This is a super quick, simple knit that I worked on mostly in the car to and from Wexford over the weekend. I made it as another item for the February pet rescue auction based on what was selling well the last time I participated (baby clothing, toys and dog clothes).
The pattern I followed is “Little Sister’s Dress” and it’s free on Ravelry. I only had 2 skeins of Drops Alpaca so as a result, it’s not as long as the original design – I think it’s more like a tunic rather than a dress. I still think it’s fine though, it should look cute with baby leggings!
I’d probably like it even more if it was knitted in single colour or maybe if I could alternate the colours of knit and purl rows in the yoke, but since I played yarn chicken with this dress, I was scared to experiment too much. Instead I just used one shade for the yoke and the brim, and another for the rest of the dress. I was also lucky to have some flower buttons matching this yarn perfectly!
The dress is supposed to fit a baby between 6 and 12 months old. I think it’s more fitting for a 12 months old rather than a 6 months old, and it is stretchy enough to grow with the child a little.
One thing I’ve learned from this project: knitting in the car is not my thing. These are probably the most uneven stitches I’ve produced since the time I had discovered combined knitting. Especially on the yoke! I think I’m going to stick to knitting in the comfort of my home or in the cafe during the knitting group meetings as I used to do before. That’s not a problem as I really love being a passenger and watching a changing landscape outside the windows.
It was such a cheerful, easy and fast project that reminded me how much better I feel knitting with finer yarns. Recently I’ve been using mostly DK and worsted yarn and knitting with fingering weight felt so much more natural to me! Luckily I have some thin yarn waiting for its turn in my queue and I already know what to knit with it as soon as my current DK project is completed 🙂
And to end this post on a different note I’d like to thank everyone who commented on my previous post and offered support or advice. It means a lot and I really believe that nothing helps combat bad feelings as well as kind and friendly people around us – even if we know each other only virtually. I’m already feeling a bit better!