Outfit for a saucy sailor
A cute little 1940's outfit for sailor doll. Sized to fit a 16 inch doll and shown on a felt doll, (Lenci I think), with the characteristically modest expression. Quite delightful.
Patterns for the outfit as shown, plus the option of a skirt instead of trousers if preferred.
With blue wool and crochet hook, make 4 ch, and join into ring with slip-stitch, then work 8 double crochet into ring.
1st Round: 2 ch, then 2 dc on each
stitch (join with slip stitch to top of 2 ch at end of each round).
Continue in this manner, working an extra stitch between increasings each time until work measures 5½ inches across at widest part (17 rounds). Now decrease thus:-
1st Round: 2 ch, *
miss 1 stitch, 17 dc, repeat from *
FRONT: With white wool and No 12 needles, cast on 36 stitches
and work ½ inch in k1, p1 rib. Change to No 10 needles and continue
in stocking-stitch until work measures 2 inches. Shape armholes by casting
off 2 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows, then k2tog at each end of
the next 2 rows.
BACK: Work exactly as for front to completion of armhole shapings, then continue straight until length equals that of front to shoulders. Cast off straight across.
SLEEVES: With blue wool and No 12 needles, cast on 22 stitches and work ½ inch in k1, p1 rib. Change to No 10 needles and white wool, and continue in stocking stitch, increasing at each end of 5th and every following 6th row until there are 30 stitches on the needle. Work straight until sleeve measures 3½ inches, then shape the top by casting off 3 at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then k2tog at each end of every row until 16 remain. Cast off loosely.
COLLAR: With No 10 needles and blue wool, cast on 38 stitches
and knit 8 rows garter stitch, (every row knit), slipping the first stitch
of each row.
Work the remaining 12 stitches to correspond reversing the shaping.
With No 10 needles and blue wool, cast on 183 stitches.
k3, * p8, k5, repeat from *
to last 11 stitches, p. 8, k. 3.
Repeat these 2 rows for 1 inch, then decrease as follows:-
(right side facing): k3, * p2tog,
p4, p2tog, k5, repeat from *, ending
Next Row: k3, *
p2tog, p2, p2tog, k5, repeat from *,
Next Row: k. 3, *
(p2tog) twice, k5, repeat from *,
Next Row: k. 3, *
p2tog, k5, repeat from *, ending k3.
Change to No 12 needles and work in k1, p1 rib until work measures 4½ inches, then cast off in rib.
Trousers (front and back alike)
With No 10 needles and blue wool, cast on 23 stitches for right leg,
and work 6 rows garter stitch. Change to stocking stitch and decrease
at beginning of every following 8th row (outside edge) until 18 stitches
[ Editor's note: Make sure you have right side facing you for both legs and that they are arranged so that the shapings are on the outside edges.]
Continue in stocking stitch for another 2½ inches, then change
to No 12 needles and work 3 rows in k1, p1 rib.
Next Row: (make holes for elastic):
rib 2, * wfwd, k2tog, repeat from
* to last 2 stitches, rib 2.
Work a second piece in the same way.
To make up
Press all pieces lightly with a damp cloth.
Sew in all ends.
Original yarn requirements:
A pair each of No 10 (3¼mm) and No 12 (2¾mm) needles.
30 sts to 4 inches on No 10 needles.
Designed to fit a 16-inch doll.
k2tog: knit 2 sts together