My mother taught me to knit at about age 10.At 16 crochet dresses were the high fashion (remember the 60's anyone) so I taught my self to crochet and sold my designs in my mother's yarn shop. ...
My mother taught me to knit at about age 10.At 16 crochet dresses were the high fashion (remember the 60's anyone) so I taught my self to crochet and sold my designs in my mother's yarn shop.
Four children came along so I knitted, crocheted and sewed almost all their clothes and ones for their dolls too, even my son's Action Man got a rather fetching army sweater!
My children grew up, I started a career and didnt' take up crafting again until I retired a few years ago. After knitting a cardigan for my granddaughter I made her barbie the same design and discovered that I like to make small things such as doll clothes. I also love amigurami, making dozens of penquins, santas and snowmen last Christmas.
I hope you like my trendy designs for Barbie and her friends.
This design is inspired by the quaint cottages of Suffolk, England - a place very dear to me.
The cottage is made using double crochet (US single crochet) for the front, back and side walls, floor and front and back roof pieces. Doors and windows are worked within the wall pieces using crochet colour block technique (I have included an excellent tutorial website for anyone new to this)
The walls and floor are joined with double crochet rows and the roof attached with double crochet rounds. I have included photos of the various stages for clarity.
The fun bit for me is decorating the cottage with roses and flowers - this is left to you and means you can personalise the design
The cottage is stuffed through the roof opening and closed with a row of dc.
Tension doesn't matter too much but what is important is a tight fabric to keep the shape. I used a budget dk which gives a nice tight fabric.
18sts x 20 rows over 4" using double crochet (US sc)
300 yards of DK weight