don’t have fdc in you life, do yourself a favor and learn it today.

Stitches used:
Foundation double crochet (Fdc) I used this tutorial.
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch
Double crochet (dc)
Front post treble crochet (FPtr)  Yarn over twice.  From front, insert hook around back of post of stitch below, yarn over, draw up a loop.  (Yarn over, pull through two loops) 3 times.
Back post treble crochet (BPtr)  Yarn over twice.  From back, insert hook around front of post of stitch below, yarn over, draw up a loop.  (Yarn over, pull through two loops) 3 times.

Hook- H/8 (5 mm)

Yarn- (4) skeins of Bambool by elsebeth lavold 50 g/92 yd.  This is a bamboo blend yarn of 80% bamboo and 20% merino wool.  This yarn has been discontinued but can be found on ebay.

Finished cowl measurements- 32 inches around x 9 inches tall

Fdc 47. Ch 2, turn.
R1) Work 1 dc in second stitch from hook. Work *1 FPtr, 2 dc*. Repeat between *’s across. Ch 2, turn.
R2) Work I dc in second stitch from hook. Work *1BPtr in FPtr below, 2 dc*. Repeat between *’s across. Ch 2, turn.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until cowl is desired length. I used all 4 of my skeins completely to get a 32 inch length.
When desired length is reached, ch 1, turn. Bring ends together and use a slip stitch to join. Finish off, weave in ends.

You may not reproduce or copy my pattern or images in any way.  You may link to my pattern from another site.  You may sell items made from my pattern as long as you give me credit.

Blankets, blankets, blankets….

When I first picked up crocheting again, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on yarn while I was re-learning, but I did want to have yarn on hand to work with.  This led to what became a very large supply of what I will call basic yarn.  I had a lot of skeins of things like Red Heart Super Saver.  There is nothing wrong with this kind of yarn, but for things like scarves and hats there are softer and cuddlier yarns on the market.  So then, what to do with all this yarn that would be a useful item, and how to make it into something that will still be soft and cuddly?

Enter this pattern- http://www.handcraftingwithlove.net/yarn/pat-avshell2.html

This was a great basic pattern that worked up quickly and, with a few adjustments, gave a finished project that was just the right amount of snuggly.

For each blanket, I used approximately 2.6 pounds of yarn.  I used the starting chain count for a 40 inch blanket, but used a N/9mm hook instead of an H hook.  This gave it a much softer texture.  For each blanket, I worked 84 rows.  This made it easy to divide colors into equal stripes when I wanted to do so.  My finished blankets measured 50 inches x 60 inches.  Just the right size to snuggle under with a good book on a cold autumn day!

 

This was the first blanket that I made.  I love how these colors came together!

 

And then another one…

and another….

and another!

And then I started using up smaller skeins of yarn with some random stripe blankets.

One in brown…

 

and one in shades of blue.

 

If you need a comfy handmade blanket in your life but don’t have time to make one for yourself, these are available in my Etsy shop here.