Color-Ringed Suit



Source: http://handmadebymother.blogspot.com/2009/06/summertime-and-crochetin-is-easy.html

SIZES:  Directions for girls’ size 4.  Changes for 6, 8 and 10 in parentheses.

Body Chest Size:  23’’ (24’’-27’’-28 1/2’).

Blocked Chest Size (closed):  23’’ (24’’-27’’-28 1/2’’)

MATERIALS: J. & P. Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen, 1 (2-2-2) balls each of Skipper Blue (SB), Nu-Purple (NP), Watermelon (W), Mid Rose (R),  Parakeet (P) and Aqua (A).  Steel crochet hook No. 1. (Or English size 3.) 1 1/2 yards round or oval elastic.

GAUGE: 11 hdc = 2’’; 4 rows = 1’’. 

Notes: Suit is worked with double strand of each color throughout.  Cut and join colors as needed.

STRIPED PATTERN: With 2 strands, work 1 row each  of NP, A, P, SB, R, W.  Repeat these 6 rows for striped pat.

TOP:  BACK: Beg at lower edge, with 2 strands NP, ch 62 (65-73-78).

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across – 60 (63-71-76) hdc.  End off; join 2 strands A in last hdc.  Ch 2, turn.  Check gauge; row should measure 11’’ (11 1/2’’-13’’-14’’) wide.

Row 2: With 2 strands A, hdc in each hdc across – 60 (63-71-76).  End off; join 2 strands P.  Ch 2, turn.  Repeat last row, working in striped pat until piece measures 2 1/2’’ (2 3/4’’, 3’’, 3 1/2’’) from start.  Note last color used.  End off; turn.

Shape Armhole: Row 1: Keeping to striped pat, sk first 3 (3-4-4) hdc, join next color in next hdc, ch 2, hdc in same hdc, hdc in each hrc to within last 3 (3-4-4) hdc.  End off; turn.

Row 2: Sk first hdc, join next color in next hdc, ch 2, hdc in same hdc, work to within last st – 1 hdc dec each side.  End off; turn.  Repeat last row 1 (1-3-4) times – 50 (53-55-58) hdc.  Work even until armholes measure 2’’ (2 1/2’’, 2 3/4’’, 3’’) above first row of armhole shaping.  End off; join next color.  Ch 2, turn.

Shape Neck: Row 1: Hdc in each of 18 (19, 20, 21) hdc.  End off; turn.

Row 2: Sk first 3 sts (neck edge), join next color in next st, hdc in same hdc and in each hdc across – 15 (16, 17, 18) hdc.  End off; join next color.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: Hdc in each hdc to within last 2 hdc – 13 (14, 15, 16) hdc.  End off; turn.

Row 4: Sk first st, join next color in next st, hdc in same hdc and in each hdc across – 12 (13, 14, 15) hdc.  Work even until armhole measures 4 1/2’’ (5 1/4’’, 5 1/2’’, 6’’) above first row of armhole shaping.  End off.  Sk center 14 (15, 15, 16) hdc on last long row, join double strand of color to be used in next st, ch 2, hdc in same hdc, finish row – 18 (19, 20, 21) hdc.  Complete same as for first shoulder, reversing shaping.

LEFT FRONT:  Beg at lower edge, with double strand of NP, ch 32 (34-38-40).  Working in stripe pat on 30 (32-36-38) hdc same as for back, work even until piece measures same as back to underarm, end same color row.  Check gauge; piece should measure 5 1/2’’ (6’’, 6 1/2’’, 6 3/4’’) wide.  End off; turn.

Shape Armhole: Row 1: Keeping to stripe pat, sk first 3 (3-4-4) hdc, join next color in next hdc, ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each hdc across.  End off; join next color.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Work in pat to within last st – 1 hdc dec.  End off; turn.

Row 3: Sk first hdc, join next color in next hdc, work across – 25 (27, 30, 32) hdc.

For Size 8 Only:  Repeat rows 2 and 3 – 28 hdc.

For Size 10 Only: Repeat rows 2, 3, 2 – 29 hdc.

For All Sizes:
Work even until armhole measures 1 1/2’’ (2’’, 2 1/4’’, 2 1/2’’) above first row of armhole shaping, end arm side.  End off; join next color.  Ch 2, turn.

Shape Neck:  Work as for neck shaping of back until armhole measures same as back, end same color row – 12 (13-14-15) hdc.  End off.

RIGHT FRONT: Work same as for left front, reversing shaping.

FINISHING: Run in thread ends.  Block to measurements.  With backstitch, sew side and shoulder seams.

With pins, mark position of 6 (6-7-7) loops evenly spaced on each front edge, having first pin 2 rows above lower edge of each front, last pin at each neck corner.

Edging: From right side, join 2 strands P at lower right front edge, sc in edge of first row, * ch 5 for loop, sc in end of each row to next pin, repeat from * 5 (5-6-6) times, sc around neck  edge to top left front, work from * to lower left front edge, end ch 5, sc in last row on lower left front edge.  End off.

Armhole Edging:  From right side, with double strand P, sc around each armhole edge.  Join with a sl st in first sc.  End off.

CORD: Cut two 3 (3-3 1/2-3 1/2) yard lengths of each color.  Make twisted cord.  See page 103.


MAKE A TWISTED CORD

Method requires two people.

Tie one end of yarn around pencil.  Loop yarn over center of second pencil, back to and around first, and back to second, making as many strands between pencils as needed for thickness of cord; knot end to pencil.  Length of yarn between pencils should be three times length of cord desired.  Each person holds yarn just below pencil with one hand and twists pencil with other hand, keeping yarn taut.  When yarn begins to kink catch center over doorknob or hook.  Bring pencils together for one person to hold, while other grasps center of yarn, sliding hand down at short intervals, letting yarn twist.  Knot each end.  Beg at lower front edge, lace cord through loops up front edges.  With all colors make two pompons; attach to ends of cord.  Tie ends into bow.

PANTS:  BACK:  Left Leg: Beg at lower edge, with 2 strands SB, ch 47 (51-56-60).

Row 1:  Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across – 45 (49-54-58) hdc.  End off; join R. Ch 2, turn.  Work 1 row R, 1 row W.  Check gauge; piece should measure 8’’ (9’’-10’’-10 1/2’’) wide.

For Sizes 8 and 10 Only:  Work 1 row NP.  End off.

For All Sizes:  Right Leg: Work same as for left leg.  Working in same color sequence as stripe pat, join double strand of next color in last st.  Ch 2, turn.

Join Legs: Row 1: Hdc in each hdc across right leg to within last 6 (7-9-10) hdc; from wrong side, sk first 6 (7-9-10) hdc on left leg, hdc in each remaining hdc – 78 (84-90-96) hdc.  Put a marker between last hdc made on right leg and first dc on left leg for center back.  End off; join 2 strands of next color.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Work in hdc to within 2 sts of center marker, dec 1 hdc (to dec 1 hdc, yo hook, pull up a lp in each of next 2 hdc, yo hook and through 4 lps on hook), move up center marker, dec 1 hdc, finish row – 1 hdc dec on each side of marker.  Work 1 row even.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.  Repeat last 2 rows 1 (2-2-2) times – 72 (76-82-88) hdc.  Remove marker.  Work in stripe pat until legs measure 7’’ (7’’-7 1/2’’-8’’) from start.  End off.

FRONT:  Work same as for back.

FINISHING:  Run in yarn ends.  Block pieces.  Sew side seams.  Sew leg and crotch seams.

Leg Edging: Cut elastic to leg measurement; fasten ends securely.  From right side, with double strand P, working over elastic, sc around each leg edge, end sl st in first sc.  End off.

Top Edging:   Work as for leg edging with double strand of next color in sequence.




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