Sunday, February 22, 2009

A suit for a 15 inch "barbie" I've named Genvieve

This doll came with a "barbie type" dress that I didn't like, so I took it off and gave it to goodwill. Then I got a skirt made for her, but she REALLY needs a jacket to go with the skirt. I say "jacket" because she looks like she's from the 40s and a suit would be what she's should wear. It's going to be a jacket with a peplum (sp).

material: green Beehive 4ply
tension: 30 sts/ 10 cm
needles: 2 1/2 mm

Dolls measurements:
.....waist: 5 1/2 inches
.....bust: 7 1/2 inches
.....back 3 inches
.....neck to waist - 3 inches of arm to neck 1 inch
.....neck: 3 1/4 inches
.....arm hole to wrist: 4 inches
.....upper arm: 2 1/2 inches
.....wrist: 1 3/4 inches
.....across front of chest: 4 1/2 inches
.....neck to feet: 12 1/2
.....waist to floor: 10
.....hips: 8 1/2 inches
.....head circumferance: 7 1/2 inches


Using size 2 1/2 mm double pointed needles, cast on 150 stitches.
1st 5 rnds:  (k10, p5) repeat around
6th rnd: (k4, k2tog, k4, p5) repeat around
7th - 10th rnds: work as presented
11th rnd: (k9, p3, p2tog) repeat around
12th - 15th rnds: work as presented
16th rnd: (k3, ssk, k4, p4) repeat around
17th - 20th rnds: work as presented
21st rnd: (k8, p2, p2tog) repeat around
22nd - 25th rnds: work as presented
26th rnd: (k3, k2tog, k3, p3) repeat around
27th - 30th: work as presented
31st rnd: (k7, p1, p2tog) repeat around
32nd - 35th rnds: work as presented
36th rnd: (k2, ssk, k3, p2) repeat around
37th -40th rnds: work as presented
41st rnd (k2, k2tog, k2, p2) repeat around
42nd - 45th rnds: work as presented
46th rnd: (k2, k2tog, k1, p2) repeat around
47th - 50th rnds: work as presented
51st rnd: (k1, ssk, k1, p2) repeat around
52nd - 53rd rnds: work as presented
54th rnd: (k1, k2tog, p2) repeat around
work seven rounds in 2/2 ribbing
Cast off.
Weave in the ends.


With 2 1/2 mm needles cast on 6 stitches.
Work as follows: k2, (p2, k4) repeat to last 4 sts, p2, k2
Working back and forth, knit stitches as present for 8 more rows.
Decrease row: ssk, (p2, k2tog, ssk) repeat to last 4 sts, p2, k2tog.
Work 5 rows of 2/2 ribbing.
Work now in stocking stitch.

note: the first 10 stitches are the right front, the next 20 stitches are the back, and the final 10 stitches are the left front.   To the armhole will be 14 rows.   There will be 6 sts increased on each front and 10 stitches will be increased for the back.
Work 2 rows in stocking stitch.  Then on the back increase one stitch on each side on the 3rd and every following alternate row until 10 stitches have been increased on the back.  Also increase on the side fronts on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th increase rows, and also increase on the front dart on the 2nd, 4th, and 6th increase rows.

note: the dart on the left front  knit 5, m1, knit to the side seam.  Then the dart for the right front is knit to the stitch just before the last five, m1, knit 5.

. I'll write up the rest of this in a bit.
Cast on 13 stitches.
row 1: k1, p1, k1, ...
row 2: purl
row 3 k1, p1, k1, ....
Now work in stocking stitch, increasing 1 stitch at each end of the 11th, 21st, and 31st rows.
When there are 40 rows in all, start the decreases.
row 41: cast off 2 sts, work to end.
row 42: cast of 2 sts, purl to the end.
row 43: k1, ssk, knit to the last 3, k2tog, k1
work 5 more rows in stocking stitch, then decrease the top.
row 49: k1, ssk, knit to the last 3, k2tog, k1
row 50: p1, p2tog, purl to the last 3, p2togtbl, p1
row 51: k1, ssk, knit to the last 3, k2tog, k1
row 52: this is the cast off row, but for something different, the first 2 sts, and the last 2 sts are p2tog.  This helps round the top.

At this point sew sew up the front to the back, and sew in the sleeves.