Saturday, September 10, 2011

How to tailor-make a crocheted tu-tu to fit any teddy bear or doll.

Back & front views of both two-strapped and halterneck versions of crochet bear/doll tu-tu.

Hi everyone!
Finally I am posting one of my own crochet patterns; instructions on how to tailor make a tu-tu for teddy bears or dolls.
Cate's crochet tu-tu dress pattern for Bears and Dolls.
Hook size: Select whatever size hook is appropriate for the yarn you are using.
Note: This pattern is written using Australian/British crochet terms. American crochet terms written are in brackets.
Starting with the waistband:
Make enough chains to fit around Bear's/doll's waist.
Do not join.
Ch1, turn, dc (sc) in each chain to end. Do not join.
Hold waistband around bear's/doll's waist with opening at the back. Place markers on top of waistband at right and left hand side of bear's chest to mark points to crochet between for tu-tu's bib. Slip stitch to 1st marker.
Ch1, dc (sc) to next marker and continue thusly in rows between the markers until desired length is reached, approximately up to bear's neck. Do not finish. Do not turn.
Shoulder strap (make 2):
Continuing from the top corner of the bib; Make as many chains as will reach over the bears shoulder to top of waistband at the back, directly below the shoulder. Attach shoulder strap you've just made with being careful not to twist it.
Ch1, turn, dc (sc) along shoulder strap in each chain to end. to top corner of bib and finish off.
Attach thread to other corner of the bib and make 2nd strap to match first. 
Rejoin yarn onto bottom edge of wasitband. Ch1, 2dc (2sc) into each unused loop of foundation chain to end.
3ch, turn, 2tr (2dc) in each dc (sc) to end.
Repeat last row until desired length is reached.
Note: Some experimentation may be necessary to achieve the desired degree and placement of frilling on the skirt. Multiple stitches into a single stitch in every stitch of the skirt's row will result in frilling. No more than three stitches into every stitch would be necessary. Where you place this frilling and how much of it you create is up to your particular preference.
Finishing Off:
Sew in all threads except the last one made, then sew up the back seam of the tu-tu, up to and including the waistband, with this last thread.
A halter neck can be created by positioning a single shoulder strap to the correct length back around the bears neck and attaching it to the front of the opposite side of the bib with a bead or decorative button, do not attach strap to bib with a slst. The strap consists of a row of chains, turning and crocheting dc's (sc's) into each chain as described above for shoulder strap. To facilitate the bead or button a small loop must be incorporated into the end of the strap.
Copyright: Cathy Weaver, June 13th 2001
Well I do hope some of you can get some use out of these instructions.
All the best,
CateW :0)

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