Thursday, February 20, 2014



This is the dress I show you how to make in my newest tutorial.  In the video I give you some instructions on size changes and a little advice on how you can start making up your own designs.
This is the perfect little spring dress for you princess!  Find the tutorial here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXNUZLqEOLg&lc=z13ridrolnn4yvixv04cgzq45um1inqbqwg0k



Here are some more cute dresses that you will find tutorials for on my Youtube channel.    Just click on the video link above, then click "subscribe" 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013



This cute dress is very easy to make.  It's a great one for beginners.  You can find the instructional video for this on my Youtube channel at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ4h0vU_yog   .  The video for how to make the flower is also there.  The size in the video is for 12 mo - 18mo.  This is an easy care dress, washable and dryable (gentle and low cycle)

You can change the size pretty easily for this dress.  the easiest way to make it bigger is to use an I or J hook.  That should make it 2T - 3T size.

2T - 3T:

You can also increase the size of the collar to make it bigger.  Foundation chain - 58.  Row 2 - hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across.  Row 3 - *hdc in first 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat across - count may not be exact at end - just chain 1 and turn when you come to end
Row 4 - take your increases all across this row in between increases of previous row. You will repeat this row as it gets bigger and bigger, continually taking increases in between the increases of the previous row.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The pattern for this pretty christening dress is found below.  The instructional video in also found on my youtube channel.


The pattern for the yellow rosebud is found below.  The instructional video for these flowers is also found on my youtube channel.

I show you how to make this cute newsboy cap on my Youtube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOSUK8TmWtY

This hat is a large and will fit a 6-9 year old very well.

Here are the instructions for the small and medium sizes.

SMALL (6 months - 18 months):

Proceed as in the video through round 5

Round 6: 
Ch 2, 1 hdc in same st as ch 2,  1 hdc in next 9 sts, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 9 sts* repeat from*  Join with sl st  - 66 hdc made

Round 7:
Ch 2, 1 fphdc (front post half double crochet) around ch 2 of previous row, skip next hdc *2 fphdc around next st, skip next st* repeat from* join with sl st

Round 8:
ch 2, 1 hdc in each st, join with sl st - 66 hdc made

Round 9:
ch 2, 1 fphdc around ch 2 of previous round, skip next hdc *2 fphdc around next st, skip next st* repeat from * join with sl st

Round 10 -17:
repeat rounds 8 and 9 until you finish round 17

Round 18-20 (switch to smaller hook)
ch 1, 1 sc in each st, join with sl st - 66 sc made

Brim;
ch 1, 1 sc in next 21 st

Row 2:
ch 1, 1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,  1 sc in next 4 sts, turn

continue on as in the video to finish brim

MEDIUM (2-5 years):

Round 6:
ch 2, 1 hdc in same st as ch 2, 1 hdc in next 14 sts, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 14 sts* repeat from *, join with sl st - 64 hdc made

Round 7:
ch2, 1 fphdc around ch 2 of previous round, skip next hdc *2 fphdc around next st, skip next st* repeat from *, join with sl st - 64 hdc made

Round 8:
ch 2, 1 hdc in next 3 sts* 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts* repeat from *, join with sl st, 74 hdc made

Round 9:
ch 2, 1 fphdc around ch 2 of previous round, skip next hdc * 2 fphdc around next st, skip next st* repeat from * join with sl st

Round 10:
ch 2, 1 hdc in each st around, join with sl st

Round 11:
ch 2, 1 fphdc around ch2 of previous row,  skip next hdc *2 fphdc around next st, skip next st* repeat from * join with sl st

Round 12-19:
repeat rows 10 and 11

Round 20-22 (switch to smaller hook):
ch 1, 1 sc in each st around

Finish brim as in video.  If you desire a smaller brim for this size: take off 3 - 5 sc off of the end of row 1.  Finish other rows as in video.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdTy0AKoezc

This is the address for my YouTube video where I demonstrate how to make a wood craft bird with scrapbook paper and mod podge.  Please check out my Youtube channel (my user name is annaphelps33) for lots of great crafts and simple crochet projects.

Bird Pattern:



Friday, October 19, 2012

SIZING -


I have gotten a lot of requests on how to change my dresses to different sizes.  First of all I want to say that I think it's a waste to make one of these dresses in a newborn size.  The baby will only be able to wear it for a month or so - and all that hard work you have done will not be appreciated as much.  If you make 6-12 month size, then you can have your baby wear it from 3 months - 15 months or so.  These yarn dresses are great to adapt to the size of your child. 

Most of the time, you can change the size of the dress by the size of yarn and hook you use.  If I used a size G hook with medium weight yarn in my tutorial, to make a 12 mo size, then you could use thicker yarn and a H or I hook to make a 18 -24 mo size.  If you wanted it smaller, than you could use a baby weight yarn, with an E or F hook.  Do a test strip (usually the bottom of the bodice), to see how the measurement comes out, using different hooks and weights of yarn.  Use the measurements below as a guidleline.  So, if you wanted to make a dress for a 18 month old girl, crochet a few rows of  11" across.  My basic dress is made by making a front and a back and then sewing them together, so the dress waist measurement, should be half of the total waist measurement + 1 inch (depending on how roomy you want it to be, and sewing room). 

I hope these measurements help you to customize my dresses to whatever size you need.

These are measurements that I got off of Simplicity's website, and are just guidelines.  These measurements are in inches.

Size/age
     1/2
       1
       2
        3
        4
       5
        6
        7
chest
     19
      20
      21
     22
      23
      24
      25
     26
waist
     19
 19 1/2
      20
   20 1/2
      21
  21 1/2
      22
     23
hip
     -
      -
       -
      -
       -
     25
      26
     27
height
     28
      31
      34
      37
      40
     44
      47
     50

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Baby’s White Doily Dress

6 mo size, medium weight cotton crochet thread, D hook

Mark end of rounds with a safety pin

In my tutorial video I give some suggestions for changing the size.

The top of this dress and flutter sleeves are xplained in my other tutorials – Here are the links:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th23ipny1rw - Doily Dress Tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfmn3r_mGUc - Basic dress top tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZSx9CBpdK4 - Flutter sleeve tutorial

The skirt is worked in rounds to your desired fullness – you can repeat the stitch as many times as you like on each round – the stitches may not exactly line up at the end of each round,  but the slight difference is not noticeable.  It is easier to just repeat the desired stitches without counting.  So if you need an exact count, this pattern is not for you – Sorry.

Round 1 – 5: *sc, ch 4, sc* join with sl st

Round 6: ch 3, dc in same st, *ch 3, skip 3 sts, dc, ch 1, dc in same st, * sl st to join at end

Round 7: work this “V” into right dc of previous row’s “V” - ch 3, dc in same st, ch 1; work this “V” into the left dc of previous row’s “V” – dc, ch 1, dc in same st, ch 3; repeat working 2 “V’s” into every “V” of the previous row. Sl st to join end

Round 8: *ch 6, skip 6 sts, sc*

Round  9-11:  *ch 6, sc into middle of half circle*

Round 12: (worked into last sc of previous row)  ch 3, dc, ch 1, dc – all worked into 1 st to form shell, ch 2, *dc, ch 1* - repeat to make  7 dc into arch of previous row, this is bottom of pineapple pattern – ch 2  *dc, ch 1* repeat to form 3 dc formed into sc of previous row, ch 2; continue working shells and the bottom of the pineapple until the end of your round

Round 13: (start this round on the top of your pineapple, right hand side) *ch 3 into first dc of pineapple, sc into 2nd dc, ch 3, repeat until you have 6 arches or the second row of your pineapple,  ch 3, dc into middle of shell of previous row, ch 3*

Round 14:  (start with sc on top of first arch  on 2nd row of pineapple) ch 3, sc into middle of next arch, repeat until you have made 5 arches or 3rd row of pineapple,  ch 3, dc into previous dc, ch 3. Repeat to end of round

Round 15: (start with sc on  right hand side of pineapple) ch 3, sc into middle of next arch, repeat to make 4 arches, ch 3, dc into previous dc, ch 3.  Repeat to end of round

Round 16: (start with sc on right hand side ofpineapple) ch 3, sc into middle of next arch, repeat to make 3 arches,  ch 4, dc into previous dc, ch 4. Repeat to end of row

Round 17: (start with sc on right hand side of pineapple) ch 3, sc into middle of next arch, repeat to make 2 arches, ch 5, dc into previous dc, ch 5. Repeat to end of round

Round 18:  (start with sc on right hand side of pineapple) ch 3, sc into middle of next arch, ch 5, sc into dc of previous row, ch 5. Repeat to end of round

Round 19-21: start with sc onto middle of arch,* ch 6, sc onto middle of next arch*

Round 22: *dc into middle of next arch,  ch 2, dc in same place to form a “V”, ch 3*

Round 23: start this shell in the middle of previous row’s “V”, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2.  Repeat shells all the way around

Round 24-26:  start with a sc on any st, *ch 6, skip 6 st, sc, ch 6* form these arches for 3 rounds

Round 27: start with sc in middle of next arch *ch 4, sc into middle of arch*

Round 28: This next round is formed by using 2 puff stitches (see below) in the “V” form. Start anywhere by taking a PS, ch 1, in same st take 1 more PS, ch 1. Repeat to form “V’s” all the way around

Puff Stitch (PS): Dc, dc into same st leaving last loop on hook, 2 loops now on hook, dc in same st leaving last loop on hook, yarn over and pull all loops off of hook

Round 29: start shell in middle of PS “V”.  *dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2*

Finishing round: take 1 sc into every st.  Finish with a sl st.  Hide your yarn end by using a yarn needle and weaving it into the inside of the dress.  Hide all of your ends this way.
Please forgive me if this pattern is not exact, this is my first attempt at writing a pattern!  Happy crocheting!