Snow! And Freezing Cold!

It snowed this week! There were flakes of snow flying everywhere. We couldn’t wait to go outside and play in it, but the first day, the wind was blowing too hard, and Mommy said we would blow away to the other side of the world. The next day, we asked to go out to make some snowmen, but the temperature had dropped to over -20 degrees celsius, and the wind was still blowing like a hurricane.

The others all went off to play inside, but I was mad. I really wanted to play in the snow. Mommy finally said I could go with her to get groceries so at least I would be outside for a bit. That made me happier, because I love when I get to ride in the buggy all by myself.

I convinced Mommy we should look at the toy aisles since she wouldn’t have to chase anyone around except me. I tried to get her to buy me a new Polly or Calico Critter, but she kept saying no – even when I showed her all the cute baby bunnies and cats!

Mommy was really stubborn. There were so many cute Polly dolly sets, and she just kept saying we needed groceries, not more toys.

I even found this educational set where we could learn about Australia while we played with Polly dolly, but Mommy said we already know enough about kangaroos and jumping around. She sure was a grump that day.

Anyway, at least I found out how warm my winter coat really is. I never got cold on the whole trip, even with the freezing weather. Vera has the same coat as me in a different colour. She keeps saying she is cold in hers. I think I know why…

Mommy is putting the pattern for our coats down below here. Mine doesn’t have buttons yet, because of the lockdown. We don’t have any in our button stash that look good on my coat, so we are waiting until we can go to the sewing store again after lockdown ends.

Winter Coat for the Kruselings Girls

Materials:

2.75 mm crochet hook (UK: 11; US: C)

Worsted/Medium weight yarn

Buttons (optional) and snaps/hook and loop tape

Tension:

6 single crochet stitches per 1”/2.5 cm

Stitches Used:

Single crochet

Abbreviations:

Chain (ch)

Single crochet (sc)

Slip stitch (sl st)

Double crochet (dc)

Increase (inc): work two sc in same stitch

Decrease (dec): pull up a loop in each of the next two stitches, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook

The Coat:

Beginning at lower back edge, chain 25.

  1. Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across. (24 stitches)

Work 9 rows even in sc.

11) Sc, dec, sc 18, dec, sc. (22 stitches)

12) Sc across row.

13) Sc across row.

14) Sc, dec, sc 16, dec, sc. (20 stitches)

15) Sc across row.

16) Sc across row.

17) Sc, dec, sc 14, dec, sc. (18 stitches)

Work 3 rows even in sc.

21) Ch 11 for sleeve, sc in second chain from hook and in each chain and stitch to end of row.

22) As row 21.  (38 stitches)

Work 7 rows even in sc.

30) Divide for first front: Sc 14, turn.

31) Sc, dec, sc to end of row. (13 stitches)

32) Sc 10, dec, sc. (12 stitches)

33) Sc across row.

34) Sc across row.

35) Ch 5 for front neck edge, sc in second ch from hook and in each chain and stitch to end of row.

Work 3 rows even in sc.

39) Sc 6, turn.

40) Sc across row.

41) Sc across row.

42) Sc, inc, sc to end of row. (7 stitches)

43) Sc across row.

44) Sc across row.

45) Sc to last 2 stitches, inc, sc. (8 stitches)

46) Sc across row.

47) Sc across row.

48) Sc, inc, sc to end of row. (9 stitches)

Work 8 rows even in sc.  End off.

The Second Front:

Return to centre back of coat.  Skip 10 stitches, and rejoin yarn in next stitch.

  1. Sc 14.
  2. Sc to last 3 stitches, dec, sc. (13 stitches)
  3. Sc, dec, sc to end of row. (12 stitches)
  4. Sc across row.
  5. Ch 5 for front neck edge, sc in second ch from hook and in each chain and stitch to end of row.
  6. Sc across row.
  7. Sc 6, turn.
  8. Sc across row.
  9. Sc across row.
  10. Sc, inc, sc to end of row. (7 stitches)
  11. Sc across row.
  12. Sc across row.
  13. Sc to last 2 stitches, inc, sc. (8 stitches)
  14. Sc across row.
  15. Sc across row.
  16. Sc, inc, sc to end of row. (9 stitches)
  17. Sc across row.
  18. Sc across row.
  19. Sc to last 2 stitches, inc, sc. (10 stitches)

Work 7 rows even in sc.  End off.

The Hood – First Half:

  1. With right side facing, join yarn and work 24 sc across neck edge.
  2. Sc 3, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 3. (20 stitches)
  3. Sl st across first two stitches.  Beginning in third stitch, sc 7.
  4. Sc, inc, sc to end. (8 stitches)
  5. Sc, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 2, inc. (11 stitches)
  6. Sc across row.
  7. Sc, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 3, inc, sc. (14 stitches)
  8. Sc across row.
  9. Sc 13, inc. (15 stitches)

Work 7 rows even in sc.

17) Sc to last 3 stitches, dec, sc. (14 stitches)

18) Sc, dec, sc to end of row. (13 stitches)

19) Sc to last 3 stitches, dec, sc. (12 stitches)

20) Sc, dec, sc to end of row. (11 stitches)

21) Sc to last 3 stitches, dec, sc. (10 stitches). End off.

The Hood – Second Half:

Right side facing, join yarn in next stitch at centre back of coat neck edge.

  1. Sc 7, leaving the last 2 stitches of neck edge, unworked.  Turn.
  2. Sc to last 2 stitches, inc, sc. (8 stitches)
  3. Sc, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 2, inc. (11 stitches)
  4. Sc across row.
  5. Sc, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 3, inc, sc. (14 stitches)
  6. Sc across row.
  7. Inc, sc 13. (15 stitches)

Work 7 rows even in sc.

17) Sc , dec, sc to end of row. (14 stitches)

18) Sc to last 3 stitches, dec, sc. (13 stitches)

19) Sc, dec, sc to end of row. (12 stitches)

20) Sc to last 3 stitches, dec, sc. (11 stitches)

21) Sc, dec, sc to end of row. (10 stitches). End off.

Sew side and sleeve seams.  Sew hood seam.

Edging:

Right side facing, beginning at left front neck edge, sc down left front of coat.  Work 2 rows more of sc on these stitches, ending at hem edge of coat.  Do not end off.  Ch 1, sc across hem of coat.  Do not end off.  Ch 1, sc up right front edge of coat.  Do not end off.  Ch 1, work sc around right neck edge, hood and left neck edge.  End off.

Work 1 row of sc around each sleeve edge.

Darn in all ends.

Close coat with snaps or hook and loop thread.  Sew on buttons if desired.

Copyright 2021 Cynthia’s Designs

Please enjoy this pattern, but do not reprint without permission.  If selling items made from this pattern, please credit Cynthia’s Designs for the pattern.

4 thoughts on “Snow! And Freezing Cold!”

  1. I always have so much fun reading your cute little stories and thank you for it. I really have to go back to your blog because I missed several.
    Thank you also for the tutorial of this pretty coat that I will try to make and translate it for my friend Caroline who also follows you. He is very handsome.
    Kind regards.

    Reply
    • So nice to hear from you. I am glad you enjoy our adventures. With the lockdowns, it is hard to have any right now, but we do our best. I am still working on the pattern for another girl’s sweater which I have on the go, but have not managed to get to my liking so far; then, I am thinking of another sweater or coat for the boy. Caroline is a lovely person. It has been great getting the opportunity to know so many people who share my love for dolls and crafting.

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