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January 24, 2011 / lyndieloop

Doll Sweater Part 2

The free form doll sweater. Based on request, I’m trying my best to offer some kind of pattern to follow for this sweater.

This sweater is free form crochet using made up pattern pieces. I haven’t done enough free form crochet to get very good at it, but I’m willing to share what I do know, and you can then make it even better if you want.

As you can see by the neck line, it’s too large. The sweater is also a little too long and doesn’t fit the doll as nicely as it could have. You can also see I messed up one of the granny squares. One has a round middle because I didn’t have the right side facing out on that square.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Use featherweight yarn (the weight used for most socks) and a 2.25-2.75 mm hook (B or C).
  • The green on the pattern pieces photos represents edging, and should be edged before being all sewn together. Ignore the bottom of the pattern pieces in green. The grannies go there so of course there will not be edging until after those are added. On this sweater I used a scalloped edge. When you add an edge along the sides of Front A and Front E, you can add an additional 1 or 2 chains to accommodate a button if you want to.

The following granny squares go along the bottom of the sweater. They are 10 sc’s by 10 sc’s each as follows:

Round 1: Ch 2, 2 HDC in the loop,* CH 2, 3 HDC in the chain loop, complete 3 times total from*, CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3. This will put you at the center of your chain space.

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 HDC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 HDC, CH 2, 3HDC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join. (10 x 10 sts)

  • Do up a granny square and measure it to see how big it is. Each one is 10 sc’s square and will be joined together.
  • The granny square row needs to be the same measurement of the total of panels A, E and C.  Since the “flying fans” crochet pattern needs to be divisible by 4 (read below), the grannies will not perfectly fit up against the flying fans.  This is where you can make adjustments by either adding or decreasing sc’s when you join them together.  I did 2 rows of sc between because I liked how it looked.
  • Something to keep in mind: The edges of the top of each pattern piece (including the sleeves) will be single crocheted together as 1 piece in alphabetical order starting with Front A as follows: Front A + Sleeve B + Back C + Sleeve D + Front E. After it is single crocheted together, it will be easy to tell how the arms and sides are sewn together. 
  • Every diagonal on the pattern pieces represents the arm measurement/seam and is the same on every piece. Measure from the top of the shoulder to under the arm on the doll. All the straight vertical lines of the pattern pieces represent length, from the under arm down. All the vertical lines should be the same measurement, other than the sleeves which would represent the length of the arm. For length of the pattern pieces, I just kept holding it up to the doll until it looked about the right length, then just made sure all the lengths of all the pieces were the same.
  • Get out your ruler, paper, pencil and calculator. Design the above pattern pieces by measuring the doll. Allow for some extra for seaming at the end. I use an extra 1/4 inch on every piece where there will be seams for dolls.
  • Length of the panels are up to you, however remember the granny panel will be sewn to it.
  • Use your new pattern pieces to figure out gauge by making a chain and an sc row to the length of the piece. The number of chains needs to be divisible by 4 with 2 extra sc’s then added. For example, let’s say your piece is 24 st’s long + 2 = chain 26.
  • Decreases within the fan pattern: I find it easier to start from the bottom and work my way up. I just stop short on each side leaving the last 2 (or 4) un-worked. If you leave 2 un-worked on each side, you reduce it by 4, and your amount remains divisible by 4, which the fan pattern likes.

The pattern for these “flying fans” takes 4 rows to complete the fan look. With free form, you wing it best you can to match your pattern pieces. You will have to decrease these to match your pattern pieces, just do the best you can to make it look right. It may take some practice! 🙂 Keeping it divisible by 4 makes it easier.

Special stitch: V-stitch = dc, ch 1, dc, all in the same sc.

Row 1: dc in the very first sc 3 times (total is 4 dc in the first sc). *V-stitch in the next sc; skip 3

st’s.* Repeat from * to the last 3 st’s. Skip 2 sts, sc in the last sc, ch 3, turn; (That is where you

have lost an st you will add back at the end of Row 4).

Row 2: dc in the very first dc (that equals 2 dc), sc in the first ch 3 space; V-stitch in the next

sc; *sc in the next ch 3 space, V-stitch in the next sc.* Repeat from * across, sc in the last ch 3

space, ch 3, turn. You just made groups of V-stitches and cinched up the last row with sc’s in the 3

chain big spaces.

Row 3: Repeat Row 2

Row 4: Repeat Row 3 only at the very end before making the last sc in the last ch 3 space,

add 1 ch first, then sc in the last ch 3 space.

Good luck, and keep free forming!

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