Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A costume: My Little Lamb!

ZOMG.... so I still don't have my computer back *cry* and have become a bad blogger over the past few weeks 'cause of it. I have a really hard time getting onto the laptop to do my posts :(, but hopefully I will get it back SOON! And become a good blogger again! I have been a TOTAL FAIL at my month of Halloween 'cause of this computer issue and am sad that I didn't get more tutorials or posts up. I also apologize at the total lack of tutorials lately, I hope to remedy this SOON!!! So please be patient with me....

My little lamb!
So I thought I'd kill you with cuteness LOL... this is my daughter in her completed lamb costume! The hat we supper easy to make... I used this pattern off of Babycenter and did some simple alterations (my alterations are in Bold Red!):

sts = stitch(es)
st st = stockinette stitch
rev st st = reverse stockinette stitch
k = knit
p = purl
rep = repeat
in = inch(es)
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
dec = decrease
rem = remaining
RS = right side of work
WS = wrong side of work

1 - 100g ball of Reynolds Andean Alpaca Regal (off white or white), 1 - 25 g ball of Anny Blatt Angora Super (Loukoum). US 8 double-pointed needles.

16 sts and 22 rows to 4 inch square in stockinette stitch using US 8 needles.

Using Alpaca Regal, cast on 56 sts using picot cast-on as follows: *cast on 3 sts, cast off 1 st, slip stitch now on right needle back onto left needle (2 sts on left needle), repeat from * until there are 56 sts on left needle. This will form a scalloped bottom edge for the hat.

Beg with a k row, work in st st until hat measures 4 in from cast on edge. (Instead of 4 inches I did 5 and a half... this made the hat fit over her ears slightly instead of only on the top of her head!)

Shape top:
1st dec row: k2tog, k5 8 times (48 sts)     Follow this row as is
K2 rows                                                  P1 row, K1 row
2nd dec row: k2tog, k4 8 times (40 sts)   2nd dec row: P2tog, p4 8 times (40 sts)
K2 rows                                                  K1 row, P1 row
3rd dec row: k2tog, k3 8 times (32 sts)    Follow this row as is
K1 row                                                   P1 row
4th dec row: k2tog, k2 8 times (24 sts)    Follow this row as is
K1 row                                                   P1 row
5th dec row: k2tog, k2 8 times (18 sts)    Follow this row as is
Last dec row: k2tog to end (9sts)             P1 row, then follow row as is
Break yarn, thread through rem sts, pull up and secure.

Rabbit Ears
Cast on 12 stitches with the Alpaca Regal, then directly following, cast on 10 stitches with Angora.

The right side of the ear will have a panel of Alpaca in stockinette stitch, and a slightly smaller panel of Angora in reverse stockinette. So the inner ear section will fit snugly inside the ear flap, and feature just a little bit of texture.

Row 1: (right side) purl 10 stitches of Angora, Knit 12 stitches of alpaca regal.
Row 2: (wrong side) purl 12 stitches of Alpaca Regal, Knit 10 stitches of Angora.

Repeat in this manner for (instead of 12 rows I used 16 to make the ears longer, more sheep like) 12 rows total. Be sure to twist the strands of yarn around each other once so that the transition does not require seaming.

Decrease Row 1: (Angora) purl 2 together, purl 6 , purl 2 together, (alpaca) Knit 2 tog, Knit 8, Knit 2 tog.
Row 2 : work in pattern with no decreases (knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches).

Continue with these two rows until there is/are 1 angora stitch left and 2 alpaca stitches left. Cut the angora yarn leaving 5 inches of tail. Pull that through the remaining stitch to end that section. Cut the Alpaca yarn leaving about 12 inches of tail. Thread the tail through a needle, and loop it through the last two alpaca stitches.

Finishing: Use the long tail of alpaca (already threaded through the needle) to sew up the side seam. Fold the ear in half so that the angora sits inside the alpaca outer ear. Starting at the top of the ear, sew the side seam together.

Weave in all ends. (Fold bottom of the each ear in half and stitch it together to hold the shape of rabbit ears. Attach the topmost corner of each ear bottom approximately 5 rows from the top of the hat and continue sewing the bottom of the ear along two of the seams created by the decreases in the hat.) Instead of these instructions I folded each ear but only joined them together at for the inside, and this allowed the edges to be attached to the hat pulled out slightly so that they would look more lamb like. In order to figure out my placement I put it on my daughters head... what seems to work is to start the bottom most corner about and inch and a half from the rim of the hat then sew upwords.... also the ears were placed slightly forward from middle on the side of each hat. 

My dog and my lamb :)
So all in all the hat turned out pretty good :) I'm quite pleased with it! I hope you like it and find the tutorial helpful!

Until Next Time.
Keep Creating!

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