Monday, 18 September 2017

Teddy Bear Halloween dress and hat

The days are getting chilly and autumn is almost here so its a good time to think about the next event in the calendar Halloween. 
This dress and hat is based on a pattern I made for Barbie (available as a free download on Ravelry)
The dress is a simple feather and fan stitch at the hem and garter stitch for the bodice.  Using garter stitch means there is no need to knit fussy neck and arm edges.  The dress was fairly simple to design but the hat was a bit tricky.  As you know Teddy Bear heads are an unusual shape so its not easy to design a hat that actually stays in place.  I tried sewing on elastic hair bands,  making  holes for the ears (not a good look for a witches hat!) Then came up with this pattern which stays in place if slightly askew or can be pulled down over the ears.  
My model is Build a Bear Lil Cub 15" but if you bear is small or larger you could easily adjust the pattern.

Please let me know how find this pattern and post a photo on Ravelry.




Teddy Bear Halloween Dress and Hat



Will fit a 15" build a bear
The actual measurement of the dress is 8" from hem to shoulder and 16" around chest.  


You will need:
 
Black and purple dress and hat:  100g dk yarn black, 25g dk yarn in purple, 25g dk lilac
Black and orange dress and hat:  100g dk yarn black, 50g dk yarn in orange (I used James C Brett Twinkle for a bit of sparkle)
No 3.25mm and 4mm needles.
Tension: 22sts x 30 rows over 4” using no 4mm needles and pattern            
Abreviations: k: knit, p: purl, tog: together, sts: stitches, k2tog: knit 2 together, ss: stocking stitch, yon: yarn on needle, rep: repeat
           
Black and Purple dress and hat

Dress
Back and front (both alike)
Using no 3.25 needles and purple, cast on 72sts
Work 2 rows in garter stitch (every row knit)
Change to no 4mm needles 
1st row: *(k2tog) 2 times, (yon, k1) 3 times, k2tog, **, rep from * to** to end of row
2nd row: knit
3rd row: knit
4th row: purl *** fasten off purple
Change to lilac
Repeat rows 1 to 4, fasten off lilac
Change to black
Repeat rows 1 to 2
Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 4.5ins ending on a wrong side
Change to purple  (don’t fasten off black)
Next row:  k2, k2tog to last 2sts, k2 across row (38sts)
Next row:  knit
Work 2 rows gs in black
Work 2 rows gs in purple
Following pattern of 2 rows purple and 2 rows black throughout, work another 4 rows gs

Shape armhole:
(right side facing)  Cast off 4sts at the beginning of next 2 rows.
Next row: k2tog, k to last 2sts, k2tog (28sts)
Work 9 rows garter stitch
Neck shaping
Next row: k8, turn, continue on 8sts:
Next row: knit
Next row: k5, k2tog, k1 (7sts)
Next row:  knit
Next row: k4, k2tog, k1 (6sts)
Work 7 rows garter stitch (check length of straps against your bear to ensure a good fit)
Cast off. Fasten off yarn leaving a tail for sewing seam.
Right front
With right side facing, rejoin yarn (following colour stripes) Cast off 12sts loosly
Next row: k8, turn, continue on 8sts:
Next row: knit
Next row: k1, k2tog, k5 (7sts)

Next row:  knit
Next row: k1, k2tog, k4 (6sts)
Work 7 rows garter stitch (check length of straps against your bear to ensure a good fit)
Cast off. Fasten off yarn leaving a tail for sewing seam.

To finish
Sew side seams
Sew shoulder seams
Fasten off all ends

Hat

Using 4mm needles and black, cast on 136sts
Work 4 rows in garter stitch
Then 6 rows stocking stitch
Next row:       k2tog across row     (68sts)
Next row:       knit
Change to purple
Work 4 rows gs, fasten off purple
Using black work 2 rows ss
Next row:       k1, (k2tog, k16) 3 times, k2tog, k11   64sts
Next row:       purl
Next row:       k1, (k2tog, k15) 3 times, k2tog, k10   60sts
Next row:       purl
Following dec as set in last 2 rows, continue to 24sts, ending on a purl row
Next row:       k1, (k2tog, k5) 3 times, k2tog    20sts
Next row:       purl
Next row        k1, (k2tog, k4) 3 times, k1   17sts
Next row:       purl
Next row        k1, (k2tog, k3) 3 times          14sts
Next row:       purl
Next row        k1, (k2tog, k2) 3 times, k1      11sts
Next row:       purl
Next row:       k1, (k2tog, k1) 3 times, k1       8sts
Next row:       purl
Next row:       k2tog 4 times
Next row:       p2tog 2 times
Cast off

Black and orange dress and hat

Dress
Back and front (both alike)
Using no 3.25 needles and black, cast on 72sts
Work 2 rows in garter stitch (every row knit)
Change to no 4mm needles 
1st row: *(k2tog) 2 times, (yon, k1) 3 times, k2tog, **, rep from * to** to end of row
2nd row: knit
3rd row: knit
4th row: purl ***
Repeat rows 1 to 4, 3 times
Change to orange
Repeat rows 1 to 4 then 1 to 2

Continue using orange work in ss to 4.5”
Continue as black and purple dress BUT working stripes on bodice, 4 rows black and 4 rows orange.


Orange and black hat
Using 4mm needles and orange, cast on 136sts
Change to black and using black throughout continue as black and purple hat






Saturday, 3 September 2016

Teddy Aran Jacket and Ugg boots




This is an easy pattern, ideal for beginners.  I used Wendy Aran and used just over 100g of yarn.  

Will fit most 15/17" build a bears.

My model is Lil Cub Build a Bear.  















A PDF pattern can be downloaded here:

Teddy Aran Jacket and Ugg boots





Measurements:  15/17” Teddy bear.
15/17” chest 16”, length 8”, sleeve seam 3.5”
Materials:
100g Aran weight knitting yarn (US worsted) I used  Aran) approx 220yards,
6 buttons
Needles
size 4mm (US 6) and 5mm (US8), cable needle
Tension: 16sts -24 rows to 4in in stocking stitch using no 5mm needles (or the size required to give correct tension.
Abbreviations:
k: knit, p: purl, ss: stocking stitch (one row plain, one row purl),  garter stitch: every row knit, inc: increase, dc: decrease, beg: beginning, sts: stitches, tog: together, patt: pattern, tbl: through back loops, sl: slip, yf: yarn forward psso: pass slipped stitch over, M1: pick up loop between next 2 sts and k into back.
TW2: Twist Two.  knit into front of second st on left hand needle,  knit into front of  first st on left hand needle, slip both sts from needle together.
C4b: slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work, k2 then k2 from cable needle



Back
 Using smaller needles cast on 42sts
Work 5 rows in garter stitch 
Next row: k11, (inc in next st) 2 times, k16, (inc in next st) 2 times, k11    46sts
Change to larger needles
Row 1:  (k6, p1, tw2, p2, c4b, p2, tw2, p1) 2              
times, k6
Row 2:  (p6, k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1) 2             
times, p6
Row 3:  (k6, p1, tw2, p2, k4, p2, tw2, p1) 2 times, k6
Row 4:  as row 2
Row 5:  as row 3
Row 6:  as row 2
These 6 rows form the cable pattern
Work a further 18 rows in pattern
Shape armholes
Cast off 4sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Work 18 rows in pattern
Next row:  cast off 8sts at beg on next 2 rows. 
Leave 22sts on holder

Left Front
Using smaller needles cast on 24sts
Work 5 rows in garter stitch 
Next row: k11, (inc in next st) 2 times, k11    26sts
Change to larger needles
Row 1:  k6, p1, tw2, p2, c4b, p2, tw2, p1, k6
Row 2:  p6, k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1, k6
Row 3:  k6, p1, tw2, p2, k4, p2, tw2, p1, k6
Row 4:  as row 2
Row 5:  as row 3
Row 6:  as row 2
These 6 rows form the cable pattern with garter stitch front border
Work a further 18 rows in pattern
Shape armholes
Next row:  cast off 4sts pattern to end
Keeping pattern correct work 10 rows
Shape neck (wrong side facing) cast off 8sts, pattern to end   (14sts)
Dec 1st at neck edge on next 6 rows    (8sts)
Work 2 more rows in pattern
Cast off

Right Front 
Using smaller needles cast on 24sts
Work 2 rows in garter stitch 
Buttonhole row:  k1, k2tog, yf k to end (work buttonhole on every 12th row)
Work 2 rows in garter stitch
Next row: k11, (inc in next st) 2 times, k11    (26sts)
Change to larger needles
Row 1:  k6, p1, tw2, p2, c4b, p2, tw2, p, k6
Row 2:  p6, k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1, k6
Row 3:  k6, p1, tw2, p2, k4, p2, tw2, p1, k6
Row 4:  as row 2
Row 5:  as row 3
Row 6:  as row 2
These 6 rows form the cable pattern with garter stitch front border
Work a further 19 rows in pattern
Shape armholes
Next row:  wrong side facing, cast off 4sts pattern to end
Keeping pattern correct work 9 rows
Shape neck (right side facing) cast off 8sts, pattern to end  (14sts)
Dec 1st at neck edge on next 6 rows    (8sts)
Work 2 more rows in pattern Cast off

Sleeves (make 2)
Using smaller needles cast on 34sts
Work 5 rows in garter stitch 
Next row: k16, (inc in next st) 2 times, k16   36sts
Change to larger needles
Row 1:  k11, p1, tw2, p2, c4b, p2, tw2, p1, k11
Row 2:  p11, k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1,pk 11
Row 3:  k11, p1, tw2, p2, k4, p2, tw2, p1, k11
Row 4:  as row 2
Row 5:  as row 3
Row 6:  as row 2
These 6 rows form the cable pattern
 Work a further1o rows in pattern, place a marker at each end last row
Work a further 4rows in pattern (20 pattern rows in total)
Cast off loosely

Collar
Sew shoulder seams
Using 5mm needles, with right side facing, beginning at edge of right front pick up and knit st just after garter stitch border, pick up and knit a further 13sts along front next edge, knit 22sts across back, pick up and knit 14sts down left front, ending just before garter stitch border.  50sts
Work 16 rows in garter stitch. Cast off loosely.

To finish
Sew side seams.  Sew sleeve seams to markers.  Sew in sleeves evenly placing centre of sleeves to shoulder seams.
Sew buttons on left front to correspond with buttonholes.
Finish off ends.

Ugg Boots

Right boot
Using no 4.75 needles cast on 20sts
Row 1:  knit
Row 2:  k1, m1, k8, m1, k2, m1, k8, m1 k1
Row 3:  knit
Row 4:  k2, m1, k8, m1, k4, m1, k8, m1 k2
Row 5:  knit
Row 6:  k3, m1, k8, m1, k6, m1, k8, m1 k3
Row 7:  knit
Row 8:  k4, m1, k8, m1, k8, m1, k8, m1 k4 
Row 9:  knit
Row 10:  k5, m1, k8, m1, k10, m1, k8, m1 k5  
Row 11:  knit
Row 12:  k14, m1, k12, m1, k14   (42sts)
Starting with k row, work 6 rows stocking stitch
Shape  top
Row 1:  k26, s1,k1,psso, turn  
Row 2:  s1, p10, p2tog, turn
Row 3:  s1, k10, s1, k1,psso, turn
Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice
Row 8:  s1, p10, p2tog, turn
Row 9:  s1, k to end of row across all sts   
(34sts)
Staring with p row, work 11 rows stocking
stitch *

Cuff
Knit to last 8sts, turn
Cast on 2sts, knit to end
Work a further 6 rows garter stitch on 26sts
Cast off
With right side facing knit rejoin yarn to
remaining 8sts,
work 8 rows garter stich
Cast off

Left boot
Work as right boot to *
Cuff
Knit 8sts turn
Work 7 rows garter stitch on 8sts
Cast off
With right side facing knit rejoin yarn to
remaining 26sts,
Cast on 2sts knit to end
work 6 rows garter stich
Cast off

Join foot and back seam
Slightly overlap side edges of cuff and sew
down 2 cast off stiches to secure.
Sew on buttons as photo.